Day 164: 5km trail run by Fish Creek Park

winter its time for you to leaveWhat heck, Calgary?!

Sunny and +18 yesterday, snow today – make up your dang mind! I was hopeful that the temperature would be warmer today but I was mistaken. After four years here in Alberta I should be used to this, but I’m not.

“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger

It took all my willpower to run 5km today. It’s funny how some days are just like that. I could have pushed through and done a miserable 10km, but I felt like it wasn’t in my best interest. I started out with 1km hill, literally. I parked at the bottom and just started running with no route in mind just that I needed to get out before the day got on too far. I decided I’d try to run on the grass as I’ve been getting shin splints lately and was hoping this would help – it didn’t seem to make it worse! There was a fellow with an enormous black dog (off-leash) who smirked at me as I ran by nervously. I don’t get people like that? Even if your dog is the “nicest” dog in the world, don’t you think you should still at least call to them when strangers are in the picture? I thought it was really weird, especially as I seem to be a dog magnet! Seriously. I’ve had more dogs hump my leg whilst running than Samantha Jones has had in her bed. And that’s a lot!

Further, I’m still not quite over this cold business and my nose was running faster than me. But I have to say that I really enjoyed running on the grass, it was a nice change from the sidewalks and pavement (not to mention, the treadmill!) My pace wasn’t super fast, but I’m okay with that. I pushed hard yesterday at the gym, so my legs are still a little tight. I will be running an 8km tomorrow with my running pal and I’m looking forward to that!

Here are tonights stats:runkeeper kat macaulay

  • Distance: 5.06km
  • Time: 31:23
  • Pace: 6:12
  • Best pace: 4:48

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 4: 3 mile run along Glenmore Reservoir with the stroller

We successfully completed our 3 mile run today along the Glenmore Reservoir. It was only my second time running there and it was terrific! We left at around 9:30 a.m. MST and finished shortly after 10:00 a.m. Confession time: I had no idea what the distance was but based it on my watch and previous times. If anyone happens to know distances along the reservoir, let me know. I did see markers, but had no context to measure as they were intermittent.

Other than not having an accurate distance, we did have a fantastic time. If you’ve never been to the reservoir, you should give it a try. There are several points of access, so depending on where you are you can pop onto the trail at various places. It’s a busy, busy 17km trail! Most people we greeted were friendly and bikers were completely respectful of space, warning when they were coming up from behind. It was really neat to see the kids at the Glenmore Sailing Club begin their daily lessons (something F hadn’t seen before.) We could also hear the train at Heritage Park which was pretty cool and caught our attention several times (F likes whistles.) There were police on bikes patrolling the trail, which gave me a great sense of comfort because weirdos come out during daylight as well. Some good news: my blisters are on the mend! Had a great comment from another blogger recommending Body Glide to help with running injuries so I’ll be trying it out next time.

Now let’s not kid ourselves, the Glenmore Reservoir is certainly not the Bras d’Or Lakes, but it beat running around storm water pools that people in Alberta mistake for mini-lakes e.g.: Aspen Landing; people run around the storm water.)

It’s a beautiful day out there so we’re heading to the park. I’ll be enjoying a rest day tomorrow but I’m sure I’ll find more to blog about!

P.S: after the run, F felt left-out so decided he’d push the stroller back to the truck…