rivers-lakes

Dropped Ash & Tom at DIA, their next stop: Reykjavik, Iceland.  [after work] returned to pick up Marty, my first (& only) grandpup.  Year-half living with Ro, knew this 2-week reunion would be appreciated by both.  BROs reunited!

Spoiled?  Well…maybe a little.  Pup-Peroni snacks, hot dogs, fried eggs each morning.  Eggs are good for their coat, right? 🙂

Short work week, family & friends now gone, weekend plans?  A June SNOW hike…of course.  Travelled north to Brainard Lake, short 45 minutes away.  Generally roads open Memorial Day weekend.  No such luck this year.

Originally had hoped to hike Lake Isabelle.  2 mile jaunt to Brainard, beautiful sunshiny skies.  Lotta hikers.  Brainard still half-frozen.  Kicked back & people watched.  BIG smiles from BOTH pups.  Ro loves the snow, Marty loves to hike.

Circled ‘round Brainard.  Met by a wall of snow.  No Isabelle in today’s hike forecast.

Home returned via Nederland.  In-town cell reception, received another batch of texts from Iceland.  Wouldn’t trade our Colorado snow hike…but this particular weekend, think I got aced by Daughter.  Volcanic hot springs, Icelandic ponies, oceanside boulder hike, spelunking & whale watching – that doesn’t include a 2-day jet set to London.  Well done Ash.  Nothing left undone.

 

 

Ash & Tom’s Icelandic Adventure

 

 

pic-perfect day

Promised months ago, would not marathon Memorial Day weekend.  No race conflicts permitted during Ash & Tom’s Colorado wedding [or 2 weeks following – dog-sitting my grandpup during their Iceland honeymoon].

Week before?  No such promise.  Targeting run #90, 5th in 6 weeks, 12th of 2017.

Flight delay in Chicago, +2 hour time difference, arrived in Manchester 2:30am Saturday morning.  Six hours sleep, short 2 mile pre-marathon run (‘cause every day’s a run day), hit the highway – destination: Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  2 cars: Stephen, Sheila, daughter-in-law Ashley & two toddlers.  Beautiful sunshiny day.

Portsmouth’s right on the water – New Hampshire’s only port city.  Public parking off Market, street-scanned for grub.  Irish pub, outdoor seating.  Check, done 🙂

Post-lunch walk in Prescott Park, along the Piscataqua River.  Picture perfect New England.  Alarm sounded.  Watched Memorial Bridge lift, allowing a passing ship to clear its mast.  History-trekk’d thru Portsmouth Navy Yard while Ashley’s kids climbed atop the Park’s whaling memorial.  AND there was ice cream ❤

More of Stephen’s family – Patricia, Noreen & Maggie – joined before his concert start at Christ Episcopal Church.  Second year singing, my first time attending.  Gotta get back for Christmas — hear the conductor wears jingle bells & a tree.  SUPER FUN day!

 

UPDATEFriday Jun 9thNational Anthem at Red Sox’s Fenway Park

 

WWI Memorial Bridge (NH to Maine)

 

 

4:45am alarm, crazy tired start to marathon morning.  Living B-I-G can have its drawbacks.

comparing FINISHER bling

Didn’t end Super Saturday early, even after a FULL day at Niagara Falls.  My Canadian bestie next drove us from her Brampton home to downtown Toronto (45 minutes away).  Trip wouldn’t be complete without a ride UP the CN Tower, tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  Sarah however had other ideas.  No trip would be complete without FINE DINING at the WORLD’s highest & largest revolving restaurant – 1,152ft UP.  Yeah, yeah we walked out on a scary glass panel (2 floors BENEATH the restaurant) – but it’s our fancy 3-course meal, I’ll long remember.  Thanks friend, GREAT idea!

Home by 11pm – morning came early.  5:15am climbed in Sarah’s car Milo, arrived at Ontario Place by 6am.  45-minute bus ride to Mel Lastman Square (marathon Start), dropped between the North York Civic Centre & Toronto Centre for the Arts.

7:30am Start, Orange Corral.  Caught the 4 hour pace group after 2K (no miles today — we’re in Canada, running 42.2K).  Cold damp day but unlike yesterday, no rain.  After running in shorts the past 2 weeks, risked getting hot & donned a ski jacket…trying to outthink today’s 2nd Half along wind-happy Lake Ontario.

One steep climb 5K in.  3:50 pacers passed me going up, I caught them on the down.  Stayed just ahead thru 25K.  HUGE blast off Toronto’s Great Lake pushed me backward.  Pacing bunny (that’s what they’re called in O’ Canada) went by on the left…and that was that.  No mo’ gas.  Flat course ‘round the lake (Martin Goodman Trail) but went out too fast too early.  Strong headwind next 7 miles, running 9:40-10/min miles.

Entering Humber Bay Park, passed by the 4 hour pack.  Wind at my back, 35K to the Finish.  Slow/run combo to the end, no more slog.  Either gonna run or walk fast – but no more humped shoulders/slow jog.

Realize I went out too fast today but on the right path – know I got it in me, I WILL PR this year.  It will happen.

Back at Ontario Place, marathon FINISH #89.  Couple seconds quicker than last weekend, 2nd fastest run of 2017.  Third province completed & a new Canadian PR (almost 30 minutes better).

Convoluted flight path home, Monday morning work day awaits.  Sunshine – home, sweet Colorado home 🙂

 

Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon
2017-05-07 • Marathon

 

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