So I woke up to howling winds this morning, but I didn’t think too much of it. Then I heard that the temperature was 14 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree. Yikes! Walking out the door to catch the bus, I knew it was going to be a miserable day, weather-wise. With 50-60 MPH winds (which are still happening…its sooo loud and scary!) and about 2 feet of snow on the ground, there were some massive snow drifts building plus snow flying through the air. It was so bad that all of the hard work of clearing the roads and sidewalks was for no good. There was 3” of snow covering the sidewalk to the bus stop, and the main road in town was covered in snow and ice. I saw so many cars sliding and “fish-tailing” down the road…glad I wasn’t driving! Although it would be nice to be able to drive again…so tired of being snowed in!
Once I finally got back to the house, I knew I absolutely did not want to go back outside again…so I did a Kathy Smith Strength Training video. Its one of my favorites, actually, and its a really good workout! I start sweating within 5 minutes of starting…its that good ;) I’ve been upping my running mileage lately, so I figured it would be a nice break to do some strength/toning workouts.
Last year, I ran the Shamrock Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA for the first time, and absolutely loved it. For the previous three years (during high school/freshman in college), I participated in the 8k run that they have…but I was ready to challenge myself. So I started training for the half…and got injured. I was sooo mad and frustrated that I couldn’t even run a mile without my leg hurting. I was the “elliptical queen” for about 2.5 months because I couldn’t run, but I wanted to keep my endurance up. A few weeks before the half, my leg was feeling pretty good, so I went out and did an 8-mile run. I then proceeded to run the half two weeks later, having only one “long” run (8m) under my belt! Well, it was definitely a challenge, but I ended up doing well. Especially for not being able to have trained properly! Flash forward to Fall 2009, and I had dreams of running the Shamrock Marathon this Spring (March 2010). I kept up with my training runs through mid-December, and then I started to have some leg/knee pain, and I had to back off. I was disappointed, but I still managed to do some long-distance runs. Once I got back to school, though, I was unable to get in my 16, 18, 20+ mile runs because of the snowy weather (and class schedules). So I disappointingly changed my plans and am pushing my marathon training back a few months. In the meantime, I wanted to run the Shamrock HALF again, to improve my time. Plus I can run 13.1 miles now easily…and its much more enjoyable :) The problem–the half-marathon always sells out in early December. So I went on Craigslist and placed an ad for a Half-marathon race bib….and less than 24 hours later, a girl emailed me and offered to sell hers. She has a stress fracture and is unable to participate. I feel sorry for her…I know how it feels to be injured! But now I get to run the half…under someone else’s name. haha can’t wait!
I’m still thinking about some more races this year…I like having something to train for. It makes long-distance running that much more fun :) So far I have a February race (VIFL 14k) and a March race (Shamrock Half)…and did I mention this is the first year I can partake in the free Yuengling beer at the end of the Shamrock?! So excited :)