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 140: Fantastic first run back with Wedgie!

Kat and Sue runner girls“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

I have to admit, I had nerves about running today. My chest is still sore from coughing, my nose is still running, I’m still tired and I was worried it was too soon. However, I went ahead and set up the run with Sue because I knew I would need the support in order to get out after a long week off.

We met at Eau Claire market, did some quick stretching and hit the trail. It was absolutely gorgeous out and the temperature was perfect – above zero!! There were loads of people out along the river and the geese were hanging out on ice blocks (loudly I might add.) We crossed the Centre Street Bridge and headed back towards Kensington.  My breathing was a bit difficult, but we powered through.The run didn’t take any time to go by and I think it may have been our fastest pace together yet! It felt great to get caught up, share stories from the week and of course, laugh! After we finished we headed over to Tim Hortons (naturally) and got something warm to drink. I must say, I am 0 for 2 (for my non-North American friends, it’s Roll Up the Rim at a coffee shop here)! This is deja vu from last year, and the year before that and so on! Oh well.

Anyway – just want to say a huge thanks to Sue (aka Wedgie) for coming out today. I know it took a little bit to haul your behind out of bed due to social festivities last night but I really appreciate your support! And I should also say (even though someone else told us not to brag about it…) that it’s pretty impressive to be nearing 30 and still have the ability to bounce back after a night of indulging in the booze. LOL… you da best!

Here are todays stats:run keeper kat calgary running

  • Distance: 7.03 km
  • Time: 45:50
  • Pace: 6:31
  • Best Pace: 4:59

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