Posted by: Karen | October 16, 2006

Trail Traipsing

Yesterday morning Dawn and I hit the trail bright and early. Okay, not exactly bright and not reeeally early – the rain was just beginning to let up as we got to Nose Creek Park at 9:45.

Dawn and I are to be the race directors for the Nose Creek cross country race in January (have I mentioned that yet?). We are working on getting to know the park, so we can work our race course around weather-related contingencies, should we need to. Calgary weather can be extremely variable in January – we could be running on dirt, mud, or 3 inches of ice and snow. We could be basking in above-freezing temperatures (will the creeks be frozen enough to cross without bridges?) or frost-bite weather (less ridge running, more deep-valley shelter from the wind).

We traipsed about and tried to recall where previous NC race directors have plotted. We hiked and ran up and down several hills, through grassy meadows and followed single-track paths through shrubbery. Nose Creek doesn’t really have trees – but we found some stands of wild prairie grasses growing taller than we are!

After about an hour of meandering we ended up back at the car with clay on our shoes, burrs on our leggings, soaking wet feet, a camera full of photos and big smiles on our faces. We’re still not totally sure where our course flags will go and how many course marshals we’ll need, but now we have a better idea than we had before.

Photos coming soon.

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