I am coming back from some unspecified running woe. The only clue that I have to work with is that I did two very hard workouts back to back a few weeks ago and it was like my body shut down on me. After backing off, I feel like things are starting to come back. 24.25 miles this week, with absolutely no thanks to the weather.
Monday: 3.25 miles that were all kinds of wrong. My body just wasn't interested in moving. The only way that this workout could have been worse is if I hadn't run at all.
Tuesday: This was an awful run, but the problems were more external than internal, which was a huge improvement over Monday. The workout that RunCoach gave me was 4 x 800 @ 5k pace, which was very close to the "I made it up myself" workout that crashed me a few weeks ago. I knew that I would probably not be able to get up to pace, but I also thought that it was worth giving it a shot.
The temperature was above freezing and it looked like the snow was coming to an end when I set off. Spoiler, it wasn't done at all. We'd had a few days of steady rain and the path was a slushy mess. By the 2nd lap I knew that I didn't have to worry about my feet getting any wetter than they already were. I shifted my goal from pace to effort and found that the workout passed very quickly. As predicted, I didn't get anywhere close to my pace but it felt relatively good to get 5.25 miles in the bank.
Thursday: my body was approaching normal but the weather was not. The workout was a repeat of last week: 10 minutes moderate pace - 5 minutes 5k pace - 10 minutes moderate pace - 5 minutes 5k pace. SO.MUCH.WIND. In those conditions the moderate pace was achievable, 5k was not. All that I could do was laugh at my Garmin when it beeped to warn me about my pace. Apart from the weather drama, this was a decent workout of 5.25 miles total.
Friday: another day where the spirit was willing but the weather was not. I did my part with an easy effort 4.25 miles, the wind did not cooperate with me.
Saturday: oh hey! All of a sudden the weather was fine and my body was raring to go. I dropped 6.25 miles like it was no big deal. For comparison, in a "normal" week 3 out of 5 runs would be 6 miles or more...this is only the 2nd time that I've hit the 10k distance this month. This run was a much needed win.
Sunday: planned rest day. I am sticking to the plan but between you and me I really feel like going out for a run. It's a good feeling.
It's time to transition to the treadmill for weekdays. In the first place I don't need the weather drama and in the second place early morning work meetings are starting to become a thing. Time to go back to my pre-pandemnic lifestyle of finishing my workouts by the time the kids leave for school in the morning. This means scaling back my workouts until my body adjusts to the treadmill. C'est la vie.
As of right now the Turkey Trot is still scheduled to be an in person race and the weather is looking good. Based on the past few weeks there is no way, no how that I will hit sub 30, so this will be a "for fun" effort. I think it is very likely that the race will get cancelled, but that's no problem, if it does then I'll be running with me, myself, and I in the park.
Winter Leggings Update
A few weeks ago I shared an unfortunate incident that occurred due to some cheap winter leggings that I scored on Amazon. I'm pleased to report that these leggings from Old Navy turned out to be great! While I am not going to be running in temps lower than 30, they passed the test for low 30's/high winds.