I used to get up at 5 a.m. just to get ready for school. I used to be a ballerina. I used to love track and field. I used to cook for myself. I used to be a good runner.
I'm sick of all these "used to's" Let's go Caitlin! Get it together. The past is the past and the present is now.
I've signed up to run a half-marathon with my friend Melissa. The big date is Oct 24 in Niagara Falls, ON.
Being a student, I've found many ways to put off my training. Homework, friends, internship hunting.
Well enough is enough. Training starts today. I'll be blogging about my training, my life and my thoughts.
This might be the only time I'm happy to say, "Let's hit the pavement!"
The Globe and Mail is revamping its image. Over the past few weeks, there have been hot topic themes for debate and a variety of interesting columns. From multiculturalism to failing boys, the military to work/life balance, each topic has really got me thinking and I love it.
It’s a mixture between news and opinion. I suppose it’s the changing face of media where objectivity is less common. The lead no longer contains the meat of the story- and the content is more subjective and probing.
I am also really enjoying the Life section. Great articles about fitness, new health studies, relationships and food. I often read the article in print then go online to check out the comments. It’s amazing just how many people share their two cents with the Globe.
There was an article about when a married couple loses interest in each other, statistically speaking, it wasn’t pro marriage or committment.
The diversity among the comments was enlightening. People were thoughtful and honest with their answers. The article sparked a great online conversation to say the least.
Melissa crosses the finish line with energy at 1 hour and 52 minutes!!! Amazing!!!
We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Great running conditions with no wind, limited sun and 15 degrees.
She should be very proud of her accomplishment. There were two main things that I loved about the day. Number one was being around such activity, spirit and encouragement. Friends and family were out supporting their loved ones, the runners were cheering each other on and the variety of people participating was inspiring.
The second thing, and the most memorable is the love and pride just oozing out of the Legault family. They were so excited to cheer her on and make sure we were in the right place and the right time to do so. Her dad even ran along with her for a bit to give her some motivational words. She later said that she thought at that moment she was either going to cry or throw up.. haha! luckily she did neither.
The Legault’s picked me up at the hotel and we headed to Netherby Road where we were going to cheer Mel on! The night before, we had scoped out the route and decided that this is about the half way point and would be the perfect spot to boost her energy with our cheering and support. Well, our calculations were incorrect. Netherby was only 6.4km into the run meaning she still had roughly 15 kms to go! haha big difference.
Mel’s dad, Paul, is an experienced marathon runner. He knew Mel (or any runner) would need support and encouragement just after half so he and Mel’s brother and girlfriend went down the route about 8km to plan another cheering squad.
Mel’s mom and I stayed at Netherby to give an initial “woohoo!” When she ran past us I felt emotional haha, she looked strong and determined. Her training was clearly paying off as it appeared to be as easy as a sunday afternoon stroll.
We met with MEL’s boyfriend Jeff and his family and continued to the next meeting spot.
About 5kms from the finish we cheered all the runners on. It’s amazing how much they needed the support- our encouragement brought a needed smile to their faces.
Melissa took the shuttle to the Half-Marathon start point at 7:45am. She didn’t have to run until 10am, so there was quite a bit of waiting. There is a chip laced into every runner’s shoe that is activated as you pass the start line and cross the finish line.
Melissa and I drove down to Niagara Falls today… in the rain. Maybe it only makes sense to drive towards this massive water mass in the mist and fog? The check-in for the race was at the SkyLawn, which is the CN Tower of Niagara Falls. Good god is it ever tacky around here. Such a contrast between beautiful natural wonder and trashy, neon flashing lights. I guess that happens with tourist attractions.
The route looks gorgeous though. It was definitely a good idea to drive it out, so now Mel is mentally prepared for her 21 kilmetres. I know I’d want that too! I won’t lie, I fel a little sad that I’m not running- I know it will be hard to watch tomorrow but I’m super excited for Mel!