Tuesday, 25 November 2008

And so it is back...

About 03:00, I'm lying in bed listening to the rhythmic rumbling of a deep noise, when it came from the recesses of my memory....

Snowplow!!!

Oh crap!! What am I going to face in the morning! Not quite the amount of snow showing in the photo, that photo was from last winter, a few short months ago and now it is back.

After braving the cold and wind for both Saturday and Sunday's runs, snow means that the temperatures are warming up. Okay, I'm trying to rationalise this .... humour me!

It was wicked cold on Saturday, the wind was blowing straight off the river, it was bitterly cold. Sunday's run was a little warmer, I drove into town to run with the group. I always find great motivation when the weather is appalling to go into town to get some moral support from the other crazies who are training for either the Winterman Marathon in February or like me, training for the Hypothermic Half Marathon in January. It was a nice easy 12K along the Trans Canada Trail.

The Hypothermic Half is not going to be one of my most favourite races, it'll be more like a training run really, as it consists of four loops around the Arboretum, in snow, hopefully not ice, and not too cold. Since I'm all about the bling I signed up for it because the medal is a super cool Snowflake, plus, we will receive a really nice winter running toque and gloves and if that wasn't enough to feed my running palate, we will be supplied with a nice hot luncheon afterwards! Perks, I'm all about perks & bling!!

Speaking of perks, I am truly excited to mention that I have the great opportunity to be part of "The Shirt That Races", Nikemom came up with this brilliant idea back in October, where the shirt is worn in a race, washed, the race documented on the back (or somewhere) and then it is passed along to the next participant. I am truly honoured, although I might not be fast, I'll certainly be wearing the shirt that races proudly on January 25, 2009.

As I look out my office window to the winter wonderland of snow and drifting snow, I suppose I should get back to work. Luckily I got a really great workout at the gym yesterday, so today, I'll just dogsled it home and have a nice cozy evening with a nice warm veggie dinner along with red wine and be stalking all of you!

Run safe!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

23 comments:

Kim said...

Sounds like great perks! I wanna run it!

Stay warm.

BeachRunner said...

Dang. More snow?! Dont forget to bend at your knees when you shovel it.

That race sounds cah-ray-zay COLD. But earning some nice bling helps ease the pain. :)

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I think I would need a lot of bling to run in the snow, too.

jahowie said...

Wow!! You've got a lot of snow!! Makes my snow pictures look very weak. LOL!! The racing shirt is very cool. How many have worn it so far?

Wes said...

I love that. There's six feet of snow on the ground, its warming up :-D

Marci said...

Ooo that race sounds fun. I like your new profile pic, very cute! Stay warm!

Marni said...

Can Campy, Karel and I come and play in the snow????? :)
-marn

Vickie said...

You guys get some nice bling! We have to do 70.3 races to even get a pair of socks! This weather sucks, that's all there is to it. We just have to find ways to make the best of it. You sound like you're finding yours.

*aron* said...

ohhh that medal sounds very cool :) so fun you get to wear the shirt that races!!!

AddictedToEndorphins said...

I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH SNOW YOU HAVE!!!!
SERIOUSLY!!!!
Good for you for getting out there. Hypothermic half sounds like a blast. I mean--the goodies sound like a blast. :)

Rock on, Lily!

Bert said...

The Hypothermic Half - only in Ottawa I guess... Sounds like some pretty good loot though.

Marlene said...

Let is snow, let is snow, let it snow!

Wowee, those are some nice perks. Almost enough to tempt me to drive out there for the Hypo. :)

Enjoy your warm and cozy evening!

Xenia said...

Since I only started running after I moved to England, I have absolutely no idea what it's like to run in snow. Nor do I want to. It just sounds horrific. Hardcore, but horrific.

Good on you for getting out there!

Jess said...

The snowflake medal sounds awesome!

bluecolnago said...

i could do with a winter without snow. it seems like we just got done with winter. drat.

:)

AKA Alice said...

LOL. If it weren't for bling, gadgets, and mimosas, you know I'd never run.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

ooooooh a snowflake medal sounds cool!

Laurel said...

That is a heck of a lot of snow. And I was freaking out because I saw like 4 flakes last week. Haha, I'm such a baby.

Groover said...

Oh, no. So cold. I'm sorry that the tides have turned so quickly. It's our turn now again to have the sun.

Alexandra said...

UGH! This is what we have to look forward to for the next few months! UGH!

Chic Runner said...

WOW. That is all I have left to say!

Sprocketboy said...

Well, cycling to work was a bit awkward on Wednesday. I had cleaned all my cycling gear on Friday evening and had to do it all over again. Slush in Ottawa--you can keep it!

Nat said...

I ran in the slush last night. I'd forgotten how hard winter running can be. (And how wet my feet can get.)

Did they change the route for hypothermic? It was four loops around the farm last year?