Running Conditions in March - a photo essay

Goal: Capture what it's like to run in March.
Method: Take a pic using my InstaWeather app at the end of every run in March.
Outcome: I totally forgot one day and one day remembered at night and just got my socks.  30/31 is pretty good though.  Right?
Lowest Temperature: -1*
Highest Temperature: 70*
As expected: Skora Phase X looks bad ass in the dark.
Biggest Surprise: Those Skora Fits (yellow shoes) made more appearances than I would've expected.


February 2015 Monthly Totals

What Worked Well:  I've been heading to the downtown gym on the weekends for workouts.  The downtown gym is a pleasure on Sundays.  I have the place to myself.
Also, I took a weight lifting class.  I enjoyed it during the class, but hated getting up early and feeling 'forced' to go because I'd paid extra for it. But it was an excellent workout.

What Could Go Better: Well, there wasn't much running this month.  Instead I did my best impersonation of Oscar the Grouch for most of the month.   Part of the low mileage was that weight lifting class happening on Wednesday morning, a day I'd usually get in a longer run.

Biggest Surprise: I'm really okay with the low mileage month.  It felt right.

Plan for March: Run more miles.  I mean, really.


January 2015 Monthly Totals

Run: 84.776666
Walked: 14.316666
Elliptical: 12.5
Bike: 0 
Total: 111.59

Stretch: 69
Zumba: 460
Weights/Row: 176
Finisher/Circuit: 60
Spin: 210

What Worked Well: I'm really liking going to the downtown gym on Sundays.  Running outside this January just has not worked like last year, so finding a quiet place to work out in January has been fantastic.  The runs that have been outside have been nice, particularly the 10 miler.

What Could Go Better: My down week was way down.  I was just so tired I couldn't move at all.

Biggest Surprise: Why am I so tired?!?  Also, I've been lazy on wearing the heart rate monitor sometimes.  (Like today?) 

Plan for February: Run at least a mile every day.  Have fun on the long runs and have fun in Florida.


5 Miles on the Creek

This is a step back week.  I'm still running but fewer miles and not at all caring about the speed. Which is good because it wasn't at all fast.  Today I did about five miles along the creek.  The plan was to 'run' out, and then run back, but on the way back I could take as many pictures as I wanted.  I ran outside today with my friend: Global Warming.  Also, Sunshine and Ducks came for a visit.


Workout Music - 2015

As always, I typically don't listen to music when I'm running outside.  Inside, running circles on the track is a whole other story.  I like to have music blaring as loud as possible to drown out the reality of running in circles for an hour.  Some new favorites for a new year:

Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk.  This is everyone's favorite workout song I think.
Sheppard - Geronimo.  I was introduced to this song on The Voice.  It's kind of catchy.
Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life.  I think I found this one on Pandora.
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance.  My personal theme song.  When I'm running I always speed up when I hear this song, even when I'm trying not to.
Foster the People - Call It What You Want.  This is a weird video right?  That's something to think about when I'm running.
Walk the Moon - Work This Body, discovered after my love affair with 'Shut Up and Dance' led me to listen to the whole album.  The title reminds me of this shirt


Two Long Runs

This weekend, global warming showed itself in a big way, and I got myself outside to enjoy it.  A big part of blogging for me is about taking pictures when I run, and then having a place to put them.  But when I'm forced inside for weeks at a time because it's too cold to run outside, I have no interesting pictures to show, and therefore very little interest in blogging.

Thursday 6.5 miles on the Greenway. This one was not photo worthy because it was mostly at night.  Downside of the run were the two bathroom stops.  Upside of the run was the speed for the back half of the run.  I was feeling so lousy anyways, I decided to forget about the heart rate and have fun with it.

Saturday 8.5 miles on the Greenway and Franklin-Marshal loop along the Mississippi River. I paced myself really well for this run, which had been my main goal.  I needed the pacing because I had two friends coming to Zumba afterwards and I badly needed to be able to handle the class. The sun was out for most of this run.  All of the runners came out to enjoy it.  I had lots of company on the river trails, but not as much on the Greenway.

Monday: 10.5 Miles on the Cedar Lake Trail.  I did not pace myself as well on this run, but I had a boatload of fun nonetheless.  I started from the downtown gym, and got the Loring Greenway and Loring Park out of the way first.  I'm not sure why I hate running through those places, maybe because the paths do not go in a straight line?  The Cedar Lake Trail was about how I remembered it, although I went further than I'd gone before.  The industrial section at the start of St Louis Park is never any fun.  Turns out, there's a community center with amenities about where I needed to turn around, so that made things a bit better at least.  I tried to spin after this run, but it was useless.  I got off the bike early and went in search of food instead.

Heart Rate: Interesting point about all of these runs is that I can't see my heart rate monitor when I'm dressed for winter running.  (The watch is strapped onto my wrist under my shirt sleeves and jacket.)  As a result, I tried to 'pace' based on how I was feeling.  Saturday morning was all about going easy and conserving energy, so the heart rate is relatively smooth.  Monday afternoon, I was having a lot of fun towards the end of the run so I went a bit faster but took more walk breaks.  The heart rate is kind of all over the place, which is about how I was feeling.