I feel my appetite coming back. Physically, I am starting to eat more again. I actually lost a bit of weight during my injury, mostly muscle mass, due to intuitively eating less. Mentally, my appetite for training hard is back. The end of the week before and this last week of running alleviated some of my lingering post-fracture concerns.
Last week’s running felt fantastic. It was one of those marvelous weeks where every run feels wonderful. I ran five days even – back to normal frequency! I am not back to my pre-injury fitness levels even remotely, but I tangibly see my fitness returning.
Monday: 30 minute snowshoe run
I’m fairly certain the sight of me jogging down the street, holding a snowshoe in each hand, was quite the sight for our neighbors. It was also 10 degree outside. The park is so close that I jogged there to warm up (it took less than two minutes), then strapped on my snowshoes for run. The snow was more compact than the day before and had slightly melted, but I still got in a good 30-minute snowshoe run at a 10:42/mile pace (with some pauses just to enjoy the beauty of winter).
Tuesday: 35 minute run & 15 minute kettlebell workout
This run felt good! Ollie joined me on this run and I am so happy to have my training buddy back. The sidewalks were a little snowy and icy in patches so we slightly altered our route. I didn’t monitor pace during the run and was very pleased with my splits afterward: 9:06, 8:29, 8:27, and 8:21.
For my birthday in the fall, Ryan gave me a pair of Saucony Peregrine Ice+ shoes. Let me tell you about how amazing these shoes are. They have Vibram soles with Artic Grip, waterproof uppers, and extra insulation. They are amazing for winter running, especially here where you encounter snow, ice, and cleaned pavement all in one run. Unlike the Peregrines, they ride comfortably on clean pavement. On snow and ice, they provide solid traction without slowing you down. I wear them snowshoe running and my feet stay dry.
Wednesday: 35 minutes cross-training & strength
After four days of running, I opted to cross-train. I prefer morning runs but don’t mind afternoon workouts for cross-training – especially when I can go to the gym with Ryan. I did 20 minutes with intervals of 1-minute hard, 30-seconds easy on the arc trainer. I then completed core work using a resistance band anchored on a stretching rack: deadbugs, planks with rows, and Palloff presses.
Thursday: 35 minute run
This run was amazing. The sidewalks were slick with ice from the melt-refreeze cycle of the night before but I was able to find a good groove. After a comfortable first mile, I picked up the pace gradually throughout the second mile and logged a 7:51. That felt really good. I backed off a bit in the third mile to stay cautious with this foot but ended up not slowing down too much.
Friday: 40 minute run & 20 minutes Pilates
This run was so wonderful. It was chilly outside but not windy or bitter. Some icy patches required concentration but overall, this was a smooth run. I left with the intention of 30-35 minutes but I felt so good that I ran for 40 minutes. I focused on a comfortable effort and like most runs of the week, settled into the 8:20s after warming up.
After the run, I did 20 minutes of Pilates, with lots of side leg exercises to focus on strength and mobility as I build up my mileage.
Saturday: Rest day
We were supposed to get a large amount of snow, so I took a rest day in hopes of snowshoe running on Sunday. The forecast predicted 3-6 inches, although we got less than that.
Plus, I need to remind myself to rest right now, when I’m eager to get out there every single day. Rest days are vital at any phase in trianing.
Sunday: ~45 minute snowshoe run
The weather was bitterly cold on Sunday but sunny, at least at the start of this run. Ryan went for a snowshoe walk while I snowshoe ran, zig-zagging back and forth to circle by him often for company. I was brimming with energy and just ready to go, which was good because snowshoe running is an aerobic kick in the butt.
I ran a 5K in snowshoes on fresh powder and then stopped to walk with him – and then a biting wind developed. Snowshoe running generates a significant amount of body heat and once I stopped running, I quickly began to chill. After walking for a bit and starting to shiver, I ran in my snowshoes another mile back home. By the end, I was cold, hungry, tired, and very happy.
It’s funny how four years ago, I hated winter running. Now I love it. It’s amazing the difference a change in attitude and some good gear can make.
How was your week in running?
How much snow did you get this weekend?