Monday, July 5, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Oh yeah, that's the smile of a girl back in her happy place. I relaxed well for 12 days and didn't even attempt to do, well - anything. That's what recovery is all about right? This wasn't an "active recovery" this was more like "eat, couch and relax recovery". It was awesome. While I didn't miss the running, I sure did miss the mountains. So, on Friday I laced up the trail runners and headed out for 3 hours of leisurely cruising on some mellow trails around Banff, to work out the cobwebs. It turns out there weren't any cobwebs - my legs felt great and they wanted to run.

Johnson Lake

So, on Saturday I went for a another run. It's finally summer in the Canadian Rockies. It's the time of year that I live for, when you can finally access the high country for a mere 3 months. Of course, summer in the high country means that on this particular day, we got snow on Deception Pass. No worries, it was still beautiful and you can always dress for the weather. I was in the company of good people and I was running. Running!

Deception Pass, Skoki Backcountry

Melody, in her Happy Place

Ptarmigan Lake

Redoubt Mountain

Angela, Myotis Lake

Skoki Mountain

Zigadenus Lake

Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to be out there. The legs felt good, my energy was great and the scenery was awesome. My mind is working overtime with future high alpine running fantasies. Soon. Soon.

After a most fantastic day, the day got even better. There was a concert in town to celebrate Banff National Parks 125 Anniversary. So, even though I was filthy from a day on the trails, I pulled on my jeans and wooly base layer (I wouldn't stink, right?) and strolled 5 minutes to the show. It was the best $12 I've spent in awhile because I got to go dancing for an hour and a half to Spirit of the West! In my own backyard! If you're Canadian and you're my age, you know ever word to every Spirit of the West song. There was something absolutely magical about the evening, the music and dancing with Mount Rundle in the background.

I was having a complete love-in with all-things-Banff.

So naturally, I had to go visit one more pretty place before my weekend wrapped up. I met up with a new friend, Nadja - and we headed up Corey Pass in less than ideal weather. For a weekend of crap weather, I sure had a good time.

I love my backyard and I'm back in the saddle. Giddy-up!


NJ said...

SO beautiful there! Will have to put Banff on my list of places to visit.

Kaz said...

Good for you having a proper rest post race.

Yeah - your mind goes through bizarre spells in an ultra. Never done one overnight and I reckon that would be my hard zone. Saying that as I've just gone through a 31 hour labour NOTHING will ever be as hard again. I think I even said that at one point in labour - let me run an ultra over this any day!

Enjoy getting back into the trails. I'm getting closer, although I feel farther away than ever at mo'!


Helen said...

Hi I'm a 60 year old Australian who loves to be outdoors and visited Banff November last year. In planning my visit I stumbled on your blog and regularly tap in to rejoice in all the beauty you record on camera. I am stunned by your energy to run up and down these magnificent mountains. Disappointed when there is a gap between blogs. THANKYOU for sharing your experinces. Keep on running!

Danni said...

Whycome are things more melted there than here? Not fair! :p

JeffO said...

Glad you're already giddyupped. Great photos, as always.

HappyTrails said...

Glad you rested up properly - now you can go on awesome runs and post pictures that make us drool! (Except for snow in summer - come on...)

Anonymous said...

I love your backyard!! I'm back in the groove too!!

Paige said...

Woohoo, Leslie! Welcome back :)

Vito said...

My God! You live in "Heaven on Earth".

Leslie said...

Hi Nathalie!
There's a reason Banff is an international destination: it's so frickin' beautiful you have to see it to believe it. So, hell yeah! Put it on your list.

Hello NewMommyKaz.
Congratulations and good thoughts your way. I think you'll be back in the saddle in no time - although it may feel a long way off!

Welcome Helen!
Thanks for dropping me a note. I really appreciate it. I'm glad I can share my special place with y'all. That's the whole point of the Leslie blog!

Danni - are you pouting?!?
Trembling lower lip!

GiddyUp Jeffo.

HappyTrails, Happy Trails!
I'm so looking forward to summer and getting out on those trails, it's silly. I've got to cram it in, with this short season. Can't wait. Hope you're enjoying yours!

Hi Cheri,
Glad to hear you're recovering and feeling good. I'm envious that you're doing White River! It's on my list and it looks gorgeous. Run like the wind like I know you can!

Hiya Paige! Thanks honey, hope all is well and you're having a great summer.

Welcome Vito!
It's paradise, baby. And sometimes, I even ride my bike. :)

kelly said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing photos. I can't believe it has only been 3 weeks since BH! Seems like a century ago. Can't wait to run with you again. Enjoy your "special place" and take good care.

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