So this morning I decided I would run the reservoir on my own (no stroller or buddy.) For some reason I felt compelled to google search the bear warnings in the area; I was a little nervous going alone because I wasn’t sure if the trail would be busy. I did the search and apparently there have been sightings of a momma and baby bear. And of course, they’re warning people not to use the trail at all; if you must you’re advised to bring bear spray (which, as previously mentioned, I have but have never used.)
I debated back and forth the whole drive there on whether I would go the wooded route or take the waterway (busier part). And finally decided not to be a chicken shit and at the very last second (coincidently the fork in the road) I turned left to the wooded area. Let’s be serious: having grown up in Cape Breton, bear sightings aren’t all that uncommon (e.g: my folks have a bear that hangs out close to their house.) so I rationalized that it wasn’t an idiot move. I had my keys out so made sure to make a some noise while running. I’ve gone through all the “what to dos if you see a bear” checklist. Turned my music down low so I could hear everything around me and put one put in front of the other. All the worry was for nothing. The trail was super busy this morning with bikers, dog-walkers, runners so after about five minutes of running I put the worries to the back of my mind and enjoyed the run.
It is an absolutely gorgeous day in Calgary and this morning was perfect for a run. The temperature was around 10 degrees; ate breakfast, did my stretching and hit the trail to complete Day 21 – 3 miles. Unfortunately, today I really REALLY had no intention of doing hills, but my math was off and I essentially had to do a steep hill. It was kind of a funny situation.
I continued with “Project morning” today. There were lots of cheery people, but it seemed like there were even more “hardcore, I’m not even going to acknowledge that you’re even sharing the same air as me whilst I train” people on the trail. So when I was nearing the end of my run (albeit, running out of steam) a very athletic fellow passed me. I cheerily said “Good morning!” – to which he didn’t respond. At which point I let out a fully belly laugh that was meant to be in my head. I think I startled him because he then turned around and gave a wave. You see, at this point (almost 30 minutes in) the last 10-15 people I met on the trail ignored me completely. No eye contact. No response to “good morning”. Nothing. So his lack of acknowledgement just made me laugh.
Now here is the absolute best part of this run:
I was getting to the base of the hill and knew I only had about 500 metres to go. Lo and behold, there’s Mr. I-am-way-too-busy-being-a-stick-up-my-arse-athlete. So, naturally, I pushed as hard as I could… and I PASSED him on the HILL! YEAH BUDDY!!! To be honest, I wasn’t even offended when he looked at me in disbelief as I gave him a little wave going by. I didn’t believe it myself. He looked at me and then his watch. Complete disbelief. I felt like that woman in the movie “the Love Letter” when she’s out running and every time she wants to pass someone she yells, “LEFT, LEFT, LEFT!!”
It was a good run. And a fantastic finish. Walked 2km to cool down. It was terrific.
Here are my stats today (a personal best):
- Distance: 4.81km
- Time: 29:56
- Pace/km: 6:13
- Best Pace: 5:15
Now I’m ready to enjoy this sunshine. Have a great day folks!