Winter returned to Calgary today, although it hasn't been gone all that long. Didn't get quite as much snow as last time, but it certainly got cold. With a high of -13C, it was a subtle reminder of what is still to come. The fog, which appears to be a new Calgary thing - don't like it - also added to the morning drive ambiance. I can live without it!
Since I had ART after work again today (oh boy, MORE Graston, please!!!) and I wanted to go to the 5:30 crossfit, I was a little anxious about the drive. But I took my time, and when I walked in the door here at 5, I knew I wasn't going to make it to the box (see...crossfit lingo...I'm fitting in just fine!) in time. I still felt the need to sweat, so I decided I did have enough time to go for a run.
So run I did. Made it down to Eau Claire, and met up with a couple of friends, and told them a "nice, slow" run was on tap for me and my leg/knee. I was properly layered, wearing my new Skins compression tights with Lulu's Runner-Unders over top. Would that make them runner-overs?! I like them, as they have a panel on the bottom to repel water and snow, but the top doesn't have a tie, so they kept sliding down the compression tights. Will have to work on that, as I hate adjusting clothing while running. Had on a long-sleeved tech shirt, with a tech t-shirt over top, and my orange Resolution run jacket over that. Gloves (bright orange, to match the coat) and my runnergirl toque and I was ready for anything.
The paths were snow covered, but not slippery, and the snow had stopped a little earlier. Ran west to 14th Street, crossed back to Prince's Island, and home. Round trip was 4.88km, in 44 minutes. Not bad for someone who hasn't run since November 3rd, although I did walk a bit more than I originally wanted to. Think I'd still rather do crossfit now, though. The WOD looked scary but challenging, as I would have learned new things again (knees to elbows and toes to bar) but there is always another day. Really starting to feel last night's workout...I sneezed and almost blacked out from the abs spasm!!!
Enjoyed my usual pint with chicken lime tacos, at the Barley Mill. Quite delicious, and they appear healthy. I don't know what's hidden in the cooking process, but they're soft tacos, not corn, loads of fresh veggies and a chipotle lime mayo to die for. Yum, yum.
Fading fast, so I'll just finish charging my Nike Fuel+ and hit the hay. That was my big splurge in San Fran...tracks steps and calories and determines your "fuel" for the day. I am very happy to report that I am double the average daily fuel earned, than both my age group and the Nike+ community. Boo-yah!
Today I am grateful for Guinness and wonderful running friends to hoist it with.
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