Day 153: 10.6km in the blizzard along the Bow River!

HAPPPPPPY ST.PADDDDDDY’s Day!!!!!!!

ice on the Bow River CalgaryIt was a pretty nasty start to the day. Snow, wind and very cold temperatures and of course, today was a long run day. I refused to make an excuses, so I started my long run routine of stretching, coffee and eating my porridge then hit the road for a run.

I should have known what would be in store when I parked the truck downtown and there was a foot of snow on the sidewalks (mostly drifts.) I got to eau claire, ran in to get ready and warm up and as I stretched a couple stopped in the doorway; looked me up and down and said, “You are crazy, but good on ya!” I didn’t even know what to say (probably because my brain was so cold from the windchill: -24) so I smiled and half-laughed (I had a long run ahead of me and I knew it was nuts to be out in this weather.)

At any rate, off I went. I started my warm up part of the run by cruising through the downtown area. I played the old “green light” game, where you just run and whatever walk light you get, you keep going. It was great not having a route because it kept me moving (and believe me it was so cold out you had to keep moving!) It was very slippery and I had snow in my shoes within the first few feet – therefore, I was soaked by the time I got back in.

Once I finished my warm up, I hit the trail along the Bow River. I’m not going to lie, it was incredibly tough. It wasn’t clear, so I was running (mostly slipping and sliding) on snow for 99% of it. Add the wind off of the bow, plus blowing snow and it just wasn’t that enjoyable at all. There was hardly a soul out as well and any time I met another runner we gave each other the, “we are definitely nuts for doing this,” look and nod.

I had planned to complete 14 km today, but my phone died around the 7.3 km point so I decided I’d run back toward eau claire and call it a day. It took me approx 20 minutes from where I was (my pace was 6:07 according to my phone when it died) so I estimate I did just over 3 km by the time it was all said and done. I was disappointed not to get the entire distance in, but I’ve got to say it was MISERABLE out!! Kudos to anyone who got out in it, I saw a few bikers and nordic walkers. It wasn’t fun at all.

Anyway, I’m home and warm now. Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.