Halifax Hypothermic Half

I am pleased to be writing this from the comforts and warmth of the house, not stuck on a beach on the Atlantic Ocean…

A definite chill was present in the air well preparing for this mornings Halifax hypothermic half marathon… Chris Sinclair, from The Weather Network, was reporting a temperature of -11 with wind chills in the low -20’s. The positive, no inclement weather was forecasted and the sun shone bright in the February sky.

All the hype and talk of the Ironman took away all tensions and stress on the eve of the half, I may have thought of the race only a hand full of times. That was all reversed this morning, it started with the temperature than was compounded upon exiting the car at the race… The winds howled and my choice of dress didn’t seem sufficient… I decided to put on an extra fleece layer on top of the three I already wore and cracked open some Hot-Paws for toasty hands… It was like a big hug.

I also ran a 1 mile warmup, which I don’t usually do… I think this actually helped to warm me up a little…

And since I had a Cliff Chocolate gel in the cupboard, I decided to try it out on race morning… I report; I enjoyed it and feel it worked although I don’t really know… I wish I had another if that’s any indication…

I was glad to see the race start,  even happier to see the finish. Halifax is known for its hills, this race had its fair share. The course was an out and back with approximately 350 participants..

I finished in 1.38… I was happy as most of my training took place indoors, on treadmills, and I didn’t think I would crack 1.40… Optimism paid off…

Now it is time for some beer, chips and quality couch time…



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About bearrunner

I am a resident and employed in Halifax N.s... I love to run marathons and half marathons... Employed in the health care industry, enjoy photography, music, warm weather...

34 responses to “Halifax Hypothermic Half”

  1. Sandra Guirguis says :

    Woohoo!! Congrats! Enjoy the beer and couch time, well deserved 🙂

  2. liftingwithlyme says :

    Great job man!!! Very inspirational 🙂

  3. pandik says :

    well done! the ‘some beer, chips and quality couch time’-part is that I love afterwards, keep on running

  4. The Edmonton Tourist says :

    Holy mother! Only us weirdo Canadians run in weather like that! Cogratulations and such an excellent race! Beer, chips and football are you reward today 🙂

  5. Any Excuse to Wear Track Pants says :

    Congratulations on finishing so well! I don’t even like running out to get the papers in the mornings when it’s that cold… It must be extra rewarding having run it under not so ideal conditions!

  6. chocolatefuelled says :

    Many congratulations – I hope the beer was cold! 🙂 Chips – Yummy! Carb loading rules!

  7. Tara Woodruff ~ The Challenge says :

    You ROCK!!!! Have a beer for me :))

  8. Army Amy says :

    Way to go! I can’t wrap my head around how cold and difficult that must have been!*

  9. studiojan says :

    Wow. Congratulations. Enjoy your well deserved couch time 😀

  10. bgddyjim says :

    That’s pickin’ ’em up and puttin’ ’em down. Nice.

  11. Daphne says :

    Wow! Congrats on the race ! Those temps sound terrifying!

  12. rwcrouch says :

    Well done – good time too.

  13. libraryscenes says :

    rock on, BR…way to crank it out! I actually wondered about your climate as I did first snowshoe with dog this morning…not terribly cold, though, 20s F.

    Glad you enjoyed the triple threat idea, aka, reverse tri-train! Enjoy your well won day~

  14. jules1707 says :

    Congratulations and a BIG well done – enjoy that well deserved beer 🙂

  15. mizunogirl says :

    Super Race! I think the Gu, would serve you well. Clif makes a chocolate Cherry one that I tried out recently, it was great.

    Im so impressed that you treadmilled so much training and then threw down that impressive time. Nice.

  16. Matt Kochis says :

    Way to go! That is an excellent time in those weather conditions. Not sure if I could ever run in a temperature that cold, but maybe after a few more years of training.

  17. tischcaylor says :

    Wow, great job! Reading what you’ve accomplished via treadmill makes me think I should never feel sorry for myself when I’m “stuck” running indoors….

  18. Clare says :

    wow! I stuck to the treadmill because it was 30 degrees! inspirational 🙂 congrats!

  19. Caroline Calcote says :

    Way to go! Kudos for braving the cold and surpassing your expectations.

  20. jamievictoriatomc says :

    Awesome time!! Congrats 🙂

  21. vidastl says :

    Superb! Running outside in these temperatures makes the winter more enjoyable and shows the world what Canadians are made of. Congrats!

  22. Blackfoot Running says :

    Great time! You’re an inspiration!

  23. victorylane says :

    Way to go.. I hope to crack my ‘half’ time in a few months. Although my target is a half hour than your finish time. 🙂

  24. elisariva says :

    Congratulations! Great job on a tough race. And I love Chocolate GU! Tastes like fudge icing.

  25. AndrewGills says :

    I’m cold just thinking about it 🙂 Well done on the extreme run … Have some beer and chips for me 😀

  26. Rop says :

    Congrats on breaking 100 min half. On a hilly course too.

  27. AprilRuns says :

    Off to eat some chocolate to celebrate your run 🙂

  28. theamputee says :

    Rather you than me in those temperatures! Congratulations on the finish and the time 🙂

  29. Lisa says :

    Congrats!! That’s a great time & it sounds like a tough course. Good work. 🙂

  30. RAS says :

    I’m a little late, but WOW. Congratulations!!! And what an amazing time, at that… I hope you’re still drinking some beers. I would be!

  31. happytwentyfour says :

    Best part of a run = celebratory beer.

  32. davidnolsen says :

    Living in Florida, I just can not imagine running a half in that kind of cold! That is fantastic! Not that I would not be crazy enough to do it myself…because I am ….but I have a hard time thinking about it! Go you!
    On another note..have you tried GU gummys? They are great! I have a hard time stomaching the cliff shots and the GU is pretty good tasting and does not stick to your teeth like the cliff blocks. My favorite flavor is peach tea.

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