Monday – Rest
In case you missed it, Chicago was held hostage by the ‘Polar Vortex’ and yes, it was COLD. While a lot of my friends were able to work from home or just flat out did not have work due to the extreme temperatures, I had to go into work. After all, the markets were still open. The actual temperature was -12 and the wind chill was in the -30 to -40 range. I survived my trek to and from work with LOTS of layers… 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of pants, 3 tops including a top layer running jacket, a ski mask, a hat, a scarf and the warmest boots, gloves and jacket I own. The morning commute into work wasn’t all that bad… probably because I was sweating so much from all the layers inside my home before I left. The commute home was a tad more chilly after sitting by a cold window at work all day. Though my gym was open and I could have gone there straight from work, I would have had no choice but to walk home after the gym… Yea… That was NOT going to happen. Frost Bite is not a good look
Tuesday – Rest
I really WANTED to go to the gym but it was still bitterly cold. I was still in ALL of my layers to get to/from work. So yea, that whole walking home from the gym thing wasn’t going to happen again. I did wish for a treadmill throughout the day though… I wanted to run.
Wednesday – 2.00 Miles & Leg Day
We got a heat wave… the high reached something like 14 degrees… and it FELT warm. Everyone was talking about how nice it was outside. And the best part, I was able to ditch the multitude of layers. I brought my gym stuff to work and headed straight for the gym after work. All in all it was a decent run. Which I expected since I just had two days off. Then I hit the weight area for a solid lower body strength training session.
Thursday – 2.00 Miles & Upper Body Strength Training
Ugh… This run was terrible. Not only is the track ‘closed’ because the DePaul track team needs it until 4:30 pm… although, I resent that I wasn’t able to run laps when 95% of the track team was standing around talking and I wasn’t using any of the lanes the track team was. So I sat there for 15 minutes and watched a total of 6 people use only the outermost lane (I typically use the second lane) while everyone else stood on the track and talked…. I was a tad peeved. At 4:30 on the dot I started my run and I just wasn’t entirely feeling it. I knew right away that it was going to be one of those days. After a mile I stopped for water. Then I stopped again at 1.50 miles… and I had to stop again at 1.75 miles. It was not pretty. I somehow managed to finish but it sucked. Then I hit the weights for some upper body strength training.
Friday – Rest
I knew I would have to go to the grocery store on the way because I wouldn’t have time on Saturday. It was POURING rain when I left work. And I was hungry… and it is always dangerous to go to the grocery store hungry. After getting what I would need for the week, I went to wait for the bus… and I waited and waited… about 15 minutes later two buses pull up… grrrr… hate when that happens. Finally get home near 5:30 and know that I want to get to bed on the early side because I have a race the next day. I start that internal debate…. I REALLY do not want to hike it to the gym in the pouring rain. I also know that even though I should strength train, doing so will mean getting home later than I want to. I also still need to do the whole dinner thing (frozen pizza since it was the night before a race). So I decided to skip it. Which means only 4 running days this week…. grrrr… stupid weather… I wished for a treadmill at home again…
Saturday – Polar Dash 5K Race
You can read my full re-cap here. It wasn’t a TERRIBLE race… but it was hardly good either. I knew going into the race to not expect much and to not run for time. So I didn’t worry about it. It was damp and chilly and we all had wet feet by the end. Eric and I headed home right after the race. I proceeded to take a two hour nap before I had to shower to meet co-workers for a drink. I then headed to Twin Anchors for Eric’s Birthday dinner. After that we went to a dive bar (which I really liked) and hung out there for a couple of hours. I was exhausted after that so headed home. Busy but fun day.
Sunday – 1.50 Miles & Lower Body Strength Training
Yea… so this run also sucked. I tried to push it but my body just was not going to have it. I was having lady issues and so I threw in the towel… my body got the best of me… I couldn’t force that last half mile. In all honesty, it has been quite a while since I have had some really bad runs, so, I guess I was due. I did, however, get in a solid lower body strength training session.
It was an ok week. As much as I wanted that 5th running day, it just wasn’t in the cards. The weather was just awful last week and talk about extremes… Holy moly.
Ideally I want to get on a Monday – Friday training schedule and reserve Saturday for cross-training and then have Sunday be a rest day… or probably more accurately… a “be a bum day”. This week I am planning to throw in an extra day of running to make up for the day I missed last week. Looks like a pretty quiet week overall so it shouldn’t be an issue.