The Polar Vortex is affecting almost 200 million people in the United States and temperature records are falling left and right. Even areas as far as Atlanta, Georgia are experiencing single digit temperatures – definitely something new for most people. I live in the Denver Metro Area and fortunately we are barely affected by the Polar Vortex, but we already had our share of cold temperatures in December. My last Half Marathon race in December was run in single digit temperatures and so I was hoping for warmer weather for my next Half Marathon. It looks like that this race will have better luck with the weather compared to December.
I just checked the weather forecast and the temps for Saturday are looking great. The day will start out with temperatures in the mid-20s, but the temperatures around start time of the race will already be in the mid-30s and it should be in the 40s by the time I reach the Finish Line. Of course this can still change a bit over the course of the week, but in general it looks like a good day for running a half marathon race.
On Monday I had written about how crowded the morning workout had been. I am happy to report that a lot of those “extra” people have not shown up since then. Not sure if the 5.00 AM morning class requires extra dedication they don’t have or if their new year’s resolutions were crushed by the workout or if they are simply so sore that they can barely move. I know, I was sore a lot after my first few Kosama workouts and it did not feel pretty being so sore. I am happy if people work out, but I admit – I am also happy if the 5.00 AM morning class at Kosama is not that crowded like it was on Monday morning. Here are some pictures from the workouts this week. The first two are from Monday and the 3rd is from today. We did do kick-boxing on Monday and had to share a bag – the pictures caught me while being off bag (very front – the bald dude in the grey T-Shirt). The picture from today shows TRX exercises – single leg burpee and from looking at the picture I am just going down to the ground for the burpee (bald dude in the front in black workout clothes). The workout today was a lot of fun and I burnt over 600 calories according to the heart rate monitor I was wearing.
Yesterday afternoon I went running outside. The temperatures were nice and roads and sidewalks were in decent condition. It was still slippery in some areas, but overall it was a good run. I ran for 7 miles in just over one hour, but had lots of hills along the way. Then last night at home I did do another set of burpees and probably ended up doing about 40 burpees + ran up and down the stairs a few times as well. I am considering doing my own burpee challenge at home now actually as it did not take too long to do 40 burpees and it’s a nice boost to burn a few more calories and to keep the metabolism going for a bit longer.
Now it is almost time to start carbo loading for my half marathon race on Saturday. The last time I did this (carbo loading) back in December it worked out perfectly and I felt great the entire time of the run. All the fueling pre-race and during the race seemed to be hitting the spot and I hope that I can repeat this for Saturday.