It was a much needed quiet week filled with treadmill runs, lots of cold, lots of wind, and a little more snow. Just enough to be annoying — the kind that if I didn’t shovel the driveway it would turn into an icy mess.
Turns out even with my treadmill runs, icy mess was the name of the game this week.
Which is exactly why I found myself shoveling the damn thing right before my run on Thursday, and may have contributed to my decision to get back on the treadmill rather than run outside.
- Monday: 4.5 easy/icy miles, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: 3.5 treadmill miles, DM Abs & Legs
- Wednesday: DM Abs & Legs
- Thursday: YFPR Hips, 4 treadmill miles
- Friday: DM ST, Dogwalk
- Saturday: 7 mile LSD, JY Hip Reset
- Sunday: Dogwalk
Mileage: 19 (+1.9)
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Super frustrating. After just 3 inches of snow, it was almost impossible to run at the park. They clear the paths, but then snow blows over, people walk on it, and there are long stretches of ice.
I started out figuring I’ll skip my walk breaks and then just walk where I need to. Which slowed the pace (which I wasn’t watching) down to a crawl because of the loooooong walk breaks. I had to pause my Garmin several times because I could see the ice/snow just went on too long.
Finally I gave up and started to run on the road through the park, which was clear. It’s been a really long time since I ran a mile with no walk breaks . . . it was also cold, very gray (but thankfully not too windy), and I was also getting hangry cause I’d been running errands before running. I called it a day at 4.5 miles (5 were on the plan).
I probably could have run outside. Yes, it was snowing. Big, fat flakes, as a matter of fact. Yes, it was supposed to warm up through the day (and then plunge us into the arctic overnight).
After yesterday’s frustration, though, I made my life easier (and drier) and just stuck to the treadmill. I forsee a lot of that this winter!
Windchills making it feel in the single digits, despite the sun, and I was on the treadmill again (that plus the dusting of snow that made the roads just a little icy in spots).
I’ll be honest: I wanted to skip it. I wanted to push it off until Friday. Both were options, as was shortening it. It was a busy, frustrating day, but in the end, as usual, I’m glad I got a run in.
There aren’t many places to run once Winter hits in these parts. I know, I know, it’s not Winter yet — but it sure looks like it, doesn’t it? As per Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy’s advice about running during the winter, I wore my trail shoes. I still had to slow way down, but I was able to stay upright (and I walked down that decline above).
Although several Wineglass girls came, I was running by myself. Gotta get used to that.
Favorites of the week
We celebrated the start of Hannukah with the leftover brisket I made in the Instant Pot and latkes from Trader Joes — I thought I’d heated the oil to hot, but they came out really good!
My Instant Pot experiments this week were a mixed bag.
I made the lentil chili from the recipe book that came with my Instant Pot. It was pretty good, and it sure made a whole lot of it!
Friday night I was tired and decided to make Trader Joe’s Fried Japanese Rice using the saute function. It worked well, but if you don’t keep it constantly moving, it will stick to the bottom. I just sprinkled it with some salt and it cleaned up easily.
Still searching for the perfect way to cook salmon. Still a bit dry. However, I did do the entire meal in the Instant Pot (steamed). Sadly, the broccoli got overcooked (a problem with veggies in the Instant Pot).
I made hard boiled eggs again with the new trivet (Amazon Affiliate link), although apparently the first time I didn’t follow the directions which called for High Pressure. This time I did; while the eggs are just fine, some of them cracked under pressure.
Not pictured: quinoa. Just plain quinoa. Yes, I made 6 hard boiled eggs and quinoa in 45 minutes this morning.
And then there was the steamed bread, which was sadly a little undercooked. Mr. Judy wanted to know why I was making bread when we still had bread left over from the potluck last week. Because I can, of course!
Finally there was the frozen turkey breast that’s been in the freezer since last Thanksgiving (as in 2016). I ended up not using it last year, and it’s just been sitting there all this time. It looks good, but as turkey breast tends to be, a little dry. The furkids sure enjoyed it, though!
And that’s a wrap!
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do things stay in your freezer as long as they do in mine?
Are you facing icy/snowy running conditions already?
Find it hard to figure out when to wash your hair because you’re just going to run again?