I ran six days this week and of the six days, four of my runs took place outside! Granted I have needed to bundle up and wear my layers but running four days outside in the fresh air is a good balance for the days indoors on the treadmill.
My lululemon winter running accessories from the last few years (hat/fluff over mittens/neckwarmer) are still wearing/washing as new so this is my winning combo once again for this cold weather season!
Related: Winter Weather Workout Favorites
Hopefully I get lucky this winter with limited ice and snow days so that I can continue to run outside until the warm weather returns. Have I mentioned that I am not at all interested in the cold weather and winter months this year?
Yeah, I am already looking forward to March in a major way.
Monday – In The Gym (6 Miles)
Between the early morning darkness and rain, in the gym was the smartest place for me to be.
I broke up my treadmill in 3 sets of 2 miles each with strength exercises in between:
Miles 1, 2: Warm up
Free weights (upper body)
Miles 3, 4: Speed between 6.8 – 8.0
Miles 5, 6: Speed between 7.0 – 8.0
Of course I do not know the technical name for this rope thing but I have always liked it for tricep exercises. I got up to 22 pounds I think which is a lot for me! I DO NOT have great upper body strength but I do notice improvements.
Tuesday – 8 Miles
I ran later than I normally do which always throws me off but the sun was up and shining so I was happy.
It looks to me like Runkeeper changed their splits screen this week – the numbers are bigger. I was able to screenshot 7 out of the 8 miles which is fine since the last mile was a cool down.
Wednesday – Pure Barre/5 Miles
I started super early with a Pure Barre Mile High Series DVD (30 minutes) and then left to get my son from my parents (because I was out in the city last night so he slept there) and then I brought him to school AND THEN came home to run 5 miles outside. Another later than normal run time for me but at least it was outside!
I thought I would run much slower and didn’t think I would run 5 miles but somewhere between the third and fourth mile I decided to keep going. Not sure why mile 5 is displaying as mile 1 in the splits?
Thursday – In The Gym (7 Miles)
I woke up in a mood for no reason at all and really didn’t feel like running but I did anyway because 1) my legs weren’t in a mood 2) I would have felt worse to skip my workout.
Another treadmill run where I split the miles with weights in between:
3.5 miles < – 2 mile warm up plus 1.5 fast
off for free weights (upper body)
3.5 miles < – speed intervals to make it go by quick! (like between 7.0 – 8.0)
Friday – Pure Barre/5 Miles
I went with the second DVD in the Pure Barre Mile High Series (35 minutes) before a cold but not windy so totally bearable 5 miles outside.
Saturday – 12 Miles
I thought I was in the mood for a long run until around mile 2 when I felt that overall tired feeling that happens when I run in the cold even though I wasn’t actually feeling the cold since I was bundled in layers.
It certainly takes extra work and motivation to run in the super cold and/or super hot weather, at least for me!
In my head I thought I would go 13 miles but dropped it down to JUST MAKE IT TO TEN MILES and then ended up going 12 miles.
That’s usually how things go for me. I play the game of “just make it to x amount of miles” usually knowing I will continue beyond that point although if I do decide to stop, I am satisfied with reaching the goal I set.
Sunday – Pure Barre
I am definitely not running but will most likely pick the Pure Barre Pure Results (featured focus on focus on thighs) workout.
In case you missed my round-up running workouts that I shared this week, check it out here!
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Is it super cold where you live? Have you been running outside anyway?
How to motivate yourself to continue a run when part of you wants to stop?
Best thing you ate so far this weekend? Did you see the brownies I shared on Instagram?!