Running in Winter
I had hoped to blog about the start of my half marathon running training in a bit more of an upbeat note but I find myself in Week 2 completely knocked out by a virus. I am just beginning to claw my way back to life but running anytime soon seems unlikely. I wish Danny had written his latest running blog a few weeks earlier and I might have started to pay more attention to my diet and taking better care of myself.
On a more positive note, the first week of the ChiRunning Intermediate 12 Week Half Marathon Training Program went very well, despite the fact that the weather turned seriously cold and we had our first snowfall here in the UK. I don’t know about you but I just love running in winter. My running technique thrives in cold temperatures. I love the rare opportunity to start running across fresh powdered snow. I can use the snow to check my running technique and look for clean undisturbed footprints. As conditions turn icier, I have to take more care and wear appropriate footwear and focus on keeping my ankles relaxed and ensuring there is no push off. It still amazes me that many people think me slightly mad for running in this weather. I guess you have to be a runner to understand!
For the next few weeks in the form phase of running training, I get to focus on specific areas of my running technique using form intervals for each run. Using a watch to count down one or five minute intervals allows me to be very disciplined and stay focused. Now I just need to get back to running and staying healthy.