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Return of Cold Weather Running

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?



Week 2 of Training for the Ottawa Marathon

Since I decided to make tomorrow my rest day week two of my 16 week training for the Ottawa Marathon is complete.

This week was another good week of training with all of my runs going according to plan. My plan called for a total of 57 km (36 miles). I managed to pass that total by 4 km for a total of 61 km (38 miles).

This week also saw me running in a variety of conditions. From a long run in the cold to start the week on Sunday morning to my weeknight runs home from work in temperatures just above or just below freezing to last night’s speed intervals under the dome.

Based on some feedback after last week’s speed intervals at the dome I have been consciously trying to keep my stride shorter and to remember to keep my shoulders relaxed. The changes felt awkward when I first tried them but they are starting to feel more natural now. Whether any of this makes any difference with regards to my race times remains to be seen but for now I will continue to work on this.

Now that week two is out of the way there are only 14 more of these updates before race day on May 27. Week three kicks off with a 19 km (12 mile) long run Sunday.

How did your training go this week?


Running on a Treadmill

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?