There’s something a little extra painful about waking up before the sun rises on a Sunday. But that’s exactly what I did two days ago. I dragged my butt out of bed around 7am, glugged down a protein shake, ate some oatmeal (all of which I had ready, sitting on my counter so I didn’t have to think), and was out the door for my 8:30am run.
16k and two hours later, I felt like a new woman. Although I was happily bringing up the rear, at least I finished. Many in my running group bailed and completed 10k, which I can’t blame them for. Although a fair portion of the terrain was flat, a good portion of it was rolling hills. It was a PB for me, in that it is the farthest distance that I have run so far. Cue the fanfare.
You can see the route here … it was pretty gorgeous. We were running along the Bridle Path, the most expensive area in the city, with massive estates lining both sides of the street. If anything, I was grateful for my meandering pace, since I had a great chance to ogle.
Training is tiring, there’s no doubt about it. When I arrived back home, I took a hot shower, and had to sit on my butt for a few hours before getting up and continuing with my day. Luckily, since my run was finished at 10:30am (which is often how late I sleep in on the weekend), I was still able to complete my Sunday to do list.
We’ve been blessed with exceptionally mild weather here in Toronto, and as a runner I love it. It means that I don’t feel like my lungs are freezing from the inside out, and I get to use my precious Vibrams to do a winter run (like I did on Sunday, though my toes felt like they were going to fall off until I was warmed up). The only downer is that I have only been able to use my new Salomon Speedcross 3s shoes once!!! I was hoping to be able to use them on snow, ice, and other nasty conditions, since the lugs on the sole are massive and provide WAY too much traction for normal road running.
So boo/yay for no snow. Either way, I’m enjoying this winter much more than I have enjoyed winters in the past, so here’s to more lovely runs!