Funny how weather predictions and actual weather sometimes differ quite a bit. Yesterday's forecast (at least the ones I heard) called for Sun & Clouds. What I got this morning was a bit of snow. Just enough to blanket the ground and make things a bit messy.
Still, having already shifted my schedule around to accommodate the 35km that the plan called for today, nothing could stop me! Running while it is snowing out there has a certain charm to it anyway. The beats of the music, the pounding of the pavement, the fog when I breathe and the endorphins coursing through my veins all combine to create an hypnotic effect and keep me focused throughout the run.
I had picked a route that I expected would cut through the wind and not be too painful. I think I was right for about 90% of the course, so that's a win for me.
I was able to maintain a pretty decent and somewhat steady pace with mostly blue and light blue on the heatmap.
I saw a few other runners out there. One woman I talked with a bit. She's aiming for Around the Bay 30km and possibly a Triathlon. Other runners must be getting ready for the Ottawa Race Weekend.
I didn't get bored with an eclectic mix of music. I discovered Iron Maiden may be the best running music ever, one of the songs I heard today I never quite really realised before is called The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Celine Dion, Hallucinogen and Indica also spiced things up for variety.
The reward for the race was a lovely Dim Sum outing with my forever understanding and supporting boyfriend Alex.
The best thing about running in winter is that even after long runs, I don't need to ice my knees, the wind did that throughout the run already ;)