Monday, January 28, 2013

#TrainingTruths: Paying Up

I entered a little Runner's Wager hosted by pavement runner and NYC Running Mama and since the Patriots didn't win the AFC Championship, my workouts last week included some #milesofshame settling up. On the upside, I could also add the miles to my team.

#TrainingTruth: There is no downside to running.

I took advantage of the day off from school and put in a Monday morning run. It was too cold for me to run outside by myself, so I jumped on the treadmill to run my first 5 #milesofshame. In or out, miles are miles. They all feel good.

Instead of waiting until after school, Daisy and I decided to use our hour long lunch break to go for a run. It was only 18 degrees, but we came prepared with our Lululemon brisk run neck warmers and lots of layers. I love running in the cold and barely breaking a sweat. It just feels easy.

With temps in the single digits, I took my run back to the treadmill on Wednesday and finished up my Runner's Wager #milesofshame debt. After reading about treadmill pacing problems I suspect that mine is also inaccurate because it feels so much harder to run the same pace as my outdoor runs. But, who can complain about TM runs when you have a buddy keeping you company. 

Still in a deep freeze, we canceled our normal Saturday morning long run (for fruit smoothies) opting instead for treadmill miles where we wouldn't lose any extremities to frostbite. With hopes that it might be warmer in the afternoon, I ran errands and went out to lunch with my husband, only to realize that I would be seriously crazy to run outside when I have a perfectly good treadmill in the basement. So I ran my longest distance on the treadmill while watching Run For Your Life - a documentary about NYC Marathon founder, Fred Lebow.

Has the weather been affecting your training lately?

#TrainingTruths is not just about me. We all like to see what everyone else is doing and use that information to assess ourselves. It's not judgement. It's a way to share and learn and make changes when necessary.

To participate all you have to do is share your #TrainingTruths:
  1. Tag a Twitter post with the hashtag #TrainingTruths
  2. Comment on the Running Escapades Facebook page 
  3. Leave a link to your own blog post in the comments
I look forward to reading your #TrainingTruths!


  1. I ran yesterday and it was so cold that when I returned my neck was all red... should have worm my LLL Brisk neckwarmer! It's been harder for me this winter to get out there and run, even though it's my favorite time of year to hit the road. I'm not a fan of summer running at all!

  2. this is my first real winter in...20 years! I shall report back in march :0)

  3. It's been really cold here...good thing my workouts are inside ;)

  4. Oh no! You must wear the neck warmer! I prefer cooler over warmer least my body does ;)

  5. The weather has forced me to run mostly on the treadmill lately. Yesterday I was finally able to get outside for my long run but with the winter storm that ended up not being much fun either. We got it done and earned our lazy snuggle time last night.

  6. Living in Southern California, I don't have much to complain about except for rain :) I used to live in Toronto, Canada and loved running after a fresh snowfall but I also remember those extremely cold mornings when you just turn around and head back indoors. You're fortunate to have a treadmill though!

  7. That running wager is such a NEAT, FABULOUS idea!! I love it. But, shouldn't the winners get to run all those miles? Just saying! He he. ;) And the #TrainingTruths hashtag sounds like a great idea to me! Winter weather is getting me down! Knowing I'm not alone will definitely help pull me through it.


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