Day 125: “YOU GO GIRL!!” 10 miles. 4 personal bests. YEAH BUDDDDDDDDDY!

peace bridge calgaryAlways a creature of habit, last night I decided I was going to carb up on my pierogi pizza  and beer. Yep. Exactly what I did last weekend before a terrific long run. Figured it wouldn’t hurt. And it didn’t.

I got up this morning and had a really sore neck. I was tired (was up several times through the night) and wasn’t generally feeling a great run today. To top things off, my porridge burned and the only coffee left for the Keurig was fricking hazlenut, not my usual Columbian. All these things were annoying me and I thought for sure it was going to be a really crappy run. But it wasn’t.

It was grey out, but the temperature was about 12 degrees warmer than last Sunday and I hit the same trail (Memorial along the river) with a goal of 10 miles! There were so many people out today. I was lapped a few times by various people but I kept my head down and kept going. Around the 5km mark I had to stop and adjust my fuel belt (which is AWESOME by the way) and then again at 9 km. I took water at several points because I was feeling parched (maybe the beer from last night?) Overall, I had a really great run and was extremely pleased to maintain a really strong pace. It gives me confidence and comfort to know that in a few months when it’s a little warmer I may be able to get it back down below 6 minutes/km.

A few things I noticed on my run today: 

  1. People running with dogs. I get it. It’s nice to kill two birds with one stone. However, there are a few things to consider.  The trail I was on today is generally packed with people who are running long distances. I passed by a few different people running with dogs and forty minutes later, we passed each other again on the turnaround. Generally I don’t take much notice of dogs (unless they’re intimidating) but several of the the dogs I saw running today were tongue out and dragging behind. They did not look happy. In fact, I swear one dog was looking at me like, “Please come back and pick me up in your truck. Please.” Honestly, I get that dogs need exercise and they probably enjoy the first thirty minutes, but if the dog isn’t conditioned for a long run, why the heck would you do that to them? 
  2. The Peace Bridge is fricking amazing.
  3. Having the wind at your back is far more awesome than in your face.
  4. Sunday activity enthusiasts are the best – always friendly, always supportive.

Finally, I was being heckled on the Peace Bridge – like the guy ahead of me – I knew it was coming. I tried to tape it because I thought it would be funny, but I failed so it’s just a quick video of me running across (and I can’t upload for some reason) But the best part was when I came out of the bridge and there was a little, old Indian woman on the other side waving her cane in the air saying “YOU GO GIRL!!!!” and giving me a thumbs up. I had just under 2 km to finish and that was exactly what I needed to keep going. I yelled back “THANK YOU!” and kept going. I ended the run with the sun shining. It was amazing.

And that’s how my run went today. But I just quickly want to draw your attention to what’s going on in Australia. I had no idea, but one of my WP running pals is in the middle of it. We are thinking of you all and hoping that this will pass quickly and with as minimal damage as possible.

So in light of the awful weather they’re experiencing, I promise that for the rest of this winter  you will not hear me complain about the weather. And if you do, I expect you to raz me about it.

Anyway – here are todays stats:run keeper 16km run in calgary

  • Distance: 16.01km
  • Time: 1:41:50
  • Pace: 6:22
  • Best Pace: 5:06

PERSONAL BESTS:

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Most calories burned
  • Biggest elevation climb