Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Spring (ish)



I thought I should get a post out before April came along so here goes…

My heel spur, now named Wolverine, is very angry.  To refresh your memory, in my last post here, I decided to name my heel spur and landed on Wolverine as that reminds me of Hugh Jackman, and I wouldn’t mind hanging out with Hugh.

Anyhoo, that bony little hook must be made of Adamantium, just like Wolverine’s claws, as it feels pretty indestructible and sort of like a hot, searing, sharp spike trying to cut through the flesh of my heel.  Yes folks, it really feels like that.  Not the most useful spot to have a steel spike even if you are a superhero.


Kobi reassuring me that everything will be okay

While I’m on the whiny wagon, I may as well continue feeling sorry for myself as this little Adamantium claw in my heel means I will not be running my first planned half marathon on May 1.  There’s  80 bucks I wont be getting back, but I will be saving hundreds of dollars on hotel and flight expenses, I  guess there’s always an upside.


How I typically deal with injuries, pretend I can’t see them

Because of Wolverine’s angry return, the bike trainer has been seeing a significant increase in use which means I get to watch a bit more television than usual – that could also be considered an upside.  Kobi sometimes sleeps while I ride, but more often she just barks to go outside and then barks to come back inside about every 3 minutes.  It’s her way of getting back at me for not being able to take her for a nice long 1.5 hour jaunt through the woods.

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How our lives used to look

In other news, I am at least able to walk Kobi and she is tolerating my slower speed, but not so much the reduced distance.  I can also cross-country ski.  We had a little warm snap which turned the ski trails to ice, but then it snowed again so the ice is now covered by a deceptive little layer of snow that has hidden the danger beneath, but ignorance is bliss.  Did I mention that I am not keen on breaking a hip?  It’s one of my many fears, you know, along with my irrational fear of vampires, dinosaurs, and yeti.

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At least we can cover more ground on skis

Well, enough about me.  Hope you’re all having a lovely spring.

What’s your go-to exercise when you can’t run?  Favorite television show that you hardly get to watch?  What’s scarier, vampires or a yeti?  

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.

19 thoughts on “Spring (ish)

  1. Damn Wolverine ruining your running travels. Drinking wine and knitting while wishing i was running 😉 or workout videos. Favorite TV show i rarely get to watch…Blue Bloods. I think it is my childhood crush on Donnie Walhberg when he was a New Kid on the Block. Vampires are way scarier; Yeti’s could possibly be enticed into an epic day of tobogganing. Hang tough.

    • Ha ha. You need your own blog! On the upside, I have that weekend free if you wanted to get together for some knitting and wine drinking with me somewhere? I should be able to get all my winter knitting for 2017 done by June 2016 at this rate – another upside. Agree that vampires are way scarier. Now I want to find a yeti and see if he or she will go tobogganing with me and Kobi!

  2. Might be a challenge in your northern location, but I have just the exercise routine for helping to ignore Wolverine… I have never been much into running, unless I have to chase someone…which actually happens from time to time in my line of work. But I love to hike, bike, kayak and here’s the best one – swim! I do have to admit that I live about a mile and a half from a gorgeous new country-club-like fitness center with multiple indoor and outdoor lap pools, so it’s pretty easy for me to do all year. I hope you find relief soon, love the pictures cous!

    • I have that song in my head now ‘bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you’. Sorry!

      I am getting a kayak this year for sure! I like to SUP, but I think Kobi would prefer the comfort of a kayak.

      Country club sounds so swanky. I bet it is swanky. We do have a nice pool up here fortunately and I do swim twice a week but I think I need to increase that a bit in the interim anyway!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. You might like to try the true blood tv series (the books were better-all titled dead something club dead, dead after dark ect) it might help you get over your fear of vampires. (Exposure is key in getting over a fear) sometimes the Aptn will play reruns of northern exposure- I love that Joel fleischmann. The outlander tv series starts up April 10th so hang in there. I wish I was out there cross country skiing with you! Try indoor rock climbing and pretend you are training to be on the American ninja warrior show. I had to mourn the fact that running wasn’t in my repertoire anymore. Then I tried the gym: boot camp, Zumba, cycle fit. I did that for a few years until that hurt my knee too. I haven’t been at the gym for about a year now and when the weather is nice I go for bike rides or walks in nature with the kids. The gym was lacking the outdoor experience. Death to Wolverine! Good luck. 💓

    • I’ve heard exposure is key to getting over a fear. I’m not quite ready for that.

      I love that show Northern Exposure! So far I’m watching. Ellen, Last Man on Earth, Amazing Race, Modern Family and Masterchef Canada. That’s a lot!

      Just so happens I work part time at an indoor climbing gym so I am climbing more (except I have to watch my shoulder as I tweaked that awhile ago climbing).

      Sounds like you did a lot at the gym!

      Maybe in a month or less I can bike outside. Kobi likes that!

      Thanks for the supportive words! Hopefully Wolverine leaves soon!!

  4. Boo on the heal spur!

    I really should stop complaining about the cold. Everytime I grumble about it, you post one of your photos with a bajillion feet of snow and ice. Something to cheer you up. Pipcorn is on its way! I’m mailing it tomorrow!

    • Ya, heel spurs suck. It’s warmed up a fair bit up here, but the snow keeps coming down. We might see the sun once a week. I’m tired of the grey.

      I’m very excited about the pipcorn. I will make sure to exercise control and eat it slowly!! Thank you again!!

  5. Boo! That heel spur sounds nasty – I hope it heels soon. Indoor biking and elliptical – which suck – but I got caught up with Scandal this winter and I just started Gilmore Girls. We also got a blast of winter today after 70F this weekend. Spring is weird.

    • Thanks. I hope it eases up soon. Thank goodness for indoor sports equipment. They suck, but they have a purpose! Good tv program choices. I remember Gilmore Girls from years back – good show. March is the month that cannot make up its mind weather-wise. One day summer then back to winter again.

  6. Sorry to hear the Wolverine is back. Hope it get’s better soon. I’m doing more yoga and loving it (well, once a week). I did not do well with not running a lot last year while injured – walking, yoga, cycling when I could.

  7. Heal! Heel! Heal! Heel! (Poor Kobe – hope he’s being patient with you.) When I can’t dance or walk, I go crazy. Yoga at least keeps me sane. Like you, I’m very careful to not FALL; I want to move every day.
    I’m not even sure what a yeti is, so I’m afraid of vampires. 🙂

    • Ha ha! Kobi is a trooper, but I feel so bad. Yoga is something I need to do more of. I need to stop saying that and just do it! A yeti is like a northern version of a Sasquatch. Usually portrayed as white and hairy and elusive like Sasquatch 😜

  8. Oh Angie, I am so sorry to hear of the return of that heel spur (Wolverine). I can’t even imagine how painful this must be. Plus painful in they you are not able to run like you would like.

    The stair climber is the one piece of equipment I go to when not running, but usually not because of injury. Either too dark or too icy to run (and I am a wimp…lol). My gym is only a couple of blocks from work, and sometimes I will drop in after work.

    Thank for sharing and please take care.


    • Thanks Carl. I think I have more than the heel spur surfacing now 🙁. I haven’t used a stair climber in ages, I used to love them! That’s nice that there is a gym so close to your work. Thanks for reading! It’s always so nice to hear from you!!

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