First Snowy Run Of The Year

Well, it took until February 11th and I can now say my Yak Trax which I purchased 2 years ago were a worthy buy. I have stumbled across them several times this winter thinking about how nice it is that I haven’t had to strap them on yet. And also happy that I haven’t had to. We woke up to a good dose of the white stuff along with -11 Celsius temperatures and wind chill on to of that to contend with. As Boston marathon training is in full swing, I am know about to let a little inclement weather stop my good momentum. So I suited up strapped on the Yak Trax to my new Saucony Cortanas and hit the roads with full intent on seeing if the parks were as ni ce as I envisioned them to be. Generally, fresh fallen snow is nice to run on. My hopes were met with great conditions albeit, hard to muster up a decent pace. But, this being and easy day, I was fine with floating along in the 5 and half-minute per km range.


It was an awesome run on the fresh-snowy trails of Taylor Creek Park and the Lower Don trail here in Toronto. I planned on 15, if it was not to be too cold and was perfectly willing to forgo the distance and head in early if it was too nasty out. 18km made much better thanks to my yaktrax! For the most part I ran along the trails through deep snow, packed snow, ice, slush and winds. But the sun was shining and it was not as windy in the lower setting of the parks so it actually turned out quite nice! In fact, this was one of the nicest runs of the year!

So now it is Saturday, and I am already at 95km for the week, with Sunday’s long run still to complete. 25km tomorrow will put me at 120km total topping my previous highest week I ran a couple of years ago when I made it to 118km. That puts me at 621km for the year with the previous 5 weeks being – 113, 109,  90, 101, 100 – this is definitely the most consistent I have been and touch wood I have no aches or pains.

I’m feeling better and stronger than ever now and enjoying every step! I hope your training is going just as well.



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Crazy mad runner, wanting to be fitter and faster but too busy to do it right. Still, I keep trying.

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