Sunday, October 12, 2014

happy turkey day

i got these pics from bob - holy krap the redhead is getting sooooo tall …



a couple of weeks ago i had to venture south of 7 - way south of 7 - for a wedding.  if it was anyone else besides my friend michael i wouldn't have bothered.   and of course i had to borrow a bunch of clothes for the occasion - why the hell would i own a dress?  sonia gave me some things to try, and i totally amused the ladies at the caledon centre trying them on.   especially when i ended up putting my head thru the arm sleeve of this cross-over wrap-around thing!  and then i went to crossfit, where kathy had a few more for me to check out …


sonia was real pissed that i wouldn't get a pedicure - why the hell would i pay someone $40 to paint my toes.  and besides, i need those callouses!  so i borrowed some polish and did it myself.  i loved the fact that the polish covered up the dirt which is permanently embedded under my nails from trail running …


i then went to my friend vicky's place and got her to fix my hair - not something i am capable of!    once that was done i threw on the selected dress and voila.  i even managed to find a pair of underpants!


both of my 'dates' had bailed on me, so i opted to go solo.  i was lucky enough to hitch a ride with ghetto girl janner and dr. joe.  i felt like a little kid being left at camp when they dropped me off in front of the galleria - right smack in the middle of the city!  but once i figured out how to get up to the third floor i was good!

i must say - it was the most beautiful wedding i had ever been to.  not real big, no stress, nothing elaborate, just two people in love getting married.  i had tears in my eyes the whole ceremony.    michael and sheldon looked soooo happy!


i had to laugh when michael came up to me and said, 'i hear you're wearing a little black dress…'  man i love this guy!  i am so glad i was able to be a part of this!


i think this was from my run in palgrave - the sky has been so amazing lately.  i'm totally distracted every time i head outside …



check out this huge mushroom …



saturday i headed back up to mono cliffs.  it was spectacular!


the legs were a little krunchy at first, but after about 30 min they settled down and i had a great run!


another incredible sky shot …



sunday after crossfit, me and duncan went for a hike.   more like bushwacking really!  next time i'll wear pants ...


another beauty day ...


i really like his place - i think i'll just move me and some of my krap in one day while he's at work ...


happy turkey day everyone!
 




Sunday, September 21, 2014

a double ugly birthday wod ...

so last week ince thought it would be a great idea to do a birthday 'fran'.   i disagreed.  the mighty one bettered it - let's do a birthday 'fran' and 'grace'.  so let's do 45 fucking thrusters, 45 fucking pullups, rest a bit and finish up with 30 clean and jerks at 95lbs!   gee thanks for throwing that idea into his head ince!  only thing missing was a bunch of fucking burpees (shaking fist) ...


and holy krap, as i was coming out of garden foods the other day, just LOOK what i spotted!  now that's a zucchini!  i had to take a pic for all my fatdawg buddies ...


wednesday i was able to sneak in a hike on the humber.   i hadn't been in here in a long time and i had forgot how beautiful it is ...



i felt like running somewhere different on saturday, so i drove up to mono cliffs.  i wasn't disappointed!


came across this guy and his buddies!


i guess this is why they're called mono cliffs ...


absolute beauty of a day ...


and i finished off the weekend with a short stomp thru palgrave around 5.   the sky was spectacular!


ahh!  life is good ...



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

haliburton 50 miler

i think i was one of the last runners to sign up for the haliburton 50 miler last weekend.   i was on the fence for ages.  what made me finally decide?  well, a few things.  first of all, i felt like putting myself back in the pain cave for a couple days.  second, i was experiencing a little bit of 'unfinished business' after fatdawg, so i wanted to complete something a bit substantial to boost my confidence.  and third, i wanted another fucking pizza.  seriously!  and besides, haliburton is a great great place to run!

i worked the morning and after packing a few things and loading up a cooler, i was on my way.  the good thing about driving for 3 hours, is that you basically eat for 3 hours!  man that was awesome!  even more awesome was the krazy rain and hail storm i hit on hwy 11 just south of 118!  it was nuts!  i actually had to pull off the road for ten minutes, and sat there listening to the huge chunks of ice bouncing off my car!  once that settled i resumed my journey and made it to base camp just after 4pm.   i got registered and hung around chatting for a bit before finally making my way over to my new buddy oliver's place.   he had offered me a room for the weekend, and i gladly took it.   especially considering how shitty it would have been sleeping in a tent with more thunder and rain storms throughout the night!  i do still feel kinda bad about backing my car into his house though ...


i was up pretty early saturday and got the to start around 5:40.   after giving birth to a small animal just before 6 i was good to go!  it was a little drizzly and somewhat humid, but overall a great temp for running.  the first hour or so was in the dark and a bunch of us ran together.  and of course it wouldn't be an ous race without a straw from this guy!  the incredible ronny gehl!


i also spent a lot of miles chasing these two - steve and adi - before ultimately having to let them go, as i was getting tired towards the end.
 

#bestcoachever - derrick - was at almost every aid station. i looked forward to and loved seeing his sorry mug each time i came in for water and snacks!


speaking of snacks - gary and aid station 6 rocked!  here's a shot of him, me, francesco and chris on the way back, or the way out, i can't remember ...


i was really happy to see this sign ...


and holy krap!  check it out!  rainbow chips ahoy cookies!  i for sure had to sample a few of these ...


my favorite trail in the forest ...


the last few miles were very challenging for me and i was lucky to have chris to run with.  he kept me entertained all the way around the normac loop and then on that final 6k of road.  he was doing the hundred, so after a hug and a picture, we parted ways so he could head back out ...


my time was 12:36 and i was okay with that.


i was real happy to sit my arse down on the bench for a few minutes ...


my only regret was that i didn't get to visit and spend time with 'skinny white boy', who was volunteering all weekend.  here is is with the amazing helen malmberg ...


so yeehaw!  another 50 miler in the books.  overall i can say it was fun, but i was suffering the last few miles.  and the really great thing is that i think i'm finally getting my mental toughness back.  so in other words, i can 'suck it up princess' once more ...


when i got back sunday i went over to gerrrrrr-rrrry and tara's house for a crossfit crew gathering.   mmmmm pool party and BBQ.   jason p brought his adorable little girl erica who was an instant hit with everyone!!


rose, anthony, gabriella and mike.  check out gabriella's frilly bikini ...


and of course i do NOT own a bathing suit, so gerrrr-rrry lent me one of his.  love this shot with kim n and josh!  hiiiiiiiiiiii josh !!


lori and tara ...



gerrrr-rrry and josh ...


i had a super great time and it sure felt good to soak my poor old legs in salt water for awhile!  thanks for inviting us guys - that was awesome!

so what's next - hmmm - maybe a trip to the east coast ...