I believe the word ¨cold¨ best describes how my running had felt this week. These miles required both some layering that undoubtedly slowed me down and a drive that just wasn't there.
Monday: 4 Miles - Like many runners, I did get in some Leap Day miles, but didn't really realize that fact until I posted my run on Twitter - whoops! As for the workout, while the weather wasn't terrible, the wind definitely had a cold bite to it. I was also disheartened when I glanced at the temps for the week and noticed the decline back into winter territory. Ugh!
Tuesday: Rest Day - I did get in about an hour of walking on the treadmill while grading papers. I figured the endorphins would make me more lenient!
Wednesday: 5 Miles - This run was a great example of poor decision-making with regard to attire. In being hopeful that there was no snowstorm ravaging the town, I decided to go slim on the number of layers I wore. Bad idea! It was not until I got to about mile 4 that my upper body finally started to warm up. My legs on the other hand just suffered giving me cold muscles that didn't want to work.
Thursday: 3 Miles - By this day, I was able to see the 5 day forecast and the light at the end of the cold tunnel! I just had to make it through my next two runs and I'd be enjoying some warm, sunny miles. I took this workout easy, especially since a random snow squall had passed through the night before leaving my route covered in white. I did take a moment to notice how my surroundings looked since it was likely to be the last major snowfall - everything seemed so peaceful.
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 8 Miles - My long run for the week would probably best be described as a "hot mess." I wore way too many layers, carried items I really didn't need, and miscalculated the distance of my route leading me to finish my workout about two miles from my intended end point (good thing I'm not a math teacher!). When I finally pushed all these issues out of my head and just focused on running, I felt good. I figured my race was only 5.1 more miles than I had run, which is totally doable.
Sunday: Rest Day
Of my weeks of training, I would have to say this one was fraught with a low motivation to hit the roads. Regardless, I got my miles in and am hoping to better weather and a greater drive next week.