Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Still Running

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Well, it’s still very much winter up here and I’d say I’m into the routine.

runner and dog

Me and Kobi out for a weekend run

My routine is more or less the same except with some additional activities like swimming a few days a week.

For the most part my day looks like this:  I get up in the dark, walk Kobi, eat breakfast, catch up on Instagram (remember to check out Kobi’s page – @outdoorrunning), go to work, walk Kobi, go back to work, finish work and run or snowshoe or ski with Kobi – in the dark, go home, see what damage the cats have done to the house, clean up the damage, prepare my lunch for the next day, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up some more, go to bed.  Start over…

white cat and black cat

The kittens causing trouble in the tub

night skiing

Attempting a selfie with Kobi, but she wasn’t interested

That’s more or less it.  Weekends are pretty much the same, except I can run or snowshoe or ski in daylight.

snowshoeing

Me and Kobi in snowshoes, well she’s not wearing any

My predictable routine made me think about that movie Groundhog Day (recall the Bill Murray movie where he keeps living the same day over and over).  Is my life like Groundhog Day?

I pretty much know what I’m going to do on any given day and some days are pretty much repeats of the previous day, but I also realized that regardless of the same repeated activities, my observations during those activities can be quite unpredictable.

dog and winter runner

Happy Kobi

For example, on those early morning walks with Kobi I may spend half the time staring at the northern lights, something we’re blessed with up in the north, or the stars.  What’s also surreal, is what it sounds like when you’re outside in the dark and it’s snowing really hard, it’s a very different kind of quiet.

human, dog, wolf

My tracks, Kobi and wolf tracks. Big feet!

It’s also pretty indescribable when you see a lynx in the forest when you’re out skiing or see fresh wolf tracks on your early morning run.  I’m also often left speechless (and not just because I was running uphill) watching a sunrise through the trees that is a colour of pink that has yet to be named.  And of course there is always Kobi who never stops entertaining me.  You should see her trying to catch ravens.

If that’s my Groundhog Day, I’ll take it.

winter trees

what it looks like when the sun comes up

Is it extra dark where you live right now?  Do you have a routine?  Ever run with wolves?  

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Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

6 thoughts on “Still Running

  1. Sounds to me like wolves, Northern lights and a wicked awesome dog help make the routine wonderful and exciting. Love your posts! I’ve never run (or danced 🙂 ) with wolves and am getting up the courage to run in the dark after a cougar sighting.

    • Yes, there is never a dull moment when running with Kobi it seems. She’s a pretty nice partner to have. I would be very frightened to run outside if I ever saw a cougar. That’s one wild thing I don’t ever want to see while I’m out and about.

  2. Oh how I would love to see the Northern Lights! It’s basically light from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm in Nova Scotia. My oldest (4.5 yrs) has been asking a lot about “why does it get dark earlier?”. These are questions I’m not ready for but today I took a stab at it. It’s fun to talk about these things that are normal for me but are SO new to her!

    • I think we take the northern lights for granted up here! That’s cool that your little girl is asking why it gets dark earlier. There are so many cool sites out there now to show why there is the extended darkness! I still check them out as I think it’s so neat (and to see when it will be light again).

  3. It’s dark by the time I get home from work, is that a petzl headlamp? I have one too! We sort of follow a schedule unless my work hours change.
    I’m sidelined from running for a week or so due to some mysterious foot swelling. Trying rest before I see the doctor. Zeke is going crazy with energy. Please send some snow our way. Your pictures are GORGEOUS!!!! We have 50’s right now. ugh. Those wolf tracks are huge! Very cool and a little scary.
    That first picture is really beautiful, I love how Kobi is looking up at you!

    • It is a petzl (tikka I think?). I hope your foot swelling gets better. It’s tough when we get sidelined from running and our fit energetic running dogs don’t get to run. Kobi is just a hooligan when she doesn’t get her exercise. We’re having a really beautiful winter up here, not too cold and just the right amount of snow. I’ll do my best to send some your way though. Those wolf tracks were a bit scary. It’s been seen around town too which is very unusual for wolves.

      I love that photo too, Kobi is just so happy when we run and that photo totally captures it.

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