3/31/07

"You can never go home again..."

"...but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right." ~Maya Angelou Jeep and I made our way to the beach(es) for the Spring Sprint early this morning (7a.m....nutty, i tells ya...just to register for 8a.m. and get an XL t-shirt - a t-shirt that WOULD have fit me almost 2 years ago. CRAZY!). We only moved downtown 3 years ago and the beach isn't that far from home but it's funny how much changes when you don't venture into it THAT often. So we're noticing all sorts of things out of whack in the neighbourhood on this CHILLY morning but somethings NEVER change. The people who run this event are the same rec centre and community volunteer crowd I used to work with when I worked for Parks and Rec and their enthusiasm and their dedication to the neighbourhood and recreation is unreal. It's great to have spirited people try to get you excited while you're freezing your buns off in 3 degree weather which is NOT helped by the strong winds coming off Lake Ontario. So Jeepers and I are hanging out at the starting line and we notice some faces in the crowd we've seen before, like one of our high school gym teachers who we might have quoted moments before to try and warm ourselves up (because to him "cold is just a state of mind" - that man was crackers but a HARDCORE runner who I'm sure made an impression on some of the other people I noticed from high school who were running in the race too). We wondered if he'd recognize us...certainly not me, but didn't venture over to find out. My parents even came out to see us and were recognized by one of the organizers. Mom and Dad are big volunteers in the community too so it's cute to know that everyone was made aware of that when Frank announced "it looks like the upper beaches and swanwick (their street) are here in the crowd". I thought that was really nice of him to give a little shout out to my parents. Afterall, they're so cute! So as I'm running and looking around, I realized I had missed out on sooo much FUN before by being unhealthy and I was so thankful that I can do this now. And having my parents (and John, he finished in about 22 minutes, 4 minutes before me) there at the finish line yelling "YAY MOUSER!" was perfect. Today wasn't about times or a distance really for me, although it was much better than my first 5km race (approx. 35 minutes vs. 26 minutes - woohoo), so I'm pleased. I'm just happy that I can go out and participate in a run and not worry about finishing or not being able to run for a few minutes. I finally proved it to myself. And it was good to go HOME and do it... and It felt ALRIGHT :)

16 comments:

Christina said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am out the door but as soon as I come back, i am commenting full force on your post you rock babes

NattyMcGoo said...

Good for you - how amazing it must be to be back there looking and feeling the way you do now. And to have your parents out there cheering you guys on is so wonderful! What a nice day for you :)

Maria said...

Wow! Awesome, awesome work. You got me a little worked up with that post. Not only do you look wonderful, nothing beats feeling wonderful - and that shines through here. Congrats on a momentus occassion!

Shirls said...

what a great post, to sit back and truly appreciate the moment:0)

Christina said...

26 mins is awesome...You look great and I like the cap...though I thought you were a leafs fan ;) It is so great that you got to do this run and you had your family to support you and to run with your brother, good for you. Like I saud before and as I have said a million times, you rock girl :P

tina said...

I am happy you guys made it out to the run. And good for you doing 5K is 26 minutes. That's something to really be proud of. ::high fives::

Mandy said...

Wow! You go girl!!! Inspirational!

Melissa said...

You go girl!! You are such an inspiration to me...maybe one day I will be posting about a run! So proud of you!
Mel

Pam, the belly dancing queen said...

It's so nice to hear that you have a great support system. It was f*@#$%^ cold too, so good on you for doing the run--you nut!!

meredi said...

That's awesome, Marie! Your time rocks, and how great not to have to worry about stopping along the way or not making it to the end. You are without a doubt a true 'runner' now! :)

Did you notice that Kara's has been replaced by Il Fornello? I think that's one of the saddest changes in the Beach lately :(

(J had lived there for the past 4-5 years.)

~paige~ said...

i think i may love your family. they sound amazing!
way to go marie! you did a great job sister

marie said...

I know Mer. My parents used to go there EVERY sunday after church for breakfast. It was a little disappointing to have it go.

We ended it up going to the goof for breakfast after, which is so snazzy now too! craaaazy changes!

paige: we can adopt you if you'd like. we do that sort of thing. notice our facebook group? :P

Angie All The Way said...

You friggin rock girl! WTG!

Shrunk said...

Wow, that sounds like the best experience. Hopefully I can be like Mouser and do that too :O)

~♥ Amanda ♥~ said...

wow, congrats on doing the run! you inspire me, i would love to start running! and your family is so cute!!!!

Anonymous said...

The only way I could run 5k in 26minutes is if they announced the Krispy Creme factory was on fire.

Mojo

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