Saturday, August 11, 2012

Loopy and Bushwhacked

JS was out of town this weekend and, though we hadn't intended to be around, I was here so I decided that the perfect way to get in 11k close to home (and blackbird-free) would be to make the 10 min drive to Chestermere Lake and do the loop...

It was a beautiful morning - perfect temperature but WINDY as heck!!!


I headed out up W. Chestermere Drive - the usual way to make a loop of the lake...
Opps - change of plans since construction closed the sidewalk...


So I stopped another runner to help me figure out another route, since I only knew the one way to get around the lake...he was most helpful in helping me navigate down a strange neighbourhood.

A community park nearly derailed me, but I figured it out...

Then I found a road to take me back to W. Chestermere and open sidewalk again...

Guess they heard I was coming..they put the slow sign out...


Before long I was at the entrance to my favourite part of the loop.  The entrance to the canal...


This is the most peaceful trail I've ever run on.  It is almost always deserted and it is just the crunching of gravel and the splashing of waves with the breeze off the water...


It ended too soon and I was back in boring residential.  At around 6k, I still wasn't feeling this run.  I was doing it, but I wasn't in it.  It was a good thing my car was a good 5k away or I might have packed it in...

On one walk break, I decided to see what waterfront houses are worth...funny thing - a house on the water is over a million dollars...one across the street is half that price...
 

Saw some photogenic robins who flew away when I tried to snap them...still a cool shot.


Then I saw this little Asian woman running...in a full snowsuit.  It was almost 20C out...

When I got back to the main drag - I still needed an extra km, but I could see that my car was maybe half a k away...so I thought I would loop the entire lake for the first time - not even sure if there was a path that extended all the way around.

After a bit of residential, I came up to another pathway...but it was short lived.

Cool sight - this house had an "awning" of solar panels.  Coolest incorporation I have ever seen.  I would totally do this:

And then the path ended at the weir to the irrigation canal.

A man was coming through the fence with his dog so I called on the kindness of strangers to see if the trail met up with the pathway on the other side.  In his Aussie accent, he said "Sure it does...just follow the rail...but you might need to bushwhack a bit to meet up over there"

That should have been my warning...

Turns out it was 1.5k of uneven, marshy ground and knee high foxtails.  Since I already had my 11k in the bag - I decided to just walk it in.  The photo above shows the flattest and clearest of the route.

So - just shy of 13k in just shy of 2 hours.  I'm ok with that.  My legs didn't like it.  I wasn't feeling it.  I took a lot of walk breaks.  I went slow.  I would love a re-do of this run so it could be better...

The Garmin Geekery:









4 comments:

  1. Tender, but not painful. Can't wait for Wednesday and my chiro appt...

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  2. great run.... thanks for all the photo's

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  3. You were really pioneering out there! Creating a new path during a run can be very demotivating for me because it forces me to stop and figure things out more. Stopping and figuring equals run kill. But at least you got it done! And got lots of great shots from your run. The slow sign and the lady in her snowsuit were awesome.

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