Summer Adventure Run #5

The location for our first Adventure Run of July came at the suggestion of AD. A neighbourhood that was familiar enough on a map, surrounded by roads and paths I'd passed by now and then, but never stopped for more than a glance.

Our trail began on the edge of a cliff overlooking downtown from the east, looped into the river valley, across the bridge, along a busy north bank, back across the river on the Dawson Bridge, and then through a winding forest trail with some steep climbs and a scramble back to the cars.

I'm still cleaning the mud off my ankles.


Summer Adventure Run #4

(now with 100% more snakes!)

The quest to run in less-frequented sport around the city continues, and so we met in the parking lot of the zoo which conveniently borders a local park and connects with a core corridor of trails and paths along the river. Our eight klick adventure took us through the dog park and across a bridge where we did a full lap around one of the city's crown jewel locations, Hawrelak Park, the long way and back approximately the same way we came in.

Oh, and there were snakes.

Summer Adventure Run #3

It also happened to be LH’s birthday, so I may have added that to the vague, general invite I left in the group chat. As a result, a dozen people, even a couple rarely seen souls, showed up to run a casual six-plus klicks through a south-end ravine and neighbourhood, and we took it pretty easy.

Cupcakes may have made an appearance, and we sang happy birthday in a grocery store parking lot.


Out with the Speed Guys

On Sunday, LC says to me as we’re hanging out in the parking lot after our twelve klicks (he did thirty!) and sipping our well-earned social-distancing coffees that he is meeting up with LS on Tuesday... if I was interested.

This morning I was tired. Lead-in-the-legs, aching-all-over tired. Part of me was looking for an excuse to skip a day, an excuse that never came, but at the end of it all I had planned my day around this six-thirty meetup with the guys.

I show up and ... it’s the fast guys.