The Flying Pig: Coffee and Ankle Warmers

Note: You’ll find my introductory blog about the Flying Pig in Cincinnati here, and my second blog about hill training and THE BEST PIG HAT EVER here.

Greetings Flying Pig friends both current and future!


I’m really looking forward to running outside in shorts and a t-shirt again. How about you?

In just a little over 10 weeks, I’ll be heading to Cincinnati to experience the Flying Pig Marathon with a busload of fun-loving runners from Ontario, Canada. We collectively refer to ourselves as ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ (Waterloo Kanucks Run Pig), and soon we’ll have the training shirts to prove it. I can’t wait to show them to you!

Despite frigid temperatures and lots of falling snow, I’m happy to report that my training is on track. I hope the same is true for all of you who are preparing to run. 

It’s been a rough winter and I’ve been tempted to stay inside and skip a run on several occasions. However, I’ve learned that settling for a shorter, slower run in poor weather conditions is far better than not running at all, from both a physical and mental perspective.

Nothing beats the satisfaction of getting outside, toughing it out and putting in the miles. Okay, I’ll admit it. Coffee comes close, very close. 

To help keep me motivated, I’ve started postponing my morning coffee until my run is over. It’s a surefire way keep me going, and I’ve been known to randomly call out “Yeah, coffee time!” as I near the end of a long run. (I only do this when I’m running with others, not when I run alone, don’t worry.)

Our training runs are getting rather long, so if I’m a little cranky because I want coffee and we still have several miles to go, fellow Cincinnati-bound runner Janet helps me out by singing lullabies about coffee. (I don’t know if these are real songs or if she makes them up, but regardless they do the trick.) 


Showing off the wonderful ankle warmers hand-knit by fellow Cincinnati-bound runner Janet.

Not only can Janet tame even the crankiest caffeine-craving runner, she can also knit up a storm. In the photo to the left, check out the ankle warmers she has made for many of us.  

Our ankles don’t actually need warming, of course. We’re just trying to make a fashion statement, but that’s not to say the ankle warmers aren’t useful. By improving our visibility, they help alert drivers to our presence. They also make it easier for us to spot each other during heavy snowfall. 

Until next time…


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