We somehow made it through another week of what is turning out to be a cruel winter season. In true Chicago fashion, the weather has been all over the place. Monday and Tuesday were partly cloudy with highs in the mid-30s, which is pretty typical for this time of year. I ran 8.1 miles outside on Monday, which was very tolerable for this life-long Chicagoan. I worked a 12-hour shift on Tuesday, so no outdoor run for me on that day.
Wednesday was unusually warm, sunny with a high of 55º. And as many Chicagoans do, people were outside in shorts and short sleeves. I myself am not that crazy, but I did shed an extra layer or two. I had signed up for the Strava Lululemon 40K | 80K Challenge, and with 14.2 miles and 6 days to go, I wanted to take advantage of the warm weather. So I headed out the door at 11:00 a.m. for what would be my first run of the day, clocking 6.7 miles. I had to get home for a conference call, but by 3:30 p.m. I was at it again for another 5.2 miles. Wind and rain were predicted for the following day, and I wanted to get my miles in while I could.
As predicted, Thursday morning was windy and rainy and I was glad I did my two runs the day before. But the weekend weather reports were coming in, and they were not looking pretty. By Friday morning the temperature was going to drop by 40 YES FORTY degrees! I was not looking forward to another run in temperatures in the teens. I was watching the weather radar throughout the day and found a one-hour pocket of no rain, so when the time came, I high-tailed it out the door for a 5.4 mile run. That brought my total to 53.1 miles (85.5K) in 10 days, enough to complete the challenge. I hadn’t run this much in such a short period of time in months, but I signed up for the challenge and Mother Nature be damned, I was going to complete it. Kudos to all who completed their miles in icy cold conditions in the days to follow. I think any of us who completed this challenge in areas where the weather was not cooperative should get a special prize!
Anywho, as I mentioned last week, I’ve set some goals for myself for 2018, including getting back to strength training. So with the challenge complete, I hit the (home) gym for a quick session. Nothing too intense as I haven’t lifted weights in a long time, but enough that my quads are feeling it today. It’s 20º and snowing right now, so I am debating my plan for the day. I bought a pair of Yaktrax yesterday and with the snow coming down, I may just have to take them for a spin!
How was your week? Do you run in any type of traction spikes? Share your experience! Congrats to all of you who completed the Strava Lululemon 40|80 Challenge! I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.