This past week was eventful in a personal way, but less eventful in a running way. Mother Nature continued to send more snow, freezing rain and plummeting temps our way.

I started out Monday by taking my son to take his drivers permit test and he passed! He has had some really interesting weather to learn how to drive on, so he should be a pro when spring and summer rolls around!

I looked at the forecast on Tuesday morning and realized that I better lace up my shoes and get in a run before it turned bitterly cold again. There was moisture in the air and it created a sparkling, shimmery frost on all the surfaces. On days like this, it makes you appreciate the beauty of winter. In a sense, it puts you inside a real life snow globe where the fake snow magically clings to the trees. There is no fakeness about this snow and cold though, it’s bitter chill will reach your bones if you aren’t dressed well enough.

Speaking of that, as I was running, it became apparent that I didn’t choose the right base layer for my shirt and it kept creeping up under my jacket. As I kept tugging it down, I thought to myself that maybe I’d luck out and get nature’s version of Coolsculpting! I believe the concept behind Coolsculpting is that it freezes your fat cells and then your body naturally flushes them out. If I just wear less layers, wouldn’t the same thing naturally happen while running? Spoiler alert – it doesn’t! The fat cells are still there, I just got uncomfortably cold…

My next opportunity to run wasn’t until the weekend. I’m not putting too much pressure on myself to stick to a schedule yet when it comes to mileage. I won’t start my training program until the May/June timeframe and the first week of my training program starts with a 34 mile week. Between now and then, I’ll keep gradually building at about 10% (give or take) a week until I’m solidly there.

My running goal this week is to stack the miles on top of each other to challenge myself. I plan on running 3 miles tomorrow (plus PiYo), 5 miles Wednesday, 8 miles Thursday (plus yoga) and 3 miles on Friday for a total of 19 miles. I won’t have the opportunity to run this weekend since I’ll be attending Fit Fest in Minneapolis and learning how to teach Yoga Strong, a strength based format that I’m excited to start teaching in April! 

Keep running after your goals! You only have one life to live, do some epic stuff that you’ll remember!

Total weekly mileage: 16.2

Total 2019 mileage: 86.25

251 Days until race day!