Surprisingly, this ended up being a solid week of training. Surprising because of the weather we had - a snowstorm on Tuesday morning was responsible for cancelling my team's hill workout on Tuesday, and also messing up many of the local running routes through the rest of the week. A blast of abnormally cold weather (single digits aren't normal for DC, even in January) added some more complexity.
Fear not, though, intrepid reader. In DC, we have a great resource - the Whitehurst Freeway.
We don't run on the freeway itself, but this elevated highway has another road directly under it - Water Street - which is always free of snow and ice. So that's where we run when nowhere else is open.
Runs under the Whitehurst are always time/effort based, because there's no good way to assess distance/pace. Garmins don't get good signal under it, and you have to vary your route enough with each lap (dodging cars, other runners, pot holes) that you can't just treat it like a trail or track. For myself, when doing easy runs I just assume that every 8:30 minutes is a mile; workouts are done by running between certain landmarks, but focusing on effort and feel.
I spent a lot of time under the Whitehurst this week. On Tuesday morning I ran there because it was literally the only outside option (I can mentally handle treadmills, but they often seem to aggravate my ankle issues - I think it's the softness of the belt, among other things). I had initially planned on just running easy on Tuesday, but about 20 minutes into the run I was a) cold, b) lonely and bored, and c) thinking way too much about my recently departed kitty. So I ended up doing intervals not out of dedication, but rather because intervals would be a warming diversion.
Wednesday we ran some under the Whitehurst as well, though we also explored the sidewalks of DC
|What the track looked like |
By the weekend, the trails of DC were mostly passable (with some bad sections), so we did our long runs "normally," though I ended up having to split my marathon effort section on my Sunday long run into sections, due to the occasional lengthy patch of ice.