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    With winter running comes…extra laundry

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    If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that, in the right conditions, I am a fan of winter running.  In the cold, you can always add another layer, as opposed to extreme heat where you can only peel off so much.

    But that being said, adding all those extra layers does make it more complicated.  The smirk on my husband’s face as he leaned on the wall and sipped his coffee told me he found it quite comical watching my friend and I get ready for our long run on Saturday morning.  Even though I was dressed (2 layers on the bottom, wool socks, short sleeve on top) by the time she arrived, there was still so much to put on:  long sleeve (too soon and I’d overheat!); vest; neck warmer; jacket; watch (over my jacket sleeve so I could still see it); hat; shoes + cleats; water belt (with warm water to try to delay the freezing); and mitts.  It is such a production – by the time we were ready to go I think we’d both cracked a sweat.

    Then there’s the laundry factor – in the summer I am always looking for other delicates to fill the load when I wash my gear, but in the winter, I can darned near fill a load in one run.

    Still, as much as I love those first few warmer runs where it only takes 10 seconds to get ready, I am really not complaining.  Saturday was one of those perfect days where it was only a little bit windy, the sun was shining and the snow was sparkling rather than falling from a cloudless sky.  Once we were warmed up, we were really quite comfortable, which is more than I can say for some of our runs in August!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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    1. I was nodding from the first paragraph. One of the major downsides to having two active people in the household is loads and loads of extremely stinky laundry. Ah, well. It’s the price we pay…

    2. So…cleats?
      And I like my gear to get really super smelly before I wash it! Nothing goes in with it, it jumps in by itself!

    3. Kelly – that’s a good point! I could just let it do itself! By cleats I mean things that go over shoes – I do still wear regular running shoes in the winter.

      Dana – part of my issue is also that I am lazy! It’s such a big hassle getting out the door right now – lol! But the alternative is the treadmill…

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