According to my training plan, I was supposed to be spending the first two weeks of Asheville Marathon training doing a ton of Orangetheory and running 10 and 15 mile long runs respectively. As I wrote last week, I really needed a second week of recovery after the Mississippi Blues Marathon. That trend continued this week, until Snowzilla hit and then my options were really limited. I cannot bring myself to get on a treadmill except during an Orangetheory class, so the idea of doing a long run indoors had about as much *traction* as my feet out on the ice. But I tried to make the most of the snowy weather!
Here’s my recap…
- Reformer pilates
- Whole Foods adventure in the falling, slippery snow, which I think should count as a core workout
- Pilates. I was signed up for my usual reformer class but the instructor wasn’t able to make it because of the pre-blizzard snow we got on Wednesday night. Instead of sending me home, the pilates studio let me join a mat pilates class going on at the same time. I haven’t done mat pilates in literally years and was never a huge fan (which is why I am always preaching about reformer!). But this was actually great. It felt like a hard workout, plus a friend I hadn’t seen in a while happened to be in the class. A good reminder about the value of mixing things up once in a while!
- Quick pre-blizzard lift (leg presses, deadlifts, kettlebell swings)
- Several pre-blizzard walks (photo above)
- Order Yaktraks on Amazon
- Nearly everything is closed except a cafe/ramen spot a couple of miles away. Thus, double-date urban blizzard hiking (5 miles)
- Trudged through snow for about 10 miles, was exhausted afterward but got to spend about 3 of those miles catching up with a friend, which was wonderful, and the day was so sunny!
So, no the planned 15 miler didn’t happen. Nor did I do any speedwork. Will I get in the 17 miler this week before my honeymoon next week??? We shall see…
I’d love to hear what everyone else did during the blizzard. An indoor workout? Venturing outside? For those that regularly brave the elements–what are your best tips for running in the snow/ice/slush? Should I try out these Yaktraks I got???