Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of Spring which was greeted by a gloomy sunrise, a snowy afternoon, and ended with a freezing night. As one article noted, Spring has already “sprung” in Canada, but it will get warmer only after a few more weeks.
Today was relatively warmer with a low of -6 degrees Celsius and a high of -10. I looked outside my window and saw the sun shining brightly over the Canadian Flag of the school in front of our house. I started to gear up for my run and smiled while thinking about how I’m putting less layers of clothes compared to the first time I tried running. This is only my third time running in Toronto (second time here) and I’m not targeting to train or even reach my PR, I just wanted to go out and run!
So off I went. I figured how my tropical body is still adjusting and acclimatizing to the elevation, temperature, and freezing wind chills, but in the end it was still a lot better than my previous two runs. I was able to run almost continuously for 40 minutes, taking a few walks only to keep away from stubborn icy pavements. All in all, I was able to keep a pace of at least 8 minutes per km which is close enough for a 40 minute 5k run.
How do you cope with this long winter?
How do you re-training after a break?
Let me know in the comments!