Boston Marathon Training Monday #12: Bombogenesis Strikes

Life, Running / Monday, January 8th, 2018


Hi friends:)

So, unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the terrible weather the east coast- especially New England- has been having. Not only did my corner of Boston get 18 inches of snow this week, but we also have been going up against record breaking cols temps.

I consider myself a strong winter runner, but when it is below 10 degrees with a windchill below 0, there is just no way for me to run safely outdoors. Add a lot of snow, ice, and gale force winds to the mix… There were days this week that I wasn’t even able to get out of the house, never mind log my miles. 

However, there was a silver lining: I’m feeling pretty good right now. Which means that the treadmill is a really solid option for me. See, when I’m on the treadmill and I’m not feeling too strong, I find it hard to push myself through my miles. However, when all my bones and joints and muscles are doing what they should be doing and my mindset is where it should be, I am able to keep up with my training on the ‘mill pretty darn well!

Well, I’m able to keep up with my RUNNING pretty darn well. I didn’t make it to the pool for my weekly swimming sesh this week, nor did I strength train or make it to a full yoga class. But I’m trying to be chill and remind myself that IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OKAY. I survived Bombogenesis this week, so I’m good. I did a ton of shoveling (check out my perfectly sized snow-canyon parking space below)

Here’s how the week ended up panning out:

  • Monday: Rest Day/ Literally Too Busy To Exercise
  • Tuesday: 3 Mile Treadmill Run
  • Wednesday: 3 Mile Outdoor Run
  • Thursday: BLIZZARD DAY… 30 minutes of shoveling (I will always count shoveling as a workout.)  
  • Friday: 5 Mile Treadmill Run + 90 minutes terrible shoveling
  • Saturday: 45 Minute Charity Spin Class + 5 Mile Treadmill Run
  • Sunday: 5 Mile treadmill Run + 30 Minute at-home Yoga sesh
    • Total Weekly Milage: 21

I didn’t mean to up my milage this week, but since my treadmill runs are typically much flatter than outdoor jogs in the metro-Boston area, I was feeling really energized after 3 miles and didn’t feel like stopping. I also started re-watching Stranger Things on my iPad while running on the treadmill, which has helped me fight back against the boredom.

This coming week is forecasted to be much warmer (above freezing! Wahoo!) so I am excited to get outside for some mileage. I’ll also be starting my hill runs this week with my running team, and I plan to hi-light those sessions once I get a couple of weeks under my belt!

Wish me luck!


2 Replies to “Boston Marathon Training Monday #12: Bombogenesis Strikes”

  1. The weather totally ruined some runs this week. I managed to head out on Sunday to get 7 miles in and it felt amazing to get fresh air without my lungs feeling like they were going to freeze from frigid wind. Shoveling definitely counts as a workout. I think it works muscles we don’t typically work on!

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