Snow, ice, cold, wind. MORE snow. Arctic Vortex #3.
Calluses, blood blisters, regular blisters, frostbite blisters. Shredded quads from running in the snow. Torn up ankles from the road salt. Frozen eyelashes.
4 a.m. daily wake-up calls to be out the door to run with the snowplows.
THIS is the road to Boston!?!
Here's a look at my mileage for the past two weeks:
I was rock solid this week, hitting the peak mileage for the first time ever. I will admit that I took things a little slower this week. I was tired after last Saturday's intense 16-miler that included 10 miles of heavy snow, followed by 10 flights up the new Z Lot in Detroit. I was spent both Sunday and Monday. My pace was embarrassingly slow. In fact, by Thursday I woke up for my 10-miler and just couldn't do it. I could not stand to run even one mile. I was exhausted, both mentally and physically. I knew I needed a break. So I went back to bed.
That evening I had cycle and did manage to get in a quick 3 miles on the treadmill first, which actually felt really good. I ended up with a snow day on Friday due to extreme wind chill. Since I'd run less on Thursday and gotten more sleep I was able to get in my 10-miler on the treadmill that day. Speed intervals helped pass the time.
Today I wanted to do 16 miles. I had a 4 mile race so I did 12 miles at home before. I didn't run any of my miles at marathon pace as the plan called for but I did the best I could in the snow. (Race report to follow.)
The next couple of weeks have a bump up in mileage. Thankfully I have winter break coming soon so that should mean more sleep!
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