Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your day has been full of fun pre-weekend happenings. If you’ve been watching the news or are anywhere near Calgary, you’ll know that today was the opening day of the Stampede and the Royals Will & Kate started it off the with push of the button:
The Calgary Stampede is a must-experience event if you’re near this Canadian city in the month of July that showcases the culture of “Cow-Town:” cowboys, chuck wagon races, free Stampede breakfasts (pancakes, eggs, and bacon) around the city daily and the chance to scream, “Yahhhooooo!” There’s greasy food galore and your typical fair rides and games as well as a rodeo and incredible grandstand show (which this year is apparently full of ariel acrobatics!). At any rate, it’s pretty cool that Prince William and his bride kicked off the party, complete with the characteristic white hats, to finish off their 9 day Canadian tour!
While I was watching the parade on TV, I also saw the last launch of the Atlantis Space Shuttle. I felt like today was a historical day and I caught glimpses of it as I stretched after a glorious, unplanned long run.
The morning at home started off bright and early as my in-laws took my youngest sister-in-law and her now-husband to the airport for the last (and most fun!) leg of their honeymoon at 5 am and my older sister-in-law and her husband hit the road to line up for the Stampede parade. Mikey and I slept in a little longer, opting to watch the fun on TV, and I hit the road for a morning run. I was a bit confused on our plans for the morning and I also dawdled longer than expected before I laced up my shoes, so I had less time to run. What does that mean? It means a fast run to make the most of my workout time! I set out with 50 minutes to use up and decided on an out-and-back run. Turning around at 24 minutes to play it safe, I came upon another skirted runner who was clipping along quickly until she stopped to pick up after her dog. As I ran by, I knew I wouldn’t be able to not ”compete” with her, even if she didn’t know she was in a race. Eventually she took a different turn and I heard her slip away (I’d never look behind me to see, naturally), but knowing she was there forced me to push harder and I used it to move fast! I returned home completing about 5.76 miles in 46 minutes exactly and ran inside, thinking I had to be somewhere with Mikey. I didn’t, so after a chunk of banana and a glass of water, I headed back out the door for run #2.
This time I took it easy, not concerned with pace or pushing myself but only to log some more miles, so I decided to head out for 25 minutes and turn around wherever I was. It was so much fun running along at a lilt and simply enjoying the greenery of Fish Creek Park (that’s what a late spring will do!). Picture this, but full of lush leaves and rushing creeks:
50.51 minutes and 5.56 miles later, I made it back home where I was happy to stretch it out, eat a large breakfast, and enjoy my unplanned 11.32 mile split run! Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned, and after a terrific but VERY planned last week of wedding festivities, it was nice to take things at my own pace (literally) and go with the flow.
(Some weekend wedding shots that didn’t make it in the last post!)
The rest of the day was spent working on cleaning out my in-laws’ basement and organizing our gear/life to move back in. Our plans have changed so much and we are learning to continually submit to God’s plans and are actually looking forward to this change. It will be nice to be in one place with our life not in a storage unit. It looks so good in the basement – things are clean, have their place, and best of all, I can workout in a cleared area in the morning! But in all honesty, we are grateful for Mikey’s parents generosity and hospitality as we find ourselves in yet another unplanned phase of life. But isn’t that what life is? Unplanned and unforeseeable? I’m just glad we serve a God who works on our behalf for his glory and that he knows the outcomes and future even if I don’t.
After some Starbucks stops (thanks for the gift card, Cath & Dave!), we’re now set up for our evening at home after this busy and full day around home!
Black Iced Coffee to keep the energy flowing for all our packing/organizing/life figuring-out!
Some Malbec (our favorite red wine!) in Alexander Keith mugs and a pose while watching a great movie called “North Face” about the first ascent of the Eiger.
Now that movie, coupled with a
glass mug of wine, sure makes for a stellar Friday night if you’re asking me! (where’s a wine emoticon when ya need one?!).
Got any fun weekend plans? We’re moving couches and chairs tomorrow with some friends, heading to an evening service at our church, and then going climbing all day Sunday with friends! Should be a great end to an already busy but solid weekend.
Any fun workouts planned? Tomorrow I’ll likely be Bodyrockin’ it up and then of course climbing the next day – a little running break if I can handle that.
Have a great weekend ahead: work (out!) hard, play hard and enjoy the people around you to the fullest. Live well and be well friends,
PS: Here are a few more climbing shots to give you an idea of the type of rock we’ll be on plus what outdoor rock climbing (leading and top roping) look like!