I decided to plan out my preparation from the moment I officially signed up for Vancouver’s BMO Marathon. That has given me 25 weeks to prepare, and I’m now 3 weeks in. The past two winters I haven’t had any particular running goal, and so weather and life and the inaccessibility of trails have conspired to push running out of my routine for days and weeks on end. This year it’s a different matter entirely.
This year I’m running no matter what. I haven’t missed a scheduled run yet and I’m thrilled. But gosh, a lot of creativity, variety and determination are required! Once I get started, though, I’m good. Here are my last few runs. You can see how much things have varied!
|8 km||-2ºC||Road||Compact snow||Minimus|
|23 km||0ºC||Road/trail||Compact snow / asphalt||Minimus|
|7 km||-7ºC||Road||Snowing / windy||Merrell Lithe Glove|
|5 km||-3ºC||Trail||Deep snow||Merrell Lithe Glove|
|16 km||-1ºC||Road||Icy asphalt||Minimus|
|7 km||+1ºC||Trail||Deep slush / raining||Merrell Lithe Glove|
|5 km||+2ºC||Road||Asphalt||Vibram Five Fingers|
|2 km||+2ºC||Road||Asphalt||Bare feet|
One hundred and twenty-eight days and counting.