A 5 km Race

Kathryn Ann & I have been jogging/walking a lot at the Irving Nature Park, so when our friend Sandra asked us if we wanted to do the Canda Day Race in Grand Bay, we figured it’d be a good time to try a little 5km race. It’s been a few years since I’ve done any races, and Kathryn Ann is running for the first time and had been asking about races. It was a very hilly course and it was a lot warmer than what we’re used to jogging in, but it was a fun morning.

Baby Fox

After finishing our run this evening, Kathryn Ann & I met some folks who had rescued this baby fox over the winter…

Recovery days

I‘ve been taking it easy the last couple of days as I recovered from the 10k race on Sunday. It’s nice to have a bit of quite time, especially since the weekends seem to be getting booked up lately. I finally finished “Finn Mac Cool” (last month’s book club pick) and I really enjoyed it. And I’ve started Sabine’s pick, “Brother of Sleep” by Robert Schneider.

Mirimachi 5kmx2

F or Canada Day long weekend (yes, I took Monday off) I did karaoke with Jay M Friday evening, then headed up to the Mirimachi early Saturday morning with Keith. We got to Colleen’s parent’s place for about 10:30 and hung out for a bit before heading to breakfast with the gang at the Rodd. We drove down to Sunny Corner and decided to go tubing even though it was only about 14 degrees out and the water was icy. Numbingly icy! At least the river was high and flowing fast, so we were only in the water for about an hour. On the way back to Colleen’s parent’s place, we picked up stuff to barbecue. It was a relaxing afternoon of sitting around and chatting and enjoying BBQ’d food. IT continued to cool off for the evening, so instead of having a bonfire, we opted to stay in and play Cranium. It was quite the passionate game of it. I think I had the most fun watching folks trying to sculpt things!

Sunday we slept in and then had a mid-afternoon group brunch at the Rodd. Keith and I popped in to visit his folks for a bit before heading back to SJ. By the time I got home, I was exhausted. That exhaustion lasted for a couple of days and other than managing to do a couple of errands on Monday, I just caught up on sleep. (Yes, I took Monday off.) Tuesday was rather quiet as well, catching up a bit with Doug and Colleen and then heading out to Scott & Alison’s for a BBQ. Of course, it was 14 and foggy in Saint John, but 25 and sunny once you got 5 minutes out of town. I came back to town early and then stopped down at the waterfront to catch The Tartan Terrors with Jay & Lisa M (and Doug and Colleen). Jay and Lisa have been fans of theirs for year – they used to perform at the Ontario Renaissance Festival, and they totally lived up to their hype.

Wednesday to Friday were incredibly busy days at work. I was thankful by the time the weekend rolled around again. I had signed up to run a race in the Mirimachi but was going to bail on that and go to Halifax instead. My dad was scheduled for a surgery on Thursday and I thought I’d go down and see my folks and help them out around the house. But his surgery got postponed, so I reverted to my original plans to head back up to the ‘Chi with Keith. We left mid-day on Saturday and stayed at his folks’ place. We got up bright and early Sunday morning and headed over to Newcastle to start the race. It was a hard one, and neither of us got personal bests. Up to that point, the warmest weather I’d run in was 17 degrees. It was about 28 degrees out. Just crazy. And it got even warmer after that! There was no shade and barely any breeze, and that made for some tough running. I managed to finish my 10 km route in 1:10:17, and that included a whole bunch of walk breaks in the second half. Oy. Talk about draining!

Mirimachi 10k

Holy Hannah it was HOT! No shade & I forgot my inhaler. Oy.

Keith and I cleaned up and packed up and stoppped for lunch at the Cunard (he had won a gift certificate as a door prize) and then headed back to saint John, It was 32 degrees out, and by the time I got back to uptown SJ, it was 18 (thanks to the coastal fog). We napped for about an hour and then Keith picked me up and we went to see Wanted, which was quite fun & entertaining.

A Mellow Evening

Went for an easy run with Keith on the road at INP and then headed home to make supper and then chill out. I can’t remember the last time I just stopped and had a quiet night. I needed it. I’d planned on gaming, but didn’t even do much of that. Only played a bit of Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII on the PSP.

Walk Out The Kinks

I grabbed a much-needed nap after work yesterday and made some supper before heading out to pick Keith up. We went to the Irving Nature Park so I could get a bit of a walk in. My hips were pretty sore from Sunday’s race and spending a day sitting at an office desk wasn’t much of a help. We had a great walk – about an hour-and-a-half long, and we came across about half a dozen porcupines along the way.

