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Mother's Day Bike Ride

I just bought myself a retirement gift! A beautiful new, light and racy road bike!

I've always had a bike but my last one was almost 30 years old! A lovely old Peugeot hybrid with a big fat seat and upright handle bars. 

You can image how SLOW that thing was. Whenever my husband and I rode together he'd have to stop every kilometre or so and wait for me to catch up.

For Mother's Day my youngest son used one of his vacation days just to be able to go for a long ride with me!

We rode about 12 k out of town and then up to the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on Observatory Hill, elevation 224 m.

Second Run This Week

Whoo hoo! I did it.

I went for my second run (since I re-dedicated myself to regular running) this week!

Fortunately all the stars were aligned in my favour.

By this I mean I was able to get away from work early, it WASN'T raining (if you live in Victoria you know this is a HUGE deal right now) and it was actually SUNNY!

I knew I was going for a run yesterday because I wrote it down in my teacher daybook. Right at the top after "Starbucks latte" and "Walk Max".  If it's in the daybook, it has to be done. Every teacher knows that.

Even though I've been running for two decades, I feel like I'm close to beginner status right now.

Tough but Good

Wow!

I just finished a VERY tough run.

This last year has NOT been good for my running career :)  I've been the laziest runner alive. I've been walking whenever I want, I've missed days on end, and I've given up racing.

I'm a long time runner - 21 years and counting now - so it's not like I'm just trying to figure it all out.

But this last year has been really tough and instead of amping up my running to deal with the stress, I've been avoiding it.

But after a particularly bad pity party yesterday I've decided to re-dedicate myself to the sport I LOVE.

Rededicating myself to running again after a year of being a sloth.

Running in Tofino

We spent our Christmas in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Besides eat and drink with our good friends, we spent most of our time on the beach, either running or walking. Needless to say, it was amazing!

We arrived on Christmas Eve day and immediately went exploring Chesterman Beach. The day was clear and bright and towards the end of our walk we were treated to this gorgeous sunset.


New Year's Eve Race

For the past five years Les and I have bid adieu to the old year with a 5k fun run called Run Through Time. It's sponsored by Frontrunners, is held up at the University of Victoria, and is a charity for Runners of Compassion.

The run is two laps (with a quick detour into the centre of the campus) around Ring Road. It's always a dark and COLD run, but it's one of my favourites. I love running in the dark. For some reason I always feel faster. Weird but true!

New Shoes!

My running has been less than illustrious.

I'm blaming it on Christmas fatigue. I teach Grade 1 and the little cutie pies just wear me out. I've been on holidays for four days now but I still haven't regained my usual energy. I'm going to up my protein and start taking my iron supplements again and hopefully that will straighten me out:)

In the meantime, seeing as how I don't have any running exploits to share, I thought I'd tell you about my recent purchases.

My third pair of Brook Pureflows finally bit the dust and since the latest incarnation didn't feel as great as the old ones, I switched over to the Saucony Kinvara.

Over the last 4 years I've managed to ditch my orthotics (yay!), though I do wear a little heel lift in my right shoe 'cause apparently my leg is a tad shorter and it was causing a bit of grief with the longer miles. I've also been buying progressively lighter shoes.