Weeks 1-3 Recap

Well, I am three weeks into training and feeling strong. I’m still motivated this early on, even in the dreary weather!

Because I am training for long distance running plus short triathlons, it’s a bit of a puzzle to fit it all in. I described the basic alternating week format in my last post, but this is how it actually shook out:

January 23 – January 29

  • Swim: 40 min / 1,575 yards
  • Bike: 1 h 29 min / Les Mills RPM + stationary
  • Run: 1 h 34 min / 8.8 miles
  • Strength: 2 h / Les Mills BodyPump + upper body

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Dressing up for cold running

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes

If you are anything like me, you are ready to do anything to avoid the treadmill, even if it means facing frightfully cold temperatures and grievous winds. We’ve had a pretty mild winter so so far in central Pennsylvania, but this week we are finally hitting single-digit temperatures (it had to be the week I have three 80min runs scheduled). Here is how I like to layer up to face the winter.


If the temperature is above 15F, I feel fine running in shorts (sure, I’ll be freezing before I start, but I won’t feel any cold after the first half a mile). For colder temperatures, I’ve found a good pair of thermal tights to be enough once I start going. I invested in two pairs of high-quality 2xu thermal compression tights,  and I am not disappointed at all. They have lasted me two winters already.

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