It was a beautiful calm morning with fresh snow and dusted trees along the Spray River Trail. My footy prints were the first ones on the trail! My first 14k looked a lot like this:
Then, the big climb up Sulphur which is always so pretty. The scenery was pretty dramatic today and I got the full meal deal for weather: sun, cloud, snow, drizzle. The snow was light and fluffy when I started and got progressively more wet and heavy. Lake Minnewanka was shining in the distance from the top of Sulphur Mountain today - that's where I ran last week, right down the middle of the lake!
On the homefront, I got to enjoy the company of friends Anne and Zak for a couple of days and I ran into them at about the 4 hour mark as I was coming down Sulphur Mountain. My cheering squad! Baby Blaze is in the baby backpack. Anne is also 4 1/2 months preggers and was smokin' up that mountain. Congrats to you both!
A quick trip through town took me past the Banff Springs Hotels and a bunch of cigarette smoking guests (bleh! don't you know I've been running for 4 hours??? gross, gross, gross) Banff is busy on the weekend - though I was only in town for five minutes I was glad to get back on the trail, I had that "glazed-over-I've-been-running-for-five-hours-go-away-people" thing going on. The trail behind Tunnel Mountain was pretty icy and I had to pay attention but I got some great views of the under appreciated side of Mount Rundle.
Tomorrow, Keith and I are off to stay at Skoki Lodge for a couple of nights with 3 other friends. Woohoo! I am keen to go relax for a few days - reading, eating and napping are all on the agenda.