Despite the fact that we are in February, the temperature was almost 10C outside yesterday! Normally temperatures this time of year are closer to -10C, so we’ll take it! I am helping one of my friends train for the Boston Marathon, so we’ve been doing long runs on the weekends. A few weeks ago we had to do a 20k run in -20C weather, so doing 20k yesterday in 10C weather was a nice treat. The only downside would be that the warm temperatures have been causing a really fast melt of the snow, which clogs up all the roadways and sidewalks with huge puddles. You can’t get out and run without your feet getting soaked. Overall, I’ve been pretty diligent to get my runs in despite the winter running, and am well ahead of last year’s mileage at the same time. Right now I have no grand plans in store for the running year, but I want to head into the spring in generally better shape than I have in previous years. There are rumblings of doing the Mud Hero 2017 outside of Halifax, but I am not sure just yet. That’s a totally different kind of event than my typical runs, but could be pretty fun!
The winter months haven’t been too bad on the weather side, although we recently had a string of storms that had the kids off of school for a few days. Luke was devastated to be stuck home playing videos instead of in school doing work (not at all). Luke has shifted away from taking taekwondo as his winter sport and has doubled down on swimming. He has progressed so quickly in the pool, it is amazing to watch. Samantha is still doing tennis as her winter activity. She wanted to try out some tournament play this year, so we have had her to tournaments in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. She hasn’t won very many matches yet, but she is steadily improving. I just want them both to use sports to stay physically fit and have some fun. That being said, I would be remiss to not mention that Samantha became the provincial cross country champion in her age group at the end of October. Sometimes you can have fun and win some stuff too!
Before Christmas, I was able to get out see Doctor Strange in the theatres. While not my favourite of the Marvel films, they did a fantastic job of exploring the mystical side of the Marvel Universe. I thought that Benedict Cumberbatch was fantastic as Doctor Strange, and his character will really help to tie together the mythical, technological, and interstellar components of the Marvel Universe as we race up to Infinity War. The next must-see movie is Logan, which will feature Hugh Jackman’s last foray as Wolverine. I am very excited about that film. My big game pickup before Christmas was Forza Horizon 3. It is an absolutely amazing game, which is 100% Forza Horizon, just refined to a whole other level. The driving felt perfect and the Australian setting is gorgeous and super-fun to drive around in. I played it a ton in November and December, taking a break recently to try and finish Bioshock Infinite (an oldie but a goodie). I just finished that the other day and really enjoyed it. The first-person-shooter genre is definitely not one of my faves, but Bioshock Infinite weaves in some interesting storyline and neat level design that helps keep things fresh. I don’t really have any other games in my sights right now, but that will give me a chance to play through some of my back catalogue. Looking at you Gears of War 1-3!
Okay, it’s getting late so I should be off to bed. Until next time!