My week is pretty much wrapped up, and that would be with a snow-covered holiday bow. I usually love snow, but it's totally stressing me out this year. Training for a half marathon in the snow wasn't really my plan, but probably something I could handle, but with the cold temps, the snow just melts during the day into ICE and the streets/sidewalks are covered. I know, I know, my last post I was lamenting over the icy conditions as well. I'm a broken record.
(I seriously keep coming back to watch this and laugh...this is exactly how I feel today! LOL)
This week I was scheduled for my long run of 8 miles on Friday. We had freezing rain and ice so I opted to push it off to Monday. I can easily do this since my long runs are every other week. The forecast is calling for 44 degrees on Monday, but this morning I woke up to THIS:
We never have this much snow/ice on the ground in December! I figured if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I went out and took some snowy shots since it is really beautiful. At least my house looks like it has Christmas spirit. I planned that when I picked the siding and painted the door, btw.
The snow is sticking so well to the trees like that b/c we had freezing rain first and then wet snow. Should make for nice running conditions. not.
I nearly decided to just throw caution to the wind and run this morning to get it done. The snow is covering the ice and really crunchy/not slippery. I know once it starts to melt and refreeze it will get worse. I ran 4 miles yesterday though and I know it's not the smart thing to do, so I'm going to hold out until Monday. I WILL get that 8 miles done on Monday though, I don't care what I have to do! The ice and snow has me feeling a bit droopy and weighed down, like this:
It's funny that this all seems to be intertwined with my mental block for 8 miles. It's not that I don't think I can do it. I've done it before. I know where I want to run it, I have a 4 mile loop I do, so doing it twice is perfect...BUT... I also know I'm stressing b/c this is the mileage that injured me this past summer and I think deep down I'm scared. I just want to GET IT DONE but I feel like the weather is playing with my mind and making something I already fear even worse. I know I'll feel much better after I get it done.
Today is also 69 days until we leave for Florida! I'm ready to have this view:
but for now I'll have to muddle through this first:
Oh and since this is supposed to be my weekly wrap-up (I should just call it the weekly whine-up. LOL) I did all three runs on my training schedule this week on the TM but did 4 instead of 8 on Friday since I am doing that Monday.
EDITED TO ADD: Ok folks. I just HAD to prove to myself that I could run in snow, so I went out for a short run. I can safely say that I will not be running in the snow again and certainly not 8 miles. I ran 2.69 miles, VERY slowly. It was beautiful and I can see how someone would like it for a "fun run" but I nearly broke my ankle and fell on my face. I had to run in uncleared snow because anywhere that was cleared was very slippery. It wasn't slippery in the uncleared areas, but I also could not see what was under the snow (i.e. potholes, etc). So...I'm no less grumpy about the weather but I am at least a little less stressed about my long run Monday. It will get done, but on the treadmill. I'm sure I will find time in the next 10 weeks to do some runs outside on days when it has melted. Right?!?!?! Just for fun, a couple shots from my snowy run:
Shew! That made my post superlong! Thanks for reading if you got through the whole thing!
Tell me about your mental blocks. How do you deal with them? I normally just push through, I'm stubborn that way, but get really crabby when I can't push through it right away!