Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Frigid Hills

Weather is always a hot topic of conversation here in Calgary. For the last couple of days everyone has been talking about how cold it was going to get on Wednesday. I tried to tune them all out because I really didn't want to know. I needed to run hills on Wednesday and there was no way that I was going to wuss out and run on a treadmill. A treadmill is painful enough with no incline, never mind throwing a hill workout in!

I had something going on over lunch today so I knew my best course of action would be to get the run done first thing in the morning. I was up around 5 am and wandered downstairs to take care of something important first. The Melissa's Road Race registration was up and running and I wanted to make sure I got into the 10K. I pulled together the stuff I needed for work, then bundled up. I didn't check the temperature, I just knew I'd need to dress as warmly as possible. So I layered up in:
  • Under Armour shorts
  • Long johns
  • The warmest pair of Sugoi tights I own
  • The thickest pair of Smartwool socks I own
  • Long sleeve tech top
  • Midweight half zip top
  • Sugoi Firewall jacket
  • Gloves
  • Two hats
  • Fleece scarf
It looked perfect outside. We had gotten a light dusting of snow overnight so it was great for throwing the Yak Trax on. I got started just before 6 am with a 15 minute warm up, followed by a few short accelerations. After that it was into my 4 x 2:00 hill repeats. My pace wasn't anything to write home about, but the repeats went not too badly. They were over and done with before I knew it, then it was time for a 10 minute cool down run back home.

I felt pretty well bundled up against the elements and I was pretty comfortable out there. The worst part was probably that my eyes were watering a fair bit...and well...extreme cold...watery eyes...you get frozen lashes. Talk about a weird sensation! Once I got back home I checked the weather. It was -21C, or -31C with the windchill. That's -6F/-24F for all of you Imperial folks. I would say I redeemed myself after bailing on an outdoor run on Monday in -7C. (Although really, if I wouldn't have run at the Y on Monday then there would have been no great Leana versus the Weightlifter on the treadmill story...)

In the evening I ran through a quick strength workout, followed by some abs and some stretching. Alright folks, I'd better head off to bed. Tomorrow is another swim/spin combo!

11 comments:

Ryan said...

Unbelievable. I thought it only got that cold on TV. People are able to live in those environments? Brrrr. You wore more clothes to run in than I own. HA!

teacherwoman said...

I can't believe you were running in that!

Melanie said...

ugh! I had a few of those runs this winter too... always seemed to be for the sunday long runs! You definitely redeemed yourself. Great job getting out there!

Marlene said...

I'd say you more than redeemed yourself. It's probably a good thing you didn't check the weather - sometimes it's just better not to know!

Way to go!

Missy said...

Way to get out there...wayyy more hardcore than I am. Wow! Who cares about speed...the fact you can move with that many clothes on is amazing.

Deb said...

Saweet...I registered for Melissa's as well...doing the 22km...I can't wait, I miss out every year as it sells out so darn quickly and I never get my act together in time. I went online around 6:30 to sign up and I could not believe how many people were already registered before me...guess they were all up at 5am like you registering :) Well done on the frigid run!!!

Lauren said...

Wow! you're hardcore. I'm impressed. I didn't run this week because it was 70F and it was Mardi Gras. You can't exercise on Mardi Gras...

Bob Almighty said...

Man I'm a whimp.....

Judi said...

that was some cold ass weather. i would have pussied out. frozen eyelashes? oh hell no.

Laurel said...

Wow! You're definitely my hero! One tough chick for sure! Great job!

Marathon Maritza said...

Holy crap, Leana, you are WAY MORE HARDCORE than I will ever be!

Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I don't think I'd even go TO WORK if it was -6F here!)