This past week has been the toughest week of running that I think I've ever had running. In Ontario, we had four straight days of temperatures dropping close to -30C with the windchill. On Monday, I swapped my run with my Tuesday's bike workout, hoping that it would warm up a bit. When it didn't, I cringed.
Tuesday, I planned to hit the rec centre and mill about. I thought about it all day long and, after school, I waited to head over - as late as I could in the hope that I could have the treadmill for an hour as it would be quieter then. At the last minute, though, I started to dress for the winter: 4 top layers, tights and a looser fitting pant over top, hat, two-layered mitts and my trusty balaclava. Even though it was 8:30 and the temperature was at -25c, I was heading outside.
|Snot freezes really fast! Yuck!|
After getting through that hour, the rest of the week was much easier. Wednesday was equally cold but I had the company of TOC-Oakville to get me through the tempo. On Thursday, temperatures rose dramatically so that my evening run seemed almost balmy in comparison. And now, at the end of another snowstorm, I can smile because I got today's workout out of the way before the snow started and I am looking forward to running with friends early tomorrow morning.
Clothing, timing, friends: that's what got me through this cold week of running. What did you do to get you through yours?