We did get some snow on Friday and Saturday this last weekend, but apparently that was enough. When I went for my afternoon training run yesterday afternoon it already felt very cold and I could see the clouds moving in that are now delivering more snow today. In addition, temperatures are dropping. When I left home this morning it was 20 degrees, but right now my phone shows an outside temperature of just 14 degrees and according to the forecast we might even go into the Minus Degrees overnight. Not fun, Mr.
My afternoon run yesterday was Ok. It felt cold and kind of humid because of the snow on the ground and some of that white stuff evaporating, too. I don’t like that combination as this type of cold really gets me. If it is cold, I prefer the dry cold that we usually have, but not that humid cold that I felt yesterday. So, the run was Ok. I had to force myself to go a bit slower than usual because my goal is to ramp up my mileage and continue my Kosama workouts at the same time. Yesterday was a kick-boxing class in the morning for one hour and then I went running for a 10K in the afternoon. I do not want to burn myself out by doing too much at an effort level that would make me tired and affect follow-up training. So, I kept the pace actually at my (currently) planned marathon pace (~9 minutes per mile) and not at the higher speeds I have been running (8:15 – 8:30). I will adjust during the marathon training, but for now this 9 minutes per mile pace sounds reasonable.
This morning was a KStrong class at Kosama. It featured Kettle Bells and bodyweight workouts, but was mainly upper body, core and back = good, because that way my legs will be fresh for an afternoon run. As an example we did jump squats while hold a kettle bell weight at the same time. We also did a lot of kettlebell swings – either one arm at a time or with both arms alternating (you hand the kettle bell from one hand to the other at the peak so that one swing is with the left arm and the next one with the right arm) and we did a both hand kettlebell swing. But with a heavier weight. Other exercises were deadlifts, kettlebell windmill, kettlebell rows, one-arm push-ups, and a few different exercises doing lounges and using kettlebells at the same time. So, the workout was not very heavy on the legs as mentioned and I am ready to go running. But it is snowing right now and as mentioned the temperatures are falling. I might go running on the indoor running track again today. Not ideal, but it is very icy and slippery outside and I simply do not want to hurt myself.
Overall my marathon trainings cycle is off to a good start with a half marathon distance run on Saturday and a 10K run yesterday. The Kosama workouts provide strength training and will also act as any speed workouts for me. I did dedicated speed workouts during my marathon training last year and it was simply too taxing on top of my normal workouts and runs. I am probably in better shape this time around than I was last year in September, but normal tempo runs and Kosama boot camp workouts will do the trick for me.
Here are the splits from yesterday’s run:
Except for the last mile everything came in right where I wanted it.