This is the 9th week of my Marathon Training program and as I review the last few weeks I see one recurring theme. My workouts are being compromised by the weather. The weather is not a surprise. I live on the East Coast of Canada after all. The only thing predictable about Winter is the unpredictability of the weather.
I should backtrack here and remind you that I am a Run Streaker. Today marks the 773rd consecutive day that I have run at least one mile. Within that streak is another streak, a streak within a streak you might say. Until yesterday I ran 495 days outdoors regardless of weather. There is something exhilarating about running in a blizzard and I have embraced the Bad Assery of running in cold, heat, rain, wind, ice, etc. Sure I have done some training runs on a treadmill ( like maybe two) but always got outdoors for a one mile run too. Until yesterday.
Yesterday’s Training Plan called for a 10k Tempo run. The streets are slushy/greasy/slippery. There was no way that I could do a Tempo run safely or efficiently. My options were to
- take my training indoors .
- cancel the workout
I decided to take my training indoors. I run occasionally on a treadmill but it has been several months since my last session. To my surprise I loved it. My treadmill tempo pace was slower than my outdoor tempo pace but it felt like the same effort and I worked up a good sweat. I did cut my run short because I didn’t want to overdo it my first time. ( I did 7 instead of 10k, my longest treadmill run to date)
I was glad that I chose to run indoors. Currently I am reading “Run Like A Champion” by Alan Culpepper. I doubt if I will ever BE a champion but there are a lot of insights in the book that have been helpful. Culpepper speaks of the Flow of your training and how important it is to stick with your plan to maintain Flow. ( while still balancing other aspects of your life. ) The eye opener for me was when he spoke of the Weather . It is his belief that your training plan should be challenging enough that you don’t need to be fighting the weather as well. And he is right! For the last couple of weeks I have been fighting the weather. It has been getting tiresome running in the relentless wind and my hips are getting sore from shuffling through slush and snow.
It was a mental struggle for me to ditch my outdoor run in favor of the treadmill. For over a year I have done my running outdoors and am proud of the mental strength that allowed me to accomplish that. My Run Streak is still intact at 773 days but my outdoor Streak is over. It was the sensible thing to do, and I ended it on my terms.
Last night when I left the gym it was a lovely evening with the stars shining brightly and mild temperature and I just stood there for a few moments enjoying it. It was one of the nicest evenings that we have had for awhile and I was tempted to go for a one mile run to enjoy it. Then I looked down at the ankle deep muddy slush and got in in the car and drove home.