Training in winter weather is SO TOUGH. You have to think about what to wear, enough layers that you don't freeze but not so many you over heat, you have to think about the conditions, too icy, snowing too hard, you have to think about where it is safe to run, are there sidewalks, will you potentially be hit by a snowplow, the list goes on and on. Needless to say, I am extremely happy the weather is warming back up.
Once I got back to Indiana, I was hit with mid-50's and sunshine so my training was back on track. I was more than happy to go for the long runs when it was nice out, especially coming back from Nor'easters. Having a desire to run and enjoying your training makes it all so much easier. I was extremely blessed for the rest of the week to have nice weather that I was having a blast with. At the end of the week, the stars were aligned and I started my long run expecting to go about 8-10 miles, and ended up running 13. While I was running, I couldn't stop thinking about how great the weather was, how nice it was to be outside, and how great my pace felt. Arguably, my pace was too fast for the run, but in the moment I felt invincible! I finished with a new PR for a half marathon, 8 whole minutes faster. As soon as I got home and the endorphins wore off, I crashed. I had only had a few pieces of fruit and a rice bowl for lunch and then I left. I had enough water but my fuel was way too low for that long of a run. I was completely drained and because I was so hungry, I was extremely nauseous and didn't want to eat, definitely self destructive. After a little while, I mustered up enough energy to eat some Saltines, and after nibbling on those, I was able to find more food, mostly bananas and pasta, I felt myself feeling immediately better. By the end of the night, I was focused on replenishing electrolytes with my homemade recovery water, recipe below, and was feeling totally fine. Another testament to how important fueling your body is!
Homemade Electrolyte Water
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs maple syrup
4 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lime/lemon (or half of both)
Mix well and chill before enjoying!