My body isn't used to this much walking - but it will be! The first half of the week of April 29th to May 5th didn't go according to plan. On Sunday I had a 3km walking/travel day back home from Toronto but Monday and Tuesday I was exhausted. I didn't do much and was somewhat depressed that I wouldn't get my kilometers in for training this week.
I stepped up my walking on Wednesday (May 2nd) and did over 10km (throughout the day - not in one go) I did a quick 2.5km before work, an adventurous 4.99km at lunch, and a leisurely 3.46km with Mom around the park/grove in the evening. The path I took at lunch was an extension of the South March Trail (which I am very familiar with) except this bit connecting to Terry Fox was new. It was muddy so footing was iffy, but it was a great work out to try and not fall on my butt. I saw these delicate white flowers scattered around. I found out through an app called "PictureThis" that they are Rain Lilies. So pretty!!!!
Thursday May 3rd, after work I got a little adventurous. I walked along a path that I probably shouldn't have. It was confusing to understand if it was private property or not. I was told by many people this was a walking path open to hike to a neighbouring town, so I went to check it out. There was a scary bit under an overpass with some pretty cool graffiti, but there were animal carcasses - and I booted out of there as fast as I could. I continued my way back onto town streets, but got adventurous again and went off onto a path that connected down towards the grove. I was so happy to see the familiar Grove gate and paths I know so well.
Friday May 4th was a rest day. After work, I yet again frequented Joanne's Goat farm. I enjoyed the company, conversation and goat cuddles. As I was sitting out in the paddock with little Atticus trying to climb my back, the wind picked up. It got rather furious. I headed back home just in time. A wind storm the likes I hadn't seen in a long time ripped it's way through the area. Places just outside of town lost power, and many trees fell. I immediately worried about the state of the old pines in the Grove, and hoped it wouldn't be that bad.
The next day, on Saturday May 5th, my mother and my niece accompanied me on a walk and picnic, the last part would be through the Grove and it was as I feared. It feels broken. I wanted to cry. So much devastation! It's so sad to see an area change so much from when I was a child. It always seemed so dense and massive; now it feels open, barren and small.
Week One - APRIL 15-21: Goal 9km (14.12km)
Week Two - APRIL 22-28: Goal 20km (15.27km)
Week Three - APRIL 29 - MAY 5: Goal 20km (24.37)
Week Four - MAY 6 - 12: Goal 22km
- 4th week of no smoking!
- Still haven't fundraised anymore yet, and need $2,330 more to go!
- Feeling tired but optimistic!
Thanks for checking in! - Colleen
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.