Yesterday I had my first "winter run" for the year. We had about an inch of snow come down over my lunch hour, so I leashed up Parsenn and we took a 15 minute stroll around the neighborhood. He did pretty well, with the exception of any time a car drove past. The poor little guy would get really scared, tuck his tail between his legs, and curl himself up between my feet. Adorable.
Today, the wind returned. And I'm talking wind. The kind of wind that just takes your breath away. I think of myself as a pretty rugged runner, but this stuff just isn't fun. I'll take sub-zero temps and snow any day, but a cold 20 mph wind and I'm seeking out a treadmill.
So this morning I covered about 9 miles in roughly an hour and a half of exercise between a treadmill and an elliptical. It was actually a nice rotation, which even included some of Keith's Dumbbell-Treadmill workout. This I really liked. I ran at about an 8:30 pace on the treadmill, holding 5 lb. dumbbells. Next time I'll slow down the pace, as I lasted only about 7 minutes before exhaustion. The key to indoor workouts is to mix it up. In chiro school I once ran for 2 1/2 hours on a treadmill the night before a big exam, studying (and sweating all over my notes) the entire time. Doing that once is enough for me. Thanks, Keith, for the idea.