Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This winter is making me die a slow death.

Seriously, this winter has been pretty awful. When it's not around 13 degrees out and finally hits above the freezing mark...it's snowing at least 5 inches (and its snowing as I type this post).  It's driving me bananas. It's really difficult to run around outside in this mess because most of the sidewalks aren't cleared and running on the road in the city is just not a choice.  Even my favorite bike paths are completely a mess, banishing most of us runners to the ol' mills. I think I speak for every one of us that this is getting CRAY. I see the same people with me at BSC night after night, trudging along on the treadmill.  Yesterday, I decided to take an active recovery day and give myself a break from running.  

I split my time up amongst three different cardio machines, including a spin bike that has a workout video for you to follow along with.  It was actually pretty tough because you had to make sure your heart rate and cadence were within a certain range (given the original goal I had set based on my fitness level, age, and weight).

30 minutes later I took to the weights (for another 30 minutes of random exercises) and I decided to call it a day.  I will say, it is nice to have the time over this vacation to go whenever I want and tag along with Chris. Peanut Butter Fingers put up a post suggesting that when couples sweat at the same time together, they are more likely to stick to their fitness goals.

Because I have also been a shut in since break started, Chris and I decided to meet up Baby Snake and her husband in order to grab some eats and play some trivia at Bull McCabe's in Union Square.  I didn't think we would stay as long as we did (thus, why we named ourselves, "We might not stay") but we were doing pretty well up until the end!  The winners at that point had a perfect plus score, so we knew we had no chance of winning. The best part was that I knew 7 correct answers for last nights' game, which has never happened to me before, in the history of Lauren's life of trivia. It. was. awesome.

(That...kind of looks like me? Remember me at 27?)

I slept in this morning, watched some trash tv, and ate a few things.  I'm currently delaying the gym even though I have every intention to go. I don't know what it is about the 9 miles of speedwork that is sounding awful. The schedule calls for a 2 mile warm-up and 5 miles speed (at 10 seconds faster than goal pace) and then 2 mile cool down. I'm going to try to break this up somehow, because I think 5 miles at 7:50 is going to present itself as a challenge on the ol' mill. Inspiration PLEASE!


  1. Totally feeling your pain. I am so over winter. We are finally having a little thaw (for a couple of days). I ran outside my last two runs and oh how wonderful and hard at the same time. What are those hills???

    Last time I was in DC for work we ended up going to Happy Hour and then staying for trivia. It was fun. We were in 1st place for 2 rounds which was nice, but then we crashed. Our name was "Our Name Sucks" because we couldn't come up with a team name.

    1. The news says it might actually get up at 48 tomorrow. Hallelujah!

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