The Icebreaker Challenge: 2/20 – 26 WRD

There is a local race called the Icebreaker Challenge. Although I’ve never run it, the premise is can you beat rowers? It takes place in “Spring”, hence the name. Actually this year it takes place on what would have been my Dad’s 97th birthday. But no, I’m not planning to run it. However, there was some ice breaking going on this week.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and running in & outside.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk <== rest day
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 2.5 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Walking with Weights (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 2ish TM miles, Icebreaking driveway (45 min), Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Friday: Icebreaking driveway (45 min), Walking with Weights (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min) <== rest day
  • Sunday: Yoga (60 min), 2ish TM miles, Dogwalk (maybe?), Yoga PM (20 min)

Running Mileage: 6.5 ish (+.1

PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Interesting textures & shapes

Tuesday intention: go long-er
Obviously 2.5 miles isn’t very long, but it’s long enough for me right now. Got out of the neighborhood because I knew with our weather the next few days I’d be back on the treadmill. Cold and gray but not too windy.

Thursday intention: keep going with Peloton You Can Run (Week 6, Day 1)
Today was a run with 5 minutes at marathon pace, 4 at half pace, and 3 at tempo. I did those intervals without walking, but there was plenty of walking in this run. It was all about finding your paces. I had really wanted to do some strength training the day before, but even though there wasn’t much organized activity yesterday, it was a busy day and I was pooped.

It’s all good, I’d get plenty of upper body strength today and tomorrow with breaking up all the ice from the driveway.

Sunday intention: continue pace work
Day 2 of Week 6 in the Peleton program, back on the mill due to ice & snow — much more snow possibly coming, so I see more treadmill runs in my future. Today it was 4 miles at marathon pace, 4 at 10k pace, 3 at 5k pace, and 1.5 at 1mile pace. Or something like that. Lots of walking between again, but no walking during the intervals.

Not really a fan, but it’s pretty (and pretty darn cold, too)

Favorites of the week
The weather wasn’t so much a favorite this week, not surprisingly. We didn’t get much snow but the ice on top of it meant it definitely a workout clearing the driveway but we got it done.

With another big storm in the forecast, tomorrow is the only day I have to go to my mom’s so off I go. Hoping to tack on something interesting on the way home — right now the forecast says the snow won’t start until the evening.

ICYMI: This week we’re getting into that tension you hold in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Practice with me here.

Coming up on Friday: Somehow last week I wasn’t even aware that Runfessions were coming — but you know this week it’s time to get together with a hot beverage!

29 thoughts on “The Icebreaker Challenge: 2/20 – 26 WRD

    1. They are, but I don’t even tell her til later. If I have to cancel tomorrow morning I will. Most likely even if it starts earlier I’ll be okay. I drive my husband’s car, or as we’ve come to think of it, our car. It’s bigger & heavier.


    1. Well, no hike planned (snow! Ice!) but I do have somewhere else picked up. Someone is a bit anxious about it all — right now the snow isn’t supposed to start until well after I’d be home. I’ll make my final decision tomorrow morning and can always head back and skip the stop if need be, too. I think it’s gonna be fine.


    1. Luckily so far the forecast is for the snow not to start until the evening. I’m pretty cautious!

      The predictions are somewhere between 4 – 8″. With maybe another storm later in the week. It’s been a weird Winter, mostly mild, but I don’t think we’re actually too far behind on snow anyway.


  1. So you had the “driveway icebreaker challenge” this week. Meanwhile we were in the upper 80s- I can’t believe we live in the same country! Have fun with the trip to your mom’s. i hope it all goes well!

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    1. Right now it’s looking like 4-8”, but not starting until I’d be home already. That seems to be pretty consistent. Not that they’re always right, but I look at multiple sources. Another system possible after that. Glad I got my birthday gift of nice weather. 😊


  2. Ugh to all that snow (and ice). We have a lot of rain in the forecast this week, so that’s not ideal either. I’m headed to Omaha on Saturday for the Leprechaun Chase and, knock wood, the current forecast is showing temps in the 50’s with only 5mph wind. I doubt that will hold, but I’m hoping there’s not a big shift. I hope your trip goes well!


  3. That race does have an interesting premise. Do runners beat the rowers?

    Love that snowy picture — it looks lovely.

    Nice going on the running workouts. They sound complicated reading them, but I prefer mixing things up on the tread anyway. It’s long steady state runs that are so hard on the ‘mill!

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  4. Having a garden and/or driveway to maintain is not to be underrated when it comes to strength training! Last summer my husband started digging a huge hole in the garden to prep for a new deck area. His Fitbit started complaining of “don’t overdo it!” after a while.
    The icebreaker challenge sounds like fun! Hope your Sunday running plan went well.

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    1. From what I understand the snow was mostly in the higher elevations. And San Diego is pretty moderate. Too bad you couldn’t go with him! My brother lives a few hours north no snow there either, but he was complaining about the weather my mom said. I’m afraid I had little sympathy. Just wait til he comes back east for her birthday! Here it is snowing, then it’s supposed to rain a couple of days, then turn back to snow.


  5. Spoiler alert: I’m not beating the rowers lol.

    I think you’re doing great – just take it nice and easy and listen to your body. I made myself actually sick by going too hard and not taking care of me. Lesson learned.

    Be careful with all that snow!

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  6. There was a big ice storm which knocked out power for almost a week around here. My brother lives an hour north of me and their power was out for 6 days. Luckily they have a generator so it wasn’t a big deal. We just got a little bit of slippery weather. Hope your weather wasn’t too bad!

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