I probably picked the absolute worse week to try to become a morning runner. This is very typical of me – when I set BIG goals I tend to do it at the most inopportune time. Yanno – like training to run a sub 1:50 half marathon at a March race. Yo Janice!! It’s winter! It’s snowy, it’s cold, and it’s dark. Why do I do that??? This week was no different. I had it set in my head that the only way I’ll be able to accomplish my goals is to train around my work and family schedules. This unfortunately left only one time in the day for me to run: 5:30 am.
Was I successful?
Sort of. On Monday, I slept through my alarm. It was an easy decision to make because I knew my work schedule had a small window of opportunity to get my scheduled run in on my lunch, so I ran 3.62 miles around the park at lunch time in 34:38. Later that evening I met up with my Ragnar Niagara team to plan for the race – I’m so excited to be doing a Ragnar again! (I volunteered to be runner #5 – my total distance will be 18.7 miles)
Guess whose beer that is in the lower right corner 😀
On Tuesday I awoke at 5:15 am to a FREEZING cold bedroom. The heat exchange unit in the house had stopped working sometime in the night. I shivered my way into my running gear with the knowledge that if I didn’t do my 6 mile run then I wouldn’t get another opportunity to fit it in later because we had a work bowling party and Christmas lunch. I ran 6.23 miles in 1:03:23 shivering the entire time before heading to work! (It was 19F with a windchill making it feel like 6F). I managed to be back home before my family even woke up.
Wednesday was a “rest” day, so I went to BodyPump at lunch time.
Thursday was another cold morning, but I had back to back meetings scheduled and my beautiful Brooke was in a school play that night, so I had to suck it up and run before work. It was hard to get up, but I did it and ran 3.56 miles in 34:09 over a fresh dusting of snow. It was pretty chilly out – the temperature was 16F and the windchill made it feel like 2F.
Brooke’s school play – she’s the middle penguin.
Friday morning was my lactate threshold training according to my coach. I woke up to more snow, but it was at least a bit warmer than the day before (21F with a windchill making it feel like 6F). I quickly threw on my gear and headed out to run a 10 min warm up followed by three 7 minute repeats at 8:25/mile pace with 2 min recovery jogs between each repeat. I then ended with a 10 min cool down. Total distance ran was 5 miles in 47:04.
Saturday morning – another busy day in our household. Gymnastics, hockey and a family Christmas party 2 hours away over on the other side of the city. I had no choice but to get up early to run. Yes folks, that makes 3 days in a row that I got up at o’dark thirty to run! Admittedly it was a real struggle to get up and I think I snoozed my phone at least 3 times before I hauled my butt outta bed. My run was horrendous, as I was still recovering from Friday’s hard run, but I manged to get out there and run 3.25 miles in 33:22. Weather: The winter snowstorm was just starting and the temperature was 10F with a windchill making it feel like -2F. Brrrr!
This is what a 6 am run looks like in Canada.
Ahhhh Sunday – vO2 max training day. I had a choice – either run at 5:45 am and be home by 6:45 so that hubby could take the big girls to their 8:15 am hockey game, or sleep in. I chose to sleep in, hoping that the snow plows would be by to clear the 6-7 inches of snow that was dumped on us on Saturday. I finally got out to run around 1:30 in the afternoon and did a 10 min warm up, five 3 min repeats at 8:00/mile with 2 min recovery jogs, followed by a 10:00 min cool down. Total distance run: 5 miles Weather: 21F, windchill 8F.
Perhaps I should have cleaned up the backyard a week ago?
Total this week: 43 km
6 week total: 145 km
There is no way I would have fit in all of my scheduled training runs had I waited for the perfect time and conditions, so I had no choice but to suck it up and just get out there. It was a huge internal struggle – my body and brain were completely at odds with each other. First my brain was telling my resting body to get up, then my body was telling my sleepy brain that it was time to run. All in all I rather liked being able to fit in my running in a way that didn’t interfere with our family life. We were all able to make it to all of our respective sports, activities, meetings, Christmas parties because of my flexibility. Perhaps before work really is the perfect time?
Have a great week everyone!
Did you get hit by the snowstorm too?
When do you normally fit your work outs in?