February 5, 2011


Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that most of America was blanketed with snow this week. Unfortunately, the blizzard did not miss Arkansas. And for those of you who are counting, this makes the third time I've been snowed in. Thanks for nothing, 2011. We got even more snow yesterday and more is on the way, so I may never leave the house again. I haven't left since I got home from work Monday evening. Living in the woods on a giant hill is not convenient during the months of December through February.

4 new inches Friday...in addition to the 7 we got Tuesday.

BUT, I've kept up with my training and haven't missed one single workout. It has been miserable, but I got it all done...running in the garage, biking in the living room and getting creative for strength training. Before the great blizzard hit, we had one glorious 75-degree day last weekend. That was the day of my first ever 5-mile run. I was nervous about running that distance, but I made it and it felt great! Glad I got a good outdoor sunshiney run in before having to spend the next several days stuck in the house praying my pipes wouldn't freeze.

I've run 9 miles so far this week -- all on the treadmill in the garage -- and Trea set up my new bike in the living room so I can cross train. I haven't ridden a bike since I was 13, but Trea found a crazy good deal on a mountain bike for me a few weeks ago. It's been way too cold to ride, so we picked up a bike trainer and now it's parked in the living room. The dogs are not pleased.

I had grand ideas of how riding a bike would be fun and easy and make my sore running legs feel better while I caught up on my Netflix queue. I remembered running in the sweltering heat last summer and getting so envious of the guys on bikes who would zoom by with the wind in their hair. I thought they had it so much easier than runners, covering more ground and getting to feel a breeze. But after pedaling about 5 minutes last night on the easiest gear, I was wishing for the treadmill. Riding a bike is tough! I know it's going to be great cross training; it definitely works an entirely different set of muscles.

And speaking of working different muscles, I decided to try some of the core exercises in the February Runner's World. Being snowed in, I couldn't get to the store to pick up the equipment they called for. So I learned that a giant can of sweet potatoes is just as good as a medicine ball.

Today I have another 5-miler scheduled, and I'm going to try my best to run it outside in the slush. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for another heavy snow next week and more days on the treadmill. It's not pretty, but it's getting the job done. Snowed-in training week four has been a success!

1 comment:

  1. Oh mercy yes. So thankful so finally get out of the house! All this SNOW! And y'all have way more than we do. (yet they are calling for MORE this afternoon and again on Tuesday)
    I'm crushing on your bike and trainer. That is def on my "to get" list. You know, after the $2 mill Tiffany ring, ha!
    I'm impressed that you are keeping up your training in the dreary weather. Way to go!!!



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