aren't these cool?!!
once i got past the gore, i just had to stop and grab a shot of the haunted forest creek.
black long point
after sitting most of the day, i really needed to stretch out my legs. so we threw on a couple of layers, and took off for the squid jigger trail. only 6km long, but absolutely beautiful. lots of sweet technical sections, and almost always a view of the ocean - with the accompanying sound effects of course!
and so after a great run, and some fresh salmon and homemade soup for dinner, i crashed for 11 hours. guess the sea air was good for sleeping!!
the next morning was kind of rainy so we decided to do a little tour of the island. trekked down a dirt/grass road and checked out a neighbours place that was being restored. LOTS of wild blueberries everywhere!! did another run/hike on the squid jigger in the afternoon, and hit a house party later in the evening. no, i didn't get screeched or kiss a cod!
here's dave and tone
here's tone picking blueberries!
thursday was a beauty day, so we packed some food and headed out for a hike. we parked at the united church cemetary and started out along the coast from hawkins cove. it was soooo beautiful. one of the things on my list was to go skinny dipping in the atlantic. which we did! it wasn't actually that bad - refreshing as dave put it (we made him go in first). we explored along black long point, bishops cove and ended up at deep cove. after losing tone, and then doing some minor cliff climbing, we eventually made it back out to the highway 5 hours later. what a perfect way to spend time with my 2 bestest buddies!
our skinny dippin beach
i set myself up a schedule and pretty much stuck to it. i recall many crabby runs in the winter, slogging through way too many inches of snow, as in taking over 6 hours to run 26 miles, and almost killing myself trying to run on glare ice, as in taking almost 7 hours to run 30 miles (until i got my 'blue screw shoes' - thankyou richard!). did some great cross training on the snowshoes to break up the monotony of deep snow running!
on the way down, we came across 2 guys hiking up to the glacier to go skiing! so cool! we also saw a moose strolling through the trees just across the creek from where we were hiking. what a beautiful place. thanks trish!
spring finally came, and i managed to do a couple of 50 mile races in the OUS as training runs - seaton trail and sulphur springs. and i was handling the weekend back-to-backs with no problem. my last long training runs were june 13 & 14, consisting of 30 miles on saturday and 20 on sunday. now it was time to taper - did i mention that i hate tapering?! and i think it was around the end of june that i started panicking. i noticed in my running log on june 28, that i had entered the following: 'going crazy!!' hahaha!
and so, on july 1st, me and onions made our way to the airport, and headed out to calgary. the plan was to meet up with my new buddy wayne, someone i hadn't actually met, but had been connected with through another runner i had met in colorado last sumer. he offered to let both of us stay at his house in okotoks, and he assured me that although he may bite, he had had all of his shots. he also found us a support crew for the race - a buddy and former running partner named gary. and this is how he described him: gary likes smelly girls. gary knows that all ultra runners lose their marbles at some point in the race, so please babble at will. perfect!!
on the thursday, waynes' awesome wife trish took me and onions hiking up to little elbow lake. we sat on the side of the mountain and had a picnic lunch.