Day 92: a BITTER cold #run

This morning I woke up feeling so-so. It took me a long time to rally and get my head wrapped around the idea of running in -27 (even if it was a short one). About an hour after I intended on hitting the pavement – and two cups of coffee later – I finally got out. Boy OH boy, was it cold!! I don’t think any amount of mental preparedness gets you ready for anything colder than -10. I wrapped a scarf around me several times, had a thick long sleeve + my difference maker jacket, hat and leather gloves and I was still frozen. I want to tell you that after ten minutes of warming up, it was fine and not bitter cold, but I’d be lying. It was so cold that half-way through, my phone which was charged to 100% shut off. TOTALLY OFF. So I have no stats for today. I had icicles on my eyelids, scarf, nose, hair, hat – everywhere! When I finally made it home, my thighs were raw red – even though the water in the shower was cold, it felt hot. Incredible – eh? The physical part of running wasn’t too bad, but it was hella slippery. It was lightly snowing when I left, so there was a light dusting on the ice when I got out and I have to say, SHAME on the Acadia Dr people for leaving their sidewalks a mess! How do you expect people to get moving on them? It is your responsibility to keep them clear! We even have landscapers that come snow-blow after snowfall but if they don’t show up within a few hours I will get out and do it myself because I’d feel terrible if anyone fell and hurt themselves! Anyway – enough ranting. Loving the Christmas lights and seeing the Jone’s beating out the Jone’s for Griswold status. Amazing.

And sadly, today was the last day for World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Met lots of great people and really enjoyed myself. A terrific time – can’t wait to do it again next year!

IMG_6409Hope everyone is healthy and happy out there. Since my phone was frozen I have no post-run pics, but I do have this picture from supper where I gladly helped myself to a 32 oz Schooner of Alexander Keiths. YUM!

Day 91: Hills.

Yesterday was a very busy day. I was up bright and early, out the door before 8 a.m., did some work and headed over to the World Sledge Hockey Challenge at Canada Olympic Park for a volunteer shift. Once I finished the first shift, I snuck back home ate and you guessed it, got out and completed some hill training. It wasn’t too bad. It was bitter cold of course, but I made it through. There was very little ice on the sidewalks (it warmed up above 0 the other day, so most of it melted). I completed eight (8) 250 meter intervals uphill and 250 m downhill for a total of 4km. My paces weren’t very quick on either end, but I’m okay with that. I’m not a bit sore today and I pushed myself enough to feel my lungs burn. I chose a relatively steep hill in another neighbourhood. I feel like the same bus went by several times while I was doing hills. Bus driver in shock that someone would willingly do that to themselves (or he was scared I might collapse).

Anyway, I have to cut this short. I’ve got a lot to do this weekend (I was heading to bed two hours ago).

Hope everyone is happy and well out there!

P.S I have been doing planks and push ups, though I haven’t been diligent enough to tweet it… I’m still with you Runninbear!

Here are yesterdays stats:

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Day 89: Five mile #run in the bitter cold and an awesome first day at #WSHC

One foot in front of the other. Repeat.

IMG_6322Today was a very busy day! I was up early to meet Wedgie for a five mile run at Fish Creek Park. We arrived shortly after 9:30 and started the run. I think the temperature was around -16 – it was cold! The run wasn’t too bad at all, we kept it pretty flat (no hills). It was definitely slippery in areas but we maintained a very consistent pace throughout. We were both commenting that it would be grand to get those toques that have the pony-tail hole at the back – does anyone know what I’m talking about? And, where to get one? I always stuff my hair under my fleece KO hat because I love it and it’s not itchy at all, but a special hat for people with long hair would be awesome too. My legs were definitely cold, but not sore and even this evening after being on my feet all day they aren’t too bad (hopefully not jinxing myself for tomorrow). When we finished and took our post-run photo any hair that was showing, that had even the slightest amount of sweat was an icicle! We also saw a deer, but I wasn’t fast enough to get my camera out and snap a photo. I’m not minding the winter weather running as much as I thought, but I am finding that it takes a while to shake it afterward (I was cold most of the day). Anyone out there have any tips/tricks to get rid of the cold chill post-run? I do dress in layers, but I think it’s a combination of sweating and having to drive home after being out in the cold for almost an hour.

I also completed my #PushUpADay (five) and #PlankADay. (Thank you Runninbear for reminding me!) Sadly, I haven’t even looked at the training schedule tonight because all I want to do is go to bed!

I quickly want to tell you about my awesome day as a volunteer at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge today. I know it’s not running related, but it was terrific! I have met some really great folks from all over the city. I have seen some familiar faces and think how amazing it is that some of us have been volunteering at many of the same events, though I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised because it’s loads of fun. And it goes without saying that I truly enjoyed my very first LIVE sledge hockey games. Plus, Canada defeated Japan tonight 11-0!! Honestly, the whole time I was watching I was just blown away by the level of fitness these men need in order to compete at the level they do. Their stamina and strength must be out of this world. My arms and core just ached thinking of what a few minutes of just trying out Sledge Hockey would do to me (but I will try some day, it’s on the bucket list already!)

Anyway, that’s it for today. Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Here are todays stats:dec2run

  • Distance: 8.01
  • Time: 51:25
  • Pace: 6:25
  • Best Pace: 5:02