Weekly Recap and Zooma Run Love 10k

I think I have reached the point in winter where I am starting to count down the days until spring while also realizing that the weather is just extremely unpredictable and it’s pretty much impossible to plan out any sort of workout schedule. Typically I will look at the forecast for the next three days or so, and plan around that. This weekend I had planned to run a virtual 10k for the Zooma Run Love Challenge, but by Thursday I realized that the weather on Saturday and Sunday would not be conducive to any sort of fast running. I wasn’t trying to set any PRs, but I did want to push myself being that I haven’t done any harder runs in quite some time. 

zooma run love 10k

I ended up running the 10k on Friday morning, which was cold (10 degrees) but not windy. It was hard to get my legs moving fast but I was able to speed up as the run progressed. I was never so excited to get home and get inside to the warmth. Oh, and for the first time this year I saw the sun starting to rise as I was finishing my run! Spring must be right around the corner! I was going to take a picture, but my phone was dead from the cold. 

I ran a mile warm up, and then did lots of loops around the other side of my neighborhood (which is kind of hilly) to cover the 10k. Overall my pace was around 8:06, but my first couple of miles were more like 8:30 and then I got down to 7:45ish by the end. I was really glad this wasn’t a real race because my 1) my legs just did not warm up enough to go fast 2) I wouldn’t have wanted to stand around at the beginning or end and 3) I wore so many layers that I probably ran with an extra 10 pounds of weight on me. At least that’s what it felt like.

olympic trials

On Saturday I ended up staying inside and doing yoga. I thought I would head out for a few miles, but as the morning went on the wind got stronger. Just the sound of it was intimidating so I decided I wouldn’t run. After grocery shopping and some cleaning, I curled up on the couch with a blanket and some hot tea and watched the marathon trials.

Ok, so a quick rundown of the week:

Monday: 4 miles, core work

Walk: 3 miles  Push-ups: 20


Tuesday: 3 miles (in a little bit of snow), core work

Walk: 1.6 miles  Push-ups: 30


Wednesday: Total body strength training

Walk: 2 miles  Push-ups: 20

Thursday: 4.2 miles, core work

Walk: 2.25 miles


Friday: 7.2 miles (1 mile warm up + 10k)

Walk: 2.2 miles  Push-ups:15

Saturday: 30 minutes yoga

Walk: 2.8 miles

Sunday: 5 miles, core work

Walk: 1.5 miles


Total: Run: 23.4   Walk:  15.3   Push-ups: 4 days

Yearly Mileage:  250/2016

Honestly I feel like I can handle the polar vortex cold weather, as long as it doesn’t snow (or sleet). I don’t want to be out there for hours, but I feel like I can make it through a few miles when it’s really cold. I don’t think I have run in anything colder than 5 or 10 degrees, with wind chills down to -15, and hopefully I never will. Blizzard conditions or icy roads/sidewalks are a different story. 

What is the coldest temperature you will run outside in?

Have you ever done a virtual race?

Did you watch the Olympic trials?


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59 thoughts on “Weekly Recap and Zooma Run Love 10k

  1. Nice week! We’ve been having a mild winter in NH but I feel the same. I’m ready for more predictable weather to come. I don’t go outside if the temp is below 15. I seriously hate the cold. I have many warm clothes but not enough for when it gets colder than that. I wish I was braver with it because I’m sick of the treadmill!
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  2. “I don’t think I have run in anything colder than 5 or 10 degrees”


    I can’t even imagine opening my front door and walking outside for a minute in that! I think the coldest I’ve ever run in would be the low 50s maybe twice in my life! Brrrrr! In that kind of weather, which probably isn’t even cold to you, my body had a hard time warming up. I can totally understand why your body wouldn’t warm up in even colder temps! You’re a champ for getting out there!
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  3. I did Kristina’s Virtual PAWs 10k. It was fun. I didn’t race it I just ran and thought about all the animals I was saving. 😉

