Last night I was browsing through the Manotick Miler pictures and found one of me arriving at the finish line. Notice my wonderful outfit. I was wearing capri pants with compression socks, a tank top, a long sleeved shirt and gloves. I was slightly cold during the race and really cold after
Now 10 days later I am wearing a tank top with a pair of shorts and sweating during my training runs. During the Manotick Miler, I think we were sitting at around 6C, yesterday we hit 28C. Friday and Saturday are supposed to be 30C. I’m REALLY hoping that the temperature drops a bit for Sunday because I am so not ready to race in really hot weather yet.
But at least I am now fully comfortable with putting away the winter layers for the season. I don’t see a need to have my long fleece lined pants any more or my fleece jackets. I’m still keeping my NYC Marathon jacket out as it is good for windy/rainy days. Soon the grass will be really green and the trees will no longer be bare. It was only a few weeks ago that the Ottawa River still had ice.
But along with rising temperatures means that I need to bring water on longer runs and make sure I put on sunscreen. I forgot to put on sunscreen during our first outdoor meet of the year and I got not so fashionable capri and sock sunburn from it. I just realized that on Thursday, it will be 27C and we will be out all day at a track meet. There is another full day of track on Friday for some schools and it will be 30C. I cannot imagine running a 3000m race in 30C weather.
I do strongly prefer summer running to winter running. I know that were will be a few days that will be just stinking hot and running will be uncomfortable. But, I completed marathon training in some hot/humid conditions, so I feel like another round of training in the summer will not be too bad. I usually start running my 5K loops that start/end at my house so I can grab water while running. Luckily the Ottawa River Path also offers some nice shaded spots that makes running in the heat more tolerable. Maybe one of these days I will actually try running in just a sports bra. Max and I picked up a wading pool last weekend that will be perfect for after-run ice baths
I ran my last hard workout today for the Sporting Life 10K. I ran 8K this morning at a few seconds above my goal pace with the last KM at 5K race pace. Pretty solid run on a beautiful sunny morning. I will have one more run left on Thursday (maybe 3-4 easy KM) and that is it. 10K race on Sunday, here I come!
Random Flower, just because