Freaking Done with the Snow!

It is spring and I am sick of this snow! The weather has been bat s%*t crazy around here and it is making training impossible! I am supposed to do a trail race in Michigan tomorrow and mother nature has decided to toss 8-10 inches of snow on the ground. So not only will I have to drive through that mess tonight, I will have to slog through it tomorrow. I was already pretty nervous about this tune up race because I knew it would be harder than a road 5 miler. The average winning females time from the past few years is 5 minutes slower than the average winning females time from St Malachi. That's 1 minute per mile slower, what the heck did I get myself into?

Now I have to decide how I am going to handle the race. I don't see how I can possibly get in a good "tune up" when slogging through a near foot of snow. But I also don't want to skip the race. I know I will have fun, I'm just not sure how I will still get in the quality workout I was looking for. Do I just run the race easy then do a 3 mile time trial on a road somewhere afterwards, or do I just suck it up and give it race effort and forget about times/terrain etc? Advice anyone?

My week was already screwed up once due to some unexpected snow Wednesday night that had me bail 4 miles into my 11 mile run. Thankfully last night was pleasant and I made it up. I was worried about not having enough recovery for the race, but now I realize I shouldn't worry as I have no control over this crazy weather! What made me think race day would be perfect when I can't even get in my training without incident...

Now I remember why I said I would never train to race at Boston again. I don't know how you Minnesotans do it!

7 comments:

Charlie said...

Agreed! The weather sucks.
I say go for it race day. Have a blast.

Now I have to go ride my freaking trainer....again.

The Salty One said...

Hey, E! This is why some genius invented the treadmill :) Seriously though, what point is this race going to serve you? I think if the point right now is to train for Boston than this race in these conditions will not serve that purpose at all. You'll risk injury and honestly will waste a lot of time and aggravation just trying to get there!

Now on the other hand, it sounds like this is something you've looked forward to for a while. If this outweighs your focus on Boston, then go run the race and see how it goes. If you feel like you should do more afterwards, do more. I just wouldn't expect to have a strong training weekend.

So, it depends on what you want. Sorry, it's not easier!

Ted said...

Can always opt for a snowshoe so you can run in those sloshy condition! Hope this advice helps!

Brianna said...

I think that running through the snow is more of cross training than a training run. You'll definitely be using muscles and quick-thinking skills for the run that you don't normally use for a non-snowy event - so don't worry about your pace (stay safe!). I think something like this is all about mindset - think of it as a personal challenge and test of fortitude rather than Boston prep.

Brian said...

good luck and hopefully you made it there safely.

JenC said...

I couldn't believe it when I woke up to a white world AGAIN! Ugh.

You're the expert, so no advice here. Good luck!

duchossois said...

I feel your pain. I hope you decided to do the race, because I know you were looking forward to it. Boston training is important, and you have been doing so well that you've earned the right to do this race. Good luck!