TPW Winter Gathering

TPW Winter Gathering
sporting our new safety sashes that reflect!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day

I heard a thousand blended notes while in a grove I sat reclined, 
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind. 
To her fair works did Nature link the human soul that through me ran; 
And much it grieved my heart to think what man has made of man. 

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, the periwinkle trailed its wreaths; 
And ’tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes. 
The birds around me hopped and played, their thoughts I cannot measure.
But the least motion which they made, it seemed a thrill of pleasure. 

The budding twigs spread out their fan, to catch the breezy air; 
And I must think, do all I can, that there was pleasure there. 
If this belief from heaven be sent, if such be Nature’s holy plan, 
Have I not reason to lament what man has made of man.

I can’t say it better than Wordsworth!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The weather is one factor we cannot do anything about!

I chose to stay in bed Saturday morning and walk later on my own. Mistake.  I got wet and if I walked with the group I would have had company and the distraction of our conversations.

My Garmin recorded an 8km stroll along Front St to St Lawrence Market, through the market and home.
I thought if it’s a cold and rainy day then I would want comfort food for dinner. There is a vendor with the most wonderful tomato soup and it was worth the stroll in the rain to buy some. 

Sitting here on Sunday morning looking out at the ice/snow covered streets I know that I am staying put and will read and do things I've been putting off for a while.

I think about the runners who are doing the Boston Marathon tomorrow and think how hard they work to get there, some for many years to qualify. If you want to learn more about the Boston experience ask Michael. He ran it!

The weather forecast is rain with cool winds up to 50km an hour. YIKES!  The one thing we all know about doing races is the weather is one factor we cannot do anything about. Some of us record our training walks and know precisely what we wore for specific weather. I do not do that though sometimes I wish I did.

I think about the hundreds of volunteers at Boston and how the poor weather will impact their day. For most volunteers they are out there much longer than most participants. 

On another note, Jean (of Jeans Marines) is registered for the race.  She officially retired from racing a few years ago but I guess it’s hard to give up. She was 4th in her age category last year but this year she is in a  new age category(75-79).  Jean continues to inspire!

As do all of you who are out there every week walking the distance !

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April lament...

Okay, enough is enough! I am exercising my god-given right as a Canadian to complain about the weather. It is April 7 and there were snowflakes during our walk this morning!

Yes, the sun shone beautifully, we did warm up as we walked and talked and I did enjoy myself. But, come on everyone, let's concentrate for the next week on getting sunshine and warmth together at the same time, eh?

And just so you know what we should be aiming for, the average high in Toronto in April, based on data from 1981 to 2010, is plus 12. Now everyone focus.

While you are doing that, a reminder that the Sporting Life 10K is coming up on May 13th - hope many of you have registered. Also please consider the Toronto Waterfront 10K on June 16 - that is the one with the Lululemon shirt!

We will be moving to High Park on May 5th so let's enjoy our last weeks at the cemetery.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March is Over!

Walking on a bright morning on the last day of March was brilliant!

 I walked with a few folks who are getting back into a training routine after some time off.  It seemed that we had fallen far behind our former pace and would never regain our speed; that all we had gained was lost.  We started sharing our stories of when we had first begun - how difficult it was to build our distance and our speed.  We laughed at memories of wondering if we could ever walk a brisk 5K, let alone finish a marathon.

On reflection, I know I’ll never do another marathon; maybe not even another half.  We’ll see.  But I also know I’m in better shape than I was when I started down this path ten years ago.  Ten kilometres is now a pleasant walk, not a distant goal.  My pace is slower than it was when I was training for long races but still better than the woman I was when I began.

As is our wont, we soon moved on to other topics: the news of the day, family life, plans.  And discovered when we finished that, without too much effort, our pace had been 10.6 minutes per kilometre.  Not a personal best for any of us but certainly a pace that could be shaved into respectability, since we weren’t pushing hard.  And certainly, one that the woman ten years ago would have been astounded to achieve.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Beautiful Day

I looked down the path to see the sun peeking through the trees. The wonderment of it all struck me with such a force that I felt my body deeply inhale. 

My experience of this winter is that it was a grey winter . It was a winter in which I largely felt that  the sun was content playing  hide and go seek with the clouds. 

How wonderful to be walking on such a day today. 

Spring has risen  and it is truly a beautiful day .