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11/150 UKFAST Manchester 10k

Sunday morning Glenis ran the UKFAST UKFAST WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K. That lucky girl is visiting the UK for a few weeks and decided she better run a little bit while she is there!

“The UKFast We Love Manchester 10k is known for its fast route and friendly atmosphere as well as its popularity in the region – commonly known as ‘the peoples race’. We welcome runners of all abilities, in this the perfect 10k event to beat your personal best, meet other runners and to raise money for charity, with over 3,000 entrants in 2016” according to their website.

It sounds like it was a lot of fun. She said it was a really hot day but I know Glenis, she loves the heat she would have been grinning ear to ear!

Glenis is having a great time visiting the UK, she has even taken a side trip to Spain.

I wish I was over there to run with my sister, and cheer her on. I know she missed me trotting by her side. She did send over a few pictures of her accomplishment!

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Volunteering Sunday

We popped into town today to volunteer at the Easter Seals Run this morning. The Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals 10k is York Region’s longest running fundraiser for children and youth with physical disabilities. Over the past 40 years this race has raised nearly $3 million to help children and youth with physical disabilities.

Team Running Free Newmarket and the Blister Sisters were course marshals, making sure all the runners and walkers were on the right track. It was great to see such a good turn out on such a hot morning for a great cause!

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Happy days and Weekend fun!

Weekend fun!

We never know what we are going to find when we are out for a run.We were on a training run the other day battling the poor slushy footing and unplowed roads. The shoulders of the road hadn’t been plowed so we turned down a “dead end” road just to get away from some traffic. On this particular road if you look around you would think you were up north, the brush comes right to the edge of the road and there are only a couple of houses. Oh yea and there is Frosty, waiting for us at the Dead End sign, hiding behind the piles of snow left by the plow. Too funny, he was the last thing we expected to see. The rest of our run didn’t seem so bad after running into him!

In the afternoon, we donned our Running Free hoodies and headed over to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Reunion at Pickering College in Newmarket. We set up a display of shoes and talk to the participants about proper foot wear.

The Relay for Life is one of the cancer society’s major fundraisers. In Newmarket the event will be held on Friday, June 19 at Pickering College. It is an evening event with lots of entertainment, food and an opportunity to walk or run 5, 10, 15, 21k to support cancer research. The event this past Saturday was an opportunity to past participants to sign up for this year’s event.

In 2014 there were 128,735 participants whose hard work raised 42.2 million. We all know that isn’t enough because they are doing it again! You can sign up on line as an individual or get your friends and family together and enter as a team here > Relay for Life

Of course there is a Blister Sister team and anyone can join us!

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#happydays Icebreaker Adventure Run

The Sisters competed in Don’t Get Lost’s Icebreaker Adventure Run down at Chedoke Golf Club in Hamilton this weekend. This event is the end of year event for the ARK group (Adventure Running Kids) as well as a warm up for the Snowshoe Raid in January. The turnout was great, lots of kids and adults participating. We both say we wish we would have known about this sport when our kids were young, we would have been out there with them.

We are ready to go!

We are ready to go!

Chedoke Golf club is a rolling little place at the base of the escarpment, so there were actually two levels to this event. We chose not to climb the escarpment and just find the controls along the base of the escarpment and around the golf course. That didn’t mean we didn’t get some great bushwhacking in or climbing, but we did get some nice running in across the golf course. With a few slips and falls we still managed to collect 430 pts that put us finishing right in the middle of our division.

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#100happydays Day 49 Race Bag Pickup for the Rebecca Run

#100happydays Day 49 Race Bag Pickup for the Rebecca Run

­I had the great opportunity to volunteer at the race bag pick up for the Rebecca Run today.

The Rebecca Run is very close to both Glenis and I. We have been involved with the event since Louise Smith had an idea of a race to raise funds to help find a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy 13 years ago. I remember planning with her as we trained for the Chicago Marathon. We wanted it to be the best little race around – and it is!

Louise and Cory

Race director Cory Freedman (rt) and Race Founder Louise Smith

Louise has firsthand experience with SMA, her niece was diagnosed with this disease. This diagnosed sent Louise on a mission to find a cure. Since the race started it had raised over 2.2 million dollars for Families of SMA. She has been a source of inspiration to us and to all the families dealing with SMA.

The Rebecca Run is on July 5, 2014 at Fairy Lake in Newmarket, Ontario. There is still time to register and there is always time to donate.

Rebecca Run shirts

You’ll see us in the light blue shirt volunteering at the finish line and the dark blue tech shirt on the runners. Nice shirts!

