Snow, Snow & More Snow….

We knew going into the weekend that there was a possibility of snow and I think we were all ramping up mentally to get our miles in regardless of the weather.  For me, I ended up with another split run with 9 miles inside on the treadmill and 9 miles outside in the snow.  Due to the family’s current schedule, this will probably be how the majority of my long runs will occur as I train for the Lansing Marathon.  It’s different but not necessarily bad.  My main complaint not that I have any REAL reason to complain is that it takes so much more time.  Normally while marathon training, I would be on the trail by 4:30 or 5 am and even a 20 miler would be over before Mick and Aby most people even have breakfast.  Now it seems like it sucks up the majority of the day b/c I’m not just knocking the miles out but also doing other things during and between the indoor/outdoor sessions.  Its okay, just different.

Treadmill “Run”Way Fashion – Tough Chik Toughie Half Zip which is super light and my new favorite shirt for bumming around the house.  It didn’t even make it on the treadmill cuz I didn’t want to get it “dirty”.  I actually ran in the Blood, Sweat, Sparkle shirt I picked up on sale from Team Sparkle.  I didn’t love this tank.  It was a “little” short on me and it didn’t fully cover my bra, plus was just too narrow up top for me.  I think it’s going to Aby’s closet.  Then the BIG thing, I tried the Redemption Shorts from Skirt Sports.  I have been wanting at least one pair of shorts, particularly now that I’m running on the treadmill more.  I don’t always feel like wearing compression shorts and I don’t necessarily want to overdress wear a skirt in my dining room “gym” so when I saw that Skirt Sports dropped a line of shorts, I jumped on board to try them out.

Redemption Shorts & Toughie Half Zip  Toughie Half Zip  Redemption Shorts & Blood Sweat Sparkle

First, that’s obviously not my bum (below).  I wasn’t that cute and shapely before children and well, things haven’t “improved” since.  But I did like how the shorts fit on me (size medium – I wear an 8-10 in pants) and I was even satisfied with how they looked.  When I initially got them, I ran around the dining room & kitchen  (yes, we make laps thru the house on a frequent basis) and I was like “NO way”.  I didn’t think they would work out.  They rode up between my thighs.  They were shorts, they “felt” like shorts and well, I don’t like shorts.  However, I gave them a run on the treadmill.  A decent run, 9 miles.  And I didn’t hate them. 

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Once I warmed up, they stayed in place pretty well.  I did still have to use the Mission Athletecare Anti-Chafe but overall, they were okay.  I really liked how the spankies didn’t move.  I didn’t have to adjust them.  I just felt good with the way they “sat”.   I did have to adjust the legs of the shorts a few times due the chub rub issue but overall, it was minimal and I didn’t have any real chafing.  A little redness on the chub but not the normal “burn” that I remember from shorts.  So I now own 2 pair of shorts, the multicolored ones I wore above, and the blue pair that the Skirts Sports model is so fabulously showing off.  Not sure you’ll see me wearing them on the trail but maybe once I get used to them a bit.  If you are a skirt wearer and hesitant to give them a try, my advice would be to try them.  One pair.  They aren’t cheap at $50 but I do think they are a good quality and the material is light and airy and won’t result in your having a wad of material squished up above the chub.  I’m not sure you will love them but I also don’t think you will hate them.  I personally won’t convert FROM the skirt but I like my options and these are super cute, which adds bonus points in my world. 

The 9 miles on the treadmill in my Redemption Shorts were accompanied by the documentary, “My Run”.  I ran for an hour and twenty five minutes at 6.4 mph (9:22) pace.  It was a long time on the treadmill but the movie was a difference maker.  If you have to run on the dreadmill and have the option of plugging into a Netflix ready device, it will change the game for you.  I promise.  The dreadmill and I are not friends.  We are however, slowly learning to tolerate one another.

I was very anxious to take the last 9 miles outside, even though by the time I got out there it was blowing and snowing pretty good.  The actual temp was 18 and the “feels like” temp was 5.  It was cold.  I struggled thru the snow.  I struggled with the cold.  My feet hurt. I was slower than slow.  I contemplated going back home to the dreadmill.  But I really loved the views.

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Then Sunday was for fun.  I got to go run with friends, as a light snow was falling. It totally made my day.  4.5 miles of running bliss.

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Me, Susan & Nicole on the trail!Me Susan Nicole_2-3-13

How were your weekend miles?  Did you get out to play in the snow or stay in on the treadmill? 

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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4 thoughts on “Snow, Snow & More Snow….

  1. Thanks for the review on those shorts…. I don’t do shorts either, and really WANT to!! I wear skirts and capris due to the inner thigh ride of running shorts.
    I ran a half marathon on Saturday in a bunch of snow. It was actually kind of fun. Kind of. 🙂

    • I have been stalking a few brands of shorts that are supposed to be good but just couldn’t force myself to buy any. I do like these. I had my blue pair bagged up to return but after I ran the 9 on the TM in the multicolored ones, I decided to keep them.

  2. I wish I could do shorts… but they always creep up between my thunder thighs & I can’t stand it!! Not to mention they take the worst photographs running! HA! You look cute in them though with your long slender legs. Kudos on the dreadmill. I plugged away outdoors this weekend in the snow, but have had my share of suckmill lately…

  3. Well…if anyone read my response to your previous post…you know I wasn’t on any treadmill and did some serious long-run mileage on snow-covered trails in Bloomington-Normal this past weekend down to attend my sons wedding at 2:30 pm that same afternoon after running.

    No need to go into details on that cause it is in my last response to your post prior to this. But…I opted to go with treadmill both times today on this “double-up” run day…8-miles in morning and 4-miles in early evening. Running in cold and snow is not something I relish…in fact…I hate and despise it….despite the beauty of the outdoor world. When the world thaws and the sun is out to warm my heart and soul…and feel like a turtle sunning itself with the sun shining on its shell…then I am in my best. When the sandhill cranes fly overhead on their N-ward journey on some March day doing my long run and the cold has broken and given way to sun and 50-60F temperature….I will both run and dance like the cranes do in courtship.

    It is the one and single day I look forward to in winter marathon training. I have experienced it before….and I know it will happen again….just got to persevere and be patient. I hope?

    But great post and great pics….just don’t know how 3 faces can have such nice smiles amidst such cold and snow!

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