Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lunch time chiller

I decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day we're having and hit the streets over lunch hour. I'm glad I checked The Weather Network and bundled up because it was friggin cold brisk.



(That's 7F, "feels like" -9F)

I was pleased to discover that the sidewalks had been roughly plowed so I started out on a route which makes a large square around my office on 4 major roads. I had turned the first corner and was about half way to the next turn when I saw this:



(Try to picture it buried in snow!)


I stopped and looked around. The sidewalk was non-existent beyond the sign, there was no safe way to cross the road and I really didn't feel like back-tracking. So on I went! For the next 1.5K, I trudged through snow over 1 foot deep; I wouldn't even call it running. It tired me out (and soaked my feet/legs) making the rest of the run more difficult than it should have been, but before long I was back at the office.

8.15K = 5.06mi
48:35
5:57/KM = 9:36/mi

And now I'm shivering away at my desk with a red face and wet hair, but I feel refreshed and invigorated. Nothing beats getting out of the office for some fresh air.

20 comments:

Heather said...

Sounds like an adventurous run! I would love to run at lunch, but have no way to clean up afterward. Maybe someday I'll install a shower in my office . . .

littlesack said...

you are seriously inspirational! trudging through the snow at lunch time? I'm going to be tapping your resources soon when i start marathon planning and training. I'm going to need some advice about running my first one! eek!

Melanie said...

ahhhh, construction, snow and unplowed sidewalks... sounds like Toronto in winter to me :D I just came back from a lunchtime 'trudge through snow' as well! Great job on the run!

Lily on the Road said...

Yikes, way to slug it out! We don't have showers here so I just have to wait until I get home, and by then, well, sometimes I just don't run! LOL...that'll all change next weekend when marathon training begins....oh well, it was a nice vacay while it lasted!

RunningLaur said...

Now that is hardcore! Running at work AND in the snow? Totally impressive.

J said...

Sounds like a interesting workout! At least you are refreshed now from the workout - I always liked how it made the rest of the day go faster! Hope that works for you!

TNTcoach Ken said...

LOL.. You have to love brisk! I did the same thing and didn't realize how cold it was also, but the sun was shining. To help with the wet hair just cut it all off.......

Jess said...

Thanks for the Farenheit conversion! But either way, Celsius or Farenheit, that is ridiculously cold!

joyRuN said...

I feel like a sissy... a lazy sissy.

Great job on the run :)

Janice {Run Far} said...

I dido the comment above. I totally feel like a sissy. I would have waited for a treadmill run. Way to go.

Blyfinn said...

sounds like the hard workout was worth it considering you're invigorated afterwords.

Denise said...

Crazy girl! I can't stand running with wet, cold feet!

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO! You nut!! I guess if you're gonna do it, you might as well do it right, right? LOL

Sonia said...

Stupid winter go away now!!! I sympathise with you =)

aron said...

ahhhh i dont think i even know what that temperature feels like!

Julianne said...

Yay for a lunch time run!! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one. Although... your 9F would be friggin way to cold for me to venture out!! Great job on your run, though!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

you are hardcore to be running outside in those temps and such.

Brian said...

damn thats cold! Your crazy, haha. awesome job!

Running Around Acres said...

You are a running beast. I would have gone back to the office and wilted. No, I wouldn't have left the office in the first place.

lindsay said...

i always *want* to run at lunch but i never do. i get lazy and choose to eat instead. so, running at lunch anddd in the freakin' cold, you are my hero. i ran in like 29* last night and i'm still shivering.