I'm not sure what the deal is with Blogger. I tried to blog last weekend as well only to find that I couldn't upload picture then either. So I figured out the whole Picasa web albums in the meantime.
I haven't blogged in ages. But I have still been running. A lot actually.
Speaking of a lot. It's been snowing A LOT here in Salt Lake City as well. Last Winter I think I lucked out because it was pretty mild. I prided myself on not missing a run because of any silly rain or snow. So far this year I've skipped one long run completely because of a nasty snow storm. It's ironic really because I would be more than willing to run in a few inches of fresh snow if it's only for say six miles. But when it's for a double digit run I just can't do it. The thought of soaking wet feet for over two hours is just too much. It sure is beautiful though.
I did run in that above, only for six miles. It was so peaceful.
Oh, it hasn't just been snowy .. we've also had single digits for like two weeks. However, the temp doesn't deter me at all.
For two days straight it's been snowing again. I planned to run 12 miles this morning. There was no way I was going to slog through 12 miles in several inches of fresh snow.
Off the the gym I went instead. It wasn't a good start. I went with my Kindle Fire in hand with the plan to watch a movie. I figured that would consume a lot of my running time. I don't know what the heck was going on, whether it was my Kindle or the wireless connection at the gym but I could not connect to their network to save my life. The first 5 miles just plain sucked. What's funny is I trained for my first 5k solely on the treadmill but since then I've really been a 100% outdoor runner with the exception of speed work. I prefer to do intervals on the treadmill just so I know I'm hitting my paces. Now the treadmill feels a million times harder than running outside. This actually leads me to believe I should do this more often to help build some mental toughness.
I basically spent the first 5 miles feeling really angry and irritable because of the technical issues. I settled into a slow (for me) 11:15 pace. It felt hard and dreadful. The treadmill hit the automatic cool down after 55 minutes (it had one of those 60 min max settings on it). So I refilled my water and decided to get situated with my iPod tuned into the radio station so that I could watch their TV's. Once I settled in and could get my Kindle to turn back on I also started reading as well. Ha .. well you know .. not at the same time. That helped and the next 5 miles kind of flew by. I had to tough through the last 2 miles but I did it.
It's kind of funny when you're been running on the treadmill for that long and reading a book, once you get off it's like stepping off a cruise ship. It feels funny to walk. All in all I'm really happy to have had the mental toughness to run that many miles on the treadmill. I'm very grateful that I have that option when it's this yucky outside.
Workout: 12 miles (2:20 mins)
I'm also doing Weight Watchers right now. I've had a really good week thus far. When I plugged my workout into my tracker it spit out that I had earned 24 activity points! I only get 26 points a day. That means I basically earned a days worth of points .. I just found that funny. I won't eat those points, I never do. I'm really trying to find the balance with WW's and running. I have been very low energy with my runs this week .. another post for another day.
Happy Treadmill Running Friends!!
Have you done double digits on the "dreadmill"? What did you do to break the monotony of it?
Several inches of fresh snow .. do you run in it anyway?