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nice guys finish last

One of my goals this year is to run two 10Ks. I haven’t signed up for one yet, but I began training for one yesterday. The Saskatoon Police Half Marathon is on April 21st, which is twelve weeks and four days away. The training program I’m using (10K Runner) is fourteen weeks long. I had planned to start it Sunday before last, but that was the day I came down with The Plague. I think it’s over now. Mostly. My ears are still plugged and I can’t hear very well, but other than that things are back to normal. So, I’ll just have to fit an extra run in for the first three weeks so I can catch up on the missed runs.

Tuesday evening I made dinner for my family (pizza)(of the home-made variety)(one deep-dish pepperoni/mushroom/feta for Noah, one thin-crust cheese for Kaylie and Preston, one mini no-sauce cheese for Liliana), dressed in many, many layers (knee-length socks, leggings, yoga capris, a long tank, a long-sleeve shirt, a three-quarter-length shirt, a track jacket, a scarf, a thermal biking head covering thing, a Jayne hat, and thermal biking gloves), started my music (Green Day’s Nimrod), started the app, and took off.

It was cold, but not bad. It was -27°C/-17°F with the wind chill, which is 13°C/23°F warmer than it was on Monday. It really wasn’t so bad. I had the scarf over my nose and mouth for the first bit, but I couldn’t breathe very well so I pulled it down and my face didn’t freeze off. It felt nice to run again. I’ve missed it a lot.

The only problem was breathing, which was easier when I removed my scarf, but still kind of problematic due to being out of shape, the cold, and my asthma, which I read gets worse in the cold. I think I might bring my super-cool inhaler with me on my next run. I’m still new to this asthma thing, and it kind of scares me sometimes. At least it wasn’t a hard run. I was gone for 25 minutes, but really, there were only six one-minute runs in there.

I haven’t been running in way too long, and I’m glad I have someone like Kami to kick my butt if I don’t give it my all. I miss living in Regina, by her and and by Wascana Lake. I guess I could run by the river here, but I’d need to drive there and that’s just kind of annoying. In Regina, we lived close enough to Wascana Lake that I could do my warm-up walk on the way there, and start running once I reached the lake. I’m just glad I get to run with Kami again in the Saskatchewan Marathon at the end of May. We’ve turned it into an annual thing.

In non-running news, Meg was here this weekend! As was Noah’s sister Talitha! We had great visits with both of them. Games of Catan were played, and I lost more than I won, which is not normal for me. I usually win, because I am awesome. Between them and my sister, people’s visiting has made January not so horrible. And it’s almost over! But not before a week of single-parenting, which I am so not looking forward to. But then, at the same time, I am looking forward to it, because popcorn and movies for dinner every night!

And here is the last week’s worth of Project 365 photos. There aren’t any with Meg in them, because I suck at life. Noah did take a couple shots of us, though, so I’ll have to find those.

Wednesday
16/365 :: no exit

Thursday
17/365 :: surprise sister

Friday
18/365 :: morphing plague

Saturday
19/365 :: someone loves lasagna

Sunday
20/365 :: snowy park

Monday
21/365 :: the kids and Talitha

Tuesday
22/365 :: helper

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  • Gav Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 8:12 am

    One of the tricks to running through the winter is to never stop. I.e. if you run through the fall and into the winter your body slowly adjusts as temperatures continue to fall. I know this advice is too little too late – sorry… As an aside I’m so excited for you! I’m training with someone this winter who is doing their first 10k too. Good luck! It’s an amazing feeling to cross that finish line!

    • jen Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:21 am

      It IS an amazing feeling to cross the finish line! I cannot wait!! I did my first 10K last year and there was no feeling like it.

      Thanks for the tip, though! I did not know that, but it will help me next fall/winter. I pretty much need all the help I can get. :)

  • Cole McFarlane Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 9:28 am

    Winter Running!

    I’m going to have to check out that app you are using.
    I ran my first 10k in November.. and I’m hoping to do a half this november..

    (with a 10k or 2 between now and then..)

    We just dipped to -20c and I can’t believe you’re running in even colder than that.. yikes.

    • jen Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:22 am

      With this being my 6th Saskatchewan winter, I like to think I’m getting used to it! Good luck with your race(s)!

  • Kami Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:00 am

    You are way ahead of me. I said I was going to go Sunday because after skiiing in -32 I could surely run in it too…but um, I totally didn’t. 12 weeks, ike! I signed up for that one too and if I don’t get my butt training, I will run that one with you too :)

    • jen Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:23 am

      Haha!! I figured you were going for a PB in the police one, but if not, feel free to run with me!! :) Can’t wait till May!

  • Becca Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:16 am

    Cold air does aggravate asthma. (I’m a walker, not runner, and have asthma.) You’re supposed to breathe through your nose so that the air is warmed up before it gets to your lungs. I can only do it for a few minutes and then my nose gets too stuffed up and runny from the cold that I can’t do it anymore – the inhaler helps as does occasionally breathing through a scarf.

    • jen Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:23 am

      EXACTLY. I can’t breathe through my nose in this cold!! Oh well. By the time I get to the harder runs, it will be warmer. :)

  • mamalang Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 2:44 pm

    As an asthmatic and mother to two asthmatics, the inhaler is more effective if you take two puffs 10-15 minutes before your run. That way you don’t get to the point of having a difficult time breathing :)

    I want to run. But I get past one minute of running and my lungs just stop working. I don’t know why, and it sucks.

    And BTW, I miss you on Instagram :(

    • jen Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Thanks for the tip!!

      And I’m sorry about Instagram. I just don’t trust them!!

  • Angella Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:59 am

    Proud of you! It’s much colder there than it is here. ;)

    • jen Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:09 am

      Yes, but you run MUCH further. I’m so impatient, but I know I need to start waaaaaay at the beginning again. Oh well. Hopefully this year I’ll carry on and keep going through the summer, fall, and winter. :)