The thing is this: when you wake up early on a Sunday morning, no matter how good your intentions, and you look at your phone to discover that the temperature is a balmy minus-twenty-five degrees (which feels like minus thirty-four when you count windchill factor) then you look long and hard at the reflection in the mirror and contemplate other options. Like, say, waiting until later, when the sun has warmed the air to something in, say, the minus-teens and you don’t necessarily need to question your own sanity at the prospect of running today. So, assuming nothing goes too far off the rails before lunchtime, this week’s Sunday run has been brought to you by the letters W and D… for Weather Delay.
It was very cold today. Very cold. The temperature on my phone said -19C. And apparently the windchill made it feel more like -28C. So, my camera with full batteries, lasted about twenty minutes.
I lasted nearly an hour and covered a slow (due to camera setup and other things) not-quite-eight.
For all the frozen-ness of the world this morning, there were more than a few brave souls out. Not lots, but I passed more than ten people on my route out through the south stretch of Terwillegar and back. The sun was the only thing keeping me going. I was basically solar powered. Had it been cloudy, I think I would have turned back two klicks in and called it a close-enough-to-four that I was happy.
It took me half an hour and a hot shower to warm back up to normal. But I got some cool pics.
I really hate running on the track. It’s not the track. It’s a lovely track. Really. It’s the monotony of it. But with the weather is dipping into the minus thirty Celsius range and my race almost exactly a month away, training trumps the enjoyment factor. So I laced up and ran my laps yesterday morning, tracking fifty loops of the ribbon of red that traced through the fitness floor of the local community recreation centre. Ten kilomteres. And I kind feel a little lopsided now. Good thing they reverse the direction every day, because I’ve gotta go run seventy laps in the opposite direction today.