On Wednesday, the only thing we could talk about was the weather. All day long, it just kept getting colder and colder – it was hilarious. Because really, once it reaches a certain temp, the thermometer can read something lower, but it all feels the same: TOO DAMN COLD.
When I got home from work and was getting ready to go walk Abby this is what my weather app read:
This was me:
But part of the process required me putting her booties on. She has furry toes and often snow gets stuck in between her toes and it hurts her so I have to take my gloves off and pull the snowballs out…but in weather like this, I am NOT doing that. So, she has to wear her booties.
She is such a weirdo! WHO likes this temperature? Oh, right, Abby.
After our walk there was some of this going on:
Thursday morning I woke up to hear the radio announcers excited that it had warmed up from a windchill of -40 (same in both C and F!) to -29F/-35C…haha – I loved that that was exciting! Woohoo! We were headed in a better direction than Wednesday!
Last night was the first track practice of the season and I’ll be honest, I was so nervous. Not nervous that it would be too hard, but that I would not do the workout well. I’ve said before that I’m one of the slower ones on the team and the magic of these team workouts is that you get pushed by the others around you…but you can sometimes allow yourself to be pushed too much. And that was my fear. That I’d start out too fast and see a decline in my repeat times…and then be frustrated that I had not done the workout well. Yup, being hard on myself, but it’s the truth.
I took this as I was leaving…when we were in the midst of our workout, so were a million other people. It was insanity. My team has lane 2 and other teams have ownership of the other lanes…one is risking their life stepping out of the lane.
The workout was 12 x 400m on 1 minute rest and we were going to do it at 10k pace. Now, let me tell you a little something. These practices are NEVER done at the pace he prescribes. They are ALWAYS faster. That being said, I was aiming for repeat times of 1:50-1:40 – starting closer to 1:50 and working my way down to 1:40. A teammate, Vanessa, said she would aim for that as well (she said she feared she was at risk for an “idiotic” workout too!). So, we all lined up on the track, coach said “go” and off we went. It felt great to be back there with the girls, running around that track. Finished the first 400m and our time was…1:35.
Oh crap. Plan has already gone to hell. Ok, let’s just see what happens…and off we went 11 more times…in the end, these were my times:
Those intervals are an average 6 minute mile. The thought of my doing a 10k at that pace makes me literally LOL, but coach said that it was ok because I still had some gas in the tank at the end of the workout, but that I had to be prepared to let that pace slow for the longer distance intervals. Ok, I can do that.
As I was doing one of the 400’s, I was at about the 200m mark and I heard a female voice say, “Go Jane!”. Well the only other female that I know who might have been at the track last night is someone I have never met in person – just through social media. And it turns out I was right…
Hilarious! I’ve asked her to wave me down during warm-up next week so we can actually meet!
Woke up this morning to the tropics. I was sweating on my walk with Abby!
Warm and snowy!!! THIS is the winter I love.
For the run, I allowed my heart rate guide the speed as I knew my speed would need to be slower than usual due to the track workout being less than 12 hours earlier. Felt great. Kept my HR between 134-150.
Followed it up with these: