Marathon Training Monday #4 + Don’t Let the Cold Get You Down!!

Running / Monday, November 13th, 2017

Hi Friends:)

If you read my last post, you already know that my training was knocked out of whack this week when I came down with a chest cold towards the end of last week. I’m still fighting the good fight against this cold, but I am feeling a bit better day by day.

Before I started feeling congested, though, I managed to squeeze in some pretty great workouts! Here’s how this week panned out.

  • Monday: 3 mile run+ LiveFit Quads/Calves Workout
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes swimming
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run +LiveFit Back/Arms/Abs workout
  • Thursday: 2 mile run + LiveFit Chest/Delts workout
  • Friday: Resting/Battling the cold
  • Saturday: 45 (really easy) minutes on an elliptical
  • Sunday: 45 (really easy) minutes on an elliptical
    • Weekly Total Milage: 8

Aside from being sick, another thing that has given me pause this week is the rapid change in temperature that went down here in Boston.

I made this sign for a friend’s race a few years back and it just FEELS appropriate right now…

Last weekend it was 60+ degrees and sunny for my 6-miler. Then the temperatures dropped into the 40s and have kind of stayed there ever since. We’ve had a super warm fall, and I knew the cold weather would come sooner or later. But this was a rapid transition, and I just wasn’t prepared physically or…attire wise.

Bundled up pre turkey-trot 2 years ago!

I finally pulled out all my warm running gear out of storage this week; I’ll do a longer post on cold weather running at some point, but in case you’re wondering, my warm gear essentials are…

  • Fleece Headband and Gloves
  • Insulated Jackets
  • Fleece neck gaiter
  • Fleece vest
  • Brushed insulated long-sleeve tops

I figure out which gear I need by looking at this trusty pin that I discovered a few years ago and look back at literally every week each winter.

And, when the snow starts falling, I break out my good old Yaktrax so I don’t have to push through too many treadmill workouts.


All that being said, no running gear can take the sting out of those first few frigid jogs. After our first 40-degree run on Monday, me and the the high school running team I volunteer with could not stop coughing. The cold air had totally irritated all of our throats, and all I could think about was getting home to some warm tea. By Thursday, though, the cold wasn’t bothering us that much.

When I first started running, I didn’t realize how tough it can be on your system when the seasons change. I mean, even when I am in great shape I struggle to finish 3-milers when it first gets hot in June. And at this time of year, it takes me a few sweat sessions to condition my throat and lungs to the lower temps. So what I am trying to say is this: If you’re a beginner, don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a rough run at the start of a new season. It’s so, so normal to have bad days, and if you just stay consistent, your body will adapt.


Which is kind of amazing, isn’t it? Our bodies are such amazing, adaptive organisms:)

Now You Tell Me…

  • Anyone else working towards a spring marathon?!?
  • Warm running gear recommendations? I need some new stuff…
  • What’s the weather like near you?!?

4 Replies to “Marathon Training Monday #4 + Don’t Let the Cold Get You Down!!”

  1. The weather dropped here in NJ over. Last Monday I wore shorts and a tshirt on my run and Saturday I had to layer and wear pants! A warm fall was such a tease when the weather just drops so suddenly. Thank you for sharing that pin!! I haven’t been able to find it recently and need to amp up my winter running gear.

  2. Great inspiration — I used to be able to run the occasional 3 miles straight (only when I was mad) but lately it’s been tough just to run down the street. Thank you for the reminder that “your body will adapt.” Happy Monday!

  3. It’s currently getting colder and colder here in Colorado… But then 70 degree days (like today!) pop up out of nowhere. I honestly have to pack 10 different pieces of clothing in my running bag to be ready for anything! While I love running in the cold, I have asthma so it can be pretty brutal.
    Nice work on your training! I’ve been playing with the idea of running a full marathon lately, but I’m a little nervous to take the plunge. Fingers crossed I get the courage soon!

    Susie |

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