Day 184: ‘Round Glenmore Reservoir!

photo 1This weekend is a busy one, so I decided to do my long run this morning so that I could get it out of the way. I got out the door just before 9 and hit the trail. It was really quiet and hardly a soul around.  I came up behind this man (this is mean) but he totally gave me the creeps. I can’t really explain it, but he just didn’t fit in on the trail. I got myself kind of worked up, so I ran pretty fast after passing him (5:25 min/km)

photo 2There were some bikers, a few other runners and walkers, but other than that it was a pretty peaceful and quiet run. There were kayakers and lasers on the reservoir, which was neat to see. But I will say that Body Glide let me down. I have the worst chafe marks on the inside of my leg; they hurt. I had to stop several times to adjust my shorts. But the sun was shining, the temperature was great and the new songs I added to my playlist made me pretty well forget about my legs.

Here are todays stats:

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Looking forward to a beautiful weekend!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Day 180 & Day 181: cross training and Glenmore Reservoir

Felix and Kat after a runLast night I completed a 7 mile bike ride (30 mins) and I completed 3 rounds/3 cycles of Tabatas. I am a little bit sore today, but it didn’t stop me from getting out with my son for our first Spring run together at Glenmore Reservoir!

Today was a beautiful, sunny day. It wasn’t too hot, but I didn’t want to leave my run to late in the day or evening (I really just wanted to get it over with!) We hit the reservoir late morning, after an insane morning of errands etc. The trail wasn’t too busy, but there was another mom out pushing her kid in a stroller as well (we crossed paths twice and gave one-another an empathetic smile.) We did a few hills, which were a bit tough given the fact that my son is nearing 30 lbs! But we finished strong and were happy to finish.

Here are our stats:

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Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

Day 179: Run around Glenmore – YAHOOOOOO!

glenmore reservoir calgaryOkay, today was a big day… I finally ran the entire distance around Glenmore Reservoir! Woooowhoo!!! Now, the distance is shorter than what I have done in the past but the terrain was up and down with a few real tough hills (it was also warm out.)

glenmore reservoirI was so pleased that the sun was shining, my ankle was all worked out (had been tight) and I felt like it was a day for a good run. There were a ton of people on the trail by the time I got on it. Saw lots of bikers, runners, walkers, dogs, skateboarders, roller bladers – everyone wanted to enjoy the sun. I was, however, astonished that this family was walking with their kid (who was on a scooter) with no helmet? It may not have startled me so much, but I met them as I was coming up a really long, steep hill and they were coming down. It struck me as… well… dumb… and unnecessary.

The run was a good one. There were definitely moments when I wanted to quit (namely at the base of one of the hills) but at the exact moment I wanted to throw in the towel, a guy came up behind me and said, “Hey….. you are doing great…. keep going..” And that was all I needed. I kept replaying that over and over and managed to just keep going. By the end of the run it was quite warm and I knew I had a sweet sunburn. Next time I will remember sunscreen!

Anyway, I was super proud of myself and I had a few personal bests:

  • Largest elevation climb
  • Furthest distance in a week
  • Longest duration in a week
  • Most calories burned

And here are my stats:

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Day 115: 5km run through #GlenmoreReservoir with Wedgie a.k.a. Sunday-Funday-Runday

asics best running socksToday was my first day back pounding pavement – it was tough! I knew it would be and that I’d probably have a hard time motivating myself to get out, stay out and finish, so naturally I called on my great friend and running buddy, Susan (a.k.a Wedgie). She obliged (thankfully.) I bought a pair of Asics socks last week, anticipating that I’d get to try them out for a long run. However, when I got sick they just sat in the drawer so this morning I pulled them out, put them on and laced up. They were fantastic! They’re not the typical ankle style (as you can see.) They stayed dry, breathed and didn’t let my foot move around in the shoe. The best part: NO blisters! YAHOO!

running buddies!We hit the trail at around 10:30 a.m. It was snow covered, slippery and cold out there but we had a great run and finished very strong. Our pace was good and consistent and faster that it usually is when we pair up! I’m still a little bit congested, so my breathing was the hardest thing to keep consistent, but I’m glad I held off all week and didn’t push myself because I think it would have been to my detriment. We had lots of laughs, saw many faces as people were out walking, running, skiing. Oh and I was lunged at by a dog – side note: did not have my glasses on and wasn’t sure if it was a full-grown, medium sized dog or a puppy, turned out to be a “puppy”. It was so bizarre. The guy was just waiting at the gates with his dog, watching us come along from several hundred metres back. He didn’t move and was definitely trying training him to stay. Dog failed. I nearly peed my pants. Thank you for making us part of your lesson!

Anyway, it felt so nice to get back and especially doing so with a friend. Thanks for coming out, Sue!

Here are todays stats:runkeeper

  • Distance: 5.02
  • Time: 33:40
  • Pace: 6:42
  • Best Pace: 5:50

Day 113: Yeah buddy! Hit some big running milestones today!

First, let me start by saying that I feel complete elation with the three PRs I met today:

  • Farthest distance
  • Longest duration
  • Greatest number of calories burned

OH SNAP!

When I woke up this morning I definitely wasn’t feeling like I’d have a successful run; truth-be-told, we had kind of a long week and I really just wanted to laze around in my PJs. However, with some motivation from my FB friends, I hit the pavement.

funny slip on ice runningIt is gorgeous out there today – clear, blue sky, the sun is shining and the temperature is above zero. I decided last night that there was no way I was running one of my regular routes today because I am getting bored of them (naturally), so I parked the truck in another neighbourhood and hit it. Of course, in doing this I had no idea what to expect in terms of hills, traffic, sidewalks so I did run into a few glitches. First, within the first kilometre I had to run a hill, however, it was followed by a nice 2 km slope back down again. I also didn’t account for wind today and spent most of the run running into it (which sucked). There were some really icy spots in shaded areas that didn’t look too bad until I did the old polar bear move (no – I didn’t fall, but just about.) I went through four neighbourhoods that I’ve never really seen before (that’s how geographically large this city is.) I cut through one neighbourhood and there was a kid tempting the ice with roller blades – it made me laugh out loud. I can’t even remember if she had a helmet on. I even needed one running today!

