Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Gear for Surviving a Winter Running in Montana

I am sure as a runner you get that question when it is twenty below zero.. "You aren't running in this are you?"  Uh.. Yeah actually I am.  Silence. Shocked stare. "Don't you freeze your lungs?"  Well I am here breathing just fine aren't I.  A runner has to run.

The key to running in extreme cold temperatures is having the right gear. In the summer it's easy, you throw on a socks, shoes, shorts a tank, and bra and are out the door. Not so easy in the winter when layers become your friend.

I'm going to start from the head down..
A warm hat is of course key. I don't have any one brand. 

The eyes.. this gets tough. Sunglasses get all fogged up, and I know from experience that if you are running in really cold wind chills you are at risk of your eyes freezing shut. Not fun.  Enter the ski goggles.

A balaclava is a must when it is below zero as well. I find I can go without it for short stretches, especially when running with the wind, but when running into the wind it is a life saver!

I wear a thermal base layer,  I have three that I use quite a bit, one is from Target and has a turtle neck, the other is Under Armour base gear and the other is Under Armour cold gear with a mock neck.   They are all very warm and get a lot of use in the cold winter months.

Apparently blue is my base layer color for tops.
 I put another long sleeve pullover over the top of the base layer. Usually one of my pretty INKnBURN shirts.  I like lots of color in the winter.  and finally over the top of that I wear a jacket.   This winter I seem to be using my Ragnar jacket quite a bit (as seen in the top picture with the ski goggles).  It is quite warm although I do find it doesn't breath very well and is usually all coated in sweat on the inside that my base layers nicely wicked away.  I don't notice the wetness until I take it off. Maybe it isn't ideal, but it has kept me warm so I keep using it for subzero temps.  I am thinking of getting this zoned heat jacket from Altra

For bottoms I also start with a base layer, fleece lines if it is subzero and just a thin pair of tights or capris if it is between 5 and 20.  I then layer another pair of fleece lined tights over the top. (I really hate being cold)

Here is an example of a 15 degree day. Base layer, Inknburn pullover on top and thin tights with fleece lined tights over the top. I did also have on gloves.
I usually wear a thin pair of compression socks with another ankle length pair over the top and find this works well, and bread sacks over the socks helps keep feet warm and dry as well.

Right now I am loving my Altra Lone Peak 3s with the NeoShell.. talk about keeping my toes warm and dry even with only one pair of socks and no bread sacks.

and awesome grippy traction.

I also love hand warmers if it is really cold out, but I find I don't need them unless it is below zero.

This picture is for Wendy.. she asked me if all the wide open spaces I run in make me anxious...no no and no! I find so much peace there.

 Looking at a picture of a city makes me anxious.. all those people all crowded together. No space. Traffic. Buildings Aack. no thanks.

This week's writing prompt: Favorite Winter Gear.  If you don't have anything to share about Favorite Winter Gear, feel free to post any running related blog post.  Link-up with PattyErika, and Marcia!

Does looking at wide open spaces make you anxious?
What is your go to cold weather gear?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Wrap: Here Comes the Sun

Sunday: 4.25 miles... cold cold cold! I planned for 5 but I have to admit I made a tactical error and ran into the wind to start with and my hands were so cold at the end I didn't care about the other three quarters of a mile.  I am really over the subzero temps!

Monday; 10 miles.. another cold run. So over this weather!

Tuesday: 40 minutes of yoga before work

Wednesday:  21 Day Fix Extreme ABC Extreme workout

Thursday: a quick 4 miles after work... things are warming up a bit!

Friday: 21 day Fix Extreme Yoga and Power Strength Extreme from the 21 Day Fix Extreme

Saturday: 7 mile run  and the 21 day Fix Extreme Upper Body Fix
It felt so nice outside! Loving the sunshine and not being super bundled up!

What's with all the 21 Day Fix Extreme?   I have done Zuzka Light workouts for years and felt like I needed a change, so I joined Beachbody on Demand and so far am loving the variety and challenge of new and different workouts.  Zuzka does a lot of burpees and those seem to make my back mad. 

linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap
weekly wrap up
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Three Things Thursday

1.  New shoes!  As part of being an Altra Ambassador I am lucky to recieve to pairs of Altra shoes.. of my choice!  You can't believe what a hard decision this was! I quickly had it narrowed down to 5 pairs of shoes.  Torins, Olympus, Paradigm, Lone Peaks and and One.  Ultimately I went withe the Lone Peaks with the Neoshell in the black and mint ( a color my daughter is in love with) and the Olympus in the shitake and coral (a color my daughter did not like) (but I do and I win)

I picked the Lone Peaks because I have been wanting to try those out for a long time and they have the NeoShell that keeps your feet warm and dry.. and it's winter and will get super slushy here as soon as things start to warm up a little

I picked the Olympus because I have two older pairs and LOVE them and really wanted to try the newer model.  and a little bit I just really liked the color.

2. I was looking at pictures last night and find that here in the depths of winter times like this (warm times, green times wearing shorts times) feel very far away

3. I have warned my kids multiple times about leaving things around the house that our beagle puppy can chew on as he chews on everything... although he is getting better.  So when my son came to me the other day as said "Mom, remember how you told us that we shouldn't leave things laying around we didn't want Roader to chew on? and how it would be our own fault if he did?"  I knew right away that I had been the one to leave something out that Roader got too. Sure enough, my vacuum cord was pulverized by little beagle teeth.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Mantras for 2017

I blogged last year how I hate the new year, new you thing. It is not a whole new me just because it is a new year. I don't hate the old me so much that I need a new one. I do like the pick a word for the year thing.  Last year I didn't really have a word, but a saying, a mantra that carried me through.
Find joy in the journey
I felt like it helped carry me through some times where my attitude was lacking in positivity.  I would remind myself to find the joy in the journey and it would calm me a bit and help me refocus.  I think I will continue to use it this year. I also love

She believed she could so she did
and I used it many times to get through hard things, like my marathon and the Ragnar running in the intense Hawaiian heat.

