Training Update: Lots of Strength Work & Go Away Snow

Cold weather can be a huge deterrent for me to exercise outside. When I say cold I am referring to snowy, icey or general wet conditions when combined with cold weather. I actually enjoy running in the winter, so long as I’m not overwhelmed by trying not to face plant. Therefore, these last few weeks have been a challenge. After finishing PT I’d began to get back into a running rhythm and it felt great! However, snow storms and recording breaking freezing temperatures have put a damper in my plans.

To those that run in blizzards, I want to be you when I grow up.

To those that run in blizzards, I want to be you when I grow up.

This wouldn’t be a huge issue if I didn’t have a race coming up in 3 weeks. So I am doing everything I can to keep my cardio up and keep strength training. Exercising indoors can pose unique challenges. I am fortunate enough to have a great space in my home that allows me lots of room on a hardwood floor with nothing in my way. This space also happens to be in front of a TV. I have been treating my living room as an exercise room. This means my yoga mat, weights, foam roller, and resistance bands are out 24/7. It serves as a constant reminder to get my sweat on for the day.

Each day I focus on doing some type of cardio/movement whether it’s my exercise bike, yoga, dance DVD, running my stairs (I’m in a 3 floor townhouse) or a HIIT workout. After cardio I choose a focus whether it’s arms, abs, legs, or whole body. The combination changes each day which is part of the fun.



That’s been my training for the last 2 weeks. I am looking forward to the ice clearing and logging more miles before Asheville, but until then I’m going to enjoy my indoor routine.

So what have you been doing this winter? What indoor exercises do you do? How do you decide which exercise to do daily? Do you plan out the week in advance based on the weather or do you wing it? 

8 Comments on “Training Update: Lots of Strength Work & Go Away Snow

  1. I’ve been pretty lucky–January was mild and that was my highest mileage! I’ve had to relearn running on the treadmill (so that I don’t get hurt).

    • Nice! That’s awesome. I just can’t with the treadmill. I’m getting over an injury and I’m afraid it could do more harm than good.

  2. This ice storm has been brutal! I am so glad I was able to run outside again this weekend! For three days, I couldn’t even get out of my driveway to get to a treadmill during the four hour block the gym was open!

    • May the odds be ever in your favor… Yes? Please be careful if you end of up having to skate through your first half of 2015. So you’re ready for spring too?

  3. I just want to run outside!!! I’ve run outside once in 2015…March better start warming up…like stat! I’ve been treadmilling it mostly, but I do switch my crosstraining days and runs if the weather is going to cause the gym to open late. I will just stay home and do a video if that happens.

  4. This winter I’ve been hiding inside. I haven’t run outside in two weeks and with two months left until a marathon I’m starting to get a little antsy. Also as much as I like the treadmill, I don’t 17 miles like it.

    As far as other indoor things, I’m at yoga a lot or Body Pump or barre class. Usually I plan the week out in advance.

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