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!

Day 22: 3.5 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with a double wedgie

YAHOO! We did it – 3.5 mile run early this morning and it was terrific! We added a new lady to the group runs (hence the double wedgie);  we had a great pace and we did a hill about 3/4 of the way through the run. It was a nice morning, very busy on the trail and of course, I continued with my “Project Morning.” To be honest, most people were fairly cheery (I think a lot of them were from the Glenmore Landing Running Room.) At any rate, it was nice to see some pleasant faces 🙂

There were no bear sightings today, but we did see some horse shit (Andrea joked it was bear poop… not funny!)

Our run was great and we were very steady the whole time.

Major, major kudos to Andrea who up until this point was putting in about 30 minutes of running, and today she smashed that time – way to go pal! Of course, to Sue, I don’t know how you possibly did the run today after drinking a whole bottle of Dom last night. Youse is crazy! And last but not least, our pal Amy ran a 10k this morning all the way across the country in Cape Breton. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for a great run, gals! Looking forward to next week already!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are todays stats: 

  • Distance: 5.6km
  • Time: 38:17
  • Pace/km: 6:50
  • Best Pace: 5:18

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.:)