Ghost Station

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #048
  • Date: Wednesday March 24th  2010
  • Course: Cochrane Town Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 48min 24sec(See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 147 BPM ? (monitor must be on the fritz)
  • Temperature C: -8C (Easterly wind)
  • Distance covered to date: 2025.6km (1257.6m)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Kansas City, Missourri, USA
  • Total number of runners: 1

Over breakfast, I was trying to figure the route I would take today around Cochrane. The problem was if I head North, East or South there are monster hills to climb in order to get out of the river valley. The only sensible choice was West, towards the mountains. As I started along the 1A I had the wind at my back and I knew it would be a long day. I thought I'd head out 14km then turn around but, at 13km, a sign emerge out of the mist "Ghost Station". This name always reminds me of the Hayao Miyazaki animated classic "Spirited Away". A 10 year old girl, Chihiro, is sitting in a train as it crosses a lake. The train stops in the middle of the lake, at a station, and ghosts get on and off before it continues on its way. At the "Ghost Station" on the 1A I got a coffee and  Snickers bar, much more practical.

The second part of my run took me through an "off leash" park along the river. I love dogs but I sometimes have a problem with their owners. Last week I was running along this section when an Alsatian bounded over and started to jump up at me. I put my arms up and the owner yelled "don't wave your arms you're just encouraging him". OK. Today, as I ran along the path a German Shepherd loped over and started to jump up at me. I didn't raise my arms (don't want to encourage the big fella) and asked the owner to take control. He came over and I thought he was going to say "Sorry, mate" or " He's a playful pup". Instead he said "you got beef jerky in that backpack". Beef jerky in that backpack!!! Yes, of couse I do. I've got 10lbs of the stuff and I'm making a delivery. Give me a break.

Llama Facts (This is no Joke)

Llamas are the South American cousin of camels.

Research Assistant Level II Karen

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