Another week of training for the Antarctica Marathon is complete! Let me share how things went:
Monday: 8.5 miles after work. I tried my best to pick up the pace for some of it, but struggled due to to…well, due to everything I think! The snow, the weather, tired legs from two consecutive 60 mile weeks. I had a tempo workout on the schedule but I didn’t hit the paces. I did what I could. Winter speed work is tough.
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: 10.5 mile “run commute.” So cold. My eyelashes were super frozen, in fact one was basically frozen shut!
Here’s another pic from after I came inside- it thawed just a little bit. I think the temperature was 1 degree with plenty of snow coming down.
You can’t say I’m not getting out there to prepare for Antarctica- I definitely am trying to!
Thursday: I decided to give myself a break from the cold and run on the treadmill instead. 5 miles total with 10x100m sprints (6:40 min/mile pace), 1 minute recovery in between. Just a short workout to keep the legs loose.
Friday: We had an 11 am flight to Colorado for a ski/snowboard trip with some friends, so I did my long run early Friday morning. Fortunately, my friend Christie had 9 miles on her schedule, so she joined me for some of it.
And it was a cutback week in mileage too- after 20 miles last week, 14 miles felt great! It was darn cold again though…Same old story. My Garmin died again in the cold- how is it going to last in Antarctica? It’s not old at all, and it never used to die in the winter, even on similarly cold days. I would really love to have the stats from Antarctica, so I’m trying to figure out a backup plan. Friends, if you have an old Garmin lying around that you’re not using, let me know! I’ll wear two of them for insurance.
Anyways, that afternoon, we arrived in Steamboat. It was sunny and warm!
We were worried that there wouldn’t be great snow for skiing, but fortunately that wasn’t the case. That night Steamboat Springs got a TON of snow.
Friday night, we had some beers at Mountain Tap Brewery and then a delicious meal at Salt & Lime.
Saturday: Our first day in Steamboat Springs and it had snowed all night! My friend Vicki and I got up around 7 to run, but it was slow going with several inches of ‘fresh powder’ so we only managed 3 slow ones.
Then a full day on the mountain!
Saturday night was actually the Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival, which included fireworks and several “lit” up skiers. My pictures didn’t really turn out, but it was super cool to see!
Sunday: No running, just snowboarding.
Summary: Only 42 miles of running, lots of cross training with snowboarding (I’m sore!) Technically I did miss two scheduled runs, an 8 and a 4, so I was supposed to be at 54 miles. My excuse was vacation and lots of snow.
This wasn’t my best week of training for Antarctica, but I had two big weeks before this (60 miles each) so I think I’ll be okay with a cutback week, especially one that coincides with a fun mountain vacation!
I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap link-up, check it out:
Sounds like a great week to me after two 60 mile weeks! Snowboarding is a great workout too!
Good point! I’m definitely sore from it!
I’m always so impressed with how much activity you are able to fit into one week!
You as well!
You look darn good for having a frozen face! You guys always have so much fun! Another solid week!
Ah, thanks Kim! It was a challenging one 🙂
Have you tried wearing your watch under some layers? I recently got a 235 and have been wearing it under all my jackets/shirts when I’m too lazy to put on a chest HR monitor (which is…all the time), and haven’t had issues with it. However, I’ve heard a few runners complaining about their Garmins dying in the cold lately, so you’re not alone!
I have an original Vivoactive that i’m not using at the moment if you still need a backup to borrow. I work in downtown Mpls too!
Thanks Noelle- I will start putting my Garmin underneath my layers and only check it occasionally 🙂
And thank you for the offer on the Vivoactive! Might take you up on that…!
Sounds like a fun trip. I haven’ skied in years. I am afraid I would hurt myself and not be able to run, and that would not be good. Man, icicle eyelash, you are doing some brutal training for this upcoming marathon. Like you said, it is good, seeing where it is gonna be at.
Thanks Lacey! Well, I’m definitely not an expert snowboarder, so I was careful not to take any unnecessary risks. Today was our last day on the mountain though, and I’m injury free, so that’s good!
Great work – I think the snowboarding more than makes up for the cutback week. I have an extra Garmin 620 that you could borrow if needed.
Wow, thanks Eric! I might take you up on that Garmin offer…
You’re frozen lashes! You’re right – those winters really are something!
They sure are! Sometimes we have mild winters, but not this year!
Yikes the snowed shut eye situation looks bad! Maybe it’d be worth it to run with your ski goggles on?? Have fun in Steamboat! I’ve heard it’s a great mountain and very friendly! 🙂
I have seen other runners out there with ski goggles on- not a bad idea!
Steamboat was great!
Dang, your mileage makes my entire body ache LOL Your Colorado adventure looks so fun!
I love all the miles 🙂
Colorado was beautiful.
I’m jealous of the snow! We have had such a bizarre winter of snow/ice/rain/freezing rain. I just want some powder days to board in! Great job in getting your runs in and having fun!
So much snow in Steamboat!
Jessie- I got a new Garmin for Christmas, so my Forerunner 220 is yours to borrow if you want! It has paced me to lots of PRs, so comes with good vibes 😉
Paige, that’s so nice of you! I may take you up on it 🙂
That photo of the ice on your eye-lash, LOL! I would say you are definitely Antarctica Ready!! I think coming off your back to back 60 mile weeks; your 42 miles, plus cross-training plus snowboarding counts as a really good week too!
I know, that frozen eyelash was intense.
Thank you- I guess you’re right. Snowboarding is still a good workout!
Your pictures of Steamboat Springs look fabulous. I’m not sure I’m going to get my snow skiing trip this year to Monarch, CO (sad face). The snowboarding definitely had you covered last week for workouts. Thanks for linking!
Beautiful!!!!! Happy to see yall had a great weekend of snowboarding!
How was Colorado? I would love to visit that place.
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