Tuesday, April 27, 2010

As of late....

I had a great week coming off my Salt Spring adventures. I felt like my fitness really hit another level and I am able to run more miles (at a lower HR) with less fatigue and it feels great! However, with that said, I spent all of Sunday moving and never got my second weekend long run in that day. Oh well, I am sure all the lifting and packing/unpacking counts for something! Our new place is great and I am excited to be living somewhere new. Our landlords have to be the sweetest/kindest folks in the world. While I was unpacking our kitchen on Sunday, Karen and Bill (landlords), brought us fresh baked blueberry muffins, with a note that read "I hope you will be very happy here"!!!!

The view out my new front door is gorgeous! It is a beautiful view of the not to mighty Lynn Peak. It's hard not to head straight towards it when you see it staring you in the face. I much prefer ascending/descending Lynn Peak compared to the Grouse Grind/BCMC because (a) there is usually nobody on it (b) it's runnable in parts and (c) there isn't a single stair on it!

It's funny, when we moved last, I was away in New York for the marathon and he was left all alone to set up our old place. This time, a little role reversal has occurred as he flew off to New York Monday night, leaving me to unpack the new place. An interesting coincidence wouldn't you say!

My thoughts have been adrift this week on my runs. Mostly about two things (1) running across Canada (b) opening up a local healthy cafe in North Vancouver.

A) Running across the country. I have always wanted to bike across Canada. My aunt did it with 2 other girlfriends when she was around my age. She has told me so many amazing stories and the experience sounds phenomenal! My dad however has walked across the country, but not so straight forward. He left Vancouver with $50 in his pocket and came up with innovative ways to sleep in motels/hotels. He would place an envelope in the door hinges during the day and if the envelope was still there come nightfall, he had a place to sleep! He met some of the most amazing people on this trip that he later took my brother and I to visit as kids. I suppose because I am a runner, he has implanted in my head that I should run across it. I haven't stopped thinking about it ever since he mentioned it 2 years ago.

B) It just kills me that there are over a hundred restaurants/coffee shops on Lonsdale, but besides sushi, there are no real healthy places to eat. I was at this place called the Zephyr Cafe in Squamish and it was the exact replica of what I would want to open. The food is simple but healthy- salads, rice bowls, healthy sandwiches/wraps/burgers. And the baking, OH THE BAKING! They also had many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. If only I could stumble upon a giant wod of cash to open up something like this. There is just something satisfying knowing I can be the one to feed people healthy and delicious food that is going to be doing their body good.

Alight, dreams aside, it's time to go unpack the bathroom. I only managed to finish the kitchen yesterday after work. Baby steps!

See you in the trails!!!!!

5 comments:

Mountain Way said...

Inspiring goals/ objectives nic! Certainly doable. Although, ur healthy restaurant would have to compete with Meredith and I's specialty running store/ healthy eatery. We are just waiting on the cash as well...

Nicola Gildersleeve said...

I hope it's not in North Van, the running store will never succeed with competition like NSA!!!! It's funny, I always envisioned meredith working for me!!!

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Fawn said...

It's time to hear what's happening in the world of Nicola again. Missing those wonderous blogs about your adventures. Come visit again soon.

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