Get your pleasure spiked with pain: a look at running
Construction Season, Festival Season, Hot-as-balls Season… summer has a lot of different names. But one of my favourite descriptors for summer is Running Season; the season I love to hate. Last year I decided to take up running, primarily because I’m a masochist with addictions issues.
Initially I found myself in tears and tantrums, realizing that I may have actually crossed a line of insanity for taking up this new, ridiculous sport. I have several friends who LOVE to run. We would meet up and instead of coffee or beers we’d run together. At first, it was awful. Seriously, I’m not sure why I took up running, because I’ll tell you what, it’s not really that fun. I started re-evaluating my friendships with the whackos I ran with. And then something happened: It became terribly addicting (as per my aforementioned issues).
I still hated it, but it became easier, and 5km turned into 10km which then turned into a bloody half marathon for godsake! The good/bad thing for me is that Calgary is a hotbed for all things running, which is half the reason why I think it’s so addicting.
It seems once the weather’s nice, everyones out there running around like they’ve got somewhere to go. But they don’t, they’re just all hopped up on running to nowhere. And our arid temperature and wicked pathway system is a runners wet dream.
Plus we’ve got running clinics, some free like Lululemon’s group runs, or really cheap clinics by Mountain Equipment Coop. If road running isn’t your thing, don’t forget that we live a hop, skip and jump to the woods where you can really challenge yourself on the trails.
Alberta has several incredible Ultra-Trail Runs like the Sinister Seven in Crowsnest Pass or Kanaskis Country’s Death Race. Yep, a race called Death. Riiiiight. If you’re looking for a new hobby or a way to slowly punish yourself, running may just be your next thing. There is literally a race every week in Calgary and surrounding areas, check out the Running Room’s listing for more information. And of course if you’re not competitve but you’re looking for great places to run in Calgary, give our own Marc Affeld’s super sweet article a read on YYC’s running hot spots. On your mark, get set, GO!