Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Lights

With about an hour and a half to kill after work yesterday, I decided to enjoy the relatively clean sidewalks downtown and go for a tour of the holiday light displays. With the arrival of snow, most of my usual paths are off-limits, so I dug into my memory for last year's best winter routes. I wanted 12km so I decided to 2 two loop of Macdonald Cartier to Portage Bridge. A victory lap on Parliament Hill in support of M-rah's 20 day challenge brought my total to just over 13km, pretty close to my estimates!
The run was great. I felt light and fast and best of all warm. Once the run was over, I heard on the radio that the weather was -15 degrees celsius with a windchill of -21. Phew, I didn't feel that cold! Good thing I had my trusty layers. The run itself was great with an average pace of 5:15m/km and a negative split which is always a good thing to have in training. (5:01, 5:17, 5:27, 5:24, 5:15, 5:38, 5:45, 4:41, 5:02, 4:58, 5:11, 5:16, 5:21)

I was a bit dissapointed by the holiday lights set up by the NCC, other years were really much more impressive. I guess the lights were not included in the stimulus packages from our governments. I tried to snatch a few pics with my cell phone, here are the best of them.
Parliament was nicely lit up with spotlights shaped like snowflakes:
Live at Burning Man in the mix.


  1. Sounds like a perfect feel-good run! Well done! The lights on the parliament building look really cool!

  2. I took in some holiday lights on my run yesterday too!

    Nice job on the run. Take not eof what you were wearing because it sounds like you were dressed perfectly.

  3. Great run! Love the pics! I need a holiday run :)

  4. You're so fast! Good job on those times! Lovely pics. Have a great christmas!