7 in the Snow

21 Jan

I finally went and bought a ninja mask for some outside running! I tried it out yesterday for my 7 mile easy run – I love it! It was 21 degrees out so I wore my UA cold gear tights, UA long sleeve, UA short sleeve, North Face fleece (with thumb holes 🙂 ) North Face down coat, and ski gloves. I had a bottle of water in my coat pocket along with my ipod. I had my normal pre-workout snack of a PB&J – yummy!! This run went pretty well and I actually managed to stay very warm – I had my coat unzipped most of the time. I did learn that when the temps are that cold water bottles will freeze.. I had slushy water towards the end 🙂 Overall it was a great run and when the temps are 20 and higher (and its still daylight out) I’d prefer to do my longer runs outside.

Wednesday was Bike LT day – it was a killer! Last week I did 2 x 5min @ LT with 2.5 min recovery but this week was 3 x 5 min @ LT with 2.5 min recovery. I knew this was going to be harder so I kept my HR for the 20 min warmup between 120-150 bpm. The first 5 min was probably the toughest for me, just because I was tired and it always takes me a while to warm up. The second set was about average and then the third 5 min set was tough but felt great! I’m glad I only do this workout one time a week though 🙂

1/18    2 mile warm up @ 9:15
             8 x 20 sec (9mph – 7.5% incline) 2:00 recovery
             2 mile cool down @ 9:15

1/19    3 x 5 min LT, 2:30 recovery (HR 182, 185, 187)
              20 min warm up, 20 min cool down

1/20    7.12 mi easy – 1:06 (9:17 pace) 21 degrees

me after my 7 miles in the snow

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3 Responses to “7 in the Snow”

  1. Brit January 21, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    We’re getting all bundled up for a chilly, snowy night run tonight! I’m not sure that I own enough layers for this arctic blast going through the Midwest right now!

    • Ritter January 21, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      It was -1 when I came to work this morning – I’m glad I got my run in yesterday 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer! Good luck with your run!!!

      • Brit January 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

        I think I just need to move to the Pacific Northwest or somewhere where it stays in my “happy” running temperature zone. I complain when it is too cold and dark and I complain that it is too hot to run when it is over like 65*. Maybe I should take up an indoor sport instead…

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