This year in Alberta we had a super mild winter. There were only a few days that actually felt like a hard core freeze-your-eye-lashes-off good ol’ Canadian prairie winter. Sure, it got cold and snowed, but it wasn’t as intense as it usually is, making me feel like we didn’t even have winter yet this year! Despite this, the stark transition from winter running to summer running in Canada remains. I’d like to think I’m a summer hot-weather runner and could thrive running on beaches in California all year but I am just not.
I start complaining about hot running weather once the thermometer passes like 15 degrees Celsius. I remember finishing the Banff half marathon a few years ago in +26 degree Celsius weather and feeling like I was going to die of heat stroke. I’m sure if you’re reading this from the southern US or somewhere not in Canada… it sounds ridiculous to think that +15C is hot.
Now you’re thinking, but wait… Kris, didn’t you just complain all winter about treadmill running and having to avoid ice in the sidewalks and the pain and terror of dark winter running in Canada? Yeah, you’re probably right.
I started my run late on Saturday… like AFTERNOON late. It was already crossing my preferred temperature lines, and in a shorts and t-shirt I was hot. HOW DO FLORIDA PEOPLE DO IT? I remember stepping out my front door, expecting that initial chill that you know you will have to endure for the first mile or two before you warm up but there was no chill. No crisp air. It was already hot.
After spending so many months indoors, Canadians typically have a nice pasty skin tone happening. My Scottish and English ancestry really doesn’t help my ability to tan either. I obviously didn’t even think about the necessity of sunscreen on my run so I woke up Monday morning with some sun burns.
When I was doing my leg workout yesterday morning in a tank and shorts at the gym, no less than seven people pointed out that my chest and back were burnt. As if I didn’t realize there was a giant patch of burning skin situated on my upper body.
It would be WAY TOO obvious if I attempted my first spray tan, but I’m really considering it. I am certain I blinded a few people running this weekend with my ghostly legs. I never really get a great tan in the summer because I burn, and it peels, and I typically purchase SPF 90 sunscreen for such occasions. I also have a significant fear that I would somehow mess up the spray tan.
I absolutely LOVE to sunshine and I’m pretty stoked that it’s been above 20C every day for the past few days, but my Canadian body needs a little bit of transition time to go from winter running to summer running. I have a far lower heat tolerance than I thought, so it’s time to get at fixing that! If all of my runs could happen at like 5C that would be great. 😉
What is YOUR perfect running temperature?
Do you find it harder to go from winter to summer running or summer to winter running?