Well, here goes nothing.
Assuming everything went as planned, I woke up at some ungodly hour to drive up to the top of a ski hill in order to start my Ultra Ragnar journey.
As a house keeping note: if you’d like to follow along (since there isn’t a live track system) here’s how you can do it.
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Since it’s unlikely I’ll be able to form a coherent sentence for a few days, here’s Anna to fill you in on running on the East coast. I’ve only been on the other side of the country once and it wasn’t for a run – but I’m sure I’ll need to add it to my list eventually 🙂
Hey, I’m Anna and I blog over at Pipers Run about running, working out, being a mom to two little girls and sometimes making vegan food for my husband. Ange has let me be a guest blogger today and I thought that since I live in Nova Scotia, I would write about running on the East Coast of Canada: Atlantic Canada.
Running on the East Coast of Canada is just as beautiful as it is in Alberta where Ange does most of her running. However, we can easily run near the ocean for training and during races which makes for beautiful scenery and can motivate you through tough runs. We tend to live through the seasons here but nothing gets in our way of running.
We run in the heat of the summer when the only real good time to run is in the early hours of the morning before most people have had their coffee. Or late at night when it’s starting to cool off and you want to take advantage of the late sunset and cooler temperature.
Running in Prince Edward Island June 29th 2014 and I made the mistake of running mid-day in +30 C because I wanted to hit my monthly goal of over 100 kilometers.
We run in the cool temps of the fall season when temperatures are more manageable and somehow make you run faster! You can run any time of day and it’s enjoyable. Fall running requires an extra layer occasionally but not too many as you will warm up fast once you get running.
Last Fall 5k Race was cold enough for long sleeves but warm enough we didn’t have to worry about the weather.
We run in the freezing cold in the winter which requires some tactful skills of dodging puddles, ice buildup on the ground and your eye lashes and I wouldn’t want to forget about the gusts of wind freezing your face in place. Usually, running in the winter requires multiple layers to stay warm and a form of tracks on the bottle of your running sneakers to keep you from sliding around or getting injured. Having said all that, the winter is a beautiful time of year to be outside and run.
Running on the roads in the Annapolis Valley, Winter 2014 I managed to run on the road and not the side-walk for the majority of my run.
We run in the spring when everything is starting to bloom and you are able to shed your winter layers and work on shedding those few extra winter pounds you may have gained 😉 It’s more a more social time of year to run as people are outside in their garden’s, walking, cycling and running too. You nod your head, say hello and smile as you go past them with a sense of pride.
Post 2k Kids Run with my oldest daughter, there is nothing like sharing the love of your sport or an activity with your children. Happy Mama!
One of the things I am learning about running in Atlantic Canada is the great community that pop up in various places. Whether it’s a community based running group or an online running group – support for running is available. Running Atlantic Canada or @RunATCan #RunATCan is an online group that tweets once a week on Sunday nights. I’ve learned more from that group and met some amazing runners over the past few months.
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