My week kicked off on a great note with an early morning strength class at Rock City Fitness yesterday!
I will be sharing a full review of their personal training program after my last class tomorrow, but for now, just know I’m being pushed.
I signed up for the 7 a.m. Strong class and completed four different circuits using dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, and medicine balls. Each circuit went down in repetitions and up in weight, and my trainer had me doing dumbbell chest presses with a set of 25s at one point. I can’t remember even attempting that before, so it was nice to know lifting heavier than 15s isn’t completely undoable for me.
I’ll be back to share more about my experience soon!
Running in the Snow Again
As much as I like taking classes and getting into a gym, I also miss my time running outside whenever I take a short hiatus from it. It had been over a week since my half marathon, so I was itching to get out there and get my heart rate up on a run again.
As soon as I got home and opened the windows, I couldn’t help but to pout at the snowy ground and dreary looking skies. They aren’t the most inviting sights to “go out for a run” if you know what I mean.
Knowing it might be my last chance to enjoy a “warmer” run in the high 30s, I grabbed Scott, put a coat on Roadie, and set out for a quick two mile loop around the neighborhood.
I almost feel bad for taking Roadie with us in cold temperatures, but then I don’t. He’s been so bored and anxious at home lately. I knew he needed to get out on this run more than we did!
There were ice patches to dodge and slush piles to avoid, but we did our best to stay on the sidewalks and did just fine.
Can you believe how different this street looks in just two weeks time? It’s almost as if fall never even existed.
It just started snowing this week, so it hasn’t stuck enough to really be a problem yet. I am still very much getting used to running in it, so I’ll be sure to share any tips or tools I come across as the season goes on.
It’s always a little more challenging for me to breathe in the cold, but it’s also kind of nice at the same time. If I am dressed appropriately and hide the majority of my skin, I can sometimes run even longer than I normally do. I barely feel a sweat until I get back to the house!
We completed two quick and painless miles in 18:40, which is a pretty good pace of 9:20 with the King of potty sniffs and stops. I asked Scott if this was going to be our last run of the year and he said “nope!” We’ll just have to see how often we get ourselves back out here.
(Look at that mug! So great.)
It’s currently 16 degrees outside, so it might be a couple days or weeks until a run happens again.
Seriously. What happened?
I couldn’t really tell you, so until I find the answers or motivation to do anything but sulk over the sight of snow, I’ve been keeping myself happy with warm meals and things.
Today’s breakfast looked a lot like yesterday’s!
Organic scrambled eggs, Al Fresco chicken sausage links, and cherry apple butter spread on wheat toast.
When in doubt, just keep layering and drinking warm beverages.
That’s my theory!
All right. I’ve got to get going and onto a couple of projects, but I’ll be back later this afternoon with the start of this year’s holiday gift guide!
Questions of the Morning
• Have you ever tried to run longer than a few miles in snow? (Any tips?)
• Favorite warm beverage?
I was really good about getting out and running in the snow the first winter after we moved. That one was tolerable. With last year’s Polar Vortex and record breaking cold temperatures AND level of snowfall, I got completely overwhelmed by it and didn’t run for months. I definitely felt out my “normal” self, so I hope that doesn’t happen again! I would appreciate any tips you might have on how to combat running in the snow. Also, my favorite hot beverage is coffee, obviously. Hot tea is the runner up!