We hope we see you at the finish line.

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#100happydays Day 48 A fun little video – Remembering Good Times in the Snow!

#100happydays Day 48 A fun little video – Remembering Good Times in the Snow!

Wow, it’s been kind of HOT & Humid lately. We really shouldn’t complain, in a short 6 months we will be into the deep freeze again. We had a little fun today, thinking about the cold and the great video my husband did of the three of us snowshowing at Scanlon Creek. Have a look!

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#100happydays Day 47 Happy Canada Day from the Blister Sisters!

#100happydays Day 47 Happy Canada Day from the Blister Sisters!

 

We had a great day today celebrating Canada Day. We started it with a HOT, HUMID 12k trail run followed by working at Newmarket Running Free.

Canada Day Run - HOT and Humid

Canada Day Run – HOT and Humid

Yup we had to work today but we had great company with some of our team Running Free athletes coming in to help out.

Working with some of our great Running Free team on Canada Day!

Working with some of our great Running Free Team, Stephanie and Jeff, on Canada Day!

The Town of Newmarket had party on Main Street to celebrate Canada Day with a bands playing loudly and lots of vendors on the street. With friends coming in to chat and new visitors to the store it was a busy, fun day.

Glenis was a flower on Canada Day

Glenis was a flower on Canada Day

Canada Day friends stopping by.

Canada Day friends stopping by, hi Christine!

Main Street Newmarket was a party.

Main Street Newmarket was a party.

Plug in the wall

Helping the band!

Main Street was all red Nd white for the Canada Day celebration.

Main Street was all red and white for the Canada Day celebration.

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#100happydays Day 35 Shadows

#100happydays Day 35 Shadows

It was a beautiful early morning run, sunny and warming up and we had a guest out this morning!

#100happydays - Just the 3 of us!

#100happydays – Just the 3 of us!

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The Giant Rib Raid is coming up!

We have been diligently training for another event – The Giant Rib Raid! This is a team of 3 event so we talked Jean Corner, our Brooks rep into coming along for the fun. Stay tune for our race report.

In the mean time check out the Giant’s Rid Raid at the Don’t Get Lost website.

Rad trails at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Awesome trails at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area. It’s a fuzzy picture but this is what the trails look like with our out glasses!

 

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Chilly Half Marathon – March 2nd, 2014

We had this wild idea to train for something this past winter. In a moment of “we have to had a goal” planning we chose to train for the Chilly Half Marathon in Burlington Ontario.  The Chilly Half is a 21.1k road race along the Lakeshore, a four lane main road in Burlington Ontario.  We thought this would be a good race to train for because it was early in the season and you got a great jacket just for registering.  By training for this run, we were going to be ahead in our training for all the events we have planned for in 2014. That was our goal.

Throughout the worst winter for cold and snow in more than 10 years we pushed through our training, and forgetting that we hadn’t run a “road’ race in over 10 years, we kept saying to each other “it’s only a half”.

Race day came along with 5 cm of fresh snow, slush and negative temperatures. The only thing we could be thankful for was that the wind chill was only about 10 degrees colder that the minus 15C temperature at start time. We’re not sure but we think the sun came out for a bit, we couldn’t really tell because our glasses frosted over!

blistersisters

Selfie at the start line at Chilly Half Marathon March 2nd 2014, all smiles!

Huddled in the crowd at the start line, brought back so many memories of our days of road racing, we giggled and jiggled to keep warm. Then we were off, freezing.

start

Shivering in the start line with 3000 other runners! Cold cold cold!

Slogging through the slush and the crowd, expectations started to diminish and 21k became a little daunting. The best part of the race was that the course was an out and back so we got to see the young winners gliding along with their effortless strides and keen concentration and we got to see all the people, like us, at the back, the ones who planned and trained and who have awesome goals that might not include winning.

The volunteers were plenty, since lots of streets have to be controlled. Angry motorists were at every corner waiting impatiently for the race to be over. That brought back memories of past marathons through Burlington.

We shuffled along over the ice and through the slush to the turnaround pylon only to be greeted by a head wind on the way back. We were very happy to shuffle uphill to the finish.

cold camera

It was so cold my camera froze! Hi Ramona, so good to see you again!

Despite the inclement weather and the fact the race was on the road and not a beautiful snow covered trail in the woods we did have a great time. We met with our Team Running Free friends, hugged old friends along the course that we haven’t seen for years and we laughed a lot! We achieved our goal! On to our next adventure!

All smiles at the finish! Thanks to all the volunteers!
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