An easy snowy run to start the month off. We’ve gotten a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and more snow in the past few days. It was snowing lightly when I left. It’s hard to figure out running routes in the winter dur to the ski trails. This route should work and had a good portion of paved and plowed trails with some fresh powder. Running on the train tracks wasn’t actually bad since there was so much snow!3.4 miles 35:32 32f and windy with snow falling.
In the afternoon we took the kids to Lifetime for their swim assessment to see how they fit into Lifetimes scheme of swim lessons. They are 501 and 301. While that was happening I did a quick swim.
I did 2 x 400 with about 90 seconds of rest between. They were each around 7 minutes. The first a little under and the second a little over.
After we played in the water for a little bit.
On the first day of Spring Break we woke up to 3 inches of heavy snow and strong cold winds! Not ideal conditions for a 4 mile Time Trial, but I went for it! The warmup and the first 2 miles were straight into the wind. I decided to run straight up my street and then go over to the parkway. Only 3 or 4 sidewalks had been shoveled yet and the streets and parkway hadn’t been plowed. Traction was pretty good throughout. The wind had created places that were almost snow free and then others where it was 3-4 inches deep. It was hard to know where the trail was on Victory Memorial Parkway, but I just ran between the lights! I extended the cool down a little bit by going on some single track. It felt like a reward for the hard work I had already put in!
I did the 4 miles in 34:06 or 8:31 pace. Total run was 5.88 miles in 54:47.
Victory Memorial Parkway, where do I run?
A mud puddle with pretty snow!
Updated: we went climbing this afternoon. I got some new climbing shoes, I think they helped! I was able to climb all the red routes I tried. I was having trouble starting one and a guy gave me a quick tip and boom I made it to the top. I definitely don’t have a lot of skill for some of the harder stuff, just height and strength which doesn’t work too much past the beginning routes!
Minneapolis got 17.5 inches of snow on Saturday. That’s quite a wallop we are still collectively trying to dig out of. Up until now, I’d been quite content without a snow blower, but now I’m thinking about it. My dad offered me his, but its 10 hours away in Ohio. He also offered my his 4 wheeler with a blade on it, that’d be fun!
So the question is, how do you count snow shoveling as a workout? I spent almost 2 hours yesterday scooping and throwing snow and another 45 minutes today (thanks to the townhouses in my alley for destroying my awesome shoveling job). My shoulder is a little sore and I definitely felt it in my core. So is it a cardio/core workout? Or just core?
How do you record snow shoveling in your training log? Do you record it at all?
I could just get one of these:
We took our snow shoes out to Lebanon Hills Regional Park for a short little snow shoe and to enjoy the beautiful sun. It snowed a few more inches later in the day! We also stopped at Pardon My French, the traditional stopping point post-Lebanon.
So here’s the video:
Tomorrow’s high is only 8 degrees, so it seems this video is relevant again. I made it last year and never posted it. It goes with this post about running in the cold weather.
You can also look at my 9 tips for cold weather running and a bad story.
[tags] Winter [/tags]