Thursday, May 21, 2015

hurray hurray it's finally may !

 i just felt like posting some pix!   the warm weather is here - for the most part - and all the flowers are starting to pop in the forest!


not sure who did this but i LOVE it ...


red trillium in hockley ...


bring it on !


super kool cloud shot ...


white trillium...


i've been putting some great mileage in on alice, but ara doesn't seem to like her too much!


spending friday afternoons at the club boxing with darryl, fig and the guys!


i did my first 50k 'training run' of the season up in horseshoe valley - pick your poison.  4 loops with a couple of ski hills thrown in on each!   it was great to hang with some of the runners i hadn't seen in awhile, especially henry and little pink!


me and the captain had done some carb loading with donuts while in arizona so i thought i'd try it.  much to my delight, they had some nasty boston cream at registration.   i scarfed one down as i was pinning on my race bib.  it seemed to work well - my time was just under 6 and a half hours - surprising myself as i figured on coming in closer to 8 ...


two weeks later i did my second 50k 'training run' at the seaton soaker.  this was a little nerve racking, as i had to drive south of 7.  i did manage to grab a couple boston cream along the way, and me and the captain indulged just before the race.
 

it was a really hot day, and everyone did well to finish!  love this shot of kinga, francesco and stephan!  it was kinga's first 50 since a stoopid injury that kept her sidelined for a couple of years and she KILLED it!


francesco thought it would be funny for me to pose in front of this sign - being a 'no frills' kinda gal ...


steve and adi cooling off afterwards ...


and this guy is amazing - hans - 75 years old!
 

again, i was pretty happy with my time.  6:42 - almost 20 minutes faster than last year! the donuts worked again!


and then last weekend i jumped on a plane and headed west to see the redhead!  he did not disappoint!


gee, wonder where he gets THIS from ...


after faking sick on friday morning - 'i shouldn't go to school today daddy, i might make the other kids sick' - we hit walmart to pick up a present for a birthday party the next day!  i was kinda glad - gave me a whole other day to hang out ...


gawd i love this kid !!!



Sunday, April 19, 2015

my first leaf game

 so february was nasty this year.  it got real cold and the snow didn't go anywhere.  it did make for some pretty pics though ...


came across michelle and chris on centerville creek during one of my long runs up k2 ...


got me another butterfly!   thanks shawn!!


more winter pics ...


stoopid snow!


haha!   couple pics from st patrick's day ! got this one from bob!


didiboppers !!!


the snow finally started to melt and i was able to get north of 9 !!


the birthday tree and even more ground showing !!!!


hello ara!  great to see you after a long run ...


and spaff bitched that eddy was too big, so i finally relented and got me another tire.   managed to find one from a mini cooper (thanks mark!), so naturally we had to name her 'alice' ...


 and since i got kicked out of crossfit bolton last fall, i've been hanging out at 'anytime fitness'.  love this shot of me, jose and fig!


got me an evil hilly route from duncan last weekend!   almost 5 hours and over 6000' of elevation gain!  made it up to the 30th sideroad from hockley!


kool rock - looks a bit like frankenstein!


met up with this little guy - she came up and started licking my shoe!!!


beauty day - was actually in shorts and a t-shirt for the first time since arizona!   big thanks to brian mclean for the 'achilles canada' shirt - supporting runners with disabilities!


and saturday night i FINALLY made it to a leaf game - my first ever!  i got tickets from a former client (the best client in the world) - peter holland!  after a smart-ass remark about finding the tickets on the ground, duncan was more than happy to drive us south of 7 for the game!!   we got there real early and trudged up front street and grabbed a pre-game steak!   then over to the acc where duncan bought himself a $16 beer!


our seats were great!  i even borrowed a jersey for the game!! i had tears in my eyes when he stepped out onto the ice.  what a feeling to experience someone living their dream!


and pete was awesome enough to spend a bit of time with us after the game!  what an amazing kid!


this weekend was a 4 hour jaunt up to hwy 9 and back.   saw my first snake going up k2 !


absolutely gorgeous day!


i ran into kinga and stephan in glen haffy!


ahhhh!


i stopped at the birthday tree on my way back and gave it a big hug.   sending strong thoughts to a close friend who shares the same feelings for this lovely old tree...



yup!  i'm heading to kelowna in may to see THE REDHEAD!   he got all his curls chopped off! can't wait!!!


and finally, i came across this.  great great words of advice ...