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Hello there Mr.Sun!

Hello there Mr.Sun!

It’s another nice and warm day to run today!

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.

These photos of Frozen Lakes prove how cold this Winter had been!

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!

minus 6 with 30 km/hr winds, but still SUNNY!

minus 6 with 30 km/hr winds, but still SUNNY!


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.

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Signs of Spring?

Signs of Spring?

I’ve been hibernating like a bear for the past months and unfortunately the effects of Reversibility is starting to show.

I hope to get back to my previous level sooner and as the weather gets warmer.

How do you cope with this long winter?

How do you re-training after a break?
Let me know in the comments!

 


Running in Toronto

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Running, Uncategorized
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There's a running oval here somewhere...

There’s a running oval here somewhere…

After months of not being able to run and being stuck at home doing HIIT, the day has finally come! The skies have been cruel for the past months and it is established that this is the worst winter (and longest) in North America. As Spring season is nearing and clocks have been adjusted for Spring Forward, the weather finally rose above freezing point again this weekend. Snow and ice began melting and the sun shines brighter than ever. Today the weather measured a high of +8 degrees Celsius and low of -3. It’s been the “hottest” since I have landed in Toronto! I was able to try running just a couple of weeks ago when the weather rose to +5 degrees C, but I didn’t last long. Coming from a tropical country, I’m used to wearing comfy shorts while running and feeling the warm and fuzzy headwind. I was not acclimatized enough with the cold freezing weather that dried my throat. The altitude is another thing that I have to get used to. In any case, I gave it another shot today and it was good!
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Running around the neighbourhood.

“B” for Billy, or for ‘Burrows Blvd.’


 
I wasn’t aiming for any time or distance — I just wanted to move and run! Also, I’m still not familiar with the terrain and the possible routes I can take. I didn’t intend to “write” the first letter of my name with the route I took today – it just happened while I was trying to look for good running routes!

The last time I tried running, I felt how hard the pavements are near our house so today I tried different routes and pavements. Most parts of the sidewalk are still wet from the melting snow banks but it was good indication that there are no more black ice to keep away from.
I used the Endomondo app on my Blackberry to record my run and it’s slightly inaccurate, especially on that part where it looks like I ran on the snow field!
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What a nice day out! #FirstTime

What a nice day out! #FirstTime

It was a good winter run over all, based on Cool Runnings standard. Also, considering that there will be another snow storm tomorrow, I’m so glad I did run today. According to the news, “winter storm warnings are in effect across southern Ontario from Kingston to Cornwall, with up to 25 centimetres [of snow] predicted in some areas.”

Winter just won’t say goodbye.

Basketball, anyone?

Basketball, anyone?

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Just this Wednesday, the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) announced that backpacks will no longer be allowed in the upcoming Boston Marathon. This is a safety measure in response to the tragic bombing during the marathon last year which killed three and injured 264 others.

The B.A.A. will instead provide clear plastic bags for official participants for storage of their equipment about half a mile from the finish line.

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Last year on April 21, a couple of bombs placed in back packs exploded near the finish area.

The announcement regarding the ‘no bags policy‘ for the 2014 Boston Marathon was issued early so that participants could plan beforehand and make several adjustments. Apart from this policy, a security screening will also be done on the event so participants should be early.

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The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest yearly race and is one of the world’s best known events. Last year, over 23,000 runners participated in the event. However, the race was halted due to the explosions and prevented many others (around 5,000 more runners) from finishing.

Hopefully, this ‘no bag policy’ will add to the security measures already being done for the safety of the participants and spectators.

The Boston Marathon for 2014 will be held on April 21.
 

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