Magical Mystery Tour

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #026
  • Date: Thursday Feb 4th 2010
  • Course: Tour de Cochrane
  • Run time: 5hrs 52min 42sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 99 BPM
  • Temperature C: -16C
  • Distance covered to date: 1097.2km (681.2m)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Minot, North Dakota, USA
  • Total number of runners: 1

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a school for today, so I had to go with Plan B: run anywhere. I left the house at my usual time 8.30am and headed west along the Bow river, then north into a housing development that's been shut down. Fortunately, all the roads are in place, so I made tracks through the empty lots, no vehicles to worry about. It was then east towards Cochane before veering north onto the trail leading Dr Fosters place. This is one of my favourite routes as it weaves through a valley and the trail is along a creek, lots of dipsy doddling. I decided that today I would head home for a chocolate milk and a cookie at the half way point.

For the second half of the marathon I thought I'd cross the river and do the Crawford ranch loop. I crossed the Bow and headed towards the trail but as I approached the bridge that crossed Jumping Pound Creek I saw a man and his dog walking up the frozen creek. Now wouldn't that make a great run. I dropped down onto the ice and said hi, It was Len and his dog Scotty. I had always fancied running up this creek in winter and now was the perfect opportunity. The footing was pretty good, just the odd crack and snap, and I made it 2km up stream. I thought that this would make a perfect training route for a race I have in March. It's the Cold Foot Classic part of the Rock and Ice Ultra, a 44km snowshoe race on the lakes in Yellowknife, NWT. Next week, on Tuesday Feb 9th, the Jumping Pound Showshoe Marathon, everyone welcome.

Llama and Alpaca Humour

This is a classic. It's from Nycole Sanborn, Jillian's mum (blog Jan 11th)

"Have you heard this before? My Dad taught it to me when I was a kid as a way to remember how to spell Llama:

A one-L Lama, he's a priest,
A two-L Llama, he's a beast,
But I bet your mama's pink pyjamas,
There's no such thing as a 3-L Lama."

Martin's Play List

The songs are pouring in. Here's a sampling:


  • Run with the wolves-The Prodigy (Calum Carpenter)
  • Running- Jully Black (Jody DiCastri)


  • Walk on the wild side-Lou Reed (Sue Carpenter-Parnell)
  • These boots are made for walking- Nancy Sinatra (Michele Broadhurst)

Quote of the Day

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

Steve Prefontaine

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