Winter has been here (according to the calendar) for 35ish days, but we didn't feel the full blast of it until recently. Holy Frozen Buttocks, Batman! The temps plummeted, the wind picked up and the snow arrived (and stayed).
Despite the frigid cold, we have had a fair amount of sunshine, though. My (running) off-season has been going well. Knock wood, I've stayed healthy. The family is doing well. Life has been pretty decent. None the less, there are a few things to Runfess....
For starters, one of my most-used hashtags is #optoutside. I hate being cooped up indoors and my body and mind crave fresh air (as well as a constant change of scenery). Even when it's cold, I think the fresh air keeps me healthy because I'm not breathing in an endless supply of stale germ-laden air. None the less, let me Runfess, that I have been enjoying the warmth of my cozy house and have not been venturing outside as much as I usually do. Sorry, not sorry.
I am still embracing my off-season, at least in terms of running less. It's refreshing being able to just run and not have a specific plan to follow. None the less, let me Runfess that I really miss my #5at5's with Barb. Not everyone loves rising and running in the wee-dark hours, but I certainly do. It's been extremely cold, the roads have been ice-laden, Barb's been out of town (and nursing a few mild boo-boos), so our weekly early morning adventures have not been happening. I got out for four miles recently (at 5:15 a.m.) and ran my first-ever #5at5 (inside) with Milly....but I want my old routine back. Pronto.
|An inside #5at5 is just not the same as an outdoor one
Speaking of Milly (she's my treadmill, by the way), I have been hanging with her more than usual lately. With the colder-than-frigid temps, I've been doing most of my early morning power walks with her...but I have had to do my last three runs with her as well. I don't think I've run on the treadmill since maybe (?) late last winter. Ugh. You all know how I feel about that ((insert dramatic eye roll)). None the less, let me Runfess the 'Milly runs actually went alright. Did I mention it was my off-season? That means every run is still an optional run, so I can keep them short. Glass half full.
|miles with Milly
Maybe you have seen the new fitness friend that entered my fitness life in recent weeks? She's a rescued elliptical trainer, named Ellie (thanks to Meranda for the name suggestion), and she's now part of my indoor repertoire of #sweatequity options. Though I have some doubts on the accuracy of the readouts, none the less, let me Runfess, I am quite impressed with the cardio aspect. I'm not an OCD stat gal anyways, so neither the "miles" nor "calories burned" mean much to me. Onward!
|cardio with Ellie
We got a major dumping of snow on Tuesday night /Wednesday morning. The hubby was out of town, so I was the chief snow-removal technician. We do have a snow blower, but it's the hubby's toy (and I have ZERO desire to operate it). So, I shoveled in the early morning. I shoveled at lunch. And I shoveled after work. All told, I had 2+ hours of pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, twisting and power-throwing snow. None the less, let me Runfess, it felt quite empowering at the time, but my body felt pretty weary the next morning. Oh well, no regrets!
Finally, it's been almost two months since I last had a race. Not a crisis, by any means, but I have been itching to pin on a race bib. None the less, let me Runfess, I may be lacing up for an impromptu 5K on Saturday morning. Barb's place of work is one of the main sponsors, and she invited me to go along with her to the event's recognition reception on Friday evening. The registration costs the same on-site as it did to register online (minus the processing fees); essentially I am out nothing if I choose to opt out (due to the weather, which could be a factor if the sub-freezing temps continue). I'd call that a win-win.
Whew! Does it feel good to get all of those Runfessions out in the open! Onward to February!
What would you share, if you were runfessing? Any funny stories? Embarrassing moments? Training frustrations?
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