Week 4 of 16, the back spasm from hell, and all the puking.

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Here we are finishing up week 4 of 16 and training has been all over the place:

Week one was solid and I felt better than expected (for the most part). 43.5 miles

Week two did not go well. That Monday I had an easy 7 and I felt a sharp pain on the right side of my lower back which only got worse when I finished my run. Sparing the details, it hurt immensely, like a 9.5 out of 10, and I almost drove myself to the emergency room instead of the chiropractor. Just some easy running for the rest of the week. 24 miles

Week three started off with a rest day (my girls were having one of those days), and I unexpectedly felt great the next day so I was able to complete all of my workouts for the week. However, both girls (and my husband) got hit by the stomach bug so there wasn’t much sleep happening. 42 miles

Week four was a good one. My workout on Tuesday was a mini intro back into tempo runs at MGP or a little faster and it went well. I also did a 4.5 mile tempo on the treadmill (ugh) and a 14 mile (very hilly) long run yesterday. 46.5 miles

A few of my decent workouts from strava:

So happy that things are looking up and that back injury is behind me. I was not a fun person to be around for that week.

Today I was able to take the girls out for a double stroller recovery run. We were very lucky to miss that huge snow storm and it’s a balmy 36 degrees with no wind. Hoping for a few more runs outside this week because the treadmill can get a little tedious!

Judging from the many, many photos in my Facebook feed, I know a lot of my friends and family got several feet of snow over the weekend. Hope everyone is staying warm and being careful on the ice and snow! xo

Winter running, part one.

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Technically it’s still fall, but according to the thermostat it’s freaking winter already. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to think about how to dress for cold weather running, so I’m working on getting used to that. So far, I’ve been overdressed almost every time I go out. For example, today:

Before. Way too many layers.

Before. Way too many layers.

It was about 32 degrees when I ran and I wore: a tank, a long sleeve with thumbholes, a very thick fleece jacket, and a windbreaker-type running jacket on top. On bottom, I wore a pair of long tights (Go Joggings, which are extra long and cover the ankles). I also wore a scarf, wool headband, hat, and gloves. After about a mile (which is almost completely uphill and takes me ten minutes on a good day), I stopped to take off the fleece jacket and scarf I was wearing. Luckily I was pushing the stroller so I had a place to store my extra layers. I ended up keeping everything else on for the rest of my run, which was only six miles today. So I ended the run like this:

After. Perfect layering for the weather.

After. Perfect layering for the weather.

I kept both the headband and hat on because my ears get cold if I only wear a hat, and my head gets cold if I only wear a headband. I know there are winter running hats that have ear flaps, and I will probably have to invest in at least one of those this winter. Anyway, I’ve decided to start recording what I wear and the temperature/ conditions for each of my runs in my training log until I can get it right. If you’ve been hustling through the winter for years, this probably isn’t necessary. But if you’re new to running or haven’t trained in the great white north in awhile, it might be worth the extra effort. Emma made the trip with me today in hooded fuzzy pajamas, a hooded North Face snow suit that also covers her hands and feet, a blanket, a quilt, and the weatherprooof BOB cover. I think that combo will work for temps in the low 30s. I haven’t taken her out in temps much colder than that, but the treadmill is always an option for very cold, snowy days.

Warm and cozy.

Warm and cozy.