Average pace: 4:51/km
Location: Burnaby Lake, CW
Distance: 11.8 km
Weather: Sunny, humid, warm
Wind: light to moderate
Calories burned: 800
Total distance to date: 1722 km
Ran Piper Mill Trail, Conifer and Spruce Loops.
Friday afternoon Environment Canada put out an ozone warning for the eastern part of the Lower Mainland, basically telling old and sick people to stay inside otherwise the air might kill them. Although I am neither sick nor elderly it seemed like good advice with temperatures still in the low 30s by early evening, so I opted to skip my usual Friday run in favor of a Saturday morning run.
I headed out today at 8 a.m. and it was still a pleasant 20ºC. It rose to 22ºC over the course of the run, which is still entirely manageable. Humidity was very high and that did slow me up a little but the lower temperatures made running overall much less difficult than on some recent days.
I don’t know if it’s a weekend or morning thing as I usually don’t run during either but no less than six people said hi or ‘good morning’ to me as I walked to the lake.Normally the number of people doing this is zero, so this was about the friendliest pre-run warm-up ever.
The run itself went fine for the most part. I got a bit gassy around the 7K mark and my pace took a notable dip but I recovered about one km later. I had a similar dip midway through the 10K mark due to Gas: The Sequel. But overall I found the pace of 4:51/km pretty decent for the conditions. I shudder to imagine what an afternoon run might have been like.
And the branches were moved off the trail. Woo! You may be thinking it was industrious beavers looking to fortify a dam but it appears someone finally just moved the branches over to the side. Thank you, branch movers!