So looking a lot like this (after consulting this post to see what kind of layers I wore last winter when it was this cold)
|an old picture- but pretty close to what i was wearing|
I tried to plan an 8 mile route (that's about 13km) because that was what we figured we wanted to run. But somehow we overshot a turn in the Old Town (which I guess is pretty easy to do with all the one way and small streets). I tried to plan a route with just a few hills. But somehow I forgot about one of them (and a big one). So what was supposed to be an 8 mile somewhat hilly run in the cold turned into a pretty challenging 9.2 miles (that's close to 15km) in the mostly sunny streets of Montreal.
The last hill (the one I forgot was so long) was the most challenging and I think we were all hurting by the halfway mark and pretty much everything was burning by the end- legs, lungs...it all hurt...but we did it. And I have to admit- I was pretty impressed I managed it considering my lack of long hills these days.
Something I had forgotten about with snowy running: my calf muscles take an extra beating. I end up running more on my toes in the snow. With the unstable footing, putting only half your foot down is easier and keeps you upright a little easier. All that extra work has left my poor calf muscles feeling pretty beat up- the footing has been terrible this week.
Thank goodness for compression socks.
|yup- chilling in a hotel room in my compression socks|
What is your limit for cold when it comes to running?