Have you heard the news? Peyto Lake will remain open until early-September (date to be announced)!
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Marathon training has been unusually brutal the last two weeks. I think I’ve hit the point of overtraining since I so brilliantly decided to train for two marathons in a row. At the time, training felt SO GOOD and I wanted to run all the miles. Now I’m just tired.
As I struggled through my 20 mile run this morning, I reminded myself what I’m training for. To run 26.2 miles in beautiful places like THIS. I choose these gorgeous destinations so that I’m in awe the entire way. The scenic views get me through the pain and personally, I think the best way to see a place is to run it.
My last marathon was here in Banff back in June. In a few weeks I’ll be running in the beautiful Cascade Mountains about 45 mins east of Seattle. I sure know how to pick ‘em.
I’m trying not to forget the hundreds of amazing miles that preceded the last two weeks. For months I felt like I was running on clouds. Every step felt light and seamless. But slumps happen. This is normal. Overtraining is also a thing. If you had a tough run today, remember that it only makes the good ones that much better. Also, rest is your friend and it’s often more beneficial than the prescribed run. Exhibit A. 🙋🏼♀️ And now, I taper. 😴
6 Striking Reflections of Lake Louise
Lake Louise is definitely an early morning destination you won't want to miss if you're in Banff National Park, Canada.
Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier (in the middle of each photo), surrounded on the by Fairmont Mountain (left) and Mount Victoria (right). Which one is your favorite?
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"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." George Adair
I love the rocky mountains more than anything AND have a huge fear of heights. Fun combo :)
We hiked Rundle Mountain this weekend. Most of it to be exact. After four hours of hiking from Banff along the Bow River and into the trees of Mount Rundle we made it 90% to the summit...and then decided to turn back. I have dreamed of completing this hike for two years and I felt disappointment and failure.
Does success only come from reaching a summit?
Or is the journey of pushing ourselves to understand ourselves the actual quest?
It was an exhilarating and terrifying hike for me this weekend and a complete success. I faced my fears again. I had hiked to this summit in 2005 when I lived in Banff. This year Rundle taught me more meaningful life lessons.
We enjoyed every step. We soaked in the silence all around us. Felt the sun on our faces. We hiked through the trees, climbed steep banks and made it up slick sections of Rundle rock glazed in melting snow (yup, in August). Made it all the way to the start of the Dragon's Back...a 10m wide section of loose shale with hundreds of metres drop off on both sides.
Then full stop. I froze in fear and panic. We could see a blanket of 30cm of fresh snow awaiting us on the other side... and only 300m remaining to the summit. We sat for awhile and decided to turn back.
Reaching that point was a humbling look in the mirror. Everything I’ve ever wanted is on the other side of my fears. I didn't need to cross the Dragon's Back to realize the depth of that lesson.
It's only when you venture to the edge of your limits that your limits can expand.
Thank you, Mount Rundle once again. 🙏
Bow lake still steeped in the early morning mist on our first full day exploring banff national park
Feels like a lifetime ago especially with the thought of going back to work tomorrow holiday blues are kicking in .
I can't believe I made it to Moraine Lake. This has been a dream place for me, and it still feels unreal! I'm so grateful that everything worked out and I made it happen. Who knows when I'll be back, but I'm really happy I got the opportunity to experience Canada! 🇨🇦🤘🏼