So Long Polar Vortex

Despite not having slept last night, I’m feeling pretty darn ecstatic about the end of the polar vortex.

It's winter skirt weather again!

It’s winter skirt weather again!

So much so that I wore a skirt to work today…though I still included knee high boots and socks. lol  I’m not crazy after all.  At my ripe old age, I have learned that it is important to dress for both fashion AND function.

In celebration of the Polar Vortex leaving, I’m joining in my fellow runDisney lover, blogger (from Just Me and My Running Shoes) and simply lovely lady, Karen’s Winter Running Tag.  (P.S. Hi Karen!  Wish we were hanging out at DDD again!)

What is your favorite thing about Winter?
Obviously the Holidays–just like Karen.  But I also love the first, sparkly, fluffy snow of the year.  There is something about it that is just so beautiful and peaceful.  I could watch the snow fall for hours on those days.

What is your least favorite thing about Winter?
The frigid temperatures.  Everyone has been complaining about this polar vortex, but the only impact it had in Winnipeg was duration.  We get this kind of cold all of the time, so for us it was much ado about nothing.  Oh and I also dislike the shorter days–it’s dark when you go to work in the morning and it’s dark when you leave.  SAD is a very real issue in Winnipeg.

What is your favorite piece of Winter running gear?
Like Karen, my favourite winter running gear are my running tights.  Though my love affair is pretty recent as I bought them with Christmas money.  They are North Face’s Winter Warm tight.  They are fleece lined on the front and made for ventilation in the back and they are heaven.  I am tempted to get another pair strictly for loungewear. lol.

What is your favorite way to fuel for long runs in the Winter time?
Nothing.  I don’t fuel as it causes me way to many stitches and tummy discomfort.

Favorite Winter drink?
Light Eggnog Misto Americano if I am out and about.  Baileys in homemade coffee at home.  The latter has become my favourite new Christmas morning tradition.

Where do you prefer to run in the Winter? Indoors? Outdoors? Track? Treadmill?
Treadmill all the way.  I have tried winter running in the past and it leaves me with sore throats and a strong coughs for several days after and it never seemed to go away.  Plus I am clumsy.  Treadmills offer me safety, warmth and no ice.

What is the current temperature where you are right now?
A balmy -14’C or 7’F…this is not including the windchill.  It’s crazy windy right now, so it would be significantly colder when the wind whips up.

What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?
-The first time the sky looks like a winter sky.  It’s a bit of a depressing thing if it shows up in September…which has happened before.
-Frost on my car windows
-Holiday drinks at Starbucks

What has been your favorite Winter run so far this year?
-Arguably that would be the Resolution Run…not only did I run it with some lovely friends, but it ended with Champagne.

What race/races are you currently training for this Winter season?
– The Yonge Street 10K in Toronto, Ontario (in April)
-Fargo Half Marathon (in May)

Finally, Karen also asked if anyone had winter running tips to share–I have a two:

1. If you are facing really intense cold and wind chills, put a natural salve (I prefer it over vaseline) on your face to protect it from cracking/drying out.  It makes a huge difference in your skin.

2. Wear mittens over top of your gloves. I know it doesn’t help when you have a lot of touch technology, but trust a girl from the wintry climes of Winnipeg–mittens keep you WAY warmer then gloves.

Happy Small Friday Everyone and happy running to everyone at the #WDWMarathon Weekend!

~Princess Lisa


6 thoughts on “So Long Polar Vortex

  1. Ugh this polar vortex… it’ still frigid here. (Ok, maybe not that frigid. The weather app on my phone says it’s 21… that’s still WAY too cold for me!) I walk dogs during the day and that alone is hard enough with the ice, and most of the dogs I take care of are well trained and don’t pull. So when I slip and do the “omg don’t fall” dance, it’s usually my own fault. I don’t even want to imagine trying to run on ice!

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