Day 63: Just not brave enough to run in Invermere, so I hit the treadmill!

Alright, so despite growing up rurally I blame the city for my scaredy-kat nature I’ve become familiar with. I had every intention of running outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of Invermere for the weekend. But as soon as I saw warnings about cougars and bears I lost my nerve – Duh. And there’s been a bear hanging around in the neighbourhood for the last little while so there was no freaking way I was chancing it. I’m not even sure what the statistic of attacks are, but I was definitely certain that I didn’t want to become them. And with that, I settled for running in the gym; I know, boring.

There’s not too much to detail other than it was pretty terrific to be in a private gym by myself. I didn’t have anyone waiting to hop on the treadmill after me; tapping their feet and giving me the side-eye because they thought I’ve gone over my time. I had total control over the television and could enjoy the run without worrying about who was watching me. I did however, wear a long sleeve shirt and pants while running (big mistake) so I will be wearing shorts and t-shirt tomorrow. I definitely don’t want to make the treadmill a habit, but I’ll probably try to do my six mile run in there tomorrow because I’m a wuss and don’t want to meet a bear! Has anyone out there encountered wildlife during a run? The worst for me was moose while running the Cabot Trail, but I was completely oblivious (thank goodness) otherwise I would have jumped in a car. Like I said, scaredy-kat!

 

 

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 4.01 miles
  • Time: 40:41
  • Pace: 6.0
  • Best Pace: speed of 7.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, we are just going to enjoy the rest of the day and the awesome view… can you believe this?! Mt Nelson to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. Incredible! We love spending time here, a nice break from Calgary!

Day 21: 3 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir. Hill finish. Great time!

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!

Day 18: 3 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with stroller – YEAH BUDDY!

Today was a perfect morning for training. The temperature was around 12 degrees, the sun was shining and Felix and I had an awesome run through Glenmore Reservoir. We went the hilly way and survived (surprisingly.) I didn’t wake up thinking I wanted to do hills today (or any hill), but when we hit the trail I just felt like I could handle it (even with the stroller.)  I do believe that it was all due to my amazing mathematical skills. I worked out how far I needed to go so that when we turned around I would only have to do one really steep hill and get to finish at the top. It worked out perfectly.

That hill was a real bitch though (excuse the language.) I didn’t even want to look up because I was scared I’d lose steam so I just looked at the ground, pushed with one arm and prayed to God that if I passed out they’d find me before the bear did. Oh yes. There’s been a bear out on the reservoir. I truly hope I never see him (I do have bear spray, though I have no idea how to use it.) We made it to the top and I really wanted to do the Rocky move but thought the old fella I met up there would think I was a total nutcase, so I did it in my head. Todays run wasn’t fast but I really enjoyed it.

I continued “Project Morning” and said “Good morning” to everyone we met (some we met twice); I have to say, 99% of the folks we met today

were smiling and cheery. I talked to a few people along the way. One older man asked me if I planned to do the whole trail; I asked him if he was crazy. But did say “maybe some day!” There were lots of dogs and bikers; Felix loves seeing both. We snapped this picture of the pond as we were nearing the turnaround point. Yes, for my Nova Scotia friends, this is exciting for us here in Alberta. Water. It actually looked really nice; despite a little voice in my head telling to keep checking to make sure there are no moose, cougars or bears around it. I don’t even know what I would do if I saw any of the three. Surprisingly, I am most scared of moose.

I have to say that the runs and recovery are getting easier, but I do know that in the coming weeks my mileage will go up quite a bit. I’m also dreading the hilly runs that are also coming up in training e.g.: 5 x 200 yards uphill. Ouch.

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 4.81 km
  • Time: 32:07
  • Pace/km: 6:41
  • Best pace: 6:05

Anyway, as you can see the time wasn’t the best, but I’m not a bit sore and had a great run – it’s all about the journey, right? Here’s a picture of me and Felix after we finished. YAHOO! Big Smiles all around.:)