So everyone here in the DC area was braced for this Polar Vortex crap that was coming today. Last night the weather was getting colder, the wind picked up, and we knew as we pulled on our extremely large, fluffy, warm comforter (reserved for such occasions) that we were in for the cold the next morning. When we woke up this morning the temperature was 4 degrees. FOUR.
I decided last night to not shower this morning and simply blow dry my hair from its frizzy state this morning. It worked well, which is nice, but now I feel groggy and weird because I didn’t have my wake up as I usually do. The minute I left the house, my car, much like myself, was not ready for the commute in. Since all of the schools were closed, I hit no traffic, but I still felt like my car was shaking a bit more than usual, and refusing to heat up. I got to work about 20 minutes later (SHORTEST COMMUTE EVER) or 16 miles, and it still had not heated up.
I ran last night, or afternoon rather, and it was a good 3.1 miles. I am getting used to running faster, or at least I keep telling myself that, and putting the treadmill at a consistent speed so that I can’t really waiver or slow down due to exhaustion is helping. This doesn’t mean I don’t jump off at times and curse at the machine, but I figure that as long as I keep doing this my endurance with surely gain strength and I will be able to push through my time at the race in February (Where I currently hold my official PR.).
3.1 Miles + Weight training
I was given this site’s information after a lengthy discussion with the founder of Eat More to Weigh Less. I commented on a pinterest post stating that I felt their program was only geared toward lifting and that I also felt at times that they “condemned” runners and cardio lovers a like. She explained that this is not true and then gave me some information on where to find good workouts. I am bored with NROLFW and kind of gave up on Drop 2 Sizes because I am dumb. I plan on picking up D2S after my half marathon and 10 miler races this spring. But I feel, also, that adding strength training whilst running is still a beneficial idea. So I am planning the following schedule of workouts that I will aspire to:
- Monday: Strength Training @ Lunch / Running in the afternoon
- Tuesday: Running
- Wednesday: Strength Training @ Lunch
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: Strength Training @ Lunch / Running in the afternoon
- Saturday: Active Rest
- Sunday: Longer Run
This way I get three days of strength training and 4 days of running. I like the two a day approach because at lunch at work I have a hard time running because I get drenched in sweat and then showering takes too long and bam I have to stay a lot later than I want to. This way I still get a sweat session but it’s not horrible and I won’t feel bad simply using body wipes to clean up. I can pull my hair into a pony tail for the rest of the day and add some nice smelling body spray and I’m good (or so I hope, I don’t care if I smell really bad frankly.).
Next week will be kind of an abbreviated schedule as Wednesday I have an all day meeting, and it can possibly roll into Thursday. I plan on simply playing it by ear and hoping to at least get a strength session in at home one of those days.
With regards to eating: I am trying to focus more on getting protein and veggies in over anything else. I am gearing all dinners to protein and veggies with only a little starch. I am thinking that my incessant hunger is attributed to the constant reliance on carbs that then turn into drops in sugar. Frankly I only want to binge on carbs before and during a race. That is the only time I really NEED them.
I am doing well so far with the Shakeology, the upping of my activity, and drinking water like I’ve just come from the desert.
This will be my year.