Half-Marathon Prep: Snowy Sunday Run

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I'm training for a half-marathon that will take place along the Snake River in E. Washington on March 2 - just under 7 weeks away (yikes!). I'm a bit behind my training at this point last year. The weather over the holidays was difficult for outdoor running, so while I got in some treadmill sessions and maintained my strength training, I didn't get in many long runs.

Today I decided to reverse this pattern. My previous long run was 6 miles, so I decided to do 7 miles today. I will add a mile a week to the long run for the next five weeks before tapering off.

Conditions today were cold, in the low 20s, with light snowflakes falling for the first half. I ran out a back road that went between snow-covered wheatfields and by a few farms. The road had light snow on the shoulders and a few areas of ice that I could fortunately avoid easily. I saw only a dozen cars over the whole run, plus a hawk, a dog, and two horses - no other runners, ok with me. I confirmed the truism that just getting out the door is the main battle.

I am so happy that back in May I indulged myself with a high-quality insulated windbreaker (rated down to 0 degrees) that I bought on a hot late spring day on clearance. I love it - keeps me warm, it's light, and even a bit stylish with a nice maroon color with black trim. So with gloves, a cap, a water bottle, and Merrell Trail Glove shoes, I was set. Enjoyed the simple winter landscape and the solitude. My form was ok and I did the +7 miles in a little over 70 minutes. So much more satisfying than the treadmill!
Felt tired in the legs on the last couple of miles so I know I'll have to still build up the endurance. But I'm pleased with how it went and that I have a plan to cover the remaining training period.

Now looking forward to some roast chicken for Sunday dinner ... emoticon
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    1926 days ago
    Great job on getting out there and doing it in such conditions!
    1926 days ago
    you and my husband! you crazy runner guys :-) good luck with your training! we will be watching your progress and cheering! emoticon
    1927 days ago
    emoticon emoticon for winning the struggle to get out the door! It's SO much harder to get outdoor mileage with the cold temps and short days.

    My next HM is on the same day as yours so we're HM-twins!! Enjoy your training and best of luck on your race!
    1927 days ago
    Interesting! Do you feel that your way of eating is making any difference, positive or negative, on your running? I understand there's a bit of controversy over it in the running world.
    1927 days ago
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