Cool Runnings

Today I got home at my “early” time of 2:30 with all intentions of going out for a run. I arrived home promptly, got dressed, put on the Garmin and went out the door. I was greeted with a wind gust, and suddenly felt very cold. I then used a choice word and went back inside the house. Therefore, I quit on my run today.

It is only -6C out (-14C with the windchill) – not by any means the coldest day I’ve run in (I’ve run in -20C before). But today, being March 26th, I just did not want to be cold. I am officially done with winter running. I suspect I am not the only one with these feelings. Normally the streets always have someone running. Today, nobody. As soon as it gets even a bit more warm out, everyone is out running. It isn’t like we have only had a couple of cold days this year. The entire winter has been cold. I just looked at the daily high temperature from December til today and a total of SIX days did the temperature go above 5C (three of those were 6C, other were 7C and one random 9C). We haven’t hit a double-digit day since November. Last year we had 14 days over 5C and two days where the temperature went to a double digit number for the day.

I’m just done with it. The bright news is that this weekend it is supposed to warm up. On Monday we are looking at a high of 9C and sunny!  I don’t even know what to do with that. I have, however, declared it shorts/capris/skirts (with no tights) day at work. My capris are longing to be worn!

In other running new – today the rest of the world found out that they received a spot in the 2014 NYC Marathon! Those of us who had guaranteed entries and have known for awhile that we are in (and NYRR already took our monies) also go the “you’re in!” email. It was still a bit of fun to get the email

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I like how they said ‘Welcome to the Class of 2014″, kind of a cute way of saying “yay! you won the lottery!”. The girl’s expressions in the picture also crack me up. The two girls in the front are all happy, symbolizing that they got in. The girl to the left of them looks all bummed out. Perhaps she represents the thousands that did not get in.

I’ve already booked my hotel for the Saturday night and I’m glad I did. I booked a room for $299 and now the same room is over $400 a night (to compare, I believe the last time I went to NYC, we went for 3 nights and flew for $700 total). As of right now we are just staying in the city for the Saturday. Friday we will only make it about 2/3 to NYC and stay in another New York town, while on Sunday after the marathon we might just stay in the city til dinner and then just go a bit outside (even just to Newark) and then truck it home after. We could easily break up the Monday drive home (which may include a stop at Albany Trader Joes). If I get a full-time job for September, I may consider booking another night – but not right now. I also think we are going to fully drive into the city. It isn’t that complicated and if we drive in, we can leave our car in the 24-hr parking garage right beside the hotel which minimizes the amount of dragging bags around that we would have to do, which is something I completely forgot about.

I think I am ready for some spring running!


Are you going to run NYC?

Any marathons on your race calendar?

Any advice about driving to NYC?

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  1. Amy

    YAY YAY YAY!!!! I know you knew this was coming, but still so happy for you! I can’t wait to follow your training ups (and downs) and watch you ROCK this race! You got in; you ARE a part of the class of 2014! Boom!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Thank you!!

  2. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I am ready for you to be done with cold weather! Congratulations on the NYC Marathon…even though you already knew. That’s AWESOME! I’m getting marathon fever and think I’m ready to run my first, soon.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      DO IT!!

  3. Nicole

    Yay for NY! Sounds like you have it all planned out! Smart!

    Don’t get me wrong- we want winter to be over too but I think in the west we expect it to last until April so we don’t get as frustrated when it’s still snowing in March? I just always noticed that easterners get more upset about running in a snowy March than we do. I’m definitely over winter though!! 🙂

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      True – we do get snow into April too. I had a cancelled day at McMaster back in 2004 because we had a snowstorm in April!

      But you guys have chinooks! Just looking at Calgary temps: although the temps do get bitterly cold quite often, Calgary has had many days of temps above 5C. I think what is making people so irritated this year is we haven’t had a balmy day yet!

  4. Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

    I can relate to your winter running problems so much, being over here on the East Coast! It’s awful, and they’re saying that April is going to remain colder than usual for us. I’m about to go insaaaaane.

    Congrats again on getting to run NYC! You’re going to have a blast. 🙂


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