Remember weeks ago when I mentioned I’ll soon be starting to train for the Boston Marathon? Yea, I haven’t started yet. I’m following an 18 week program (18 weeks from today) so it’s alright, but I meant to start prepping for the prepping before today. I wanted to get in the habit of running outside so it wouldn’t be so bad when it started to freeze outside. Oops.
But week after week I just didn’t want to run. I’d look at the temp and think, “well tomorrow’s going to be 40…so I should probably wait to run until then.” Then of course, tomorrow would come and I’d have another excuse. Now I actually have to start!
Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited to be running in this marathon. This is a huge deal to me and something that I’ve always wanted to do so I’m psyched!! It’s just the starting process that I’m dreading. In my opinion, the actual race is never the hard part…the training is. Especially when it’s snowing. (Speaking of, have you guys seen these chain things you can attach to your shoes for winter running? I saw them at Costco..pretty cool…maybe I’ll buy me a pair).
Anyway, I’m following a Hal Higdon program (who else?) and it’s fairly simple and straightforward. This week, I only have to run 3 miles 3 times and then a 6 mile long run on Saturday. So, really it’s not too bad except for the fact that I haven’t ran 6 miles probably in at least 6 months. But that’s what training is for right?
Since it is the dead of winter, I’m going to try and plan my running strategically around the weather. Luckily, I live in Colorado where even in the winter, the sun shines most days. But I’m going to try to stick to running on days when it’s definitely sunny and a little warmer, and complete the runs in the middle of the day. I think that should be okay. The one thing I have to watch (and you too if you run outside in winter) is ice. I ran a couple days ago, just a short 30 minutes, and ran into several patches of ice. Maybe I need those running chains after-all?
Wish me luck on day 1! Only 18 weeks to go….
Do you workout/run outside during the winter? When I used to belong to a gym, winter was definitely the time I tried classes. It kept me interested in working out, was fun, and definitely warmer!