Marathon Training Week 2: Cold and Snow
As you probably already know I am training for a marathon. Week two of the process is now complete and let me tell you right now it didn’t go nearly as well as week one. There are several reasons for this. Let me tell you, I can’t wait for Spring to get here. The entire week has been filled with terrible weather with temperatures well below zero. On top of that fun, we were absolutely pelted with snow.
On Saturday, we were welcomed with 10 inches. It’s definitely not ideal marathon training conditions – at least not for me. I’m certain some diehard was out there running in the snow.
I knew it was going to be a lousy week Sunday evening when I was hit with a cold. A stuffy head and nose made for a miserable two days at work. When I got home Monday and Tuesday, I just wanted to lay down and relax. I did that Monday but made sure I went to the gym on Tuesday evening just to get back in the groove.
Not sure if I mentioned this before but I really dislike running on treadmills. Reason #321 came on Tuesday when all but one of the treadmills at the gym were occupied so I hurried up and got on. After a few minutes I realized why it was occupied. For one, the meter that kept track of calories, distance and pace was not working properly. That was bad enough…add in the guy next to me that desperately needed to hit the showers. This was severely evident even with a stuffy nose. I completely understand that we’re at the gym and that we’re not necessarily going to smell like roses but this was just unreal and made it nearly impossible to concentrate on the task at hand.
While on the treadmill he rattled off to his buddy his day at the gym. He lifted, went on the elliptical for a half hour, walked the treadmill for another half hour, WENT TO THE SAUNA for 20 minutes and came back out for a light jog. Trust me after the sauna, he should’ve hit the showers! Luckily that was the worst of it. When I went back the next day there were a few more treadmills to choose from and it was a much better experience. Spring, along with warmer temperatures can’t get here soon enough. I can’t wait to run outside.
The snow was an absolute pain but it did allow me to get some outdoor exercise that I wasn’t exactly planning on. Shoveling 10 inches of snow was absolutely brutal. It wasn’t the light snow it was the thick, wet snow. My body was feeling it Sunday evening.
So like I said before, this wasn’t my best week and I will really need to make up for it in week three.
Here is a rundown of Monday-Sunday
Monday – Rest Day. I was sick with a head cold and fighting through a workout just wasn’t going to happen.
Tuesday – Walked a quarter mile and then proceeded to run two miles at a nice steady pace. I definitely felt like I could go longer but it was impossible with my surroundings. Finished the night off by doing three sets of leg lifts on the workout machines in the gym.
Wednesday – We were pelted with snow which made it difficult to go to the gym. I shoveled my drive way and my parent’s driveway. Not a huge workout but I did put my body to work in freezing temperature.
Thursday – Ran three miles on the treadmill and walked a half mile. Again, it felt like I could go further but it’s getting past that mental barrier of being on a treadmill. For some reason, I can only go so far before being bored. After my time on the treadmill, I went to the leg machines and did three sets of leg lifts and three more sets of the chest press.
Friday – While I probably shouldn’t have, I decided to take the day off of working out. After feeling so well Wednesday and Thursday, the cold-like symptoms came back and I just wasn’t able to put the time in.
Saturday – No running today which was disappointing because my plan was to get to the gym early, run and workout. Considering we had 10 inches of snow today, my plans had to wait for another day. However I did exercise, my exercise for the day was shoveling snow and a few upper body exercises including Curls/Pushups/Plank Challenge.
Sunday – Went to the gym and ran three miles. The good thing about this is the at I picked up the pace from a jog to a hard run the whole way. Each quarter mile I would pick up the pace which really gave my legs a nice workout. After the run, I walked a mile and did a little upper body work including chest press and lat pulls. This was just the beginning of my workout. After I left the gym I went over to my parents house to shovel. They have a long driveway and it was packed with 8-10 inches of snow. The snow was wet which would make perfect snowballs. It’s killer when trying to shovel. Something that may haven taken me 20 minutes in the past felt like it took longer than an hour. My body was begging for mercy after finishing.
Here’s a rundown of some of the foods I ate this past week. It’s not everything I had but just some of the basics so you can get an idea. You will see many of the same items from week one.
Breakfast: Cereal with Bananas, Fruit Smoothies, Green Juice,
Lunch: Salad with Carrots and Quinoa, Turkey Sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Quinoa and Vegetables.
Dinner: Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs; Chicken Cutlets; Spaghetti Squash, Eggplant Parmesan, Quinoa and Vegetables.
Each week I will also be keeping track of my weight. I started at 186 pounds and would like to maintain that weight. After two weeks of being conscious about my diet, I am still down to 183. As I said after week one, losing weight would be great for many but I don’t want to lose too much weight. Once I start running more miles, I will certainly be shedding more weight. I have to start drinking more hemp protein shakes and eating more snacks.
For week three, I need to focus on increasing the mileage of each run. There are two days this week that I know it’s going to be difficult to get a workout in. One is on Tuesday where that evening I was invited to go to a hockey game and the other is Wednesday evening for a work function that will run late as well. Because of this, I will have a long evening of working out on Monday. I need to stay on a schedule because I know how easy it to make excuses and sit around at home. I will probably be getting up early a few mornings to run at the gym. My goal is to increase my distance up to four to five miles. I’ve had a nice basic two weeks, now it’s time to push myself a little bit more.
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