Glenis and I joined in a sweet little Fun Run put on by OUTRace – Ontario Ultra and Trail Run Series over by Creemore on Saturday. It was great! About 35 runners out for a lark on a sweet little 7.5k loop. The idea was to do 4 loops in 6 hours or as far as you wanted to go.
The course was challenging, with steep slippery up hill climbs on ATV trails, grass cover trails along alfalfa fields, slick down hills on single tracks and a couple of river crossings. It also had the BEST gentle down hill run ever on the back half. Oh ya and it rained a bit just to add to the best fun on a trail run!
No points were awarded for this run but they had awesome awards at the end and everyone got a 30th Anniversary OUTRace toque just for showing up.
Rebecca Run 2018
Today I volunteered at the Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The run has been hosted in Newmarket for the last 17 years. I’ve volunteered for 16 of those years, the race just keeps growing.
As always it was a beautiful morning of running, walking, families and adorable kids. The day featured a timed 5k, a 3k run /walk and a 1k kids run. There was something for every ability and the kids show you how to get it done. Hats off to Corey and her team for another great event and to Louise for starting it all!
Today $115,000 was raised for research to find a cure. A gene therapy cure is so close but more research funds are needed to make this cure a reality. So many kids are waiting. Check out the website.
Today was a beautiful spring day, but the store needed to be opened so we debated between running in or taking our bikes. Well, we really need the seat time so we met at the trailhead on our bikes and headed in. Did I mention it was a beautiful day?
Along the trail we met George Biondic, the ultimate ultra runner and congratulated him on his new Canadian Record, over 900k in 10 days! What an accomplishment!
We rode along, dodging downed trees from yesterday’s wind storm and rode up to the trailhead at Timothy Street. It was the first day of the farmers market and it was kind of busy in that area of town. Glenis was ahead of me and disappeared around the corner. The next think I know, she is on the ground! Crashed! Dare I say – again! (Last year riding the trail she crashed and broke her toes.) She rode up to the trailhead and hesitated a minute too soon on where to go next, off the curb or a sharp right on the walk way. That little hesitation crashed her into a huge railroad crossing pole!
People came running! Oh boy, from all directions, almost cleared out the farmer’s market! Her hands were a bit of a mess and she rang her bell, but up she got. I grabbed both bikes and we wandered to the store. We had a look and realized she needed more first aid than was at hand so off she went to emerge.
She’s always smiling. (Wait until she tries to knit!) Broken hand and cuts. I did mention she better get a waterproof cast! Storm the Trent is only few weeks away!
After a summer of vacations and injury we finally got out for an adventure run at the Peak to Peak. It was Glenis’s first run after her little bike accident which landed her foot in a boot! She did great, I might have to stomp on her other foot to slow her down (just joking).
We were pretty proud of ourselves, hitting all our planned CP’s until we came to the last one and I realized I had lost my SportIdent (my timer). I know I had it at CP84 but bushwhacking through thick brambles must have ripped it from my finger and it was gone when we arrived at CP 85! We even retraced our steps, or tried to, all the way back to CP 84. Standing at the control, neither of us could remember the exact way we had chosen to bushwhacked our way towards the next CP. With all the leaves on the ground, it was like looking for that needle in a haystack!
A not so nice way to finish but we felt pretty darn good with our navigation and our first run event in months!
Yay! We are back racing! Well that’s is debatable, racing that is, but the Sisters ran the Iroquois Trail Test today! Beautiful day, challenging course, lots of heart pumping fun. we even had an awesome guest with us, Cecilia! The three of us rock the course, and yes there were tons of rocks, and hills and more rocks, a true Test! Yay for us!
Thanks for remembering to take this photo, Cecilia!
July 1st 2017 Canada’s 150 Birthday!
It truly is remarkable that Canada is celebrating 150 years. We are a strong, young country. Difficulties and differences have come up but the people who make up this country have a common goal in developing a strong, free nation. Every one of Canada’s 150 years is worth celebrating.
Happy Birthday Canada!
Last Saturday was the Pride Parade in town! Glenis had a prime spectator seat as it wound by the store. She said the parade was great, the crowds so deep along the side walk that she took a ladder out to sit on top of it so she could see and take these great pictures!
Friday morning, the end to a long week. One more day to work for me, Glennie gets to lounge around today. Off we go into the woods on our bikes. Really the first time on the trials for us other than riding the “urban” trail that takes us into town.
When we came out of the bush we interrupted a flock of turkey vultures. Glenis counted 15 of them. All hanging around in the trees, spreading their wings to warm up while they waited for us to leave. It’s garbage day and they were waiting to swoop down for breakfast!
Count them – 8 turkey vultures sitting in a tree!
Yup – that’s us!
The tap in the middle on nowhere that is always running!
Had to take a picture of two friends!
So nice! Until that rock crashed into Glennie’s knee…. The first boo- boo of the season!
Ouch, first crash of the season!
Still, it was a pretty awesome Friday morning in June! I wonder if she will ride again. HAHA, of course she will! On to day 3 of 150!
We’ve kind of let this little blog lag. Life has gotten in the way big time. So today we decided to commit to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday by posting 150 cool, fun, and downright silly thing we get do every day!
June 1st, and it’s a beautiful morning. We have waited so long for sunshine and blue sky. It’s been such a rainy spring, the river is still running high. It’s so nice to run by the river, the sound of the water over the rocks mixed with the songs of the bird’s make you want to play hooky from work! We love our mornings running the trails. Running the river fits right in there as a cool, fun thing!
One lost pair of glasses hooked on this tree deserved a few friends!
Off she goes!
It was a good morning to do some Blister Sister planning. We have planned a few fun things to get into this year. It’s going to a good season!
We were really luck the last few days to get a dump of snow. So this morning before work we headed out for a little snowshoeing. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a work out too. You can really feel it in your hips and glutes. The valley looked so peaceful covered with snow as we stomped along. We cut a trail along the river. The river isn’t frozen over now, too many above freezing days, so the ducks were still there, I can’t figure out why their feet don’t freeze in the water but that’s for another post.
I’ve been snowshoeing off and on for a long time. I still have the first pair of snowshoes I bought when I was a kid on the farm from the local feed store. They are the older wooden kind with a tail and the cat-gut webbing. I bought them so I could check on the fence around the field my horses were in. Working snowshoes.
Now we have the light-weight aluminum and nylon snowshoes. They have comfortable bindings and are light enough that we can run in them (although they aren’t made for running). No more special snowshoe shoes, we just use our trail runners and gaiters.
Snowshoes go back a long way. Historians don’t know the exact age of snowshoes but they believe they were invented 4000 to 6000 years ago. They say that North America wouldn’t have been populated without the snowshoe. Wikipedia had a pretty good write up about the history of the snowshoe. Did you know that snowshoes are a Canadian Icon ? If it weren’t for snowshoes the fur trade might not have happened back when the Hudson Bay Company was in that business.
There are lots of different types of snowshoes depending on the terrain you are in and what exactly you want to do with them like running or back country hiking. Choosing a snowshoe can be as easy as going to your local sports store, farm store or Costco but a little knowledge goes a long way, check out Backcountry’s website.
Snowshoes are getting more technical too, Fimbulvetr, a Norwegian company has some pretty cool technical snowshoes. They made the Outside (online) 2016 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
We are not in this group!
Have fun snowshoeing!