Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Reasons why Spring Running is the Best

Spring running in Montana can be a bit of a crap shoot.. some days winter tries hard to remind us it wasn't that long ago and other days are blue sky sunshine perfect running days with temps in the 50s and 60s.

       Like many places in the northern hemisphere, winter can make for some brutal running conditions, there are some days that are perfect for running and others that are quite inhospitable. This winter seemed more brutal than average with below normal temps for an extended spell and lots of snow.  When spring finally arrives it is a most welcome thing!

Here are five of my favorite things about spring running in Montana

1. Losing the layers. When the temps are -10 with the windchill it requires double layers for tights, triple layers for tops, jackets, etc, gloves, hats, neck buff, etc to keep warm. This makes running feel a bit bundled up and also makes for a lot of laundry. It feels freeing to not worry about how many layers, which layers and where is my left glove.

2. Being out in the green.  Depending on the year things brown up here in late June early July. It's still beautiful but it's hard to beat that bright green that is here April, May and June. The

3. Getting out the tanks and shorts (and camis and skirts)

4. Wildflowers: my two favorite early spring flowers are currently in bloom
  • Yellow bells
  • Shooting stars

5. Not having frozen hands (or ears, or nose, or toes) and knowing that we do get the spring snows they won't last long and will be followed by perfect running weather.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekly Wrap: The one where I have a cold

Sunday: Easy ish run with some fartleks, but overall just didn't feel very good. I felt a bit hungover, which considering I hadn't drank at all wasn't a good thing. The run seemed to clear my head for a bit, but then it was back to wanting to crawl back in bed all day.

Monday: Feeling better, except my sinuses and getting snotty... ran some hills, but overall felt low on energy for the run so I cut it short.  Also did 21 Day Fix Extreme Upper body

Tuesday: A bit of yoga in the morning before work

Wedenesday: Still feeling not 100% and blowing my nose all the time. UGH  Still managed to get in a good long run. Happily it is also a cutback week so instead of a longer run I only had 10 on the schedule.  The first couple miles really drug on but I ran the last 4 as intervals to make it go faster

Thursday: Super gorgeous day out so I snuck in a run after work

Friday: Nothing.  I was tired and I didn't feel like it and am so very over blowing my nose. Little cowgirl spent the night at my parents with three other cousins and little cowboy spent the night at my Aunt's house with another cousin so my cowboy and I could have gone out on the town, but we were both so tired we just went to bed early.

Saturday: I had great intentions of running, but I felt even worse. I decided that the best thing would be to not run even though the weather outside was amazing perfect for running.   I worked in my flower beds, did a 24 minute HIIT workout, helped my Aunt set up her new Total Body Gym
Yellow bells are out in full force
and my Dad haul in his feed truck that had died on him while out feeding the cows that morning.

Miles run 23
Strength workouts: 2
Yoga: 1

Not my best week but hopefully I am over the hump with this cold thingy. I know I personally am so over it.

After the amazing weather on Saturday we had this to look forward to..

woke up to this Sunday.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekly Review: Last of March

Sunday:  Nothing. I can't remember why now, it just seemed like one thing after another

Monday: 6 miles easy and half an hour of yoga
Tuesday:  21 day Fix Extreme Upper Body Workout

Wednesday: Long run day: 15 miles.. started out a little rough, felt like I didn't have a lot of get up and go, but by the end I was cranking the miles out

Thursday: Just a quick after work run:

Friday: 24 minute HIIT workout

Saturday: Easy run with a few fartleks thrown in.

Miles Run: 30.5 
Strength workouts: 2