Ahh, spring. That time when the weather shifts, the birds chirp a little louder, the grass looks greener and the sun shines warmer…unless you live in Calgary. And to be honest, I’m not even complaining – just telling it like it is. Second winter arrived this weekend.
Keep in mind this shot was taken in the morning AFTER we cleaned the snow off and drove for a while to get it warm. It may not look like a lot, but it snowed for most of the weekend here and many highways were on red alert or even closed down. But that’s what you get when you live in the foothills of the Rockies – unpredictable, crazy weather – even if it’s supposed to be spring. 😉
On that note, I was VERY happy to have gotten up early on Saturday morning to get my first long run of marathon training in: 13 miles of solo fun!
Up at 6, eating around 6:15 am (toast with almond butter, cinnamon and half a banana + a small cup of coffee) and then putzed around, putting off the departure until officially around 7:10 am. Then, it was run time.
I was surprised by how pleasant it was outside – the absolute perfect temperature for running – and was excited to feel fairly good, even after not the best night of eating (a typical, “It’s Friday!” meal that I try not to make a regular just because it’s the weekend…). I ran all along the Bow River, up above it in the hills, back across it and down the Memorial Stairs and turned back, arriving home in just over 2 hours on a foggy, misty morning.
What a great feeling of accomplishment! I came home and Mikey was still in bed – made me feel like a rockstar for committing to that run and doing it before he was awake and kickin’!
It’s been a great first week of Banff Marathon training! June 23rd will be here before I know and I am getting stoked to keep training and make this marathon dream a reality! Below is the plan I’m following (source below) from Hal Higdon that I found online.
I simply took a “Novice 2” for a first-time-marathoner and counted back the number of weeks until the marathon, which put me at about 10 weeks out. I started with week 9 as my week 1 and look forward to more 4, 8 and 17 mile runs in the coming week!
On that running note, GOOD LUCK & RUN HARD to all those racing at Boston today! What an accomplishment to get there and run and I hope it’s an amazing experience for you all!
Shortly thereafter, a former client/friend of mine came over to work on my dreads. I was one happy camper when she was done and enjoyed her company and great work on my locks!
That’s when the snow started coming down. We made it to church that night just fine (loving our new series called “Crazy Love” so much!), went out to eat with friends for Mexican afterward (great company during a blizzard!) and then snuggled in for the night, unsure if our planned ski day would go on as planned Sunday. It’s one thing to drive yourself, but a group of 20 cancer survivors and supporters in a bus? We were hoping, but not sure if the day would go on.
…and it did! Thanks to a bus driver who was willing to drive through a few rough patches of road, we made it out to Lake Louise and skied the day away! Wait a second – a full-on ski day in mid-April?!
That’s right. 😉
Special thanks to Peter Anderson, a cancer survivor and Lake Louise ski patroller and the amazing ski guides (Paul, Misasui, Jim and Tom) who stuck with us, guided us down the mountain and gave us incredible tips.
Another huge shout-out to Wellspring Calgary and Anna who organized the event this year and partnered with Southland Transportation and Lake Louise for an incredible (free) day – what a blessing! We didn’t even know it was “Go! Get Outdoors Weekend” when we bumped into MLA and Minister of Wellness Dave Rodney, but that capped the day off when we grabbed a group shot with him and the owner of Lake Louise, Charlie Locke.
(You can read more about the government’s initiative at the link above; what a neat idea!)
It was an amazing day!
And that was about the weekend – running, indulgent food and skiing with an amazing group of people. Can’t ask for much more than that! 😀
Anyone else get outdoors this weekend, rain, snow or shine? I love that our government is getting behind the idea of getting people OUTSIDE! Like Dave Rodney said, there are people who aren’t cancer survivors sitting on their couch and watching TV while we were out skiing. You don’t have to be good at anything, it doesn’t have to be for a long time and you can go out solo or with people – just make some time this coming week to get yourself outside – I will too!
Have a great start to your week, friends! Live well & be well,