This week in Colorado has been cold – below freezing cold. Wednesday last week, the first day of the cold front, I woke up and grabbed my iPhone. The screen said it was 0 degrees!
At least it wasn’t negative.I contemplated rolling back over for another hour of sleep but mustered enough strength and got out the door. I looked more dressed to go snowshoeing than to go for a run. A few inches of fresh snow lined the streets and off I headed. All the layers, while uncomfortable to run in, kept me surprisingly warm.
I only made it a couple miles. The constant worry of loosing my footing wore on me more than anything else. After getting home I was really glad to have gotten out there.
Warm weather – by that, I mean temps in the 40s – came back this week. It has been nice to go out for a run not dressed like that kid from A Christmas Story.
Monday was a double workout day (gym and a 3 mile run). The easiest way to get this in is to run to the gym – about a mile away.
I pulled an old workout from when I was training for Tough Mudder. It included, on a bosu ball, lunges with leg lifts and squats. That year I was in good shape but being the first time I have done it in awhile it kicked my butt. A lot of soreness today.
My goal for this week is to stay more consistent. No more staying in bed – especially now that I can’t use cold weather as an excuse.
Tip of the Week
Destination races are a fantastic way to include travel and this great sport. Not only do you get to experience a new city, new restaurants and getting away from work but you get to run in a new location.
In 2010, my wife and I ran America’s Finest City Half Marathon in San Diego. We got to experience hilly San Diego and its wonderful temperature. Living out of a suitcase was also a change but with good planning (and double checking) I managed to not forget anything.
Marathons and half marathons aren’t the only type of events worth traveling to. The Bolder Boulder, a 10k, attracts thousand of out-of-state runners and is one of America’s biggest races. Active.com provided a list of destination races, including Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race to Maine’s Lighthouse Ride.