I actually look like I'm having fun!! Drove out Friday night, after another incredible dinner at NOtaBLE in Calgary. Started with a seafood hot pot for appetizer - oh, so freaking good - and moved on to the grilled tuna for supper. Finish with roasted peach pound cake and huckleberry ice cream. I had to run 20+ km on Saturday, to work off that feast!!!!
Saturday in the mountains was beyond perfection...weather was warm, but not too hot, sunny but not too bright. Very little breeze. In fact, this was the first time in years that I didn't get sandblasted on the golf course. Of course, this means the wrinkles on the right side of my face will now stay! Sad!
After the race (2:41 - I am pleased), we ended up at the Rose & Crown in Banff, where copious pints of Guinness were raised and drained. Then, after a quick soak/shower, it was dinner at Magpie & Stump (TexMex) before collapsing back at the hotel at 11. Solid 10+ hours sleep (okay, not so solid, but only two episodes of night sweats), a 5.5km wander around Banff, coffee and then home and back to reality. One day, Banff will be my reality. Yes it will!!
Donated blood tonight - after all, I did my best to up my iron intake on the weekend! - and after finished, and heading over for my cookie, I was reaching for my OJ when one of the volunteers was like "oh, you're dripping"...guess that sounds better than "GUSHER!!!"...I bled everywhere!!! Weird, because it had stopped...both the nurse and I checked it and I had clotted. Wrapped the arm tight, cleaned up the mess (I cleaned me, they cleaned everything else), finally had my cookie and OJ, and then after another 5 minutes and confirming no more leaking, I picked up H-woman and took off for Indian buffet. I am FULL. Indian buffet good, but too tempting.
Getting ready to hit the hay...trying to get more sleep, as I'm hopeful it makes this whole menopause thing go smoother. I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of waking up soaking wet and I'm very tired of bursting into flames at the drop of a hat! But it's not new and it won't kill me (gosh, I hope it won't!) so this too shall pass. Right??? Right!
Today I am grateful for Banff...elk trumpeting, deer, coyotes casually watching runners, Guinness, good food, awesome friends, inspirational cancer survivors who make me run better just to keep up, Guinness (needs to be mentioned twice!), fresh mountain air, clear blue streams, BIG rocks, blue skies, warm sunshine...