    It is really freaking hard to sked workouts in advance right now! I am with you on that one. The coldest I will run outside is 7 degrees real feel.
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  4. Coldest ever, probably last year during the polar vortex. I’d have said this past weekend except I attempted to run and smartly turned back when I realized my breath was freezing on the inside of a Spider Girl-type top I have from LL Bean, and it wasn’t covering my nose enough. I tried to plan accordingly for the weather but when weekends are shot it’s tough since I rely on weekend mornings for all runs longer than 5 miles!
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  5. I agree you just never know what Mother Nature will throw at you in the winter! Down here we can go from shorts to temps in the 20’s, snow to tornados and all in 3 days! It’s Mississippi for ya! I’m actually trying to deal with a curve ball today. I normally run before work but it was raining with some lightning. I’ll try to figure out how to get it in later but it does put a twist in not only my schedule but my mood. Thanks Lisa for joining us!
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  6. I am Beyond impressed that you ran and such cold weather!! I could never do that! What kind of Garmin do you have? I’m looking at buying one soon, but I’m not sure what kind I want. I’ve never done a virtual race, but I e been looking at them a lot lately and am thinking about doing some for my long training runs.

  7. I did my first virtual race last year. I didn’t think I would like it, but I did. I will be doing The Runner Awakens in the next two weeks (but not in 10 degree temps!). That is a very cute medal from Zooma Run Love. The birds started loudly chirping outside my office window this week. That is my sign that spring is around the corner. I will run in the 20s, but that is about as cold as it gets around here anyway. I feel so stupid because I completely forgot about the Olympic Trials! Ugh. Thanks for linking with us Lisa!

  8. I don’t generally mind running when it’s freezing cold outside but because I haven’t been running, my body hates being outside in temperatures under like 40 degrees haha I feel like you build up a tolerance to it but since my workouts have been hot yoga lately, I have a hard time staying warm.
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  9. And just like that, there’s so much snow and sleet outside. UGH. I am SO OVER this winter!
    Nice job getting out there and great job on the pushups! I need to get back to doing them!

  10. I love that you saw the sunrise on your run! It must be so hard for you to run through the winter months. I did a few months of morning running but they were all done with the sun up since it was summertime.

    Okay so I keep asking everyone: Does anyone know where I can watch the Olympic trials online? We didn’t get it up here (in Canada). Well, I didn’t have the fancy channel subscription. I’m really upset that I missed it.
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    • It will be really nice to run with the sunrise again pretty soon! I like my weekend runs in the daylight because otherwise I feel like I never see the sun.
      I don’t know if there is somewhere to watch the trials online. Did you try searching youtube? You might not be able to watch the whole thing but maybe parts of it?

  11. I won’t run in wind chills under 10- I actually run much faster in the winter, but I agree with you that it takes longer to warm up! I do love wearing my running vest in cold weather:) I wore that a lot this weekend in Virginia and today in the snow!

    I am excited about lighter mornings, though! That means I can start running in the morning again soon.

  12. Nice job on the virtual run! You’re speedy!! It’s super cold in MN.. But I usually run inside when the wind is whipping very low negative windchills!!

  13. I feel like I’ve gone soft this year because I’ve been opting for the mill more than usual. In the years I trained for Boston, I was definitely out there. My rule of thumb is I’ll run one mile for each degree and the rest on the mill. So if it’s 8 out, I’ll do 8 miles outside with any remainder inside.
    I got my mill run early so I could enjoy the trials. Wow they were fun to watch!
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  14. what a cute medal! i’ve done a virtual turkey trot and it was ok i prefer the atmosphere of a real race but every now and then alone is good too 🙂 your torture tools make me laugh i just put something similar in my workout recap for tomorrow! i dont get really cold weather like you do but 20 is the coldest i’ve run in and i cant say that i hated it. my legs take about a mile to warm up but then im good for a long time. the heat just zaps me, keep that away as long as possible!

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