Today’s long run of 20 miles was a tough one! It is a windy and cold day in Boston, about 35 degrees. Since winter running is relatively new to me, I still haven’t honed in on the perfect running outfit. On cold runs, I typically wear gloves and have started to wear my new favorite clothing item: lululemon running scarf (link here)- thanks sis! It’s light with a perfect fit around my neck, and keeps me toasty! I wore two long sleeve layers (shell and thin base layer), and felt a little warm- but my extremities were chilly even while covered!
Super happy to get the miles in- only 3 more 20’s to go in my coaches‘ Phoenix Marathon training plan! Next weekend will be another long run, and then I will be tapering for my half at the end of the month.
The winter-like Boston weather (it’s finally here!) was a contrast to the colorful, beachy warm views of PR! Here are some last shots:
Hope you all had a happy new year’s eve! Mark and I flew back from PR on NYE, and we celebrated the New Year with friends over a fun and delicious dinner.
In the last post I discussed my thoughts on New Year’s resolutions. After inspired by some friends, I have decided to participate in a running streak to start off 2016! I recruited some other friends and family in the running streak, and the first goal will be to participate for 3 months. I’m excited to get outside in a variety of conditions and times of day, and to mix things up while participating in this new goal.
The general rules/tips for our running streak (many borrowed from “Marathon Training Academy” running streak tips!):
- Run a minimum of 1 mile each day. Check it off once completed!
- Can you walk/bike etc, and count this as part of the streak? According to runners world: Sorry—it’s a a Running Streak, not a Workout Streak. (But hey, all those things are good for you too!) Cross-training can be enjoyable and improves overall fitness, but, per this story, “If you’re serious about improving as a runner, run consistently—unless you’re injury-prone.”
- Have two pairs of running shoes to alternate. Since you may be running in inclement weather this will allow each pair to have a little down-time and chance to dry in between. Alternating running shoes can actually extend the life of your shoes.
- Do your runs at an easy pace when they take place on “non-running days” (days not on your training plan). You don’t want to run hard every single day—that’s a recipe for injury.
- Look for creative ways to accomplish your mile such as working it into your normal schedule. Run your mile while on a lunch break, before your normal yoga class, or on a treadmill. If you’re on a road trip you can run laps around a rest stop. You can even run in the airport (just pretend you’re late for a flight). You can also try running at a different time of the day for more variety.
- Have fun and good luck !!!
I am very excited to see if I can make it to 3 months- or even beyond that timeframe! Since I usually run 5 days a week now, the struggle will be to run at least a mile on my typical days off. I will definitely run those miles slowly.
Enjoy your weekend! What are you most looking forward to in this first weekend of 2016?
Have you participated in a running streak? I want to hear your stories! If not, I challenge you to join ours! Let me know and I will set you up with a calendar, etc.
What is one winter-weather running clothing item that you can’t live without?