Today I learned how to deal with the many skunks that seem to populate the west end and Stanley Park. Another guy was running ahead of me, and seeing a skunk on the path about 20 feet ahead of him, he grabbed some stones and threw them to the side of the odiferous rodent. It scampered off the path, and didn't spray.
By the time I got closer, it was back on the path. I repeated the dude's modus operandi, and voilà, no spray, clear path.
If only this worked with the coyotes.
I added some links to upcoming events/races on the runcouver
info page. If y'all have any to add let me know.
Great idea for a community.
I usually run in Stanley Park, and find this map (with distances) useful: http://www.stanleyparkmap.com/
Perhaps add to the userinfo, or the memories? The distances are a little off - I find that they are shorter than actual, or maybe I'm slower than I'd like to believe. Seems to have been a VFS student project, so who knows, really?
As for me, I'm currently in the final stretch of training for my first 1/2 marathon - doing Victoria on Thanksgiving weekend. Hoping to do my first marathon in May (Vancouver).
I'm Dean, and I'll introduce myself just to start this thing off. Although I've started running many times in the past this is the first time it stuck. I joined a Sun Run clinic last January and haven't stopped. I'm not fast, in fact I can think of a couple of people who speedwalk faster than my usual pace, but I'm working on the distance thing. For my longer runs I go up to the Seymour Demonstration Forest, or around Burnaby Lake. For the shorter runs I go from near Hastings, down around Trout Lake and back, or maybe to Science World and back.
I'm hoping we get a mix of people here, new runners and seasoned veterans. I'd like it if people brought forward ideas for the community...things to add to the interest list maybe. I'm open to anything. The forum is here, let's all use it.
I'll shut up now. :)