I forgot I recorded some of these… Makes for a nice reminder of our time in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Tofino 😉
I miss Canada.
Well the title says it all. It has taken a while to get back into the swing of things and I felt up to a run this morning.
I started my tapering early for the Royal Parks Half Marathon (next weekend!) and continue with this as there is no point in pushing myself too much.
It feels good to be running on my old stomping ground again but to be honest I would even swap the country lanes of England to run around Stanley park at dawn every day
I was starting to worry about whether I am up to the task of running the Half Marathon next weekend but I know that I managed 7K in Canada without worrying about it and much the same today. I only did 5K but to be honest with the jet lag I think this is sensible as my headache was a bit painful when I finished running.
I reminded myself it’s all about my mental state, I am sure my body is more than up to the task with all the training I have put in over the summer. I also remind myself how happy I was to complete 10 miles and that today’s 5K was a challenge for me a little over a year ago so I have nothing to worry about.
It has come to my attention though that the UK is much cooler than when we left a couple of weeks ago and I can start to feel the cold air filling my lungs on the run. I have to get used to the before the race as it starts at 9 am so it won’t be a particularly warm start to the day.
I am pleased with todays run and feel ok considering. I was worried as my knees were really sore on the plane as I could not get comfy – and it’s a fairly long flight.
I wanted to run more in Canada but the circumstances didn’t allow for it. It took Richard and I a while to get used to the time difference and it was the final full day in Vancouver when I felt alert enough to get out and hit the streets.
I chose not to run in Tofino as it’s very rural, lots of winding roads, lots of lake and precarious sea-side paths, not to mention the presence of Cougars, Wolves and Bears to watch out for.
Richard and I walked for miles whilst we were away and although we didn’t cycle in the end (I wanted to enjoy the views and not worry about focussing too hard on cycling) we did get around. On one day we walked to Davie Street, back to Canada Place and along the harbour before reaching Stanley Park to walk the entire perimeter along the Pacific Coast (9k) – in total I worked out we walked about 21k that day. With all the other stops, look outs, hills and trails we completed I am sure I covered more than enough to make up for not running!
I have a few more days off before returning to work so I will put in at least another run before the Half Marathon next weekend. My fundraising is going very well but there is still time to sponsor me if you have not done so already. The British Heart Foundation do such excellent work, anything you can donate will be gratefully appreciated by me and by them. Thank you.
I am however more knowledgeable about the following:
- Canada is a BIG place
- Vancouver Island and the lakes are just as big
- Canadians are friendly (some very cute) and courteous…
- Although they say fuck a lot!
- No matter how far you go you will always encounter someone from home (the barman at the lodge was from Brighton!)
- It takes several hours to walk the perimeter of Stanley Park – but it’s worth it
- Running Stanley Park at sunrise is breath-taking
- Vancouver is expensive
- Vancouver is very clean, open, breathtaking and friendly
- Met Vancouver has a lot of public art
- The seagulls on Granville Island are very pushy
- Vancouver is a city with a dark underbelly
- Tofino is a stunning place and wonderfully laid back
- The beaches are stunning and you get miles and miles to yourself
- The name Long Beach is a bit of an understatement!
- Uclulet really is like living on the edge!
- I could watch float planes take off and land in the harbour forever
- Storms in Vancouver Island are quite an event
- Finding bear prints on the beach can be a little disconcerting
- Every rustle in the woods makes you think you’ve seen a bear, cougar or wolf!
- Coffee in Canada is wonderful
- Tea (surprisingly) in some places in Canada is also wonderful
- Old American women on air planes are rude and obnoxious
- Having a flight delay because they need to fix a small part on the plane isn’t as scary as it sounds
- I absolutely loved every moment of the holiday and did not want to leave
- We are now saving our pennies to return…
We are back in Vancouver following a lovely drive back across Vancouver Island to Nanaimo.
It’s 6 am as I write as we’re getting ready for the long drive back across the Island to Nanaimo.
I love Vancouver but I am going to miss Tofino so much. After all these years I know understand Richards draw to such a wonderful place.
If only one thing stays with me on this trip it will be the memory of holding my babies hand on a secluded beach whilst watching waves crash high and far away against some submerged Island far off on the horizon.
And this is the tracking of the Long Beach Walk
There are so many superlatives I could use to describe Vancouver Island but I am not going to. I shall let the photos speak for me… Enjoy
Oh and Brent Shearer responded on Twitter But then again so have many others in Canada as they are so friendly here. Brent can be friendly any time he wants…
Isn’t he cute
Did I mention the ferry was full of teenage America Football players?
I was determined to get another run in this weekend as I didn’t run during the week due to work and headed out to do an easy paced 5K.
I decided nearly mid way through the run not to turn around but to head into the country trail, across the farmland, through the wood and then home. This was a great idea as it really did shield me from the wind.
It didn’t however shield me from the ploughed up fields or the manure that was being cultivated into the ground which I very nearly slid on mid run.
I was going to stop to snap the scene as some of the fields have been bailed and it looks very picturesque but I decided to keep going.
It was a bit tough and boggy in places and now I understand why parts of the meadow have boardwalks as it was completely boggy today.
I also noticed a lot of activity from the squirrels in the wood this morning and spotted that the Oaks had started to drop their acorns due to the high wind. I had to be very careful as the squirrels were dashing about the place collecting and burying their nutty stash for the winter.
I feel ok considering I just rain two days in a row but they were easy 5K’s and I have had a quiet weekend at home.
Richard and I are both packed and now have to do final checks before we head off on our Canadian adventure tomorrow.
Don’t worry, the lumo Lunarglides have been packed and I plan to try to get in at least one run in Vancouver (maybe Stanley Park) and another when we are in Tofino on Vancouver Island.
I hope to keep the blog up to date when I am away but I am not promising it as we are both looking forward to very relaxing break.
Whilst I am away why not sponsor me? Just after we return from Canada I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London (my first half marathon) in aid if the British Heart Foundation. I would be so very grateful if you were able to sponsor me and all my running efforts. Thank you.