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Last Run at the Dome?

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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?

Saturday Stories

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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…

Running terms explained.

A new option for fueling runs?

Tips for winter running.

Strategies for smart eating.

 

Winter Running

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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…

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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)…

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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?

Saturday Stories

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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…

A big name running in the Ottawa Marathon in May.

A great post on why science can’t determine the best shoe.

A post about winter running.

A post on avoiding injury and running more effieicient

What will you do for 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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First Intervals of the Year

You may recall that last year I added intervals at an indoor track to my training over the winter months. The benefit was that this allowed me to add regular speed intervals to my training earlier in my training cycle than I previously had done.

After seeing the benefits last year my plan was always to start running at the dome again this year once the winter weather started. I managed to make it to the dome last night for my first series of speed intervals of the year.

Last year we kept it interesting by doing a different workout every week – 400’s, 800’s, mile repeats and ladder workouts. We even tried 2 km repeats once. The variety served to keep it more interesting. Last night’s workout was an easier since it was the first of the year. We went with a 6 x 800 workout with the average pace being 3:05.

I have still been trying to include tempo runs in my runs home from work but with the snow and ice it isn’t always easy to maintain a fast and steady pace. Last night at the dome being able to maintain a quick and steady pace made it feel like training for spring races was really getting under way.

Do you include indoor running over the winter months?

Winter Running

This was the scene when we woke up this morning. The weather has been cooling off here and we have already had a few flurries but there was a bit more snow on the ground this morning than I was expecting.

The fresh snow gave me my first chance to test out the trail shoes I bought in September. I initially bought them because I had to travel for work and part of that trip involved touring marshes. I picked up a pair old pair of New Balance 1110 trail running shoes at one of the local stores.

These shoes should be useful this winter for a couple of reasons. I can use them when there is fresh snow on the ground and the conditions a more slippery than usual. The other benefit is that they have a Gore-Tex lining which will definitely come in handy on days when the snow is melting an there are big piles of slush and puddles on the roads and sidewalks.

As mentioned, I had my first run in them this morning. My first impression of them was positive. Yes they obviously feel heavier and bulkier than the running shoes I am used to but it did not take long to get used to running in them and I was able to maintain my usual tempo pace in them.

Do you change your footwear for winter conditions?

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…

Some winter running tips.

Tips on finishing strong.

What to wear for winter runs.

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

Winter Running

After some unusually warm weather here in November and into the start of December it looks like winter weather is finally on the way. Although it is still a little warmer than it is at this time of year the temperatures have cooled off and we even have a bit of snow on the ground, although it is barely noticeable.

Winter weather does not really alter my running plans. Sure if we get a big dump of snow and the sidewalks are covered in snow I will postpone a run but if the temperature drops I just put on an extra layer and still go for my run.

Since I often run home from work with my work clothes in my backpack the biggest impact winter running has on my running is probably something most people don’t think of or have to deal with when running in the winter.

For me the biggest change when I run in the winter involves the loads I have to carry in my backpack. During the spring and the fall I don’t really notice my backpack because I only have a thin jacket along with my work clothes. When winter rolls around and I have to add my winter jacket and occasionally a pair of boots it adds more bulk and weight to my backpack.

Here’s my backpack tonight, weighing in at almost 12 pounds…

 How does winter weather change your running habits?