Tonight’s Run in the Snow

It’s been a couple of days since I passed last year’s mileage and for the rest of 2011 my plan is just to maintain my regular running routine of 8-10 km runs with a longer run on Sundays. I figure I can stick with this plan until I officially register and start training for May’s Ottawa Marathon.

Yes it has only been a couple of days but so far I have managed to stick with the plan. However, tonight’ conditions made my run a little more challenging. Here is a look down the street as I headed out tonight…


This was just the start of a storm expected to bring us 15 cm, or 5-6 inches, of snow by tomorrow morning. It’s great news if you are looking to go skiing but in terms of running it makes things a little more challenging.

I had intended to do a tempo run but in conditions like this you have to let your goal pace go and just focus on getting in your intended distance. I tried from the start to run at my tempo pace but by the halfway point had to slow down because I was having to work harder to try and maintain my tempo pace.

In the end I completed 8 km in 38 minutes tonight which is probably about as quick as I could have completed the distance tonight.

How do you deal with running in the snow?

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