Running in Newfoundland

13 Jul

About a month ago, my husband and I spent a wonderful week in Newfoundland. He had to be there for some business meetings, so we figured we would turn it into a vacation, neither one of us having ever been to Newfoundland before. In fact, it’s the only Canadian province I hadn’t traveled to so was happy to check that last one off my list.

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I flew directly from Vancouver to the complete opposite side of the country and we started our week in Newfoundland on the west coast of the province, spending a few days in Gros Morne National Park – an amazingly beautiful park, that I am glad we took the time to see it.

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We stayed in a small, picturesque village called Rocky Harbour and I got my first run in there. The weather was beautiful and I headed down the main road along the water, past a little harbour.

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I think I got to see the whole village waking up that morning and I loved it. By the time I got to the end of the road, I could see the entire village and mountains of Gros Morne National Park behind me.

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Later that day, we hiked Western Brook Pond and took in some more beautiful views….

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Over the course of the next few days in Newfoundland, we gradually made our way across the province until we reached St. John’s. I had a  few running routes planned for that area and was excited to tackle them. I started right away with a trip to Signal Hill for a hike/run to take in the beauty of the harbour and the ICEBERGS!

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We lucked out with the timing of our trip as it was iceberg season in Newfoundland and apparently a great year for them. The photos do not do these icebergs justice – they were incredible to see!

Starting the trail at Signal Hill involved walking down hundreds of stairs and then trekking across a rocky path. I started out slow walking most of the way, stopping to snap some photos and gradually building up to a slow jog when I wasn’t going down stairs.

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And that gradual jog turned out to be my biggest mistake…because I managed to lose my balance and take quite a tumble onto that rocky surface seen above!

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I ended up with bloody and bruised hands, knees, hips, legs and shoulder. Not my finest moment but I picked myself up and managed to smile for a photo to stave off too much embarrassment! Ouch!

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I limped back to the car (had to climb back up those 100 stairs again!) and cleaned myself up with some water and a dirty golf towel (all I had in the car!) I should learn to travel with a mini first aid kit because I had to clean out the local pharmacy of all their band aids to last me for the rest of our trip.

Needless to say, I wasn’t able to get any more runs in during my trip, but wasn’t totally incapacitated. I was able to get out and enjoy the great city of St. John’s….the sights, the views and even the food!

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I’ll be back, St. John’s, and next time I’ll get in all those runs I had planned!

M.

 

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8 Responses to “Running in Newfoundland”

  1. Trails and Ultras July 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Looks like a cool place to visit- I like the ice berg photos!

  2. Rebecca@RunningFoodBaby July 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    It looks so nice there!!!

    Ekk to that tumble!

    • Mary July 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Newfoundland is such a beautiful place! Add it to your list of Canadian places to visit.
      I am still recovering from my little spill on Signal Hill! Oops…

  3. Imarunner2012 July 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    I love running in places I’ve never been to before. I ran in Vancouver a few months ago and loved it. More recently I did the Bay of Fundy International Marathon which runs out to the end of Campobello Island. Really cool race.
    Those icebergs must have been amazing to see.
    Andy

  4. Heather @ GirlGoesRunning July 30, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I just got home from Newfoundland! It’s my home 🙂 I’m totally jealous you got to see icebergs because 5 days ago I went to Signal Hill and there were none left 😦 I’m so glad you enjoyed your experience there!

    • Mary July 30, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks! The icebergs were amazing to see!

  5. Miranda August 8, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    Eeek! Your fall sounded painful! Hope you’re all recovered now!

  6. Maya October 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Mary! I love following your blog! I just nominated you for a Liebster award, here’s my post about it: https://beeindc.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/liebester-award/

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