After some nice weather for running in October this week has seen the return of cold weather here. With temperatures just above freezing. The cold actually caused me to change my running plans.
As long as it is not too cold I don’t mind running outside in colder weather. As long as I am dressed for it I don’t really notice the cold once i get going. Yesterday I planned my usual run home after work. However after a few hours at work I realized that the long sleeve shirt and shorts I brought with me weren’t going to be enough for the run home. As a result as postponed yesterday’s run.
I did not make the same mistake today as I made sure to pants running pants, a pullover to wear over my shirt and a pair of gloves. As a result, I was prepared for the conditions and did not miss my run.
Along with the cold this time of year brings another challenge. With us just having turned back the clocks over the weekend it is even darker earlier Now. When I left the office at 5:00 it felt like it was already 7:00. I find this to be a tougher challenge than running in the cold because if I am tired or having a long day it is tougher to stay motivated for a run after work when it is already dark out. It takes more discipline to stay motivated and to actually run.
Do you still run in colder weather? Do the shorter days affect your plans?
This morning I planned to do my long run for the week. On the schedule for today was a 16 km, or 10 mile, run. As luck would have it, today also ended up being the coldest day we have had over the last week.
As I headed out the door it was -23 C with the windchill, or -9.4 F. Given that I was dressed warm it wasn’t as bad as it sounds once I got underway. The decision to grab a neck tube just before I headed out the door turned out to be a wise one, more on that later.
I headed out the door without really thinking of where I was headed to get in my 16 km. I made up today’s route on the go. One benefit to starting most of my runs from home is that I know how far in kilometers from my house many parts of the city are. As a result, I can head out and figure out a route on the go and make adjustments based on much mileage I have left to go in my run.
This morning’s run went well. I managed to pick out a route that was not too icy which was not easy given the thawing and freezing pattern we have had in the weather lately. I managed to complete my 16 km in 1:23.
Back to my story about the neck tube, I think this picture of me at the end of my run shows why it turned out to be a good idea…
Like many runners I don’t enjoy running on a treadmill. I generally only do so when it is really my only option like when the sidewalks are icy or it is too cold to run outside. Fortunately when I do need to resort to running on a treadmill I have easy access to one at my in-laws.
Tonight was one of those nights where I had to go for a run on the treadmill. We have been hit with a bit of a cold snap the past couple of days. With the temperature sitting at -28 C with the windchill, or -18 F, when I left for work this morning I already figured it was going to be one of those days where the treadmill is the best option.
The temperature did warm up by a few degrees later this afternoon and I considered going for my usual run home from work but since I had a lot of stuff to cart home with me and I did not feel like having to go back to the office for it later I headed for the treadmill.
When I do run on a treadmill I find that I need a distraction to take my mind off the fact that I am just running on a treadmill. Otherwise I spend my time looking at the display on the treadmill to count down how much farther I have left before I can shut it down. A hockey game or a ball game is usually good for that. Tonight my distraction was a snowboarding movie, The Art of Flight. Here is a sample…
This seemed to do the trick for me tonight as I completed 8 km, or 5 miles, in just under 40 minutes.
Do you enjoy running on a treadmill or do you try to avoid it?
I am a little late in posting since it has been a busy day here but now that I have time here are this week’s links to my favourite blog posts and stories from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention feel free to post a linkbelow.
This is not exactly a story of blog post but I saw this posted on another blog and it was too funny not to post again. Here is the Jog Strap as seen on Jimmy Fallon if you have not already seen the clip.
It’s Saturday and that means another round of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across something you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.