Glenmore Reservoir Calgary Winter RunningThere was a bit of traffic so I had to be pretty alert when crossing streets. One guy almost hit me because he was too busy picking his nose. Seriously. I was waiting to make eye-contact with him and he had his pointer-finger so far up there I’m sure he was massaging his brain. Anyway, the next thing I saw on my run was an old guy on a motorized scooter going against traffic on 24th street (this means nothing to most people who aren’t in the city; but it’s a four lane street.) He wasn’t smiling. He meant business. I finished my run at Glenmore Reservoir. I must admit, at the 9km mark I sent a text to a friend to say I had 3km left and I was tired. And she responded almost immediately with “You can do it!!!” So I kept going. THANK YOU! I know you think it’s all me, but I really needed the encouragement – I was beat!

The last leg was good. I pushed hard and managed to keep a really consistent pace. Of course, my time isn’t exactly where I want it to be but I know it will come in time (pun intended). Overall, I’m pleased to have gotten this distance in – I could have wept when I finished as it’s been such a long time since I’ve run that distance. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever do it again! Here I am though..

Here are todays stats:runkeeper calgary running training

  • Distance: 12.04 km
  • Time: 1:15:12
  • Pace: 6:15
  • Best Pace: 5:05

Day 84: Who knew #running with a #wedgie could be so marvellous?

“Don’t run in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t run behind me; I may not lead. Just run beside me and be my friend.”

(a modified quote from Albert Camus)

This morning was a four mile trail run with my Wedgie (thank you for getting out today)! I don’t think there’s anything better than having a great running buddy – I always look forward to runs I otherwise wouldn’t be and always enjoy our talks. Funny enough, I never thought I’d ever be able to run again let alone run and talk, but I do manage to find a way to talk in almost every situation so it shouldn’t really be a surprise!

It was a gorgeous morning here in Calgary and we hit the trail around 10:30 a.m. The temperature was crisp, but not so much that it made it hard to run. For anyone who has run the Glenmore Reservoir, you know that it’s delightfully paved during the summer/spring/fall months, so the first kilometre of the trail was fairly bare with a few icy spots. However, apparently since we’ve been blessed with lots of snow and low temperatures early this year we spent the better part of our run today on snow.

As you know, getting around in snow has its many challenges and so imagine what we looked like running through it. Slipping and sliding all over the place and avoiding animal turds everywhere (that’s a plus with the white snow, you can’t miss a huge brown turd). Wedgie even commented that it was comparable to running in sand (I said specifically it reminded me of one hateful run on Dominion Beach in Cape Breton). But we powered through it and kept a pretty good pace given the conditions. At about the 3.5km mark, we had a big hill to climb. There was a nagging voice in the back of my head saying, “Quit. You do not want to do this hill.” But I just wasn’t ready to give in and the two of us hit the hill and were treated to an incredible view from the top (or as incredible as you can get inner-city).

We turned around at the 4km point and finished the last 2 km so we would avoid the super steep hill on the way back. It was a well-devised plan.

A great running date with Wedgie! Thanks for coming!

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 6:05
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:38
  • Best Pace: 6:00

Day 27: a fantastic Saturday 3.5 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir

This morning I was up at 7:00 a.m., got some work done and then hit the trail early – it was terrific! I was solo running today; it was very quiet! I started out with my hoodie on because it was a little chilly, however, not even ten minutes in and I had to shed it. There were lots of people out including runners, bikers, dog walkers, roller bladers and little chipmunks. I ran South on the trail, so that took me out the steep hill and through the wooded area; I miscalculated and had to run the hill on the way back as well as about 500 metres! I was never great at math. The picture is shortly after the hill and almost at the end of my cool-down walk – needless to say I was thrilled to have my run behind me today!

It was pretty peaceful run, but I must confess that I saw something that really pissed me off. Let me elaborate: I pulled into the trail behind someone at the City building location. He was obviously working really hard to finish his run. And for all we know, he could’ve been on his final kilometre of the 17km trail (to be perfectly honest, I thought he was going at a pretty good clip). I was about 100 metres behind him when he met oncoming runners. They craned their heads around as soon as he passed and started chuckling to one-another; it was blatantly obvious that they weren’t impressed with his efforts. I’m telling you, it took every ounce of my being to be polite and say “Good morning” rather than just call them assholes.

Yeah. We get it. You’re “elite” but your manners suck.

I’ve been yelled at, laughed at and heckled, so I have very little patience for people who pull that kind of bullshit. It takes a lot of courage to get out and run, especially knowing you’ll likely meet athletic snobs who have superiority complexes.

At any rate, the guy pulled off the track shortly after and I kept on my merry way. I enjoyed the run. Met loads of people and continued “Project Morning.” I think everyone was in pretty great cheer because most people said hello and waved. It was nice! Felt like I was in Cape Breton again 🙂

My right ankle is still quite tight and somewhat sore. I’ve been stretching it quite a bit so I’ll just keep an eye on it.

Here are todays stats: 

  • Distance: 5.61km (3.5 mile)
  • Time: 35:39
  • Pace/km: 6:21
  • Best Pace: 5:35

Happy Trails to everyone out there!