Workout Recap 1/5-1/11


Good morning! How is your weekend so far?

Sometimes writing up these workout recaps make me feel as though my always-impeccable memory is slowly escaping me.

I start putting together these Sunday workout recap posts at the beginning of the week, almost like a workout journal where I jot down my mileage, some thoughts and then review it all before hitting publish.

But, when I sit down to review the week and finish it up, I barely remember the workouts from early on in the week and read it as if it’s someone else’s recap.

Maybe I need to start doing those brain teasing exercises to keep my memory sharp.

Geez, don’t I do enough exercise as it is? Now my brain needs a workout too?

This week saw the return of real winter so I kept track of the early morning weather conditions for each day’s workout just to give you an idea of what I run in—and what sends me inside to the gym.

weekly workout recap




35-Minute Pure Barre DVD & 3.1 Miles

Current Weather: 37 degrees and super windy

It was a nice change of pace for me to see what I had to give for a 5k distance instead of going for my usual 6-mile loop,  achieve an endorphin high in just under 24 minutes and then go home to get on with the day.



45-Minute Pure Barre DVD & 6.2 Miles

Current Weather: 19 degrees and starting to flurry

I only had time for the first 35 minutes of Pure Barre which was fine – I swear the ending part of abs is not always necessary when you suffer through the warm-up section.

Plank Update – I am still plank pathetic when it comes to this Pure Barre Studio Series but realized I can handle planks MUCH better when I am fully warmed-up or after a run than at the beginning of Pure Barre.  

5k yesterday and a 10k today. These 6+ miles are the reason I run.

I didn’t feel cold at all, I just felt so good and in tune with a quick but comfortable pace of 8:40 until the last mile where I brought it down to 8:30.

I wish every run could feel so effortless and awesome!



Arm/abs section of Pure Barre DVD & 6 Treadmill Miles

Current Forecast: 19 degrees, windchill and real feel temperature below zero and ice all around.

black ice

This means treadmill.


I had a great treadmill run and if you missed Friday’s post, click here for the Beat The Boredom workout.



35 Minute Pure Barre DVD & 45 Minutes Elliptical

Current Forecast: My car thermometer read 7 degrees as I drove my son to the bus stop and myself to the gym in my community.

I had to stand outside for about five minutes which left my feet so beyond frozen that when I got on the elliptical machine, I purposely paid attention to how long they took to defrost.

10 minute mark: feet still like blocks of ice

15 minute mark: I took over my long sleeve layer, feet still frozen

25 minute mark: feet still frozen, rest of me sweating!

35 minute mark: finally feel normal and not a second sooner.



11 Miles

Current Forecast: Balmy temperature of 25 degrees with light snow in the forecast.

I decided to run a little longer today even though I normally run long on Saturday for a few reasons:

1 – I thought I could get a long run completed outdoors because it was 25 degrees which was warm compared to Saturday’s forecast calling for a real feel temperature well below 10 degrees.

2- I considered doing back-to-back long runs if I felt up to it on Saturday because I haven’t done it in a while.

3- I had plans to go out at night and for some reason I wasn’t totally sure I was in the mood to have my long run on my mind.

I made it four miles outside until the flurries turned into snowing enough that I could no longer see.


I found my way to the gym where I ran another 7 miles to bring myself to 11 miles total.

I had purposely dressed with the possibility of ending up in the gym which meant I had a Run Swiftly short sleeve as my base layer and the Nike ear warmer easily worked as a head band.


This is what I looked like after coming in from the snow – red cheeks, snow I believe in my eyes and my face all cold and wet that my mouth was sort of stuck in that position.

I am going to share the treadmill workout I completed a bit later this week.



3.25 miles outside – > 1 mile on treadmill ->   a little over 6 miles back outside = over 10 miles

Current Temperature : 18 degrees but wind chill brought real feel to zero or maybe below?

I woke up and did feel like running so the plan became ten miles.

I wanted to run outside so I gave it a shot. It wasn’t too cold and I didn’t notice wind (at least I didn’t think so) and I went slow to keep my eye out for ice which really wasn’t there.

