And Michelle was quick to respond. We arranged to meet up at 9 at the Glenmore Running Room. She is training for Calgary Full so she ran10 or 11k before she had to meet me.
Perfect weather for a reservoir loop...albeit a little windy. I wore my Urban Running Girl shrug over a tank and my magic pants and was just about perfectly dressed (for me).
Today was also the Calgary Police Half and it also loops the reservoir so we had some competition on the paths (well, not really - by the time we headed out - it was just the end of the crowd) but it gave Michelle ample opportunity to capture shots of volunteers along the way.
We did the clockwise loop from Glenmore Landing at a relaxed pace. I was really happy to take it easy since my legs have been feeling really heavy this past week. Perhaps it is a recovery from Spring Trio thing...
And I was also very happy to finally see signs of spring along the way
The ice breaking up
But, while nature is realizing that Spring is landing...the humans have yet to do the same. I was sad to see that none of the seasonal washrooms are unlocked yet. :(
As we came out of the Weaselhead, there were the CPS Bagpipers...just packing up at the end of the race. We ended up having to chase them for a bit to get a photo.
Quick selfie of the two of us:
The miles passed easily with great conversation. Michelle and I are really well matched on long slow run paces.
By the time we were running along Glenmore the end was in sight and we were both looking forward to continuing the conversation over coffee.
As we passed Heritage Park, I was quick to notice that all of the flags were at half mast...a fitting tribute for the Police Half
Speaking for tributes - the Thank You banner that Michelle had made for the Calgary Running community to sign was given a place of honour at the start line today:
The longest runs of this training cycle are almost done...15k next week, 16 the following...and then taper for my big goal race - the Jugo Juice 10k at Calgary Marathon. I can't believe it's almost here!
The Garmin Geekery for today:
and, for a laugh:
I'm not sure my Garmin was on the same run as I was.
Thanks for a great run, Michelle. Looking forward to the next one.