Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


Winter is Here

dog in the snow

Kobi loving the snow

It’s cold and it’s snowy outside.  Not enough snow to snowshoe in yet, but enough snow to hide the ice and make conditions treacherous to run in.  It’s already that time of year when I have to suck it up and start “embracing” winter. The other option is to stay inside on the couch, watch bad reality TV, and eat Cheezies for the next 7 months.  Doesn’t sound too bad.

Figuring out what to wear while running outside in the current temperatures is challenging too.  I never seem to get the layers right and I’m either too hot or too cold, never just right.

snow running

what the trails look like lately

Another bonus about winter running is the half-load of laundry created after each run.  Good thing I have more winter running clothes than clothes in general.  That’s mostly so I don’t have to do laundry 3 times a week.  Instead I spend 37 hours on the weekend washing, drying, folding and putting all my stuff away just to start all over again.  I dislike doing laundry.

I’m easing Kobi back into running.  She ran with me for about 35 minutes the other day.  Only once she almost caused a crash.  There were some grouse feathers on the side of the road, where one had been hit by a car likely, and she decided to put on the brakes to check it out – while she was tied around my waist and we were running an interval. Fortunately I managed to stay upright.  Good to know she’s back to her usual running style.  That’s why we run off-leash mostly.

I’ll take her running for another 20 or 30 minutes again today, just to get those running legs of hers back into shape. Shouldn’t take her long.

Oh, we helped with a zombie walk/run this weekend, Kobi got dressed up for it too!

zombie dog

Kobi taking a zombie nap prior to the event


zombie dog

zombie dog or football dog?


Are you hanging out with zombies this week?  Are you jealous of my snow and ice conditions?  Ever dressed your dog up as a zombie?  




Spring Hasn’t Yet Sprung

dog tracks in the snow

My running route. Looks like a big dog had taken itself out for a walk on the far L and R, I’m the second on the L, then Kobi’s little feet.

I’m tired of the cold.  It became quite cold again on March 21st.  It doesn’t make any sense.  Well it does actually, when you live 2 hours south of the Northwest Territories winter likes to sink its teeth in and hold on.

The forecast for the next 7 days is -18C to -20C overnight with highs up to -2C.  If it has a “negative” sign in front of a number that cannot be called a “high” in my opinion anymore.  Perhaps if I refer to the temperature in farenheit I will feel slightly better.

I’ve had a few decent runs outside this week, but I find my enthusiasm is wearing down.  I had to remind myself during yesterday’s run that I need to be happy and grateful to be running again (recall foot injury) and I am and that kept me going, but it’s getting harder and harder to continue embracing the cold.

dog jumping in the snow

Kobi and her canine enthusiasm. Cold or snow doesn’t phase her.

It also didn’t help that there was a really cold head-wind and the footing was really tricky thanks to the inch of new snow over ice.

I’m sure in another 2 weeks spring will really be here and I’ll be complaining about something else (like mud), but I’m kind of looking forward to complaining about something else – with enthusiasm of course.