Running along our local river is as good as it gets when I need a run that starts at my house.
I can choose the busy paved pathway, the quiet paved pathway on the other side, or the single track through the trees (but only on one side of the river). There’s bridges every couple kilometres so whatever distance I am running that day doesn’t mean I have to come back on the same side.
There is a 10 km or 15km loop going upstream and 6km or 14km downstream if you start at my house. Starting at the ice cream shop is a great place to meetup for those that have to drive to the trail head. You can always treat yourself after the run. It’s a very popular starting point for some reason, hmmm.
There are vitually no lights in the linear park except when the pathway is near the road, so I need to wear my headlamp for most winter evening runs.
Last year as I was training for my mountain ultra race, I frequented the trails to get in a little elevation and trail experience on each of my runs.
When I am looking for speed work I stick to the paved trails. There’s even markings on the pavement at 800m intervals if I am feeling so inclined to see what I am made of.
Winter running is usually on the paved pathways since the trails are too treacherous with ice.
We could use some water fountains in this Park. There’s some at the ice cream store but a few more wouldn’t hurt. And any time before May and after September the fountains are shut off because they’re frozen. I guess that’s life around here.
Spring is just around the corner so the number of bikes and families on the trail is increasing everyday, especially when the sun is out and especially on weekends. Pretty soon I will have to head for the quieter trails until the weather cools off again in the Fall. But either way, the runs are immediately adjacent to the river.
Places to run: Edworthy Park in Calgary
Seen on my run: Bow River at sunset