Day #82 March 12 2019

Weather: Warm overcast and soft footing with light snow

Today I ran my Sunday route in order to look for my missing mitt. Didn’t find it.

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I wore my (sort of new) orange jacket, and it felt like a MUCH better run because of it. It was like I found more spring in my step, and more energy in general. Amazing how much difference a cool new jacket can make.

Unless, of course, it was the fact that today was the first day out with some new shoes.

Ok, it probably was the new shoes.

New set of Inov8 Rocklite 290


Training Tip: Favourite Trail – Tawayik Lake Loop and how I found it

Tawayik Lake is a lake in Elk Island National Park. I hadn’t ever seen it, or heard of it, but when I found out I would be going to Elk Island, I decided to check strava for segments in the area.

Happy me, in the middle of that first run around Tawayik Lake

Using the ‘Segment Explore‘ feature showed a few in that Park, and the Tawayik Lake Loop (titled ‘Elk Island NP Trail 9 Tawayik Lake’ in Strava) was pretty interesting. It was a ‘good run’ for me, distance-wise, and a few others had already completed it.

Looking at the athletic profiles of others from the leaderboard, told me what a ‘runner like me’ could expect, in terms of time.

I enjoyed a GREAT run, that I probably wouldn’t have considered without this kind of information.

McMahon Frame Lake Trail

Day #47 February 5 2019


Weather: Stunt run!

Got myself out in the sunshine today, so I guess doing it the easy way.

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Got a call on the way out the door, from a gentleman needing a key. Fortunately, he was very flexible, and met me along the way. Delivered the key over by Canadian Tire, and invited him to join me for the rest of my run. He didn’t say he didn’t appreciate the offer, but he didn’t park the care and join me, either.

I doubled back and ducked straight into the Marylyn Robertson trail, and headed over to the Legislative Assembly. I needed to check my phone around there, so stopped in since it offered a chance to warm my feet a bit.

Over to City Hall next, then ran across the lake again (the path is pretty good right now), then home again after, and quite enjoying the sunshine!

Training Tip: Strava route planning and sharing

Strava has a great tool in its’ route planner, which can be used in a number of ways.

First, you can plan routes in an unfamiliar running area, with their ‘heatmap’ feature. I find that this helps me to see which areas are most ‘in use’ for crossing major roads, rivers or other obstructions.

In addition to showing the heatmap, you may wish to have it display segments. This way you can plan a route which gives you the best chance to put your name out there.

Another handy feature, is that you can save a route, then share it with friends, who can then follow it with their mobile device.

It will print you a cue sheet, show a standard or satellite view, and add distance markers if you wish.

Lastly, it allows you to take a route from a previous run, so you can make a route out of a race course, even if the course itself was a bit ambiguous.

One of my favourite runs found this way, was a route around Tawayik Lake in Elk Island National Park. I’ve included a link to the route in the photo today. If you are in the Alberta area, come beat my 92:21 time!

Strava route planner helped me find this awesome 16km trail around Tawayik Lake, in Elk Island National Park, Alberta