Half marathon training began this morning. That means I have to actually run on weekdays again. I decided that since hubby is home for another week, I would go a bit later and take the girl dog with us. Cali is a lab basset-corgi cross. She has hyper terrier energy in a short but labby package. I figured she'd be happy running at my happy pace. Boy, I could not have been more wrong.
Turns out her happy pace is about 3 mins faster a kilometre than mine is. By the end of 3 blocks, I was huffing and puffing and being hauled along much too fast on the icy streets of Langdon. I had worn my traction guards for the first time as well and HATED THEM! I decided to turn around and take Cali home and throw the guards in the basket by the door while I was there.
I headed out again as soon as I had caught my breath and had a lovely little run around town. It is chinooking here (for those of you who aren't from here and don't know what a chinook is - think warm winds coming over the mountains and making winter much more pleasant as long as the pressure changes don't give you migraines). So running in 0*C was quite nice and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much of the public pathway is actually being shoveled this winter. I thought I was going to be stuck on the unshoveled sidewalks or running up the middle of the street but, for now at least, that doesn't seem like it will be the case.
My Garmin tells me I burned 400 calories in the 4.61K I ran. That makes me happy. Not as happy as my scale telling me I am 4lbs lighter today than I was Christmas day, but still pretty happy.