Tuesday morning brought us the first significant snow of the winter. What was forecast for 6-10 inches ended up being about 4 inches of packed snow due to slightly warmer temperatures and the snow turning over to rain for a while Monday night. By the time I woke up Tuesday, the rain had changed back to snow and I finally got to enjoy watching it fall for a few hours. 

Just before noon Bill and I decided to head outside in the 34Β° (28Β° wind chill) for a run for me and bike ride for him. Bill quickly discovered that his tires weren’t fat enough for the snow and he took his bike back to our house and then joined me for a short distance on my run – a real treat for me.

 

As we ran past one of the creeks behind our house, Bill said, “It would be a really cool picture if you ran through the water…” Always up for a good challenge, I knew I had to do it, but I’m smart enough that I waited until I was finishing up my run and almost home before splashing in the creek. I think I heard a happy sigh from my Saucony Peregrine trail shoes (affiliate link) as I played in the water. I also heard, “Good grief, what are you doing, woman?” from my toes! After the initial shock of the icy cold water, my feet adjusted and I was fine on the short run back to my house where I immediately changed into warm clothes and made some hot chocolate!

 

Bill and I waited until Saturday afternoon between rounds of the NCAA wrestling tournament to head out for our run/bike so we wouldn’t miss a match of the Thursday through Saturday evening tournament. And while the Hokies finished sixth in the nation, we were disappointed with a couple of early upsets which left us with no one in the finals. Even without any VT wrestlers in the finals, it was fun to watch – collegiate wrestlers are amazing athletes! A quick shoutout and congrats to my buddy and fellow trainer, John, whose Nittany Lions dominated the tournament! 

 

I haven’t been running with my friends for about three weeks as I’ve worked through my varying injuries. I’ve been keeping it slow and easy so I ran my eight miles at a 10:40 average pace. Even at that slower pace, I struggled. This blip in my training has happened during the winter for the last couple of years, and I’ve learned that it’s just a matter of letting my body heal as I work my way back. 

On the blog this week, Tuesday I’ll have this month’s installment of Ask Coach Deb where I’ll answer your questions about gait, over-stretched hamstrings, and taking selfies. On Thursday I’ll talk about how aging affects muscle mass loss – I bet you’ll be surprised at just how early in our lives that begins… Looking ahead to next week, on Monday I’ll post my Race Linkup, which goes live the last Monday of every month. Please join me and let your readers and fellow bloggers know which races you’ll be attending so we can plan meet-ups!

In case you missed it last week, I posted My Ten Favorite Yoga Poses For Runners and my Gingery Chicken And Vegetables Stir-Fry recipe.

Back to my workouts, here’s how the week went down…

 

Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:

 

  • Questions:
  • What workouts have you done that have left you hobbling? 
  • Did you have snow this week or is it spring-like where you live? 
  • Did you race this weekend? 

 

Have a great week!

 

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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  Be sure to check out not only the hosts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

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Happy Running! ~ Deb