Okay, okay, I know I said I would write a Year in Review and 2018 goals post…and I am, I swear! But today has been such a nice day that I just wanted to write about it.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve lacked motivation towards training over the past couple weeks. I’ve still gotten out and done it, but my mentality has been seriously lacking. Being away from my team, my coaches, and being so far removed from what we’re working for (racing) makes it really hard to stay motivated! It doesn’t help that it’s been zero degrees outside.
Anyway, today I woke up to real-feel temperatures of -1. To the treadmill I went! I had a short fartlek on tap, so I headed to the community center gym because my treadmill tops out at 10 mph (not fast enough for speedwork). When I got there, the gym was packed. Somehow, counterintuitively, this boosted my lackluster mood! I was excited to see everyone busting their butts to achieve their goals. In my opinion, having a lot of people at the gym makes you more motivated to kick butt in your workout because you don’t want to look slow. (Just me? Probably.) My high school teammate, who is a kickass D1 runner herself, was bearing down on the treadmill in the middle of an eight-mile cutdown run to 5:30 pace. Freakin’ inspiration.
After completing an active warm-up routine, I hopped on the treadmill next to her and ran a two-mile warm-up before starting my fartlek. [2x:90 hard, :90 float, 4x:60h, :60f, 6x:30h, :30f] with a two-mile cool down. Because it’s scary to run at high speed on a treadmill, and the effort always feels comparatively harder, I didn’t go “all out.” I started the hard intervals at 5:40 pace and cut down to 5:10 pace. Even though it wasn’t as hard as I could have gone on land, I hadn’t run that fast in awhile, and I felt like I had gotten in a good effort at the end! And now that I’ve done some fast stuff, I feel much more inclined to do speedwork in the near future. Funny how that works 😉
Fueled up with a Picky bar before completing the day’s lift. I went home, showered, ate lunch, power napped, and headed out to ice skate on the frozen canal with some friends that I don’t get to see a lot! It ended up being such a good time- I hadn’t talked to them at length in awhile- and it was so cool to skate on the canal. And we managed to avoid getting beaned in the head by the more aggressive hockey players out there.
Afterwards, we warmed up our frozen bodies with the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. We used heavy cream, melted semisweet chocolate, and cinnamon sticks, so what’s not to love?
It was just a really good day. I sometimes get miserable in the cold, especially chronic extreme cold like this! But now I’m bundled up and toasty warm, and it’s been a day to appreciate the small things like laughing with friends, reading interesting newspaper articles, feeling a little more motivated towards running, and resting under a string of pretty lights. Also, I accidentally left clothes at the gym and went back to get them hours later and they were still there! Heck yeah. Happy New Year 🙂