I’m finally taking some time to post. I’ve been busy with work and personal things, but have also taken time to run almost every day. That’s been a little easier to fit in because the weather’s improved somewhat. Spring here in southern Ontario is always a bit dicey. As soon as most of the snow is gone, Canadians tend to shed heavy coats, pack outdoor restaurant patios, and expect warmth. Reality is far different, though, and we never seem to learn. Warm weather is still a long way off.
That said, it’s getting better. Last Sunday, it was cold enough (-4C, with snow and 40 km.h winds) that I wore my Invisible Shoe huaraches and Injinji socks on my 18K run (along with tights, a jacket, a hat, and gloves). The rest of the week I ran barefoot, but in temperatures that, with the windchill factored in, hovered just either side of 0C. That makes for cold feet, but not so cold that it’s really uncomfortable. Yesterday, the temperature was all of 7C and the sun shone brightly, so I was in bare feet again, but still wearing tights, a hat, and a wind vest.
It’s 6C right now, and raining quite heavily. This afternoon, the temperature’s supposed to climb to 19C. If the rain stops, I’ll go for a short run. If not, I’ll take a rest day. Tomorrow, I’d like to do 18K barefoot. I’ve got some bruising on the ball of my right foot, so may wear my huaraches. Afternoon temps of 14C are forecast, so it may be a good day for a slow Sunday run. We’ll see.
Readers who aren’t Canadian may wonder at this preoccupation with the weather. Think about it, though. When you’ve just come through five months of snow, ice, and temperatures going down to -27C, it’s only natural to obsess a wee bit about sunshine.