Everyone has their favorite route that they like to run/jog/walk on. The route might have hills for those good days or it might be very flat for the not-so-good days. Usually when I jog in the mornings (when it’s not cold), I go around my neighbourhood and base my route on time rather than distance. However, if I feel like going for a jog at a different time other than morning or I just want to take a nice walk, I go around Beaumaris Lake.
I like Lake Beaumaris. It has some hills, but no big ones (I think you gain 12m in elevation) and it had smooth, even trails. Yes it’s man-made, but for Edmonton it’s really nice. Plus it’s 2.0 km to the lake, ~2.5 km around the lake, and 2.0 km back home. 6.5 km is a good distance for me.
When it begins to get colder, I tend to feel like retiring activities outside until spring. However this is a bad habit to get into because September-April (when we get spring, sigh) is 7 months and too long to spend indoors. The treadmill gets boring FAST! So this year I’m going to really try and push the time I spend doing fitness outside to the max while it’s still snowless. In the winter, my goal is to try to go on one winter hike/week (or skating, etc).
‘Cept for those -25 degrees weeks. Count. Me. Out.
In Edmonton the weather can change crazy fast. For example, earlier this week it was 12 degrees hotter than it is today. On that toasty day I went to Lake Beaumaris and I was certainly not dressed cool enough. By the time I finished the loop, I desperately needed more water, and of course there was none to be found! I was with Bartek and we both had left our wallets at home so we couldn’t even buy any! So we dragged ourselves home and the water I had then never tasted soooo good!
So boys and girls, the motto of this story is: always make sure you have enough water on hot days. Especially if you go around Lake Beaumaris and leave your money at home.
What is your favorite route like? Have you ever ran out of water at a bad time?