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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I am still alive...really

You know there's been ENOUGH winter when...























Slacker Slacker Slacker!!!

ME!


This winter has been a bigger challenge to keep running for me than last year. Last year I was out in the very freezin' temps nearly every day. I was a he-woman! This year I have been a she-man. Not sure what that means but it seems like it would be the opposite of he-woman and so I am going to use it.


Last year my cut off temp was 11 degrees. This year it started about 28 and then kept going up, and now it's about 40! I am not a fan of the cold. I did my best and went out as frequently as my wimpy body would tolerate, but then I discovered the treadmill. I have never owned a treadmill. Now I know why. When the weather got to be too dangerous with ice packed roads and snow covered streets, I decided to stay at the gym after my Body Sculpt (weight training) class and run on the treadmill. I never run farther than about three miles on it though and so I know I am losing some of my stamina. I have learned one thing though....I HATE THE TREADMILL!I don't like to see how far I still have left to go when I am already feeling like killing over. When I am outside running it isn't an issue how much time I have left. I know how much farther I have to go and that has never been something I focus on when I am outside. There is something to be said for fresh air and being out in the world around others. They also added two cardio classes at the gym that I attend each week that helps to substitute for a couple of runs. I enjoy them even if it is a pain to get up at 5:30 a.m. five days a week now.

There hasn't been any races to train for either and so that has contributed to my lack of motivation to get out as well. I was asked to be part of a team for the Wasatch Back in June or July and I am having serious doubts if I can do it or not. It sounds very grueling, in many ways harder than a marathon. I have been really stressing about that.

I just want winter to END so I can get back out there and enjoy my runs again! Has anyone else ever got in a winter rut before? I hope I haven't lost too much in my slump!

6 comments:

Jen said...

Jodi, you HAVE to do the Wasatch Back! I think we also need to think about coordinating our legs (as in legs we run in the race, not the legs we run on!) so that we will be in the same van. It's going to just be a big party, well other than the time we're running! Besides, you still have your running base, it's not like you've quit and once this snow goes away, you'll be back out like the superwoman you are! YOU ARE DOING THIS!!!

Jen said...

P.S. I'm the one who should be questioning whether I can do it or not! I'll probably be injured by March!

Anne Bradshaw said...

So sorry you didn’t win the contest on my blog this week at Not Entirely British.

Thanks for taking part. Hope you will enter again soon. This week’s prize book is a culinary mystery by Josi Kilpack called “Lemon Tart.” A really great read!

The Hoyt's said...

Here Here!! I am so with you on this one.. I hate the cold too and its so hard to get out in it.. And I cant stand my treadmill either it totally feels like twice the work for less mileage.. There is definently something to be said about being out side in the air and scenery to make it go so much faster and better!!

LarryG said...

it was cold here this morning, windchill in the low teens...
i did my four miles, not bad when you aren't running directly into the wind... lol

LarryG said...

On the road again...
just can't wait...

April 25 is the Music City Marathon - half Marathon for me! :)
Yippeee!!