After a 6 day running hiatus due a demanding work and on-call schedule, I finally got out to do my 9k run for week 5 on my build to 10k. It was -12C, with a light snow falling, and barely any wind (which is very unusual in SW Saskatchewan!). I found my wicking long underwear and long sleeve top for a base layer, tmax thermal socks, put on a second long sleeve technical top, a thin fleece top, heavier yoga style pants, my rain coat for an outer layer, thin balaclava and fleece hat.... ugh noticed I was going to be too warm when I took my son to school. So I sat in the car peeling off layers so I could take of the second long sleeve top, but kept my thin fleece top and wicking base layer on. I had brought slip on spike grippers to wear but noticed the path just had a skiff of snow so chose to not wear them, hoping my Trail shoes would be grippy enough. Nope, I was wrong but I really didn't want to head back to the car and start over since I had already started running so I decided to just go slow and use the tractor tread marks from the snow clearing to help with grip. By 3k I was pretty warm and had to already stop to double tie my shoes - why can't I remember to do that before I start? The run felt heavy at that point and I wasn't sure I was going to make it, but had chosen to do an out and back so guess what, chickee? You're doing it. Gave my self a lot of positive talk along the way (fortunately the path was empty, otherwise I may've had some strange looks - even stranger than when I'm singing to myself). Finally decided to peel off my gloves, pull down my balaclava off my nose and mouth, and realized I had zippers that I could undue in my armpits....Yay ventilation! I finally was starting to feel in my groove, then Runkeeper dinged that I was at 4.5k. Yippee!!! Ran a few extra hundred metres then turned around for the run home. I couldn't be happier. It took a bit to find my groove this morning, and it will take a bit more to figure out the best way to dress for the conditions, but I really enjoyed the winter running this morning....next time will wear my spikes unless the path is perfectly clear. Next week ....10k. Whoohoo 🎉🎉🎉.
And although I do have some gray hair, the hair poking out my hat is supposed to be brown - not white. It was a wee bit frosty this morning 😆
On my run, I saw a fox running across a frozen part of the creek, a duck paddling around in an unfrozen part of the creek (head south little duck friend- winter is here!), a woodpecker up in a tree and a songbird (chickadee perhaps- it was a fleeting glance). Nice to see some wildlife!