This week was a particularly grueling one for training. Blustery winds left over from the Nor’easter in Boston forced the long run from Sunday to Monday night. I was on service this past week which meant that I did not get home until after 6pm on Monday. The run lasted 2 hours and 4 minutes during which time the sun set and the temperature dropped from 0 to -4. It was the longest night time run I had ever done and probably the most difficult of my training.
One of the longer runs today. We scheduled for a morning run to develop the habit of running in the morning. After all, they don’t schedule marathons after work hours.
Temperature was rather perfect. Not too cold and not too hot. Starting to feel like spring but certainly doesn’t look like it.
This morning the degree of difficulty of yesterday’s run was confirmed with some definite residual soreness/leg fatigue. That combined with freezing rain outside made for a great excuse not to run. However, part of the training is learning to run with muscles that don’t feel great and to ignore excuses not to run. With that in mind, headed to the treadmill for an 8 miler this afternoon. Was supposed to be an easy at a modest pace, but running for more than an hour on a treadmill never feels easy. After did some leg strengthening, needed for injury prevention.
Mileage: 40km each
Total wipeouts: 1
Frozen eye brows: 4
So massive snow storm today before, during, and after the run. In the unlaced sections, feet were completely covered in snow.
We ran 8 km against the wind, choking on snow, having our eyelids, eyebrows, and hair covered with snow. Stopped for a quick gel intake and memorable picture of beat faces.
Monday’s runs are meant to be easy to recover from the long distance of the weekend before.
Although easy may not be the appropriate term… after all, we are training in Canada. At 8:50 pm, we ran along the lake shore, watching the waves crash into frozen water. The wind really didn’t want us to run. One of the slowest runs in our training sessions yet (wind and us trying to take it easy).
One foot after the other. Feeling the impact of each stride as we run laps around the track like hamsters on a spinning wheel (perhaps this analogy is better for a treadmill). I, Farid (on the left) started officially training in January. Training started with easy paced 5-8 km runs. Now, a month later, almost running daily and the shortest distance is 10 km.