S’no running like snow running..

Tues – 1hr45 turbo, 15min core
Wed – 500m, 20x100m, 250m drills (=2.75k swim. Got too lazy for the last 250?! Pushed the 100’s though – felt deserving of laziness..), + 20min Hill Reps + 10min jog

Training has been totally McGarbled. Why?

Well – I decided to return to Farnham for a few days to revise. Then, of course, it snowed. And now I am stuck here.

However, I have been discovering new capabilities as a result of snow. Due to lack of available swimming pool yesterday, I discovered body/mental constitution is in fact strong enough to manage 1hr45 on a turbo in order to replace normal 1hr swim and 1hr bike.

What is even cooler, is that I re-established my relationship with hill reps. Hill reps have been shelved as of late, partly in favour of track and interval sessions. With running down to three sessions a week: one long, one intervals, one steady/drills, there hasn’t been much space for the little wonder of butt-mobalisation exercise.

Well – today there was certainly no chance of running round in circles, though ice skating clould be a possibility. Being in Farm-Town-Parentel-Ville there is also no gym/treadmill available unless i’m prepared to spend money on the gym (I am not.)

Usually, I would select a Fartlek run in this case, mainly becuase I quite enjoy them. It’s easy not to push myself so hard, because I can set the pace. Today the majority of ground is icy. No chance of getting very far and a good fartlek run would probably result in a fartlek-fall so that idea was down the drain.

The only real safe option is: running on grass, and runnig mainly uphill.

Now, with hill reps on a hill such as that which I chose – there is no easy option. Going slowly will result in falling back down the hill. Avoiding the hill is not possible. Perfect.

Off I set – up the hill, round the field in a little ‘recovery circle’, down a slope, and back up again. And repeat. And repeat. And.. yep.

Not only did I find myself very, very (not so pleasently) warm – hopefully I engaged my lazy-bum a bit as well.

If nothing else, I certainly provided light entertainment for the parents of small children sledging down the hill..

I think hill reps should become a regular session, and it being winter, maybe even replace track sessions as lately they’ve become treadmill-interval-affairs and I don’t think they’ve been all too productive.

Onwards and upwards, as they say.
Let’s all hope the snow goes away soon..

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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