3 Runs, Better than None

Well, week three of “getting back into the groove” of running & working out is here. It’s not off to a bad start. But first, let’s take a look at last week’s workouts!

Last week, I only ran twice. I did an easy evening 4-miler with some running buddies again on Thursday night. I didn’t push the pace as hard, and I certainly felt better than I did the week before. I also notice that it’s getting easier to breathe in the cold air already than it was just two weeks ago. Hooray, acclimating!

On Saturday morning, I did an easy {almost} 6 miles with the running club. It felt pretty good!

I’ve been using a lot of my motivational tips to get my butt out there running. Every time I find myself thinking, “Eh, I’ll just skip it tonight, I realllllly don’t want to…” I try to go through my list of winter-running motivators until I come across one (or more) the push me into my running shoes.

It’s funny, really… After running a marathon, and being in the best shape of my life, I thought it would be so easy to maintain my fitness and motivation! I mean, every run should be “easy” now, since I’m not training or pushing myself to new distances, so why not keep it up?! That’s how I thought I’d feel, but just a few weeks of breaking the habit of running can make it difficult to pick up the workout habit again. Slowly but surely, I’ll get back on track. I think if I can run 3-4 times a week (about every other day) throughout the next 3-4 wintery months, I will be happy!

My goal this week is to run three times, and hopefully throw in some Pilates or yoga work into another 1-2 days. I’m already on track {no pun intended…}:

Last night, I met up with two running friends at a school’s track. I forgot how cold 35 degrees feels, and only brought a t-shirt & very light long sleeve shirt to wear over it. Luckily, I had one of Matt’s old sweatshirts in my car that I could throw on. Otherwise, I would have froze! (Or, just run very, very fast. Hmm.)

Winter running tip: Always have lots of layers of clothes on hand!

After an easy mile warm-up around the track, I ran 1 mile all-out to see how fast I could go. About 6 months or so ago, I think I ran around an 8:30. (??)

Last night, I ran an 8:56 mile.

Oy! Talk about a slow-down. I felt like maybe I could have ran it a teeny bit faster; I think I was too conservative in the first 800 meters. But ah, well.

After my all-out mile, I ran one more easy mile as a cool-down.

And here was my night-vision view of the track…

running track at night

Runners to your lanes!

No lights around it, so it’s DARK! I would only ever run around there in the dark with friends, and even knowing they’re there, it was still a little creepy in the dark.

Goal over the next few months: Get faster! Since I don’t want to spend hours doing long runs over the winter months, I’m going to focus on running shorter, but faster & harder, runs to try and gain some speed back.

I’m running a Turkey Trot 5K this Saturday morning, so that can be my baseline race time to run up against. 🙂 Wish me luck!

I’m planning to meet up with the same running friends tomorrow night for a run after work, but there’s rain in the forecast, so we’ll see what happens…

How is your winter running motivation?

Are you running any Turkey Trot races?

What’s your favorite kind of speed workout? 


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