Another day and more subzero temps, however, after last week’s thaw, it doesn’t feel…well as bad. Just a few days of respite from the cold was enough to re-charge some of the brain-cells, err batteries and make it so that I don’t feel as overwhelmed by the constant mind-numbing cold.
It doesn’t mean that I am happy about -5*F when we woke up or -3*F when I left the house to go to the gym. It just means that for mid-January in Maine the weather is pretty seasonable.
Nope no running outside today with those kind of temps and taking away a bit more with the wind chills = more time on the treadmill.
I am attempting to get into a bit of a routine (well around Mother Nature’s temper tantrums) and on Monday’s I would like to get in something around 6.0 miles. Although I did wonder before I left the house if I was coming down with something the way I was feeling and might have to adjust my run dependent upon how I felt.
Since I had a bit of a tougher run the other day, I decided to go with a mostly relaxing run and started out at 6.8 mph for a couple of miles. I will be honest, I really, really wasn’t all that into the run this morning and had to force myself to keep going at that point. I bumped it up to 6.9 mph and kept moving.
I am not sure why, but the bottoms of my feet bother me a bit more than they used to on the treadmill this year. It is not bad enough that I have to stop running, but it is a distraction. I wonder if it will carry over to running outside or if it is just the treadmill working bad juju on the bottom of my feet? 😉
Oh well, it is what it is – I kept going.
At 3.75 miles , I bumped the pace up to 7.0 mph and kept it there until 5.0 miles, when I began that let’s get this done idea in my head. I do tend to push the last mile or so a bit harder on most runs. It is not quite the same as strides, but I progressively run faster and then the last quarter-mile I get down to what I would like to see as my race pace (or faster) at some point this summer. The last .10 I tend to kick it up a bit more to make myself push and get the legs stretched out a little. If I am really feeling froggy like I was today, I kick the last .05 at a sub 6:00 pace. I haven’t done that very often lately and it felt good.
It just gets me used to running a little faster than the slog that I usually do outside on most of my training runs.
Surprisingly, I think (sssshhhhh don’t tell anyone else), I might have gotten my Garmin footpod calibrated pretty damn close to the treadmill mileage. I stopped the treadmill at 6.2 miles and the watch had me at 6.21 – that is close enough for me any day of the week.
A good run and when I got done, the fuzzy headedness that I had before I started seemed to have been burnt out of me. I did work up a pretty good sweat and felt better than I thought I would. I did my 5:00 minutes at 15% incline and 3.4 mph to stretch out the legs a little more and then spent some time in the back room with the foam roller and some body weight exercises to limber me up.
For a workout that I wondered if I would even start it turned out pretty decent by the time I finished. Yes, Planet Fitness was packed and all the machines were being used, so it was a good thing I got there a few minutes earlier than usual.
Later in the afternoon, another 8.0 miles were done on the elliptical. Nothing special, just getting the mileage in and still feeling pretty good.
Overall a good couple of workouts, some body weight work and most of all a pretty relaxing afternoon. Although I am battling a bit of cold it seems, lots of sniffling, sneezing and stuff, hopefully it passes on through quickly.