We finally got some decent snow here, and just in time for Christmas! More snow meant more chances to get outdoors and practice our skate ski technique. I went out with the kids this week on the trails near our house and we had a good time. I still look like an awkward mess trying to tackle the hills, but I’ll get there. (It doesn’t help that my 4th grader schools me on every dang hill.) For Christmas, my kids (aka Dad) gave me some new super-duper warm tight pants, and I wasted no time in trying them out. About an hour after we were done opening presents, I donned my new pants and headed out into a snow squall for an 8 miler. The flakes were the size of cotton balls, so hydration was pretty easy. I just stuck out my tongue and caught a few flakes whenever I got thirsty. The run was tough in some respects (3-4 inches of snow makes it hard to run!), but an absolute joy at the same time. And bonus: my new pants kept me sooo warm!
As I ran, I thought about the past injuries and the many setbacks I’ve had over the last 9 months. The thing that kept coming back to me on that Christmas day run was this: Every step forward is a gift. That mindset carried me through this week, so much so that I even enjoyed an 11 miler on the treadmill. I’ve never been so grateful for the ability to run, whatever form it takes.
Monday- 30 minutes of core and hip mobility/strength routine
Tuesday- 8 miles (8:41 avg) on the treadmill – Felt great! I stopped a couple of times for 5 or so seconds to get water. Did 3x800m at the end at 8:13 pace, 1x800m at 8:06. Jogged a quarter mile in between. Stretch/foam roll after.
Wednesday– Off/ Skate skiing with kids.
Thursday- 8 miles (9:30 avg) – Merry Christmas to me! Halfway through this snowy run, when I turned around, my footprints were already covered up! I loved getting out there and felt really strong even running through 3+ inches of fluffy snow.
Friday- 5 miles (8:41 avg) – My first day of back-to-back running in MONTHS. Started slow and then ended a little faster, just upping the speed by 0.1 (6 seconds-ish) every minute or so until I got to 5. Then cooled down walking. Felt fine, no worse for the wear! Followed it up with some downhill skiing with the kids.
Saturday- Off. Did a little ice skating with the kids, but other
Sunday- 11 miles (8:45 avg) – Stopped a few times for 5-15 second (once to get water, once to stretch my calf/ tendon, and once to deal with one of the kids–the joys of the home treadmill!). But other than that, this was a truly continuous LONG run! I took the first half pretty slow and easy. In the second half, I played with the pace a bit and would change the speed 0.1 every minute or so, up and down. For the last 3 miles, I ran it progressive. I’m guessing on time, but I’m thinking 8:45, 8:35, 8:15. I cranked it up to 7:40 for the last quarter mile. No niggles, no pain, no issues!
Total: 32 miles, 1 hour skate skiing, 30 minutes of weights/core.