Monday, February 11, 2013

TrainingTruths: NYC Half Marathon Week 5

Last week I continued my training for the New York City Half Marathon (just 5 weeks away) and participated in another fun run with family and friends. It was a week of cold and sometimes snowy weather, but I managed to complete my training runs with a little creativity.

I received a lot of positive feedback about the Chilly Challenge. Thank you for letting me know that you had fun, were motivated, and pushed yourselves to run more than ever. 

#TrainingTruths: It's cold - run anyway!

For Tuesday's run, I asked Daisy if we could do 6.1 instead of our usual 6 miles. I owed 3 #milesofshame to the Runner's Wager Super Bowl Edition and I signed up for Kyle's Krusade Virtual 5K, a fundraiser benefitting the Talbert Family Foundation to help defray the medical costs for families with children fighting cancer. 

Thursday, feeling the need to change things up, we did our old hill route. This one starts out with a relatively flat 1+, but then starts climbing steadily (and sometimes steeply) for 2 miles. Once we make it to the top though, we are rewarded with a mostly downhill finish. When it feels like 16 degrees, I should wear more than my no-show socks. Cold ankles on this one. Maybe wearing compression socks like the one's mentioned in this Runner Click article would work.

On Friday I couldn't resist taking a little birthday pre-blizzard run with the dog. It was just to the local pond and my husband followed in the car taking some great pictures. Although we didn't see other runners, I could see shoe prints from someone who ran the out and back before us. 

Our normal Saturday long run was snowed out, so we had to reschedule. Since we were running the Snowflake Shuffle, a three mile fun run, on Sunday, we decided to meet early and do a few pre-race miles. At 12 degrees, my toes were cold until about halfway through a pre-race warmup. 

How did the weather affect your training last week?

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  1. I always love seeing pics of Booney running with you; he looks happy to be out & about! I was lucky that last week and this one are my taper into the Austin marathon, so it wasn't hard to get out for the few runs I had scheduled. Saturday's 4-miler didn't happen, obviously, but it gave me an excuse to do some step aerobics at home. I did 3 today and it was pretty sloppy.

  2. Love seeing the payback on the miles of shame! he, he.

    I run no matter what. I hate the treadmill, so I am going out. That said, I'm really, really tired of cold runs. Let's get some spring in here!

  3. some day I will be able to use the words FUN RUN with the words THREE MILES :-)

  4. Good job on getting your runs done! I hit the treadmill once last week but otherwise I just dealt with the cold....but it's getting old fast! Need spring weather soon :)

  5. Sloppy runs are just harrrddd. But the marathon is getting close, yea!

  6. I'm soooo done with the winter weather too!

  7. I absolutely loved the snowy pic of you with your pup. So cute!

  8. Looks like an awesome place to run. I try to get my dog to run with me but he gets so buys sniffing things out he doesn't stick with me and I end up dragging him or being pulled


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