Is winter finally gone?

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

flower black and white



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  1. Nicole

    Nice temps! Better for just hanging out in than running but I’ll take it over -30C!! It hasn’t been that warm here yet (just a couple days a week or two ago) so I’m enjoying the moderate temperatures for running.

    I can’t wait to hear how your race goes!!

    Remember that sunscreen! Throw a bottle into your track bag.

    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      I totally should. I got 3 cans of sunscreen at Around the bay, so I should have a can for every location/bag.

      I’m so glad to not be in -30C weather anymore!

  2. MikeM

    Cool. Where did you find the pictures for the Manotick Miler? The Instagram link from their website hasn’t been updated lately and the Photos/Videos page under event details on their site seems to be from last year?

    I’ve been loving the weather this week. So much easier to get up and out the door in the morning when it’s light and I only need to throw on shorts and a t-shirt

    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      On their facebook page!

      I’m loving this weather! Few bugs too

      1. MikeM

        Ah, of course, on the one site that I didn’t check. Thanks!

  3. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    I totally agree on summer vs winter running. I mean, running in the heat and humidity isn’t very fun, but it’s SO much easier for me to get outside and just do it when it’s nice and sunny and hot. And at least you can run in the morning or evening, when it’s more tolerable. In the winter, all I want to do is sit inside and drink tea under my blanket.


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