Up until Boxing Day we had no snow. None. And it never really got below zero. I was crossing my fingers for another winter of snow free bliss. But Mother Nature had other plans. Boxing Day evening brought the first big dumping of snow to Toronto. It's ok, I thought, it will be gone by the weekend. Things looked hopeful. Until I woke up yesterday morning to the ominous glow of fresh powder. UGH. What a way to start off my Boston training. I had a 21km run scheduled and it was supposed to be at a pace of 4:43/km's. I knew if I ran outside that definitely wasn't going to happen. I contemplated taking it inside and doing it on the dreadmill. In fact, the dreadmill almost won out. But at the last minute I thought, so what if I don't make my goal pace for today? I decided to Embrace the Suck and do something that I don't like for a change. Training can't always be sunshine and rainbows. It was high time I took a negative and turned it into a positive. You know, turn that frown upside down and all that. The more I thought about the benefits of running outside, the more pumped I got about heading out.
1. The Caloric Burn: I'd probably burn more calories running outside in the cold and on an uneven surface than I would running faster on a hamster wheel inside.
2. The Extra Leg Workout: I'd engage more muscles by running on a somewhat slick and uneven surface. This would give my smaller, and fairly underused stabilizing muscles a good workout.
3. The Fresh Air: I'd be outside in the fresh air instead of in a stinky gym breathing in someones B.O.
4. The Scenery: Let's be honest, a fresh blanket of snow is a beautiful sight. Much better than the sweaty guy with a hairy back on the treadmill in front of you.
5. The Defrost: There is one thing I absolutely love about running in the winter and that is coming in from the cold, sitting in front of the fire and stretching. Absolute heaven.
You know what? I ended up having a great run. It was beautiful out and, amazingly, a large part of the Martin Goodman trail was actually plowed. I'm chalking that up to a late Christmas Miracle because that never happens. Since the trail was actually plowed, I managed to push the pace. While I didn't manage to maintain my goal pace for any significant length of time, I did manage to move a lot quicker than I actually thought I would and that's a plus in my books. It probably helped that I had my trusty Yak Trax on.
|A must for anyone who lives anywhere snowy|
I'm glad I opted to take it outside today. If I didn't I would have missed this, and it's a much nicer view than some hairy guys back.
|Follow the white toboggan path|
|Yeah that white stuff flying around is blowing snow.|
Do you have an aversion to running in the snow?
How bad does it have to be before you head indoors?