...WINTER!!! It's bloody cold out there today! Just a day or two ago, we were flirting with the freezing mark. But this morning when I woke up it was a "balmy" -21C. Factor in the wind and it had a "feels like" temperature of -29C. It managed to "warm up" for my lunchtime run...all the way up to -19C.
I. Want. Spring. :D
But it wasn't all that bad, really. My legs ended up being a bit cold, but the rest of me was slightly overdressed. What was really nice was the pathway conditions - very little ice, and they had been plowed recently so it wasn't like running in 6" of sand. And I wasn't the only runner out there today. In fact, I saw most of "the regulars" I usually see (we do get harder to recognize thanks to the wealth of winter gear one wears).
The run did feel quite a bit harder though. I don't know if that's because of the cold, the footing, or that I've been idle for the last 4 days. My HR was higher, and the perceived effort was certainly up there too. But it was fun, and it felt really good, so I'm not at all concerned.
What I am concerned with is the forecast for the next few days. If they're right, there will be no running for a few days after this. Snow, rain, then more snow, then freeze it all - ?!? Better get that bike ready....