4th Indy film = meh

I was in the mood for some mindless entertainment last night and I got what I wanted. I went to see the new Indy flick. It was silly and fun but not something I’d want to spend any time thinking about after. Because it was really stupid. I mean, aliens? Come on. Too over-the-top if you ask me. I won’t be adding it to my home library, that’s for sure.

On a side note, my hips are sore from yesterday’s run. I don’t think I’ve had sore hips from a run before. (Spending my day sitting at a desk isn’t going to be much help.) It was a good but hard run. I’m glad I did it, if only to improve my Personal Best. I can’t imagine running any longer distances.

Tubing, Catch the Bug, and more

Friday I grabbed a nap after work and managed to get up in time to see Picnicface at Ahkord. The Improv Corp opened for them, which was a nice treat. They did really well, and Picnicface was good. I didn’t stick around for the improv after the show – I was pretty beat.

Saturday, Keith and I had a tasty home-made breakfast (yay for omelette’s) and I headed to Kizzy’s to help lay sod. I was a couple of hours later than I’d intended, and wound up arriving just as they were finishing up. Oops. Glad it went well for them at least. I then ran home and got stuff together to go tubing on the Hammond river with some friends. I picked up Keith and we headed out. It was kind of cool, but still really nice. The water was at a good level and there weren’t many bugs at all. A relaxing and scenic afternoon!

Tubing on the Hammond river

Tubing on the Hammond river

We headed back into town to shower and change and then tried to find a place to eat. Churchills was packed, and Montanna’s even more so (an hour’s wait for a table and purportedly another hour wait for food once you’ve been seated – puh-lease). We wound up dining at Swiss Chalet, which was tasty as usual. Then it was off to run a couple of errands and then head to Kizzy’s for Emily’s “Graducelebration” party. It was nice to catch up with friends and to see everyone having a good time. I was pretty beat, so I headed home at 10 PM.

Today I got up nice and early and got ready to head to Market Square to run the Catch The Bug 10k race. I met Sandra there and caught up with Al at the start line. It was cool out and the breeze was pretty chilly, but by the time I’d gotten about 10 minutes into the run and warmed up a bit, it was pretty welcome. The hills were tough and I started to peter out at about the 8 km point, but managed to keep going for the last 2 km. Turns out I ran a personal best! I managed to shave 3 minutes and 12 seconds off of my last 10 km run, and completed it in 1:05:58.

I headed home, took a nice long hot shower, returned a few calls, and then headed over to Sabine’s “Soccer Spectacular” to help cheer on Austria (who didn’t win, although they sure put in a good show). Then, tucked out, I came home for a much-needed nap. Keith and I are now watching Lost in Translation before we head out to see the late show. I’m finally going to check out the new Indy while Keith joins Scott M at his Cinema 3 screening. All-in-all it’s been a fun and full weekend!

Volunteering for ALR

Last night I spent a couple of hours volunteering for the Saint John Animal Rescue League. I manned the donation table that the Prince Edward Square Liquor Store and got a chance to enjoy some fresh air at the same time. I was happy to see that a lot of folks thought it was something worth donating to. I hope thier fundraising efforts go well for them.

I was getting a bit worried that the tops of my feet were starting to burn. I hadn’t brought any sunblock and the sun was pretty hot. Turns out my feet were just pink form the heat, and I how have an odd-shaped tan on the tops of them (thanks to my choice of fotwear). I’m glad I didn’t get a burn – it would have made for a difficult run on Sunday. I’ll be participating in Catch the Bug that morning. It’s a pretty hilly course which will no doubt slow me down quite a bit, but at least I’ll have gone out for a nice long run AND I’ll get a cool shirt! :-)

The Week Rolls On…

Monday I tried to devote some time to a mockup for a mural. I managed to clean my apartment, and did a great job procrastinating. I’m just not feeling inspired by it at the moment.

Tueday I’d considered going to see the new Indy film with Jay & Lisa, but when Colleen called and suggested an outing to celebrate Jamie’s birthday with Kizzy & friends, I opted to do that. It was a nice night out, even though I was feeling financial stress and was a wee bit tuckered.

Last night I went for a nice run at the Irving Nature Park with Mare and Scott. I felt super-enrgized from it and that carried me through a late evening. Keith and I went to see the late show of Prince Caspian. We both really enjoyed it. But by the time the movie let out and I drove Keith home and parked by Queen Street and walked home, it was getting close to 1 AM.