Sunday, March 9, 2014

Training Update 3/2-3/8

Well, this has been a rather chilly week. I spent my week in Big Rapids, Michigan, where I went to school for five years collecting my undergrad degree from Ferris State. It is hard to believe that I lived here for five years, heck, I easily could have graduated in four years, but stretched it out for my running career. Coming back, and seeing how harsh the winters are. I realize that without being here, I NEVER would have achieved what I did.

Yes, I was crouching, but it shows how high it is!
The runners here have a choice: whine, complain, give up, or suck it up, make the best of the situation given, and tough it out. Luckily, most of them have decided to take the second option, and the results are paying off. Or will do when it comes to outdoor season. I thought Philly was having a bad winter (and to be fair they are), but it is nothing in comparison to the armpit high snow here, or the negative (Fahrenheit) temperatures they often wake up to.

This was my down week in training, meaning I had one rest day, which I enjoyed. I believe I chose the right day as it snowed a few inches the night before, and those are the days that the snow plows do not bother....when you get snow almost every day, and most of the roads are still snow covered, what is a few inches?

I also ran my 19 mile long run on Monday, trying to stay on the cement as much as possible, but I definitely ran at least 9 miles on the snow total. Luckily my body handled it well, and my mind handled the repetitiveness thanks to running with one of my old teammates, thanks Anna :)

Face a little numb, and nose red raw from my cold,
but happy with a good workout
I did a workout on Thursday, a long repeat, followed by two shorter repeats. It was really hard to breathe in the cold air that day, especially as it was windy. I did struggle a little more than I thought I would for the times I ran, but I ran fast, and averaged 5:34 for the last repeat, which I was happy with.

Overall, this week has definitely been a much needed toughening up week, and I have (re)learned to adapt to the changing conditions, and take it easy when things are not perfect for you.

I had a wonderful week catching up with friends, enjoying lots of good food, and even got to watch my old teammates in their conference championships!

I am in Boston right now, coaching my athletes in the ECAC/IC4A Championships, and I do not have my computer to update on anything else. I will be back to normal with posts next week :)

How was your week? Have you ever looked back on something you did and wondered how you ever managed it?

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18 comments:

  1. Gotta love those Michigan winters.. it just makes us stronger in the end! :) Good luck to your athletes!!

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    1. I dunno about love them haha, but YES they do make you stronger! Thanks Leigha :) Stay warm!

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  2. my long run today consists of 7 miles! (:

    you rock!

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    1. Thanks Friend :) 7 miles is a long way for 95% of people, let alone those closing in on a wedding! Keep it up :)

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  3. I love Michigan and ran both my half and full marathon PRs there. Yes this winter has been brutal in the Midwest. I agree, it does make us stronger!

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    1. Thats awesome! What races? I would love to race a marathon or half there someday after all it helped with toughening me up! Hopefully spring is just around the corner :)

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  4. You really are such an inspiration, Tina! I'm going to miss you while your in Boston - but good to your team! Can't wait to hear all about the end of your MI trip & Boston one :)

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    1. Awww thank you lovely! We NEED to talk this week! Cant wait to catch up!

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  5. That's soooo far!! Haha. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks Tiff! Am I crazy? Most would say so haha!

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  6. Yay Boston! Good luck to you and your girls in the ECAC. :) And way to push through all that snow!

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    1. Thank you Kim, they did well :) Lots of PRs! I survived Michigan! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  7. That's some serious hard-core running there! Good for the runners and you for getting out there in it. Great training week for you. Enjoy Boston--one of my favorite cities!

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    1. Thank you friend! You will get back there very soon! I just wish I could have explored Boston more!

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  8. Wow! Those temperatures would definitely make you a mentally tough and hard core runner!

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  9. Yup, I don't miss Michigan winters at all! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  10. That is serious running Tina! This winter has toughened us all up a bit.

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  11. I DEFINITELY look back on past events and wonder, WOW - how on earth.. And I learn from those experiences, I never ever ever dwell on them though because that leads to depression!

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