How to Cross a Creek (or NOT)

Crossing a creek can be treacherous or fun, depending on how wet you want to get. It’s all what you make it.

Method #1 – Stay dry at all costs. Your time might suffer but your feet are happy.

Staying dry at all costs
Stay dry at all costs

Method #2 – With much trepidation wondering why you signed up for this in the first place

with much trepidation

Method #3 – NO GUTS, NO GLORY!

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Method #4 – WE’RE ALL IN BABY! (Or maybe he’s just trying to get to the otherside without getting wet)

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Method #5 – Find someone who feels sorry for you

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Photos from Calgary’s Winter XC Series at Confederation Park, every October.

Any other techniques out there to showcase?

Seen in my run – other crazy runners just like me

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Saturday morning with #stridesrunstreak

Getting to know the couch (aka not really training)

I am in a pretty quiet zone in my training. At least in the actual running part of the training.

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I ran my A race in mid September as my last hurrah for the season. In October I rarely ran choosing rather to bike commute to keep up the fitness. In November I ramped it up to 30 km per week plus core workouts opting to just keep it slow and let the niggles of my hamstring cool down a bit more.
The plan is more ramping up in December consisting of a 31 day running streak but very few long or hard runs.
December motivation = #Stridesrunstreak (or #RWrunstreak)

I will set my sights on January as the start of the season.
January motivation = jantastic from marathon talk

Still on the couch
Still on the couch

I started this blog last month and I’m devouring podcasts and blogs. And I’m dreaming of a destination marathon but that’s so far from reality I am not even researching it. Oh yeah, I’m also doing winter xc every 3 weekends. So I’m far from having forgotten about running I just haven’t done a lot of it.

But January should be GO TIME!

2015 Plan (as of today at least):
Feb – May = 16 weeks until Calgary Marathon
June – Aug 15 = 10 weeks to 80k Ironlegs

Even with all these plans the mantra is to be flexible with the training and expect it to change.

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Yup still on the couch

Seen on my run – crazy winter runners

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XC Winter Running Series – October 2013

Yup, some of them are even wearing shorts.

Calgary Road Runners – XC Series

Screw Shoes – It’s the Cat’s Meow!

There is a solution to running on icy sidewalks and trails. There’s what normal people do (buy something to put on the bottom of your shoes), or what I’ve done (modify my shoes).

Too cheap for Yak Trax? Assuming the winter season is too short to splurge on a pair?

Why not try screws in your shoes. Yeah. That’s right. Get an old pair of shoes and screw in some sheet metal screws in from the bottom. It’s amazing how well this works on ice. I’ve used this pair of screwed shoes for my winter cross country races for the last several years.

I did get a pair of Yak Trax for Christmas, but they were prompty stolen by my daughter for her winter races. Then we found another pair at a garage sale. But alas, I have two daughters, so the other daughter claimed them for her race. So I’m back to the trusty screw shoes.

Supplies: 20 x #8 – 3/8″ or 1/2″ sheet metal screws (10 per shoe). Take the biggest diameter you can find. Number 8 works great for me.

Tools: 1 screwdriver

Let them stick out just a bit (maybe the thickness of the head)

AND DON’T WALK ON THE HARDWOOD FLOOR!!

Screws - the poor man's yak tracks
Screws – the poor man’s yak tracks
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Yak Trax work great, but only when you can find them in with all your other running stuff (and no one else is using them)

Seen on my run – Epitaph

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Memorial to someone who loved to explore Jasper National Park. I’m envious that I don’t get to explore there more often. 

What NOT to give me for Christmas – A Runner’s List

Dr. Daily from Runner’s World has a great post about holiday gift buying for runners. Along with his good ideas, is a hilarious list of things runners would absolutely NOT want. Check it out.

“Long Run” Simulator Kit, $4

Dr. Daily says: “No time to get in your long run? No problem. Just vigorously apply these specially formulated sheets to underarms, nipples, and crotch area. Your friends will never know the difference.”

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Yoda Mat, $50

Dr. Daily says: “Better than a yoga mat, and it’ll probably see a lot more use. Regret this purchase you will not.”

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Sparklers, $38 per case (288 count)
Dr. Daily says: “Invaluable for running in the dark. That price is for a case of 288, or about enough for one 5-mile run.”

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Check out the FULL LIST Here: http://www.runnersworld.com/fun/dr-dailys-2014-holiday-gift-guide

Quote of the day

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”

~~Chinese Proverb

Even if you didn’t start your running 20 years ago, you can still start today.

And if you are a 20 year veteran, maybe you can water a nearby sapling.

All in one run? Yes, I saw it all in one run

In just over an hour, I was on a river trail, in a boutique neighbourhood, climbing stairs, sliding down treacherous icy sidewalks, and dodging happy dogs in a dog park – all within sight of downtown. Variety at its best.

Calgary Trails
Calgary Skyline
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Elbow River
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Not enough trees to hang on to. Pretty treacherous ice!
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Such a young city as Calgary does not have many of these
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Was so slippery I had to hang on to the railing
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Not many of these neighbourhoods in Calgary
Elbow River
Elbow River
10k in Elbow Park
10k in Elbow Park