Monthly Archives: February 2013

Winter Running Gear

Let’s all stop and talk about this outfit:

Like woah.

Like woah.

I am not the biggest fan of running in cold temperature but realize that it needs to be done from time to time.  I always overdress and die of a heatstroke a mile into my run.  I can never seem to find the right combination of running hat, gloves, jacket, etc.  On this day, I was in a hurry to get outside and do a quick run before it got dark and started raining. It was only at the end of my run did I actually look at myself and start laughing at my outfit.

In my head, I imagined myself to be one of the outdoor runners in Nike or Lululemon ads.  I’m not. Not even close.  This is why I thought I’d share with you this monstrosity of an outfit.  And my face post run is not cute so I had to edit that out.  Boy, I can’t wait for spring when shorts and a tank top are all I need.

What do you wear on your outdoor winter runs?

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Runners are bad at recovering

marathon-recovery

I’m really bad at recovering. It’s one of those things that you don’t do until you have to.  I should know by now that I need to focus more on things like recovering, stretching, and healing.  I recently started to spend time each week on aiding my body in recovering from long runs and tough runs like tempos or sprints.  I’m at the point in my training where I start to get injured and I want to have just one successful training period without an injury.  So I’m doing what I can to take care of my body after beating it up.

When I get home each night, I have my compression socks and foam roller waiting for me.  I have to keep them right next to my Recoverybed or else I won’t use them.  I’ve recently started running my long runs with compression socks on as well.  I’m not sure if it helps during the run but I figure with my blood clotting history and the stress I’m inflicting on my legs, it can’t hurt.

I also started taking notice of what ailments and aches I have during my runs.  Usually, if I feel a pulled muscle or a knee pain, it tends to pass after a few miles. But now, I’m taking note of it and dealing with it post run. That little knee pain can become much more a few weeks later.  I’ve also started planning my recovery days better. I use to push through and my runs would be all over the place. After reading about how to properly let your legs recover, I know I need to work my rest days into my schedule as a mandatory training day.

I’ve had too many regrets about not recovering properly after a run. It’s now becoming part of my workout rather than an afterthought.

How do you recover?

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The power to get through 17 on the treadmill…

Not really me.

Not really me.

I usually don’t mind running on the treadmill. It allows me to get miles in, do hill repeats, and work on speed all indoors.  But what I don’t like is doing long runs on the treadmill. I typically run one long run a week; usually on a Saturday morning. Today I woke up to ice and snow outside and due to my recent concussion I knew I couldn’t take any chances of falling on ice outside so I was forced to the treadmill.  I had 17 miles on the agenda today. I knew it was going to be hard on a treadmill. I have only ever done one run over 16 miles on the treadmill and it felt painful. I came up with ways to make the run more interesting and entertaining for me. Here’s some things to try on your next treadmill long run that worked for me:

1. Scheduled breaks:  when I run a long run outside, I typically stop for watch and a GU gel or Clif Shot Blocks every hour to refuel.  I applied this to my indoor run as well. I bargained with myself that every hour I would stop, get off the treadmill, hydrate, and turn the laundry over (see #3).

2. TV: I also bargained with myself that I would allow myself to being Season One of Downton Abby. I needed to know what all the hype was. So I set up my iPad and turned on Netflix and got through 3 full episodes. There were times were I wasn’t paying attention at all to the show, but that’s ok, it was there to occupy my mind during tough times.

3. Laundry: if I’m going to be in my house for 2.5 hours, I better get some serious laundry done. And I did. I’m very lucky to have a treadmill in my basement right next to the washer and dryer. At every break on the hour, I turned the laundry over. I had some serious laundry to fold when I was done, but doing laundry made me feel even more productive.

4. Summer running clothes: when you run inside, you can dress for any weather.

Today's running outfit; really me.

Today’s running outfit; really me.

And that got me excited to wear my running skirt and tank without a huge jacket, gloves, long tights, etc. It felt good to be running without the layers.

Treadmill distance running is hard for me. Well, lets face it, all running is hard for me. I read a lot of blogs and tweets and posts by other runners and treadmill running seems to come easy for them. They can get on the treadmill and hours will fly by.  I, however, feel every mile. I want to check my distance every 30 seconds. I want to slow down at the next mile. It takes a lot of mental coaching to get my own self through a long distance treadmill run.

With all that being said, I’m proud of myself for pushing out 17 miles and for doing it on the treadmill.

17 treadmill 2

*Yes, the calories burned are incorrect. My treadmill starts over after 1,000.

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