It’s hard to believe that the Toronto Yonge Street 10K is less than one month away. All winter long I kept dreaming about Spring race season and with the frigid temperatures, it still feels like Spring is a loooong way away. I woke up this morning, ready to tackle 10K with my other Digital Champions and was thrilled to see the sunshine. Finally, I thought. A nice day for a run.
For those that don’t know, I am working with Canada Running Series as a Digital Champion. Myself, along with several other awesome runners, are sharing our training adventures online through blogs, Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness about the race and encourage other people to join. We also get some cool perks, like this PowerBar gift pack that arrived in the mail recently.
After getting dressed in what felt like 47 layers, we made our way to the Yonge Street Running Room for the tune-up run, a training run designed to make sure we’re on track for race day. I was looking forward to seeing everyone and testing my speed after weeks of indoor and outdoor speed training. As soon as I walked out the door, I knew this run wasn’t going to be the swift, warm run I envisioned. The temperature was -9 and it felt more like -500. My face was numb after 800 metres.
Whenever I run in the cold, I can’t talk properly. My face freezes and I can’t move my lips. I slur my words and I sound drunk – an awesome first impression for some of the other Digital Champions that I’d only ever met online!
The route went through some delightful neighbourhoods with giant homes and gorgeous landscaped yards. But there were a lot of loooong, seemingly endless up-hills. I tried to stay strong but ended up taking more than a few walk breaks.
All this complaining aside, we did get to meet Olympian Eric Gillis. In fact, we even ran with him… for about 12 seconds. He dashed away almost as soon as we could exchange one sentence, but it was an honour to run beside him, even for a fleeting moment. Where’s the picture you ask? I was far too cold to even entertain taking off my gloves to snap a picture. Sorry friends.
We made it back to the store in just over an hour. Definitely not the speedy 10K I imagined. I went home and was immediately overcome by post-run shivers. I am pretty well convinced I will never be warm again.
I know everyone is tired of hearing people complain about the weather, but Mother Nature is really sabotaging my outdoor runs. I am SO over winter temperatures. I’m not asking for a lot. Two, three degrees would do. I can only hope and pray that by race day on April 13, I will be able to wear fewer layers!
Are you training for any Spring races? How has the chilly winter effected your training?