The first attempt at a 50-miler. Admittedly, the first attempt at a training plan. And what I presume to be a 24-week journey of big ups and, I’m sure, gigantic downs.
Follow the leaps, faceplants and lessons learned every Sunday for the SQ50 high-or-lowlight of the week.
Week 2: The ‘No! My Winter Run Love is Waning’ Week
Maybe it had to happen sometime?
I’m sure my training partners can now anticipate the timing upon which I exclaim ‘Guys! I’m in love with winter running!’
Cooler temps mean easier breathing, packed trails mean lower odds of tripping, and the snow-covered trees… I mean, is there anything else more peaceful to run through?
But then! We got 20cm of snow. And then we got a lot of rain. And then we got warmer weather followed by a flash freeze. Followed by more warmer weather.
Ankle-deep powder. Ice-encrusted snow. Wet and slippery slush. Skating rink conditions. You name it, and this week I bet we saw it.
Although it was a good seven days for conditioning, the mind had different things to say.
Week 2: Let’s say half and half. The ups were high up (but the downs were hilariously down).
How is your running mentality faring this winter? Any tips? Gimme whatcha got!