so Sunday morning I hooked up /w my cousin Lyndsey and went for a pretty sweet leisurely
run jog /w her along the Lakeshore (Lake Ontario). It was beautiful and we really couldn’t have asked for better weather; clear, sunny, gentle breeze and not too hot. Fall has already hit Southern Ontario and the leaf litter on the pathway confirmed that. (Most of these photos were taken /w my point & shoot WHILE running so they aren’t award winning)
|passing by a “window to the Lake”|
Lyndz is a great running partner b/c her maximum pace is my easy or tempo pace. I felt like I could’ve run all day long at that speed. It was enlightening. I now KNOW I could run longer distances and that is a great feeling.
|Lyndz in her lululemon outfit taking a short walk break|
Burlington is a lovely town, my home town. Running there yesterday made me realize why so many people move back there; it is so friendly and such a “child-rearing” suburbia. Nearly every person we ran into said “Good Morning” or “Hello” I really wanted to say “Top of the morning to you”, but I held back. I wish we could afford to buy a house there, but we can’t – yet. The lakeshore is always bustling with athletic people and I think it was the first time in my life (or maybe one of few) that I was one of them
|more runners along lakeshore rd (sorry it’s so fuzzy)|
Here I am looking as happy as ever, not having to work as hard as I normally do for this run. I had cross-trained the day before and my knee wasn’t appreciating that it had to run the next day. It was the first time in a long time that I decided to use my “tool belt” for a run and you know what it actually didn’t bother me. It’s a cheap piece of crap that I bought at a drug store when I first started down my road to becoming an athlete Ooooh la la, I’m an athlete. Not really but a girl can dream can’t she?
|my bumble bee workout outfit. Running in cotton sucks ass btw..|
We finished our 3.1 mile run in 39 mins – about 10 mins longer than I’m used to, but I felt great! As I mentioned early, I think I could’ve run another another 3 miles at that pace so maybe I’ll sign up for a 10k in the near future
We ended at the same place we started (my suggestion) Paletta Lakefront Park. It has held a special place in my heart since I was in my late teens. I used to come here to collect my thoughts, smoke a joint or meditate, skip some rocks and explore nature. So coming here to stretch after a run was quite an amazing experience for me. My, how I’ve grown
|The Paletta Mansion – redone historical house that now hosts numerous social events including weddings AND has 1.5k nature trail for public access|
|the shoreline where we stretched. the far rocks jetting out in the background is “my spot” or used to be prior to Logan|
|running-blogger-cousins – RBC’s YO!|
After the run it was time to head on over the Grandma’s house (cliché I know; to Grandmothers house we go!), which happened to be the main reason why we had chosen that particular running location; so we could visit /w our G-ma as well. When we arrived we were greeted /w the usual big hugs from Grandma and once I had changed out of my disgusting workout clothes I sat down to a table of THIS….
|those eggs and that rice salad were gone by the end|
I don’t think my Grandmother had ever had us over after any form of athletic activity b/c we literally ate almost everything. Then she treated us to dessert which consisted of some sort of plum pie. It didn’t look very good so I skipped the pic but it sure tasted amazing
My Grandma had to cut our visit short b/c she was teaching/doing a demo of Scottish Country Dancing at a historical house; The Irish House. Doesn’t she just look so cute /w her sash and dress??
|My grandmother still dances at 83!! (? – family members please confirm this)|
1. did you like my writing style in this post? I actually just wrote instead of “talking” lol
- I thought it called for more of a story-time feeling and I definitely enjoyed writing it.
2. do you think old people get upset that we refer to them as cute like we would babies??
- I think my Grandma most likley doesn’t mind but I am just asking b/c I probably would. I HATE when people refer to me as cute now. I’m hot, sexy and gorgeous ok! get it right.
3. are you as proud of me as I am at my complete life-style revamp??? b/c sometimes I just can’t believe it!!
- I am so profoundly delighted at how I am finally figuring out who Ali IS…and thus truly appreciating myself. I feel like any friends I make now are the friends I want around in my life. So many people thought they “knew” Alison but to be honest I don’t think they ever did b/c she didn’t even know herself.
HELLO, my name is Ali, nice to meet you