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Last Run at the Dome?


Given that today was the first day of spring tonight’s run at the dome was hopefully my last indoor run for a while. Hopefully now that we are into spring I will be able to do all of my runs outdoor. Now that the days are getting longer it is hard to beat a run home from work when the sun is shining.

I certainly appreciate having access to the track at the dome so I can do speed work over the winter months. Due to the fact that We had a colder winter this year I ended up running at the dome more often than in previous years, including a 21 km long run on a cold Sunday.

Even if it does continue to warm up the conditions outside still will not be ideal for intervals for a few weeks because of the snow and ice that still have to melt and the big puddles that will come with the melting.

If it does get cold again over the next week then I will end up going back to the dome for speed work although since my pass expired tonight I definitely will not get another pass for the year. If I do go back I’ll just have to pay the drop in fee each time I go.

Next week I won’t go back to the dome because I have another 3 km test scheduled and that is easy to fit in outside. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to keep my speed work outside in the weeks to follow and I won’t need to go back to the dome until next winter.

Do you run indoor over the winter?

Running on the Rideau Canal

Here in Ottawa the bike paths along the Rideau Canal are a quiet and scenic spot to run. I head there often during my runs because I live close to it. In the winter the canal becomes a nearly 8 km long skating rink.

While the paths along the canal are generally in good shape, running on the frozen canal is a bonus option during the winter. It is the option I chose for my long run yesterday.


My plan was for a 20 km run with the first 5 km being run at an easy pace and the remaining at a quicker pace. I made my way from home to the starting point pictured above with the majority of my run planned to be run along the canal.

Once the easy 5 km was finished I had no difficulty getting myself up to around my goal marathon pace of 4:30/km. My goal was then to stick as close to this pace as possible.

Since I was running along a frozen canal you might wonder what the footing was like. It was not bad at all. In fact, the hard packed snow along the edges proved to be a much better option than dodging the big puddles along the paths and sidewalks. Here is a look at the type of conditions I ran on…


Other than a couple of spots where it felt like I was running into the wind the conditions were great for my run. Before long I hit the end and it was time to turn around and head back towards home…


In the end I finished with 20 km in 1:35. It turns out I also timed my run well as the canal is closed as of tonight due to the recent warmer weather and sunny conditions.

Is Spring on the Way?

Now that I am writing this post the weather will probably take a turn for the worse and the extreme cold weather will return but for this weekend at least it felt like spring was on the way with above 0 temperatures the past two days. It certainly made for more pleasant runs this weekend.

Yesterday I managed to get the Chariot out for the first time this year and take my youngest daughter with me for my run. The only downside to the run was having to dodge large puddles caused by the warmer weather…


This morning was time for my long run. After watching the gold medal game in men’s hockey at the Olympics I headed out for my run. Once again the temperature was just above freezing, perfect for a 25 km run…


As I write this the weather forecast came on tv and indeed colder weather will be back this week so it looks like the spring-like weather while it lasted. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next stretch of warmer temperatures.

Winter Running


Winter is not even one month old and we have already had an eventful one here. From large snowfalls, frigid temperatures to freezing rain running conditions here over the past few weeks have not always been easy. Fortunately I have been able to keep up with my regular runs. I have had to take advantage of indoor running at the dome for my Thursday intervals and a recent long run.

The only thing that stopped me from running so far this winter was the recent freezing rain we received. When we get a recent amount it can make for pretty dangerous conditions. This past Saturday I attempted to go out for my scheduled run but did not make it to the end of the street because of this…


The snow and the cold does not bother me so much. As long as the sidewalks have been ploughed relatively the snow does not really impact my runs. As for the cold, except for the few extremely cold days I still prefer to run outside when I can. Here is me on December 17, technically not winter but it started early here this year. This was taken when I got home from running home from work when it was -19 C, -28 with windchill (-1 F, -19 with windchill)…


Winter is just getting started so I will have a few more months of this weather to run in.

How does winter weather impact your running?

Almost Spring

The past few days we have been experiencing spring-like conditions. While winter is not quite over yet, in fact we are expecting a snow storm here tomorrow, it has been an indication that winter is coming to an end and better weather for running will be here soon enough.

The change in weather had some positive effects on my runs lately. I had to wear sunglasses for a run home from work for the first time in a few months since it is now still light out when I leave the office at 5:00 as opposed to the shorter winter days when it is already dark by the time I leave.

The other change is of course the fact that I don’t need to pack as many layers for my run home and my backpack is lighter during my run home because I have not needed to stuff my winter jacket in it for the run home.

While the change in weather has been a welcome change, there is one downside to warmer weather at this time of year. Dodging these as I make my way home from the office…

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Winter Running Routes

Normally I try not to run the same route on consecutive days. I find this helps me stay motivated. Fortunately for me when I run home from work there are a few different routes I can take to to get home meaning I don’t have to run the same route on consecutive days.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of winter running is that I cannot use the bike paths because they are not plowed. This limits my options to following main streets to get home from my office, forcing me to follow the same route for most of my runs.

I mentioned that I try not to run the same route on consecutive days. I find it helps keep me motivated and it also allows me to alter between flatter and hillier routes. This won’t stop me from running returning the winter but once the spring arrives I will look forward to being able to alter my running routes once again.

 Does the winter weather alter your running routes?

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Does running in ice and snow give runners an edge?

Real food recovery options for runners.

Do you take pictures while running?

Canadian Olympian Reid Coolsaet’s recap of a recent race in Kenya.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here is an impressive result, five runners go under 2:05 at Dubai Marathon

When to rest and when to exercise during flu season

Treadmill or Road is an important question at this time of year. Here are some tips

A post on the importance of January and February runs when training for a spring marathon

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Cold Weather Running

The past two days we have had our first experiences with cold weather here this winter with the temperature hitting close to -25 with the windchill. For me this is not yet too cold to run outside although it is close. Had it been any colder I may have opted for a treadmill or an extra day of rest.

Living where I do this type of weather is a reality for a few months a year. As a result if I want to continue running year-round running in this type of weather is a necessity. Since I brought the proper clothing and enough layers the cold really did not impact my runs the last two nights although I did realize that I do need a pair of warmer gloves to wear when it gets this cold.

Here is a shot of me when I got home.

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Early Spring

My first runs of the year in shorts and short sleeves might be my favourite runs of the year. There is just something different about them. It feels liberating after running in extra layers over the winter months.

Normally around here this happens in May or if we are lucky in late April. However, this year has been different. Record temperatures, about 25 C (77 F), the last two days have meant that I was able to run outside in shorts and short sleeves.

As someone who enjoys skiing having the season cut short by record heat is not necessarily a good thing because it meant I could only get out skiing a couple of times this year but I won’t complain about being able to run in shorts and short sleeves this early in the year.

One added bonus to this weather is that it will give me more of a chance to get used to running in warm weather before the Ottawa Marathon in May. Normally this is not the case as race weekend usually ends up being one of the first warm weekends of the year.

Has early spring weather had an impact on your running this year?