This year I am going to also add
Just breathe
because often just taking a step back, taking a breath or two and reminding myself to just breathe
helps me relax and refocus and know the one thing I can always control in my own attitude. Except when I am tired, then don't get between me and my bed, or when I'm hungry...feed me.  But really we have such a short time here and the time with my kids is flying by.   

and finally

                                                       Make it happen

because I am the only one who can make me do my runs and my workouts. I have to make it happen if I want to reach the goals. 

Do you have a word for the year or a mantra? Is this a new year and a new you?
linking up

This week's writing prompt: Racecation or Weekend Local Warrior?  If you don't have anything to share about the topic, feel free to post any running related blog post.  Link-up with PattyErika, and Marcia!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Week 1 of 2017 Failed to Freeze me Out

 And just like that the first week of 2017 is over. It's been snowy, cold and windy. and lots of work for the snow plows!

Week in workouts

  • Sunday: it was really freaking cold out.. like -30 with the windchill... I spent a good 45 minutes on the elliptical and did half an hour of yoga 
  • Monday: 5.5 easy miles, but once again it was really cold out. 2017 is a chilly one. and once again half on hour of challenging yoga

  • Tuesday: Half an hour of yoga in the morning before work
  • Wednesday: Got tired of trying to keep the sunglasses from fogging up and resorted to ski goggles, genius, why didn't I do this before. 9 mile longish run. Half an hour of upper body workout
  • Thursday: Half an hour of yoga
  • Friday: Half an hour of total body strength workout
  • Saturday: 5 miles easy and 30 minutes of light strength work

It's really hard to get good pictures when it is so freaking cold out and my phone dies fast, and really all I want to do is get back in where it is warm!

Totals for the week: 
  • Miles run: 20
  • Strength workouts done: 3
  • Yoga: 4
  • Elliptical: 45 minutes
All in all a pretty good week! 

The kids went back to school on Wednesday.  I am still working on my racing plans for 2017 but they seem to be coming together. I am currently debating doing a 50k or do I work on half marathons this year. 

linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap
weekly wrap up
 feel free to check it out and join in! 
The purpose of this link is to connect with and support other active women.  You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  Race recaps are also encouraged!   {See complete rules} 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

So I joined the Bullet Journal Movement

So after seeing a blog post on bullet journaling I looked it up and got intrigued.  Intrigued enough to order a bullet journal, some colorful pens and a small ruler.
Somehow I wasn't paying attention and what I meant to order was a 5x8 inch journal, what I ordered was a  3.5x5.5 inch journal.  Much smaller than I wanted.  I think I got more focused on the color and lost sight of what size I was putting in my cart. Since I didn't know how much I was actually going to get into bullet journaling I decided I would just make do with the smaller one and if I use it all up then I can get the bigger one next time.

I just started working on it this morning and so far I have an index page
All 12 months

Pages for all 52 weeks of the year although only January is filled in so far
And a workout log.

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My next planned page is for keeping track of mileage on running shoes. I also have in mind a 4-H page for both of the kids to keep track of their projects and upcoming events.   Pages for house stuff and gardening.

I am most excited to have a project to work on while I am waiting on kids at activities. and I am already wondering if I just shouldn't have got the bigger book. I am not super artsy so I don't see it being a pinterest worthy journal but I do intend to have fun with it.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Running Recap

I didn't set any resolutions last year, so it is safe to say I didn't break any this year. Here is a brief look back at my year in running and some of my favorites

Injuries this year:
  •  Seems like I had a lot of back/SI joint issues that sidelined me from running a half marathon in March as well as several smaller races throughout the year, most notably in October and November. 
  • Shoulder thing.. that we never really figured out,it just sort of resolved, but I know that it sucked the life out of my marathon and I think I would have had a much better time if I wouldn't have been in so much pain. 
Races:  This may be the least amount of races I have done in years! 
  • Run for Ryan 5k  22:50 1st in age group
  • Heart and Sole 5k 22:08  good enough for 1st in age group!
  • Bozeman Marathon 3:56:29 a PR barely! 3rd in age group
  • Ragnar Hawaii  total of 25.7 miles in 3:57 
Favorite Race: Ragnar Hawaii.. so much fun and my running besties

Favorite Run: The run with my little sister when she came home in August.

Miles run:  I didn't keep track and I have to admit it was a liberating.  I suppose if I went back through my instagram I could figure it out, but I don't care that much. Some months I ran a lot of other months I did not.

Running shoes:  These are the main shoes I wore this year
  • Asics Kayano 22
  • Altra Torin 2.0 x2
  • Altra Olympus x2
  • Brooks Pure Cadence
Favorite running clothes:  Anything by INKnBURN especially their tanks, camis, shorts and skirts. The skirts were my go to for long runs. 

Fueling for the long runs:  I used Nuun, Honey Stingers, Tailwind and Cocogo mainly, although I did try some other things on and off.

Socks:  I love my ProCompression socks, SLS3 makes some great compression socks as well.

Favorite running partner: Cola

Cross training:  
  • Yoga: I didn't do as well keeping up with the yoga this year, but still did it at least once a week
  • Rowing: not much.. doesn't agree with back and shoulder issues
  • Strength: I did quite a few HIIT workouts both bodyweight and with weights.
  • Cycling: Practically zero
  • Elliptical: Only when weather conditions were drastic. I would much rather run
Stay tuned for what will I have in store for 2017!  How was your year?