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Happy Canada Day!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Happy emoticon Day to all my Canadian Sparkies!
I thought it was time to get serious! If I am considering entering the Color Me RAD 5 km, I need to get training for it. Walking on pavement has always bothered my joints and this race will be on all pavement. I am wondering if I could adapt to it at all with less pain. So I set out on a speed walk, thinking I will go 5 km and see what my time is and how I feel. I ended up going further than I thought, 9.16 km in a time of 49 min, 53 seconds at an average speed of 16' 15" per mile. I was distracted by some good fireworks going off in the neighborhood somewhere, and when I decided to add a hill and cut across an all grass park, boy did I have to RUN! The mosquitoes just swarmed me and I was lucky I didn't inhale the nasty little buggers! I had hopes I could watch the main Canada Day fireworks from the highest hill in my neighborhood, but realized the couple of days of hot weather was not enough to dry things up and the parks were still full of water :(
We got up to our highest temperature yet, 84 F ( 29 C, with the humidex much higher, but I don't mind the heat, feels loads better then the cold (except to workout in :P) A nice end to celebrations. In two weeks time will be our Taste Of Saskatchewan where local restaurants each choose three menu items for samplers. I am volunteering to be a bartender for all but one day of it! Starts July 16th! Busy, busy and more busy!
I visited my Uncle and heard he had been asking for water so he is really feeling the dehydration :( It turned out the bridge player I know had been in the room right beside him since Thursday! I never saw her walking by because her bed was around a corner. Her best friend had told me today she was in there. She looked okay to me and was sitting up in a chair when I walked in -they were sending her back to her assisted living home now that they had the proper dosage of pain meds to keep her pain under control which is why they put her in palliative care in the first place -she is terminal though and would prefer to die at home as we all would if we could get the choice.
Enjoy your evening and sleep well!
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    Sounds like you will do well in the Color me Rad! It looks like a cool race!!
    It sure is no fun to be outside and have bugs attack you! I know the feeling! UGH!
    Hope you have a good week! emoticon
    1719 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2013 1:07:50 AM
  • LINDA!
    I am happy that you had a good holiday. Sending you positive thoughts for the race! emoticon
    1722 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2013 10:57:27 AM
    Hope you had a wonderful Canada Day. I know tomorrow is going to be a mess here, but I do hope to have some pictures from DC under the Lights. My friend is there with his family (north family meeting up with south family so expenses are limited).

    Anyway, there is a festival for US Independence Day and the fireworks will be going, as well as some light show supposedly. I told the weasel to take LOTS of pictures. I should have bribed his daughter to do it instead!

    HAPPY emoticon DAY!
    1723 days ago
    Hey that's so great that you're signed up for the Colour Me Rad!! Glad you had a good Canada Day (except for the mosquitoes. You are being a very devoted niece to your uncle; nothing we can do but be there in those circumstances but it means such a lot.
    1723 days ago
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    Happy Canada Day. Sounds like you are busy. Hope you enjoy all your celebrations!
    1723 days ago
    Happy Canada Day, Linda! That's a great training time - congrats! It amuses me that it's warmer up there than it is down here. Enjoy!
    1724 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon time on your walk!

    Glad you got to see your uncle... emoticon
    1724 days ago
    Happy belated Canada Day, Linda! Wow! 9.16 km in 49 minutes and change? By my calculations, that comes out to 8 minutes, 42 seconds per mile rather than 16+. My best 10K ever was about 55 minutes, and I was much younger then.

    1724 days ago
    Hi Linda. My husband was a walker. The doctor told him running was too hard on his joints. He did real well walking thouogh
    1724 days ago
    Happy belated Canada day Linda. Busy fun. Just got back from fireworks in the city. Good time was had by all, even the little overtired girl beside me. When the booms started she smiled from ear to ear an didn't stop clapping.
    1724 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Hi Linda,

    I am so happy that you will be doing a color run--my son did one on the day we had Marissa's graduation party and he had so much fun. It was as if that grin was permanently etched on his face--which was blue and yellow and green at the time. Nothing could replicate that level of fun and satisfaction--and me not being a runner, I didn't get it at the time. I do now, he does a lot of fun/funny runs and frisbee activities and it is the fun that is in the activity that makes it such a good activity for him. He has run a race with guys all wearing red dresses and he has played in frisbee competitions in which his entire team was dressed up like characters in various movies like "The Big Lebowski." I helped him to make his costumes a few times and getting such outfits for a guy who is 6'6" tall is a hoot.

    You sure have a case of it being a small world with your club member at the hospital with your uncle. I am sorry that he is dehydrated--being thirsty is an awful feeling. He is staying in my prayers and I would hope and pray that he could be comfortable in this troubling time.

    Take care of yourself--It's a strange enough summer so far--and it is still hard on us with the water/ storms/flooding and humidity messing around with arthritic pain.

    Gentl;e hugs,

    1724 days ago
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