According to Newsday, 11.2 inches of snow fell yesterday in Wantagh. This is on top of the half a foot of snow that is already sitting on my lawn and the two foot pile that has been plowed onto my sidewalk. I am so sick of the cold and snow. The only benefit to the snow yesterday was the kick-ass, snow shoveling workout I got lifting that heavy, wet snow. My whole body is aching from it today.
This weather diminishes my ability to run outside. I HATE the cold, if that wasn’t clear enough from my statement above. I am actually allergic to the cold, I literally break out in hives. While my asthma doesn’t usually bother me while running, it does in the cold. In addition to hating the cold, all the ice and snow makes it dangerous to be running outside, at least in my opinion. All the sidewalks have not been shoveled, leaving only a little area in the street to run, which I hate to do because I think it can be dangerous. Plus, I am somewhat of a klutz, which leaves me open to possibly injuring myself from slipping on the snow and ice.
Let me be clear that I am not using this as an excuse not to run. I trained for the LI Half in 2011, with a goal of under 2 hours, all in a terrible winter like this one by utilizing the treadmill. I even managed a 10 mile treadmill run during that training schedule. Not running the past few weeks has resulted from a combination of being sick, a nagging knee pain (which has now resolved), and lack of motivation (something about a cold, snowy winter that makes me just want to hibernate).
This week I have been working on strength utilizing some workouts from the Tone It Up girls, Karena and Katrina. After watching them on Bravo, I have really started browsing their site and I am loving all their workouts! The workouts are fantastic and I love that I can print them up!
I have also begun a work challenge this week, it is a biggest loser type of challenge and although I do not need to lose a lot of weight, I do need to lose some and I need to tone up. The winner of the challenge will be based on percentages lost, so even though I do not have a lot to lose, I still have a chance to win.
I have also taken it upon myself to sign us all up for a 5K on June 8th.
This is a local 5K that was created to support spinal cord injury research after a 17 year old Wantagh resident, Joe Testaverde, injured his spinal cord in 2000 when he dove into a pool. I chose this race because it supports such a good cause and it will be a great first 5K for my co-workers, because it is flat.
I plan to create both a running and walking program that they can follow. I am really excited about this and I cannot wait to see everyone cross that finish line on race day!!!!
As far as my training is going, it’s not, but I plan to pick it back up on Monday!!!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!