Running with Apple has actually been pretty easy. She loves the movement and I’ve been running with her in the car seat attachment on my BOB for 4 months now. However with the temperature plummeting to below zero and snow on the trails that is no longer an option.
So what to do? Well a few things really. I need to keep running out side to maintain my fitness level, road running is completely different than treadmill running. Also I just can’t do long runs on the treadmill. So here is my plan for winter running.
- Treadmills- I have a love hate relationship with them. However I understand that I live in Minnesota and its just going to be a necessity so there is no use fighting it. When I do run on the treadmill I always use at least a 1% incline to better simulate road running.
- The Gym- I’ll go when I can, they have child care so that is nice but it kind of limits me. If she needs a diaper change I have to stop running and go do that. However I can meet friends there and that is always motivating
- At Home-I’m looking for a basic treadmill for home for those days I’m crunched for time or I need to work out at a time the gym daycare is closed. I think this is going to be the key to me not skipping runs this winter.
- Layers-They are mandatory and always make sure the base layer is wicking. Keep your head and hands covered no matter how warm I get and zippered top layers are great for ventilation if you get warm.
- Reflectors- It gets dark early these days guys make sure you have reflective clothing or lights on. It might be light when you start your run but dark when you get home. Best to be prepared. I like to have one on each level 1 above the waist and 1 below. Plus if I’m running with the dog one on his level.
- Shoes- If there is any snow on the trial I use trail shoes for better traction. Also if I notice icy patches I jump on to the dirt/grass and avoid it if possible.
Many Places are offering their Cyber Monday sales early this year since Thanksgiving is so late in the year. Here is a compilation of my favorite companies cyber deals going on this month. I’ll keep adding as I find more deals
Road ID – Personaly I think anyone one who is out and about on their own for ANY activity should have one of these. Back in 2012 I got My Road ID, as a runner I’m often alone on the trail this is invaluable. It was the only way my hubby let me run when I was pregnant. Pretty much everything on their site is 10-75% off and thye have these cute new charms that make me want to order a new one! Sale ends on Nov 24th 2013.
Pro Compression Socks- Code is BLG13 for 10% off. I didn’t know I loved these till I was pregnant. Now I use them quite often for a little boost to my runs: long run days , back to back days or days that I’m tired. They have a featured sock everymonth that is 40% off too. Experation date unkown
Shoes- There isn’t one perfect place for shoes it depends on what brand you want, what size you need and so on. But MANY places will be having great sales especally on last years models.
**The Road ID link is an affilate link, however that is not how/why I’m suggesting them I truly do believe in the product and use mine on EVERY run**
I’m trying to take baby steps to get back into training, I’ve been doing pretty good with my running, and I’m happy with my times when I’m working on speed. In fact this week I had 2 great speed runs!
- 2 Miles in 17:36 avg pace of 8:39 5k in 28:59 avg pace of 9:19
I’m really proud of those times but my Sunday runs I’m hoping will turn into my long runs before Church. This week I simply ran out of time. Oh well. My current baby steps towards training are simple:
- Keep running 3 times a week
- 1 cross training session (yoga, weights whatever my shoulder allows) a week
- Take the stairs at work (I work on the 4th floor and they are double flights.)
- Continues these 3 things until my holiday photo editing is done and then start a 1/2 marathon training plan.
Why you may ask? Well I’ve signed up for the Monster Race Series! My goals for the following races are simply to better my best times so far for the same distances. So here we go My 2014 racing goals:
- Polar Dash 5k beat my Last Polar Dash time of 30:31 Dream Goal beating my PR of 27:20
- Get Lucky 7K beat my official time of 41:53 Dream Goal under 40:00
- Minneapolis 1/2 Marathon Beat my PR of 2:10:16
- Monster Dash 5k Under 40 min (I have to start in back with my stroller)
Well guys its official I’m back in race mode.
I got a taste this weekend and I’m stoked for my next race Jan 1st!
This weekend I ran my first race back with my friends M and S. Those two are fun and all but my favorite part was it was my first race WITH Apple! This 5k allows strollers! The 4 of us had an Alice in Wonderland theme, I was Alice, Apple was the white rabbit, M was the Cheshire Cat (she had purple on but it was cold) and S was the queen of hearts!
