After a tough 2017, I’m excited for 2018 and some new beginnings.
With my janky hamstring and knee, I’m not starting 2018 as I hoped. Santa didn’t bring me a brand new lower body, and I only ran 15 miles in the last three weeks of 2017. Even that 15 miles was over THREE runs. Whomp whomp.
Between a cruise vacation, injuries, holidays, and snow days, I gained weight. This is a taboo topic for many, but when I ran my 5K and 10K PRs back in April 2016, I was about six pounds lighter. At 5’0”, I feel like every pound shows, and I’m not happy at this weight. This isn’t “muscle weighs more than fat”- this is “I ate too many Christmas cookies and chocolate cake” weight gain. Thankfully, Clay has started a low-carb diet, so the desserts in our home have been replaced with lots of veggies (and meat for him).
The weather in Charleston isn’t doing me any favors. The temperature hasn’t hit 40 degrees ALL YEAR. The local news even posted this picture on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Charleston got a legitimate snowstorm, with 6 inches of snow- the most since 1989 (I’ll blog more about the snow next week, once it’s gone). Most of us don’t own winter coats, let alone winter running gear, because who wants to spend money on clothes needed MAYBE every few years. South Carolina doesn’t have snow plows or salt trucks, and the temperatures stayed low, so the snow that DID melt re-froze into a messy ice situation. This, combined with so many bridges and overpasses, made travel extremely dangerous.
Clay and I actually made it to the gym on Wednesday morning- bright and early at 6 AM before the action started. We said we were glad we got out when we did on Wednesday for one last workout before the snow, even if it was a short workout.
Later, the City of Charleston declared a state of emergency. Of course, some people “need” Starbucks, Chinese food, or a 10 mile treadmill run and believe that is emergency travel. No workout is worth risking your life over, or the first responder who is working (when you are off) and who may have to save you. Take a walk in the snow, pop in a fitness DVD, or do body weight exercises. Or… don’t.
Besides, snow is the perfect opportunity to train for a different kind of marathon- a Netflix marathon. I set a PR this week!
|Monday||4 miles + 30 min. Arc Trainer|
|Tuesday||6.3 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
|Wednesday||40 min. Elliptical + PT exercises|
|Friday||30 min. Elliptical|
|Saturday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Sunday||90 min. Arc Trainer|
The first week of 2018 was basically a fail on the running AND cross training fronts. I served my time in “running jail” (the gym) when I could, but my 6.3 mile run (too long), combined with missing Thursday’s Active Release Therapy session due to the snow, set me back a bit.
By Sunday, I felt like running but decided to hold off one more day so that I could possibly run outdoors on Monday and attempt an every-other-day running schedule next week.
I don’t believe in “signs”, but waking up hurting on Wednesday, the snow, and my overall lack of motivation were good reasons to take one more easy week and resume running next week. What little fitness I had is certainly gone, but hopefully sunny days, warmer temperatures, and melting snow will help.