Walking with a friend, sleepless nights & witnessing "justice".
This week's goal was 37 km, and I was just shy of it at 33.43km. (Under just 3.57km.)
Sun, July 29 - 12.71 km
Mon, July 30 - 1.79 km
Tues, July 31 - 9.44 km
Wed, Aug 01 - 3.15 km
Thurs, Aug 02 - 1.13 km
Fri, Aug 03 - 0 km
Sat, Aug 04- 5.21 km
Sunday, July 29th. On this day, my bestie accompanied me on my morning hike through the Macnamara Trail, and again on my evening walk exploring the new path in town. The last time I went through the Macnamara Trail, I was with my mom - and we got lost. Don't ask me how.... I guess I was too busy yapping and missed the path you are supposed to take. This time around though my friend showed me the actual correct way. Nice! I like not getting lost! As we walked the boardwalk I saw what I believe was a Gray Jay or some sort of Swallow? I'm attaching the image in my blog, maybe someone reading this can identify it and solve the mystery for me? We went to the swamp lookout and admired the marsh for a bit while catching each other up on our lives. My friend also saw a snake and we freaked out, even though it was just a common garter snake. We walked faster after that! In the evening we took to the old train track with her dog. The town recently fixed it up and renovated the old train trestle to a pedestrian crossing. It's exciting walking somewhere new. They did an amazing job, and I highly recommend you go check it out!
Wednesday, Aug 1st. I don't know why... but this week I have had restless, sporadic and interrupted sleeps which leave me feeling exhausted in the morning. By this point in the week my "sleeping habit" was starting to make me feel a bit queasy. I did another quick kilometre at lunch and a short walk around my neighbourhood in the evening but that short 2.41 kilometers felt like 12!
Thursday, Aug 2nd. Uh oh! Man... I'm starting the think my insides are going on strike from my diet. Something I ate didn't agree with me and another night with only 2 hours rest had me second guessing if I should drive to North Bay or not. I had decided by mid afternoon that I was going, ill or not. It was a long 3 and a half hour drive but I wasn't missing this event. I got in, met up with friends, took a swim, chatted late into the night and maybe got another couple hours of rest before having to go to the Court on Friday.
Friday, Aug 3rd. I'm so happy with my decision to go. I couldn't miss being present at the Sentencing of the guy who decided to drive drunk and took the life of a friend last November. I was there to offer support for my beautiful bestie as she read her Victim Impact Statement for the loss of her husband. I was so moved by her and her wonderful Mother-in-Law's statement. I cannot imagine how hard that must of been for the both of them. They were my Hero's that day. It was little closure, as I feel justice has not been fairly dispatched, but it was an eye opening experience to our Justice System. Once I got home, I passed out - literally. I fell asleep and remained in the same still position in my very comforting bed for ELEVEN HOURS! Yes.... 11 hours....!
Saturday, Aug 4th. I mustered up enough energy and met up with mom in the Grove for our usual trek in the evening after a lovely lazy day. I saw some pretty cool mushrooms and even though I fell short of my kilometer count this week, I was proud to have done what I did, being as sleep deprived and exhausted as I was. We admired all the hard work in the gardens of Gillies, and enjoyed the view of the river from the top of the hill at Robert Simpson Park. Once I got home I came to terms with the fact that next week is going to be a low kilometer week in light of a few photography contracts and editing time - but it's worth it!
After this week coming up... I will hit my $7500 fundraising goal and perhaps exceed it!
- 17th week of no smoking!
- I only need $140 more to go for Fundraising!
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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.