And....winter keeps trying to screw with our training. Of course, the weather we're dealing with in the mid-Atlantic is NOTHING like what people in the upper midwest and northeast are suffering through, but it's still somewhat challenging.
Despite the weather, I managed to have a decent week. Tuesday morning's track workout was in a balmy 30 degrees - relatively warm, but still cold enough for the track to be slightly slick. I wore my Mizuno Hitogamis for the workout, which turned out to be a poor choice - I never was able to get a good grip on the track. (right now I'm running in both Adidas and Mizuno shoes, and the Adidas shoes consistently seem to have MUCH better traction in slick conditions).
This was actually a good thing, though - concerns about slipping kept me from running the workout too fast - instead I hit the right effort level and left feeling really good about it. Of course, my hamstrings were also pretty tight that afternoon and the next day, but a massage and some careful running helped those.
By Friday, temps had dropped back down into the mid-teens - perfect for tempo (or not). Gusty winds that pushed us all over the place added a bit of challenge. I still had a pretty good workout - after a careful start I hit a steady rhythm and just cruised, swapping off the lead every 3 laps with a friend. I did note that in these super cold temps, I need to be extra careful to start the tempo off slow (I did the first two laps at marathon pace before dropping the pace down) and also to get an adequate warm-up (at least 30 minutes jogging for me when it's this cold). It's challenging, though - when it's really cold is both when I most need a lengthy warm-up and when I most procrastinate actually getting out there.
|This looks so fun. |
I wish I could have done it.
But Mother Nature wasn't to be denied - a Saturday night snow squall resulted in icy unsafe trails, so I abandoned this plan in favor of an easy double under the Whitehurst freeway. *Sigh*. It was neither as fun or as productive as a 16 mile progression, but at least it was something. And that's part of winter training, I guess - taking advantage of the good days and being flexible about the bad.
Supposedly more tough weather is on the way for this week. I'm stocking up on my sense of humor right now.