Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My favorite time of year to run.

For me, Jan and Feb are prime time for running.  I just love it!  Yes, you guys know, I love to run all the time, but this part of the year is my absolute FAV.    At this point in the winter, I am adjusted to the cold weather and I just feel absolutely great.  The cool mornings, the fresh air, I can breathe and run better now.  This week has been perfect.  The morning temps are in the upper 30's and lower 40's and it's sunny and bright.

This week, I decided to add 1 day with a quality run.  Tempo - oh the tempo.  It's the hardest run that I do personally, but not today.  First day back to tempo and quality, so I just want to "test the waters a little."  So the plan for the day, 1 mile w/u, 1 mile tempo, 1 mile c/d.  (9:38, 8:10 tempo, and 9:38).  Not bad at all.  When you start with the perfect temp. and only go 1 mile @ tempo, it's not bad at all.  For the next few weeks, I will add 1/2 mile to my tempo run each week.  After the run I did some lunges in the yard and 10 min yoga/stretch.  This evening I lifted weights.  Will do a little more stretching this evening and plan to take it easy on Wed.  1 day of quality done - I am a happy camper.

Next up - Sat. 10 miles.

Life update - it's a little crazy here.  We are redoing the siding on my shop.  Pulling siding off (that's Chad's job), putting more insulation in the walls, painting the siding with 2 coats, cutting and installing the new siding.  So I am trying to work, and help with the siding project too.  Also, we make routine runs to Lowe's and Home Depot for supplies.  In 2008, we totally remodeled the inside of our house.  It took a full year to complete that project.  I was not totally "over" that project and we have started this new one.   CRAZY!  We are under a timing issue because Chad's work will pick up in March.  We have a long way to go and a short time to get there.  This may turn into a 2 year project.

Add in a little Boston training and it's insane.  So far my training has been so slow that it hasn't been an issue, but from here forward I will be picking up the training.  Rest will become priority, which is not anything new for me.  I always get a lot of sleep.  In fact, I must end here so that I can shower and head to bed.  Worn out!

14 comments:

Running Diva Mom said...

You make ME tired!

Meg said...

I love February runs too. It's so cool and crisp and I can start to feel little bits of spring around me. It's great that you rest a lot, I'm jealous!

Jennifer said...

This is my favorite time of year too. I love it! You are so busy now, I don't know how you keep it all up, bravo for being patient with your training and your body, it really is rewarding you now!

Jill said...

You live in a nice climate - I would love winter running there, too! I'm am so glad you had a good tempo run (my least favorite of all runs, too). Busy is good sometimes but you are crazy busy. Good luck with the 10 this weekend!!

Carlee said...

I've enjoyed winter running this year, way more than I thought I would. I don't like when the roads are icey, but I didn't even mind the 20 miler I had with a windchill of 2 degrees. However, the temps you are describing are what we've been having this week, and I have to say, it's nice to be able to use my lips after a run. Some of those low low temp days I couldn't really talk once I got inside, they were so frozen.

Staci Dombroski said...

Great job on the tempo run!!!

kristen said...

whew, after reading this *I* need to shower and go to bed.

What a great post. I always love to hear people talk to positive about the wx in the winter. I mean without it, we wouldn't appreciate the warmer days you know.

I just did a tempo the other day for the first time in months....2 miles...slowish....and I was still sore. Good call taking it easy the first time out.

Tony said...

You've been a busy bee. Keep it up and get back on it.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Starting back easy on the tempo runs is wise. I hope the 10 miler is a good one!

adamrculp said...

You stay pretty busy. Not sure I agree with you all on these cold temps though. In Florida I start complaining when it gets in 30-40's. Gimme 55-65 any day. :)

Teamarcia said...

Nice job on the tempo!

Jenn said...

I agree with the winter weather when it's around those temps up here. It's definitely relative because in the summer I would never think I could run in 30 degrees and 30 degrees up here in the winter is almost too warm!!! Nice work on the tempo!

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