After a busy long weekend filled with yard work, wind, launching and cleaning the houseboat, I set off for an 8k run at the lake today. I’ve spent many hours training here a few years ago for a walking marathon I did but had just started C25k last summer so most runs were short and sweet. I haven’t run 8k in a while due to work and a cold knocking me on my backside so decided today was the day. I got out a little later than expected due to a long night listening to the wind howl, rocking the boat and some new ropes squeaking all night long as the boat put strain on them. I awoke as the fisherman showed up, put the coffee on, enjoyed a cup and a half sitting in the front deck, ate some berries and yogurt, took some antihistamines, and some steroid nose spray trying to clear my airways. Finally, I’m off. It is warmer than anticipated, but this Canuck is not complaining. We’ve moved from a long, cold, dry winter into a hot, dry, windy summer. As I got used to the cold, I will also acclimate to the heat. I don’t usually take water in a run under an hour but given it is already above 20C, I decided it was probably a good idea so brought along a water bottle with Tailwind in my running belt. Despite living where people think is bald @$$ flat prairie, we’re adjacent to a flooded river bed so have many hills on this run which will be great training for my trail race this fall. I had initially planned to get off road and hit one of the shorter hikes but chose instead to stick to the roads and campground. I’ll save that for another day when I’m feeling a little better and have bug spray on to try and avoid the ticks. I walked a few times to drink some tailwind and to soak down my buff but all-in-all, another great run. I’m looking forward to many more undulating hilly runs out here, soon heading off road battling cacti, ticks, snakes and more hills. In my run today, I saw many butterflies, some red-winged blackbirds, goldfinches, Canada geese, and many, many mosquitos. Ended my run coming across my son heading on an adventure so walked with him for about 5k to the park and store before heading back to the boat for lunch and a much needed shower.