I've been running since 2000 and this might be the worst winter weather that I can remember. Lots of days in the teens and single digits, lots of snow and even a few sub zero runs. Yesterday's morning run was especially tough: 9 miles, most of it through very deep snow. I really had to focus on picking up my knees to get through it. Thursday's tempo was definitely a run-by-feel tempo as it was mostly through snow so pace was just thrown out the window. There does not appear to be any end in sight. Its going to be very cold in the beginning of the week with some below zero temps and the ten day forecast does not show anything above freezing, which means this snow isn't going anywhere for a while.
At this point, though, I find myself having a sort of "bring it on" attitude regarding the weather. There's something strangely gratifying about knowing that whatever Mother Nature throws at you, you can handle it. And as much as it sucks running through snow/ice/wind/bitter cold, you really feel a great sense of accomplishment when you finish, having conquered both your run and the elements.
I do feel bad though for my marathoning compatriots. Getting in the serious long runs must be very tough. The only options are the treadmill/indoor track (tedious) or outside (brutal). Also, with the way the weather has been its probably going to be 85 degrees and super humid on May 18th. If there's one thing I've learned from living here all my life it's that "Cleveland weather" and "cruel irony" are synonymous with one another.
(hopefully that reverse jinx works)
One a brighter note, the official Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon training apparel is now available! You can check it out here. The half zip looks like it would be useful for the cold, windy weather in Cleveland. And as for the tech t, well, I guess for now it would be relegated to the gym/treadmill. Someday it will be t-shirt weather outside again.... someday.
This weeks runs:
Monday: AM - 5 mi easy
PM - Fartlek: 5x(3 min hard, 3 min easy) 6.4 mi total
Tuesday: 5 mi easy
Wednesday: 5 mi easy
Thursday: 4.4 mi tempo, 6.4 mi total
Friday: AM - 5 mi easy
PM - 5.4 mi easy
Saturday: AM - 9 mi easy
PM - 3.1 mi easy
Sunday: rest day
Total: 50.3 miles