It was a little hot this Saturday morning when 14 of us met up at High Park. I can only report on those we know about, so please share your training stories with us – in person or via email.
It was great to walk together with the group for over 10k, as we went 3k around the park, and then walked 3.5k west to the gazebo. We added another 2k by going to the lighthouse, and began our trek east along the Lakeshore to various destinations.
Sue, Linda, Barb, Diane, Carol and Deb continued back to High Park, with Lee and Suzanne not far behind. Susan chose to walk her distance along a familiar route and continued east.
Ela, Mary, Rorie, James and Phyllis trekked up the Humber river. While some were planning to only do 24k, Ela insisted that we walk at least ‘to the woods’. Phyllis and James continued on a little further for their 29k goal. I’m not sure how it happened but we all walked more than our goals. Who was in charge of mapping the route?? We decided that walking 32k in that heat was like doing a marathon in fall weather…unless you are racing in Chicago!
We know there were others walking in that heat – Lorna in Mississauga, Helen up north at the cottage, Laurel, Shirley and likely others… All were ‘walking the distance’.
Next few weeks
Next Saturday night (Aug 22nd) is the Midsummer Night’s Run, where at least a dozen of our members will be walking 15k. You won’t see us on Sat. morning, but Helen and others will be there, so don’t use it as an excuse to skip a Saturday walk! The race starts at 6:30pm, but come early as porta-potty lines get VERY long close to race time. Come dressed festively, and prepared for a lovely walk on the Leslie Street spit. Last year the sunset over Toronto harbour while walking was spectacular.
Also next weekend is Rorie’s pool party. Spend Sunday afternoon lounging around or splashing about with your fellow walkers. Contact her or Phyllis to RSVP.
The following Saturday (Aug. 29th) we will be meeting at the ferry docks, taking the 7:30am ferry to Wards Island. We’re walking 21k (Wards to Hanlon’s Point – twice) training for the Toronto Women’s Island Half but feel free to come for a shorter distance, or for brunch at 11:30am at the Rectory Cafe (Wards Island ferry). Please tell Phyllis if you are coming (or not) so we can reserve a large table under the trees in the garden.
If you’ve been away over the summer, come out on Tues, Thurs or Sat. We’re always out there and would love to see some new faces, and hear new stories.
We’re heading into home stretch, September and October races are not far away…keep up the good work.