I went to Montreal last weekend to go on a winter training run with my Antarctica marathon buddy and try out my cold weather gear. Sunday morning we head out in -16 degree weather to run with the kind folks at the Avenue du Parc Running Room. What did I learn?
- I generate a lot of heat – I wore too many top layers (who would have thought?). By the end of the run I was the only person not wearing a toque or gloves – seems like I generate a lot of heat.
- Trail running did not prepare me for running on snow – Yes, in trail running you land on uneven surfaces, but on compact snow your foot lands and then sinks, lands, then sinks. Had very sore ankles by the end of the run.
- I need a new hydration solution – The bite value on my hydration pack froze. First, it froze in the “off” position. I was able to warm it up and turn it on, but then the bite value froze through with ice chunks. So, no water for me on the run.
Things that went well this week:
- Winter training run in Montreal!
- Met the wonderful folks who train at the Running Room at Avenue du Parc. Dropped by to talk to them on Saturday and they had great suggestions on where to run in Montreal. So ended up running with them on Sunday – they even printed up a map of the route so the girl from Vancouver wouldn’t get lost on the group run – thanks guys!
Lessons Learned for Next Time:
- I think I’ll use my hydration belt during the Antarctica marathon. I don’t want to deal with frozen hoses and bite values. Plus, this way I can refill the water bottles at the “aid stations” rather than carry 1.5 – 2.0 L of water on my back the whole marathon.