Right under the three-mile mark, my phone developed a case of hypothermia.


What it meant was, it’s too cold to function and needed to warm up….not cool down.

I guess this means I am more nuts that I realize for running outside in such temperatures? I don’t know, I wasn’t cold but my phone refused to work.

I didn’t want to run so long without my phone so I headed into the gym to finish up my run on the treadmill.

Only, I didn’t feel like running on the treadmill. The treadmill gives me a great workout lately but I didn’t want a workout, I wanted to just run.

I hope that makes sense?

After a mile on the treadmill and giving my phone the chance to get warm and start working again, I layered back up and went back outside to finish my run.

I don’t love disrupted runs such as this but when you accept that kinks happen and figure out how to work through them in order to complete what you set out to accomplish, you develop that mental endurance which is part of the reason we do these long runs anyway.



Rest Day

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Anyone else have this experience with their phones? I usually only have an issue in the summer if the phone gets too hot in the sun.

If you have been running in the cold lately, are you loving it or hating it?

Are you planning to run today or rest today?

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  1. says

    I have never experienced my phone getting too cold, just too hot! However, I don’t really look at it while I am running so if it gave me that message I wouldn’t know until I was finished.
    It’s really nice that you have such easy access to a treadmill. I would probably do the same thing as you especially on days when I’m unsure whether or not I should run outside.
    It’s still so icy here. We only got 2 inches of snow and that was last Tuesday and there are seriously some places that look like a mini ice-skating rink.
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    • says

      I only noticed because my music stopped! How weird?! I guess it was really cold out there! We only had a couple of inches too and you would think we had much more based on how it looked.

  2. says

    Yoga for me today! The treadmill and have become reacquainted again. 6 miles seems to be my max on the treadmill lately. With single digit temps and no running outside the treadmill is better than nothing right.

    I’m often to check out your boredom buster treadmill workout.
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    • says

      Yeah, I love Pure Barre and definitely love it more than anything else I tried online. Have you taken a Pure Barre class? I recommend doing that to get the routine and feel down before doing the videos at home, although, I feel like you must be good at this stuff anyway that you could probably jump to right in :)….Go on their website – I ordered two different sets – One mile high set and one studio series set so I rotate 4 videos each week so it never gets boring. Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. says

    Those red cheeks! I grew up in WI and reminds me of walking to school everyday in the crazy cold winters. I sure don’t miss that. I’ve become so intolerant to cold now that I’ve lived in Phx for 13 yrs. I have to remind myself. You walked to school everyday in 5 foot snow drifts and -20 degree weather. You can handle a little 30 or 40 degree morning. LOL! Keep warm!
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    • says

      I can imagine that living in the warmer climates totally makes you intolerant to the cold. Over the years, I feel like even I am getting intolerant and I haven’t lived anywhere but in NY my whole life. I just can’t take the bitter cold anymore!

  4. Carmella says

    I carried my phone today to take some pictures during my run and when I got inside noting would load it needed to warm up 17 degrees in NEPA!
    Have a good day ❄️

  5. Caroline says

    Thanks so much for the awesome treadmill workout you posted the other day! With the frigid temps I hadn’t run in a week and I was getting stir-crazy. I usually hate the treadmill and have never lasted longer than 4 miles, but I tried your workout today and I did 4.6! And I would have kept going but the gym closed (bummer). Anyway, I’m hoping the temps improve, but for now I’m starting to not totally hate the treadmill!

  6. says

    I love how you are keeping track of the temps and weather too. That’s great 🙂 If I don’t write things down, whether it’s my workouts or just ANYTHING else- I totally don’t remember. It’s pretty bad actually! I have gotten out a little in the cold, but have mainly been sticking with the treadmill. I have a half marathon next weekend, so I have been making it a point to get outside SOME. 😉
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  7. says

    I’ve had that happen to my phone while I was out in Indiana for work in November. It was quite cold… probably teens or single digits? It was annoying, but also funny.

  8. says

    I can run in the cold.. but snow is a whole different story. No thank you! I really can’t believe how quickly the snow laid after turning into snow from flurries. Brrr!