So first off the good, I love this race its just a fun run for me (meaning I’m not concerned with time) and it always will be. Why? Because I hope this becomes a tradition for Apple and I. Something we can be look forward to every year, I imagine costume planning, running next year w/o the car seat and the first year she will be able to run/walk/ride in the stroller, then first year without the stroller….oh dear now I’m crying.
Team Ortho runs a very organized race, they recognized that this one was going to be bigger than their venue allowed so they moved it. For the most part this was fine. It was still crazy, still TONS of people but the location had plenty of parking and was well layed out. The start went SOOO MUCH faster than last year and that was with me towards the back with my stroller.
The Bad, Since they moved the 5k to the same start/finish as the 1/2 Marathon those poor guys had to deal with the craziness of the finish line with a heard of 5k finishers. If I was them (trying to run for time) I would have been mad. The 5k started 1 hour after the 1/2 so the first few finishers would have been fine but anyone who finished I would say 1 hour and 30 min or after would have had to deal with chaos. They tried to keep the right side open for the 1/2 marathoners but it didnt’ work. I do understand it was a last minute change but I hope they figure that one out next year.
Our Times: My time was 42:00
We all started out together and its a slow beginning in the mass crowd. We started at a good Jog for the first 3/4 mile and then we walked for 1/4 mile. After that I honestly stopped paying attention we were just enjoying it. Then Apple got fussy (I think we were moving to slow for her) S had already gone ahead so I broke away for the last 3/4 mile and ran it as best I could weaving around people with a stroller. S found us (she stopped for a while because well she was sick all week and deserved to) So we finished together around 42:00 and then I left Apple with her since she was in a much better mood once I started running, and went back to find M. I’m proud to say I found her running! She picked up speed not long after I ditched her and ran the whole rest of the race!! M finished in 43:29!!
How and why I run has changed many times for me since high school. My senior year I randomly ended up on the track team as a JV sprinter after getting board as the manager and running at practice with them. I wasn’t serious about it at all, in fact my spikes came from a garage sale and were probably at least one size too big. After high school I didn’t run a yard for a few years until one day when I was 20 or so I randomly started to again out of boredom. I worked for a school and those 3 months of f were hard for me, this round lasted a little ways into the fall because I remember shopping for a track suit so I could run in the cold. But that didn’t last long and I never ran very far (although I thought I was at the time.)
Then randomly in 2011 I ran my first race with a friend (Thanks SB!!) and something stuck, not sure what or why but I was hooked. I kept running the rest of the summer and fall and starting Jan 1st 2012 I went race crazy! 11 races in my first year including 2-1/2 marathons! Somewhere in the fall I found out I was pregnant and then my running habits changed again. I was lucky enough to do some pretty decent running while pregnant and even a few races.
Now I’m running again 3 months after baby and it has changed again. I’m pretty happy with how quickly my endurance and speed have come back however training is way different. I can’t just go out and run anymore. Someone has to watch Apple or she comes with me in the BOB stroller (with infant seat attachment.) With it getting colder out that isn’t always an option. So I have to come up with some new strategies.
- Sunday mornings are the only days when we are both home all day at this point so that will have to be my long run day. I’ll get up early feed the baby and take off for my run. I did this last week and it was great! I increased my distance by a 1/2 mile I’m sure I could have done more but I’m trying to take it slow so I don’t injure myself.
- Run with the baby when I can, hubby and I will have to pick a temperature that is our threshold for taking her out. The fact is in her car seat with both of the umbrellas pulled up and blankets it stays pretty toasty in there…just have to find some baby gloves because she won’t leave her hands under the blanket now that she discovered them.
- Use the gym day care. I’m not thrilled about this one though. Not that I don’t trust the workers, I just feel bad about coming home and then immediately going to the gym and giving her to someone else. I’ll start with days that I’m home with her and see how that goes for me.
Lastly I have to figure out my race plan. I know I’ll be doing less of them this year I’m thinking 5-6 the real question is distance will I be able to log in the miles to get a 1/2 in this year?