Ahhhhhh I love Vancouver so much, but sometimes it really pisses me off. Mentally I know that we need the rain to feed the rainforests where I love to run, but emotionally, I just hate running in the rain. I posted this picture to my instagram yesterday, with a caption about hating running in the rain, and it started quite the conversation and controversy of running in the rain. It appears that most people love it, or hate it. And I guess I’m in the wrong camp for living in Vancouver.
Anddddd the weather forecasts calls for a rainfall warning this week, so this week is probably going to suck and be really hard for the #beaststreak. Sighhhhh.
With the construction happening on the blog, as well as the 4 day Easter long weekend, I’m really behind on my postings. And obviously this should have been posted before Easter Sunday post, but apparently I’m moving backwards in time. Bear with me!
Good Friday seems to be MY day for having break through awesome runs. I have no idea why, but this is the second year in a row, that my Good Friday run has been beyond words. Coincidence? Maybe… Or maybe the running gods just really like the idea of a bunny hopping around leaving chocolates and candies…? Either way, Good Friday and running for me, go hand in hand.
Quite often, when running in my neighbourhood, I head down to a beautiful hidden gem, Deer Lake in Burnaby.
Deer Lake is a small park, it’s approximately 5 kms to run around it, and has multiple paths if you want to make it longer. Sometimes I’ll do 2 loops, but change up the paths or direction to keep it interesting.
It’s a beautiful place, and is busy with runners, walkers, dogs, movie shoots, and often engagement photos as well. I don’t normally carry my phone and take pictures along my run – it’s just not something I do.
Recently, my friend Jen and I took my dogs for a walk around Deer Lake on a perfect winter day, and these are the pics I took showing you the view that I see during my runs…
Yes, I know, sounds like no big deal, but to me, it is. I rarely run alone, and if I do, it’s a quick Runch, that’s 4-8 kms of tempo. And usually, almost always, I only run if it’s dry. I rarely run in the rain, especially when I’m NOT training for a race.
I am not in training for December. I am taking it easy, just getting the last of my 2012 in 2012 kms done.
But, I haven’t really run since last weekend’s Vegas Half Marathon (full recap will be up soon, promise), and I was craving a run. So, even after both potential running partners declined, I got up, laced my shoes, and went out the door.
When I started I said, ok, let’s get 10km done. And less than 2 kms into my run, something happened, and it almost ruined my run. I almost turned around and headed home. I almost said forget this, and went back to my nice warm comfy bed.