Another Sunny Cold Day
It was yet another sunny cold day this morning. Last night went down to minus 15 C and was close to breaking the decades old record. Although I’m loving this constant sun everyday, the cold weather is really getting me down.
Visit to the Cemetery
I went to visit some family graves at the cemetery today. I hadn’t been there in three years. Now that I am older, it is startling to think of how so many of my family members are now gone. I used to think of myself as so young, but now I am considered one of the older members of my family. My Dad, at 80, is the oldest.
It was probably not the best day to go for a visit. The biting cold and wind prevented us from spending but just a brief time there. The family graves are spread out, too. I couldn’t remember exactly where everybody was so I was running all over trying to find the graves. Unfortunately, one of my Aunt’s grave was completely covered in snow and ice. Who would think that this would be the case in April?
The four of us went for lunch. I had suggested one restaurant but for some reason, the other two wanted to go to Costco. I decided to treat everybody since this is one place where I know I can afford. They let me because they know that I’m not working and that it’s better for me to treat here than some where I can’t really afford.
I ordered chicken fingers and french fries for me to share with my Dad, the hotdog special and fries and gravy for my Uncle and then a smoked meat sandwich for my brother. My Uncle got a drink with his special. I was too cheap to spring for a drink for my brother and Dad so I ordered another hotdog special, which came with the drink and made them share the drink. Yes, I admit that I was overly stingy with this move, but even when I have a lot of money, I have a difficult time spending it on a drink when free water will do.
Another Cold Run
I decided to go for a run even though I wasn’t really feeling motivated in this cold weather. I missed running yesterday so I can’t afford to skip runs at this point 3 weeks before the marathon. Although it was cold, it wasn’t as cold as yesterday.
I started out a little late, after 4 PM but it’s okay because sunset isn’t until after 8 PM nowadays. I knew that I probably wouldn’t be running more than three hours and I would be home before dark. And the street I would be running on would be well-lit in case I did decide to run longer.
I wore five layers and wondered if it would be enough. When I was shopping today, I noticed a pair of compression socks. Some of my fellow runners wear them but I never thought of trying them because I’ve never had any calf problems like they do. However, these socks were on sale so I couldn’t resist trying them with my run today.
Visit to the Running Room
Half way into my run, I decided to stop in at the local Running Room to get some water. It’s a little difficult to figure out how much water I really need because it’s so cold and I don’t feel sweaty at all. Still, I knew that I did need water and I decided not to bring any with me.
I have always been grateful for the Running Room because they always have water so I can get good cold water in the middle of a run when I’ve run out or a public water fountain is turned off. I also had a nice chat with the employee there. I asked them how people can run in such extreme cold conditions (it’s even worse in the dead of winter at minus 50 C with the windchill) and stay motivated? He said that when you start out in the fall, you get acclimatized to it. Still, I find that hard to believe.
He said that he, himself is a destination runner. So he said that he enjoys entering races all over Florida. He goes from the extreme freezing cold in Winnipeg to the very hot in Florida! I don’t know if I could do that. I think that I’d prefer running in moderate weather.
Overall Good Run
I managed to do around 15 miles today, including hill training. My Achilles tendon was still hurting a little. My pace going was fairly fast and I was attributing it to my new compression socks! But when I turned around to return back, I realized that it was only because of a wind assist. I was running against the wind on the way back, so I was slower.
Today was the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. I thought of that a lot during my run. I have a ‘Boston Strong’ cap and I wish that I had brought it with me so I could have worn it today. I can’t believe that it’s been a year already.