Happy Friday guys! Thanks for those of you who gave feedback on my last post regarding social media and self-promotion. Good to hear that others use their blogs for similar things and to also hear of some neat upcoming events for some of you out there too!
It’s officially the first day of fall. The fall season in Calgary is brief but beautiful, so I always try to take advantage of the weather before it’s gone. Yesterday was a the perfect fall day: hiking at Lake O’Hare with some good friends, Nadja and Nicole (plus her baby Peter). I didn’t have any clients so I jumped at the chance to get outside for the day before the snow falls in the mountains and move with friends. Nicole picked me up bright and early and our adventure began from there!
I love waking up early before the sun and catching the sunrise; there’s something so life-giving about seeing the sun come up and being a part of the new day.
We drove together into the mountains, chatting the entire way about everything under the sun while her baby slept soundly in the back (he’s SO good!). Nadja drives the bus up to Lake O’Hare so she registered us and we hopped on with a group of eager hikers to make the drive up to the base camp to hike from there.
It was much colder than I thought it would be (ummm, glaciers! Hello, Bonnie!) so I layered up with everything I had (so did Peter). As soon as we were hiking we were fine though, even with the wind blowing and cooler air. This is the short week or two when the larch trees start to change color, so we were thrilled to walk through valleys of yellow larches with mountains rising all around us. Talk about a gorgeous afternoon! It was also Peter’s first hike (and Nicole’s since she had him 9 weeks ago!) and we all loved experiencing the day together.
I loved walking and talking with these women…Nadja just got back from Europe where she
ran rocked the TransAlpine Run (page in German; google can translate it!), an 8 day trail race in teams of two through the Alps! The race moves through three countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and covers 230 km (142 miles) and LOTS of elevation gain! She’s most certainly someone I look up to in the running community and has so much to share from her experiences and knowledge. Nadja’s so down-to-earth, humble AND a pastry chef besides a hard core runner – pretty neat.
The day was great. The views amazing, the air refreshing, the company inspiring. Thanks, guys! Nicole and I headed back to Calgary after a coffee in the day hut AND a coffee on the way home.
This morning before my first client, I decided to get up early and run, squeezing in another gorgeous sunrise and unusually warm day (+14C!). Why the great fall weather? There was a beautiful chinook (warm coastal wind; check out an explanation here!); this is what a chinook arch looks like in the sky:
I was shocked to see an incredible sunrise (not captured by my phone; excuse the blurry running phone pics!) and feel the blast of warm air. It powered me through my morning run even though my legs felt tired and my pace was slower. It was a unique first day of fall run and even though I wasn’t feeling my best, I had a great time out under the beautiful sky.
Beautiful views, fun shots to capture the moment!
It was a great 6.47 miler that fired me up for the day! I had a great chat in the car with Mikey where I dropped him off at work after grabbing a coffee (thanks, Second Cup gift card!) and then trained a client. I’m now home after a delicious green smoothie, ready to clean, continue with the social media blitzing, and will enjoy the weekend ahead!
What’s your weekend of movement look life?
Any fun highlights coming up throughout Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tune in to The Stupid Cancer Show with us live 8 pm ET on Monday (details here)!