Training: Blizzards and Treadmills

Running this week was cold.  It seems to be the theme of the week, but that’s what happens when you run in February.  To be honest, once I got below 20 degrees, I opted for the treadmill.  I would rather run in the warm gym and catch up on trashy TV versus freeze outdoors and be miserable.

Monday: Easy Run
Tuesday; Easy Run
Wednesday; 6X1 mile repeats (6:36 pace)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Treadmill easy
Saturday: Treadmill Progression
Sunday: Treadmill
Total: 71 miles

My easy runs outdoors were boring and easy.  I didn’t run with a watch.

Workout Wednesday: 6X1 hill mile repeats (6:36 pace)

About 1 mile into my run it started snowing out.  The roads were slushy, and the snow melted through my shoes, but I made it through the workout so I can’t complain.

Was it my fastest?  No.  Did I feel the greatest?  No, but I made it through injury free. 

snow type a6 shoes

I spent this weekend running on the treadmill.  As I mentioned earlier, I don’t have an interest running outdoors when it’s freezing.  I would prefer to run inside when it’s warmer.  To be honest, I feel more miserable than I do badass so for the most part, I don’t mind the treadmill.  I just watch the TV and just zone out.

I also don’t like to do treadmill workouts.  Having a weekend of no workouts and no races was fun.  As I said in my January recap, February is more of a step-down month for me.  There aren’t a lot of races this month, and I have no interest to freeze at races.  I would rather take the time just to relax.

stop running treadmill

We only have two more weeks of February and hopefully a warmer March.  It looks as if next week will be warmer and I can get outside.  I’m taking the month with a grain of salt.  I can’t say it will be my most exciting month of training but no excitement is better than injury excitement.

My goals for February are to run consistently and make it out injury free.

Questions for you:
Do you like the treadmill?
How has the weather been in your area?

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  1. Let’s hope March warms up! We’ve had a mild winter, but this week was tough. There’s a race in Prospect Park this morning that I planned to run, but it’s like 7*F, and I’m also getting over a cold.

  2. I love/hate the treadmill, haha. I like that it’s warm and dry in the gym, but I’ve found that even when I watch tv I still start to get bored on it. I just try to vary pace and incline to help with that. It’s been below freezing and snowy here, too!
    Do you care to share how you plan your week out, as far as runs goes? Do you have a set weekly mileage you like to hit, or do you just run what you feel like running? How do you determine what workouts you do? Thanks Hollie! Love reading your blog!!

  3. same here, when it gets under 30 degrees, i’m indoors. It’s just not fun running in freezing weather–and if it’s not fun it’s not worth it. The treadmill has been helpful to teach me what different paces feel like. It also helps with mental training!

  4. I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill, haha. I love that it’s warm and dry in the gym, but I’ve found even when I watch tv I start to get bored. I vary the pace and incline to help with that. It has been below freezing and snowy here as well, so I’ve been inside on the treadmill much more recently!
    Do you care to share how you plan out your weeks of running? Do you have a certain mileage you want to run each week, or do you just run what you feel? How do you plan out your workouts? Thanks Hollie! Love reading your blog!!

    1. Sure Megan, I could definitely write a longer post and please feel free to email me anytime.

      I run a lot by feel because of how much I have been injured. I generally run between 65-73 mile weeks. I scout out a good race the week before (I do have a few bigger ones I’ve pre planned like half marathons).

      I normally do a workout on Wednesday and dome sort of workout/race over the weekend. My workout/race days are normally between 12-14 miles with everything else between 8-12 and a rest day in there too. My easy runs are generally done on feel and I rarely care too much about the pace.

      I skipped a race this weekend.

      I hope that all makes sense and thank you for reading.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply!! How long did it take you to build up to that mileage? I currently run 35-40 mpw, and I want to start increasing but I’m not sure how to go about it because I’m a little nervous about getting injured! A post on this would be awesome (when you have time! No rush :)) thanks so much again!!

  5. I am not having this weather. My motivation to go outside goes down with each loss of a degree. I’m treadmilling it out and have no shame. I love the treadmill actually because it’s so consistent, but I feel like I’m definitely an anomaly there. I am praying for a warm or even mild March. It’s supposed to be in the high 40s here on Tuesday and Wednesday though so maybe things are looking up!

    1. I don’t about around you but luckily we are getting a break in the weather next week! I agree and don’t mind the treadmill at all.

  6. I don’t mind the treadmill if I play around with the speed and incline. If I try to run at the same pace and incline, I get bored really fast. The weather here has been amazing this week! February is making up for a very cold and snowy November, December, and January. Hopefully it stays that way!

  7. I get so bored on the treadmill, and would rather run outside in the cold! However, I don’t mess with ice, so I did have to opt for a treadmill a few weeks ago after the big snowstorm. I don’t have regular access to a treadmill, so outdoor running is my only option. It’s been easier to manage with lower mileage and no real training plan to follow.

  8. I did all my runs this week outside, but I had to treadmill a few last week (rain, wind, and cold). I don’t blame you to not race as much and to take it easier because you just had some really fast races and it is not worth getting injured on a slippery sidewalk or icy road that would take you out for a few weeks.

    On the treadmill, I have to do workouts and play with the speed! I can’t do steady state at all… I just up the speed .1 each half mile or whatever if I have to… and good movie or TV is essential. But the treadmill can be a great training tool.

  9. I can’t bear the treadmill at the gym, but I wonder if I could get on with it better if it were in my house?
    Weather in Worthing UK is great – 4 degrees Celsius and bright sunshine so I’ll squeeze an easy 5 miler into my lunchbreak again today.
    At the moment I struggle to get 30 miles a week in to my schedule so I’m amazed at 71! Good work!

  10. I like the treadmill. I bring my iPad and read and the miles have been going by quickly. Plus there’s so much laundry when you run inside. I did run outside yesterday (which reminds me I really need to do that laundry) and felt pretty badass because it snowed on us for an hour an a half. But once a week of that is plenty for me. 🙂

  11. i like the treadmill for rainy days. i doesnt get too cold here so thats usually not a factor but i hate running in the rain so ill use the treadmill for that or hills. its really flat here too so if i want to get some hills in i dont have any other choice. i bet it stunk having soggy shoes but the picture looks really neat.

    1. Thanks Rachel. I’m with you, I like to do runs (most of the time) that I normally couldn’t do outdoors as well.

  12. Weather been brutal , Mainly valentines weekend had 2 races it was cold out ..
    But I made it through.
    I’d like to try tred mill never used it.
    Don’t have gym memebership so I gut it out and run outside ,i just bundle up on double layers.
    Happy running hollie

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