Friday, June 10, 2011

Seizing the Early Morning

It was the early morning sunrise that pulled me DOWN the hill at the start of my run this morning so that I could get a better picture of Lake Superior and the Slate Islands.  The sun doesn't rise over the lake any more, as it did in the winter, but the colours can still be so beautiful.

Once down the hill a ways, I thought I might turn this into a hill repeat workout so I continued to run down to the lake.  A side trail that I haven't taken for awhile beckoned, so I ran down it until I reached these cobbles.  Running on single track early in the morning when nobody knows where you are is probably not the best plan, but asking for a twisted ankle out there is pushing it too far.

So, a quick turnaround and back out to the main road...

with a quick pause to shoot some late marsh marigolds under the rickety bridge.

After the hills on the trail, I knew this was not the morning for hill repeats.  I just was not into it, so I snaked back through the subdivision (all uphill) to finish just under my goal of 5 km.

What a beautiful start to the day.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Long Run in June

As a teacher, June was always hell.  As an administrator - well sleep is just not happening, so I am not going to beat myself up when the runs don't happen either.

Today the run happened and I will focus on that.

It was quite warm (22C) and I wanted to avoid boredom so I did a favourite route just off Nelson road, through Eldorado Beach and into Amethyst Beach on the north shore of Lake Superior, where the breezes were actually too chilly at times, but the roads are mainly gravel, there is hardly any traffic, and the scenery is, in places, outstanding.

We are looking at the Sibley peninsula in the distance, and at the end of the peninsula is the Sleeping Giant.

As I was running back to the car, I saw this classic camp sign.  Not everyone wants the whole world to know what family owns the camp!

So here are the stats.  It was actually 12 km - but I neglected to restart my watch for awhile after stopping to take a picture.  It's hard to cheat in an out and back though!