The weather, however, was calling for this:
|Before you think I'm crazy, that's in celsius.|
That's about 16oF, feels like 3oF. BRR.
My last run I looked like this at the end:
|That's my desperate and cold face.|
My run took me over the bridge (much less cold than I thought it would be and the sidewalk was much clearer too) and into Quebec. I looped around and over the next bridge back into Ontario. The view is always worth it.
|Parliament buildings from the bridge.|
You might remember that I received some Shot Bloks for free a while back to review. This was actually the first time I ate them while running. I'm happy to say they were easy to deal with - I ripped open the package (my teeth were involved but it wasn't so bad) then squeezed one block out of the top each time. No sticky fingers, no packaging to throw away, and easy to stick back in my pocket in between. Also easy to consume while moving. I will definitely be using these in the future!
One downer about the Shot Bloks is that it was so cold out they started to freeze somewhat. I don't know if they would ever freeze all the way through, but they were definitely extra chewy. I tried to deal with it by sucking on the block for a while before chewing and this seemed to help. Does anyone have any suggestions? I thought of storing them closer to my body (I kept them in my jacket pocket) but that might be awkward when I wanted to access them.
After the bridges, my route took me up the Rideau Canal, which is currently being prepped to be the world's largest skating rink:
|Flooding the canal.|
Since there wasn't a bridge I could access easily at the point I wanted to turn around, I decided to just do an out and back up one side once I knew I had run far enough that it my "back" route would put me at about 12km.
There are convenient distance markers on the canal when it's prepped for skating in case you don't want to look at your Garmin:
These markers are also convenient when you forget to turn your Garmin back on after taking a picture. After taking this picture, I ran 0.4 km according to the canal signs without my Garmin clocking any distance or time. Oops. I turned the Garmin back on and kept running until my next walk break, so ended up running and extra 400 metres. Nothing wrong with that!
Thanks to that mess up and the fact that I refused to stand still long enough for the satellites to click in at first (it was cold!), my Garmin was a bit off. I added to my run by running around an extra block because I was determined to have a picture of my Garmin with at least 12 km on it:
Stay tuned for a summary of the whole week of training!
Any suggestions for sub-zero winter fuelling?
How was your long run (or other run or race) this weekend?