Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day Dizzy Run

I am so thankful that I chose to travel on December 23rd. The weather in this neck of the woods has been insane. I was at work on Monday watching the number of delays and cancellations pile up for flights headed out of Calgary. Tuesday was by far a much smoother travel day. Both of my flights were delayed but it was essentially a pretty uneventful trip. On Wednesday I was scheduled to do my 35 km run. I had picked up a pair of Yak Trax in Calgary before I left on Tuesday and I was all set to use them. When I got up and went to grab breakfast this was the sight that greeted me:
It was gloomy, dismal, and the snow falling was insane. I quickly realized that a run was just not going to happen. The snow got worse in the morning so I wound up being pretty thankful that I had chosen to abandon my long run. It was supposed to be my last long run before the marathon. I'll just have to hope that my 20 miler back on December 7th will have to be good enough for the Disney marathon on the 11th. I'm not questioning whether I've gotten a good long run in, but this has wound up being on really long taper...

Anyhow, I finally got out for my first run of the week today. The snow had stopped falling and I was getting a certain amount of cabin fever. I had a 45 minute run on the schedule. I didn't head out until about 11 am and all I'd had for breakfast was some coffee cake and a muffin. Not entirely substantial I guess... Given all the snow I strapped on the Yak Trax.
They felt awesome to run in. I avoided some of the freshly shovelled sidewalks so that I could run on the packed snow instead. I didn't notice that it altered my gait at all. And there was some pretty significant snow to run in:As I reached a point in the road where I had to decide whether to go left or right I noticed that I felt really dizzy when I stopped. My heart rate wasn't even in zone 1, but wow I felt really...not...good. Must have been my choice of coffee cake for breakfast. I called it quits 30 minutes in. I'll give it another shot tomorrow, so here's hoping that things are a bit more successful!

10 comments:

RunToFinish said...

Yeah for yaktraxs'. I feel so much more confident on the snow in them.

You know every once in awhile I'll get dizzy on my runs too...I think it's a female thing for me.

Alexandra said...

I like your running photo taken in front of the Mission Hill Winery!

All that snow is unbelievable for Kelowna! Does this mean there will be lots of icewine?

Hope your next venture out to run goes better!

Melanie said...

Glad you made is safely! great pictures and ya, i've had a few of those dizzy runs too! with the snow we've gotten this year, i think i definitely need to get some Yak Trax!

Marlene said...

That is a lot of snow and I certainly don't think trying to run 35K would have been wise.

I hope today's run is dizzy-free!

Jen said...

I hope you feel better!
How funny to see those shoe attachments...of course, we don't see things like that here in FL. It was over 80 degrees on Xmas day! Watch, it will be cold when you come for Disney, but should be MUCH warmer than there. :)

Lily on the Road said...

Yikes, I hope you are feeling okay...could it be low blood pressure?

Stay safe!

teacherwoman said...

I might have to try a pair of thos Yak Trax. I agree with RunToFinish.... I have felt dizzy on runs before and I think it is a female thing... possibly due to hormones? Just my theory. HA!

Sonia said...

I think you'll be great for Disney, better a longer taper than not a big enough one.

I cannot believe you're in BC with that much snow!! At least it's not minus crazy stoopid outside!

Where you happy to be reunited with the pooch??

Zach said...

I gotta get me some of those too. I had to do too much walking on my run outside today because of unplowed streets and sidewalks...

Rainmaker said...

Awesome to see you're enjoying the Yaktrax! And by the looks of it, the snow as well!