I try not to complain about weather too much. Let’s face it, no matter where you live, weather is a challenge. Our first week of April went like this: Snow, rain, rain, very cold and windy, snow changing to rain changing back to snow, very cold and windy, snow showers & cold. Did I mention if was also gray most of the week? Motivation wasn’t easy to come by this week.
- Monday: Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 5 miles easy
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
- Wednesday: PB Total Body, Dogwalk, Element PM Yoga
- Thursday: 3 treadmill miles, YFR Foundation
- Friday: Dogwalk, PB Core
- Saturday: 1 mile WU with FTC, 5.5 miles easy, YFR Foundation & Lower Back
- Sunday: Vin & Yin Yoga, Dogwalk
Mileage: 17 (+4.5)
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It snowed . . . all morning. But by the time the training group met, it was all melted. Running Buddy J is back from FL and we got thrown into the lion’s den — with only one coach, I started out leading the beginner’s group — and we don’t get any instructions! Then I dropped back to make sure no woman was left behind, leaving poor Running Buddy J — her first time even there — to lead the group.
I ran another 4 miles afterwards — it had turned into a great day for running — again below a 12 mm pace. Somehow warming up very slowly makes me want to run fast.
More rain on the way, but I got out there before the wet stuff started to fall. It’s so nice to be able to run in different directions again because the snow is gone (even if it snowed a bit with the rain and snowed yesterday). A slower run but rolling hills.
It was wicked cold and windy, as they say in Boston. I chose the treadmill and some “Reign” watching.
I am fair weather runner when it comes to trails — despite my muddy half. So I mentored the training group and then went on to run 5.5 miles while my other running friends went out to brunch. I ran out of gas the last mile and a half or so, but that’s because breakfast had been 5 hours ago and even my snack of a banana had been 3 hours ago.
Favorites of the week
After my sister talked about making matzo pizza, I found this at the store. Sure, you can just use regular matzo but seriously, how cute is that? And it contains the pizza sauce. Just add cheese and toppings.
I “ran” into one of the training group mentors, another Skirt Sports Ambassador, as I was stretching after my run Saturday and struck up a conversation with her (she also happens to be friends with on of the runners in our group and ran with Running Buddy J after the training group, in a weird twist of fate, but I didn’t know any of that at the time).
We hope to meet up after the group for a long run at some point. Next weekend I am racing on Sunday — first race of the year! — and I will probably go to the group, but obviously don’t plan a long run afterwards.
She is training for an Ironman, so obviously I will just join her for part of her run — had I known she was running approximately the same mileage as me by herself I would have joined her this week!
I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:
- How to Ramp Up Your Training Without Getting Injured
- Sometimes Running is Hard
- How to Warm Up for a Run
Let’s get the conversation started:
Would you run a trail race in the 30s — in April? With snow on the ground?
Try any new holiday things lately?
How are you fighting with Mother Nature?