Back to a routine…sort of.
Winter running is always harder than summer running, as the excuses are somewhat more legitimized when the weather gets crappy. I no longer buy into the “there’s no such thing as bad weather” fitspiration that permeates the internet this time of year…clearly those people have never lived in Chicago.
I’m sorry, but I think this type of “fitspiration” is complete garbage. There is a difference between drizzle (go out and get ‘er done) and a tornado (probably should consider the treadmill or taking a rest day). Cold (above 0) and polar vortex cold (-30 below 0). Snow (light and fluffy) and sleet/ice that makes falling all but inevitable.
That being said, I have been able to get back on a solid running schedule (5-6 days a week) and supplement the lack of speed work (due to icy/dark conditions) with Crossfit workouts. I can tell you one thing – after my 2k time trial on the rower today my lungs are certainly feeling the burn. I am a little nervous though, as I signed up for an indoor marathon relay team at the end of the month, where each runner runs approximately 12×800 meters. The last legitimate speed work I did was last fall (my 10k race) aside from some running in Crossfit, so I would like to get some repeats under my belt over the next few weeks.
This poses a slight problem, as I am incredibly particular about when and where I will run workouts. Maybe I get all up in my head too much – I don’t know. Back when I lived in the city, I had a cheap-o $9.99/month gym membership at a gym that had the most amazing treadmill. I believe it was a Freemotion (I can recognize it when I see it), but it is the only treadmill I have ever run on that feels natural, simulates running outside entirely, and doesn’t hurt/make my gait feel wonky. During the winter of 2013-2014 I trained exclusively on this treadmill, even managing to do 16+ mile long runs. I can barely handle a few miles on a “normal” treadmill. It’s unexplainable, but true. I know that a local gym has the same treadmill, but I have yet to pull the trigger on another gym membership ($9.99 sounds like a steal, until they tell you about the $50 joining fee, $40 maintenance fee, etc.). With more snow predicted over the weekend, I think tomorrow warrants further investigation.