Training: Treadmills, Rest, and Cold

Rest is Best

I thought last week would bring a race but the cold weather ended up changing it.  Sunday morning the windchill was -2 and to be honest, that just didn’t appeal to me. Plus my brother was in town for the weekend, so I wanted to enjoy time with him.

Will I ever race again?

To be continued…

Monday: Easy treadmill run 60 minutes
Tuesday: 10 mile run in Chambersburg with my father in law
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday Easy 60 minute run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Easy 60 minute  run
Sunday: 2X3 miles

Where to start?

I spent most of the time running indoors, and I’m okay with that.  The weather this week was bitter cold, and while I do enjoy running outside in the teens and sometimes the single digits, sub-zero degrees don’t appeal to me.



I had a workout planned that day, but I just felt groggy and tired.  Both mentally and physically I wasn’t there, so I scrapped it.  I don’t have any regret of that choice.

Sunday: 2X3 miles (1-mile jog in between)
(6:36, 6:31, 6:27)
(6:31, 6:27, 6:25)

The workout itself felt good. I didn’t feel as though I was working at maximum effort which made me excited.  I think I could have pushed it faster or longer, but this felt appropriate to stay healthy and based on previous workouts.


The week wasn’t ideal, but I’ve decided in 2018 to limit my complaining about the weather.  It sounds trivial, but you can’t control what mother nature brings, just how you respond.

Posts from the week:

December Training Log

Tips for Morning Workouts

Questions for you:

How has your weather been lately?

What is your favorite treadmill workout?

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  1. Well, South Carolina decided to participate in winter this year. Aside from one outdoor run (only ran twice this week anyway), all my training was indoors. With the snow on the ground, cold temps, and my aching glute/hamstring, I wasn’t even going to try to run outside. The snow is still here but the bike path where I run a lot is fine now, at least. The sun came out and melted SOME of it. I don’t blame you AT ALL to treadmill, the last thing you need is to run in the snow or any temperature where you’re not comfortable and fall or get injured. You still had a big week and great job with the workout, I think treadmilling builds mental toughness as well.

  2. I think we are all going through the “dreadmill blues” right now…living in Illinois, our weather has been in the negatives with up to -30 degree windchills…snow, ice, sleet, rain, etc. Needless to say I am thankful to be slowly starting to run again at all, and definitely using the treadmill and other cross training machines and strength training right now INDOORS lol. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the weather starts to turn soon!

  3. I can’t say I blame you for running on the treadmill! Normally, I love running in the cold, but this year I’m not acclimated at all thanks to taking the time off from my surgery. It has been rough! I wouldn’t be out there in the sub-zero temps either. Good for you for getting it done – whether inside or outside!

  4. I’m with you on choosing the treadmill over the crazy cold- it’s too hard to motivate myself to go out in that! Thankfully this week looks better.

  5. I couldn’t agree more about the weather. I’m happily running on my treadmill and just so thankful I have it. Not only is it freezing outside but the roads are a mess! There’s barely room for cars and it’s super slick. I’m staying safe and inside until I can’t take it anymore…or it warms up, whatever comes first.
    Love that you got to spend time with your brother and father-in-law 🙂

  6. Oh the weather can be the worst! Especially where you live. I know I look at it as days to have a “rest day” but it can still be frustrating! Hope it warms up soon!

  7. I have honestly been sleeping with 5 blankets and we are nowhere near as cold as you. I can’t imagine stepping out to run in your weather. Wow!

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