Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada Day Atop the Moose

Yesterday I decided to finally join the Trail Trash runners for a group run up Moose Mountain. For whatever reason I've never been able to make any of the trail runs till now so it was a nice change! When I awoke at 6am to find a beautiful sunny day out there, my immediate thoughts of rolling over and going back to sleep disappeared. Plus I promised Logan the night before we were going on a fun trail run where a bunch of other dogs would be too!! We met at the carpool lot in Calgary at 7:30am for the drive out to Kananaskis and met some others at Moose Mountain trailhead to find 12 people and 5 other dogs. Awesome!

A little info on Moose is the most easterly Rocky Mountain near Calgary...and it takes its name from its profile on the horizon that looks like a moose resting. It's an out and back route...15km round trip...7.5km to the top at 7995 ft where there is a fire lookout and helicopter landing pad. I'm still pretty lame when it comes to stopping and taking pictures on a run so here are some that Hugh took yesterday!

Beautiful morning!!

This is where we came from....

Here's some steeper stuff on the way up...look closely and you can see my white hat towards the top close pursuit are Alan in red and one of the dogs (Logan by the way left me in the beginning to run with the 2 fast guys in the group! He prefers boys :) He would have gotten to the top before me but I had to call him back and put him's quite dangerous up there and on leash dog signs are everywhere as you approach the fire lookout.)

Me and Logan chilling out on the Heli pad and having a snack :)

Me, Karen and Logan on our way back down with Moose in the distance.

Me and Charlie on the way back...Logan is tired and is falling behind!

Besides the great company, an added bonus to running with this group is that everyone brings some kind of awesome treat to have back at the trailhead for a little tailgate party :) Now that's my kind of run and a great incentive for me to run with these guys more often! haha :) When we got back home Logan and I enjoyed a huge nap and then got ready to head over to a friend's house for a BBQ.

Unfortunately Logan was suffering majorly bad gas for the entire evening and totally stunk out James' apartment. I tried to explain this is what happens to him (and sometimes myself haha) after (or during) a run. Honestly, it was the worst gas that has ever come from him and it was pretty much flowing in 10 min intervals...Logan totally knows how to clear a room...even James' dog Chance left a couple of times lol.

Anyways, that was my Canada was a gooder! I'm on my way to Vernon again this afternoon for the weekend for some running with Steve. Can't wait! It's going to be tougher this weekend because it'll be my first experience this year running in some much hotter temps than i'm used to...forecast says 33C.

Have a great weekend!



  1. Good to see you had a great Canada Day too. Watch out for Hugh's group though, they're a bunch of crazies!
    You'll be getting washed down the river before you know it.
    Looks like you'll be failing to taper before Powderface too, good, that makes me feel better as I have a fairly big one planned for the weekend too.
    As one of my running friends said recently "Life's too short to taper"
    Look forward to chatting at Powderface.

  2. How nice you found some great running friends. I'm so jealous where you run (said that before, nope!?)
    Merlin also has gas when we run a lot. I don't think there's anything one can do?!