This was also the perfect day to take my little crafty crop for a spin to see how I'd like it. Meet my little run shrug. I saw an ad for one. Saw hoe pricey it was to have shipped. Made the decision to sacrifice a long sleeve tech shirt to my less-than-stellar sewing skills...and Voila:
If you ever see me in person wearing this - I would appreciate it if you didn't stare too closely at the stitching...if the stitching even holds. Yes - I AM that talented...
I LOVE Fish Creek Park in the fall. Always have. The smells, the colours, the crisp, fall air. Love it. I used to work in the park, years ago, and fell in love with everything about it. Now that I am a runner, I appreciate it on a whole 'nother level for the miles and miles and miles of pathways.
But I rarely make it down there to run.
With my half marathon coming up this Saturday, I figured it was high time I went down and explored an area of the park I never really get to. Plus, it would give me a chance to check out the Sikome Hill that everyone on Facebook has been bitching about.
So - I dropped off the munchkins and headed to Sikome Lake. And out I went.
I thought I would run out for 4k and then run back and do that hill. It took me a ridiculously long time to warm up and my quads were whining at me the whole way.
At about 3k, I saw a fork in the road and made my decision to turn around there.
and that was when I heard the rustling in the grasses and saw movement. Because this park is no stranger to wildlife - it could have been anything - so I definitely took it a bit slow after turning around until I was clear. Last thing I would want was for a wildcat to leap out at me (of course - its close enough to residential that it might have been a house cat!) But I never saw anything beyond moving grasses so maybe it wasn't anything and I was on crack...
So, I turned around and plodded onward - just enjoying the journey. Very slowly. But before long, I was back at Sikome and faced with the start of "the hill"
It didn't look so bad...
I filmed the way up, but it is really lame so I'm not sharing it. But my thought on this hill is that it isn't that bad. It is a gentle slope all the way up. The hardest thing is that it is long. The switchback hell hill at the end of Run at the Ranch is a HILL. This is a slight slope. Totally doable.
In the end - just over 7k done. All leisurely like.
But DAMN it felt good to do a longer weekday run.
and that crop? Was actually the perfect weight for a cool/warm fall day. Not as cumbersome and hot as a full long sleeve would be and not as restrictive as arm warmers can sometimes be. Plus - the short length provided extra ventilation. Thumbs up from me. I may invest in a couple made by people who know how to sew...
Oh - and then I went shopping. And found these. I had to have them.
I may have a small Kinvara compulsion. Or a large one. I've bought 3 pairs in September. It's a problem.