And so we are off. Within a minute we all stop to single file get on a snowy path (haha this has happened on some trail races, no big whoop) .Within 1km, I realize the mostly clear path statement at the start of the race is NOT so accurate. But I have hope it is clearing up. Right Away. ummmm. nooooo. Within 4 km I turn around and snap a shot ...of the pathway.
Mostly I snapped it for Melissa- cause she said - hope its not too icy! Be careful out there. FACK. 4km of this makes a mind drift into WHO'S IDEA WAS THIS territory. And I wanted proof. Because I knew my Calgary pals would not believe me - since we are running on perfectly awesome clear paths.
I want to make this CLEAR. Its a winter run. There is snow. There is ice. Given our warmer temps over the past month...there is bound to be ice. BUT CRAP. This sort of blows. In that first third of the course we also run through an area where folks have dogs off leash. Not so bad (but sort of scary if you are like me and afraid of dogs). I make it through unscathed and hit a clear(er) area with some great views.
Yes...Back to this is lovely and I love winter running!I finally hit a groove - am mostly running alone with about 6 gals in front of me and 6 behind. At the 10k sign I am sooo over it. That might have been due to a snow and ice covered hill and incline section that seemed to go on for a few kilometres just prior. But I vow to plow through. I make up some awesome time in the bit before the turnaround and the 4k back downhill. And, of course have to capture the encouraging art #seenonmyrun!
A couple steps later I as smiling laughing stretching a bit and Melissa snaps this.
|Seriously! That. Feeling. After a Half.|
And of course eggs bennie was on the brunch menu. I scarfed down breakie and didn't take a photo! HA ... it was yummy! Eggs, pancakes lots of toppings,coffee, and laughing about the race. It was great.
Driving back to Calgary we chatted about the race, upcoming runs, and high5'd over the fact that something VERY significant happened. It was, indeed, a GREAT day!
And let me tell you when I got home from work at midnight I fell asleep as soon as I hit the bed!