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Tales of Training: %&!@ February

So I used to have a boss whom I often butted heads with, but I could always agree with her on one thing: F--- February. (Except she and I usually left out the dashes ...)

My point? Where we live, February pretty much sucks. If you make any plans, for any reason, Mother Nature will screw with them. By this point in the winter, we've had enough cold and snow, and we're ready to move on to sunshine.

The difference between my boss and me is that she could afford to make a trip to Florida every February to escape the arctic cold. This week, I had to settle for pretending I was running alongside all my Twitter/Facebook friends who were at Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon weekend. ::SIGH:: Oh well.

Sunday: Rest Day

Monday: PiYo Lower Body
I was supposed to do a "Fun Workout" according to my plan, but I opted for something easier. The lower body workout is heaven for my legs/hips. (Helloooooo pigeon pose!)

Tuesday: 3 miles
Took it easy with Rowdy ... I think he's ready to move up to more mileage, but I'm waiting for a good weather day to take him out and see how he does.

Wednesday: 6 miles, mid-4 at race pace
Well at this point, I'm not sure what my goal pace really is. I could shoot for the moon and try for a 1:55 half marathon, but I'll be happy with another 1:59. It's hard to keep reminding myself that winter miles should really be run by feel/effort and not by pace. Either way, I went faster for the mid-4 miles in this workout, and that's all I could really ask of my body in these temps.

Thursday: 5 miles
I was supposed to take it easy for this workout. However, the double-digit negative wind chill forced me to use the treadmill in our office fitness center. I normally LOATHE treadmill miles, but I actually felt relieved to not worry about ice/snow/layers of clothing getting in my way. So I kinda cranked up the pace for a while and let my feet fly. I felt AWESOME afterward!

A decent indoor run MUST be documented. Notice the happy face!
Friday: Rest
I was going to attempt to do a core workout, but my motivation pulled me deep into the couch Friday morning. I regret nothing.

Saturday: 13.1 miles (strong finish?)
So my options were to run Saturday morning in decent temps (about 18 degrees) as some snow fell OR run Sunday with no snow, but lower temps (about 10 degrees). I chose the "warmer" option and stuck to it. I mapped out a country route that I thought would be free of traffic for the most part (and it was), but it was also pretty slick. I was doing OK for the first half, but I fell apart toward the end when I couldn't get decent traction. At one point, I realized I was running so slowly with tiny, careful steps up a hill that it would be faster if I walked ... so frustrating! The strong finish part wasn't as strong as I hoped it would be, but I know I at least ran a little faster when I was back in town on semi-clear streets.
I stand by my earlier statement: F--- February
Looking Ahead: I have no idea how I'm going to get all my workouts in this week with wind chill advisories and my husband's work schedule ... I'll just take it day by day.


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