You know what the hard thing about living in Calgary is? The sunny winter. I mean, I’m all for skiing and even get out backcountry skiing on an overnight trip for our anniversary every year! But winter throws a serious hitch in my running plans. I mean, it’s tough to stay consistent with my runs without my own treadmill or access to an indoor cardio machine, which means I have to take my runs outside when the temps drop. The worst part? It’s so beautifully sunny that it makes me want to get outside…until I open the door and feel the chill. So deceiving, Calgary, so deceiving.
But you want to know the good thing about living in Calgary? Doing things outside in the winter makes you feel hardcore. It’s true! So when I was wimping out this afternoon, hmming and haaaing over whether or not I’d run outside, I went to twitter for motivation. And motivation I got!
Thanks, friends. That encouragement plus reading Sabrina’s recent post about braving the cold got me out the door – I love this community! So before the sun went down I finally got myself outside and went for it. …but not before a quick pump up photo op in the warmth of the kitchen:
I had (crazy) running tights, a pair of shorts, a sports bra, a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, gloves, and something warm over my ears. In other words, I was decked out and ready for the cold. Even with all that and a quick pace, I never warmed up the entire run. In fact, I got colder (maybe it had something to do with the sun going down? ) but told myself several times, “It’s not that bad!” and that I could handle it. I was constantly blowing on my hands to warm them up, even in gloves and two other layers of long sleeves, but I thought about how it would feel to be homeless in this weather. And this is just the start of the cold, winter season. That sure puts things in perspective. All in all, I enjoyed the run and after 1:09 and 8 miles later, I was jumping for joy in the warm house again, grateful for the roof over my head and the ability to run and move at all.
There are some fun aspects to living in a cold climate though, like wearing feeling hardcore when you get outside and hearing car honks and “Good work!” from fellow passers-by. You also get to wear sweet down jackets, or “puffies” as I call them. Case in point:
After a great service at church, we didn’t feel like going home and drove past the Farmer’s Market. It looked festive and full of people, so we decided to pop in for a coffee and to browse around.
Drip coffee, made to order; mini watermelons and mini tangerines!
Also loved this sign! We tried some beef bacon – less sodium, more protein, and leaner than “regular” bacon! Tasted great too.
It was fun to roam around the festive market on such a cold day. We came home with tons of veggies and enjoyed a restful afternoon at home. And that pretty much concludes my weekend! It was quiet and easy going, just what Mikey and I needed.
Cold weather dwellers: do you keep your workouts going outside when the temperature drops? How “hardcore” are you?! I might need a balaclava…it hurt to breathe for a while until I got adjusted to the cold air – my lungs were burning and chin was frozen!
Does your famer’s market keep going throughout the year? What’s your favorite part of it? I love getting a coffee and wandering, plus all the samples!
Here’s to a great week ahead. Live well & be well, friends!