Did I mention weather, and how challenging training has been? There have been snowstorms every other day it seems, and it's really made my training a challenge. I've missed several runs in the last couple of weeks due to weather. I hate to seem like I'm making excuses, because I know so many other people that have still managed to get out in the dark, the cold, the ice, the snow, and yet for one reason or another I just can't do it. At least the good news is I've gotten in a ton of snowshoeing, which is excellent cross training! Every time I snowshoe in the deep snow I can feel it in my hip flexors and glutes, and that's exactly where I get sore after long runs. I'm not a fan of snow, but I may as well take advantage of it while I can!
|Mom sporting the vintage shoes!|
|I don't know why there's a sombrero in the corner. Now I feel compelled to wear it.|
It's super fancy too. I didn't really need a lot of bells and whistles but they sure are nice to have! This one has a built in fan, iPod connector, and a huge speaker. It also has "quick speed" buttons that are very convenient, to instantly bump you to a different speed without having to continuously press the increase/decrease button.
I know everyone complains about the agonizing runs on the "dreadmill", but I couldn't be happier with my decision to buy this. Having this treadmill just lifted a huge stress off my shoulders. I never have to worry about it being too cold, icy, dark, early, late, or hot to run, and I don't have to stress over not getting enough time on one of the treadmills at the gym. I finally turned the tables, and took control over something that has been getting out of my control. I ran 4 miles last night and 3 today, and I feel spoiled running on such a nice machine!
I've really enjoyed watching the Olympics this year, despite the fact that I'm not a big fan of snow. These athletes are amazing to watch, and it's awesome seeing all the countries competing peacefully against each other. I love watching the back stories about the athletes, hearing about how many of them have had to overcome serious obstacles to reach their goals. It's inspiring, seeing all the work they've put into their training throughout the year, so that on race day they make it look easy. That translates well into marathon and triathlon training! My favorite sports to watch are the snowboarding events. It's so exciting seeing all their tricks, but it's a dangerous sport. I'm not talking about for the snowboarders. I'm talking about for me, running on a treadmill, watching the snowboarders. I get so into it, I'm running on the treadmill, I'm dropping my shoulder, I'm tucking my elbow, I'm rotating, and before I know it I'm tripping myself and nearly corking myself right off the side of the treadmill.
And finally, in my last blog post I mentioned how I signed up for the cycling program
Stay tuned for next week's blog post, where I can tell you once and for all if it's possible to train for a half marathon almost exclusively through snowshoeing and cycling!