This week I was able to stick to my training program pretty well. Of course, all of my runs were done on the dreadmill because it is far too dangerous to be running outside. This week, we got at least another 3 inches of snow on top of the already 10+ inches that is still on the ground. I don’t know if I’ll ever see the grass again here or be able to run completely fearless on the sidewalks without being nervous that the “wet pavement” might actually be ice. And, dodging cars in the neighborhood is not always exactly the safest thing!
One thing I continue to not be very good at is cross training. I haven’t quite found anything that really excites me in cross training. I thought about Zumba, I took a kettlebell class, but nothing really excites me. It is my mission this week to go to Target and get some sort of exercise video to do at home. Since I work usually 50+ hours a week and have a 5-year-old shih tzu who thinks I walk on water, I hate being gone from home more than I have to be. But I, firsthand, know how important cross training is. Not stretching or cross training is what led me to physical therapy for a month after “running” my first half marathon. I now have become BFFs with my foam roller and stretch out before and after a run, but I know that if I am going to be a better runner, I need to cross train.
So this week, I didn’t do my cross training (hopefully I’ll have better news to report next week!), but I did complete 3 runs on the treadmill totaling 16 miles — two 4 mile training runs during the week (the highest number I get up to is 5 miles for the training runs… so I’m getting closer and closer to Little Rock!), and my long run of 8 miles on the treadmill.