Sunday, August 2, 2009

21k With Sandra And Nette

I decided to run with my clinic group this morning under a cloudy and overcast sky with the forecast for some rain in the morning. The group was to run 33k for some and 29k for the others. I would be doing just 21k at the most, while Nette and Sandra were to do 29k.

Our clinic teacher Ray led around 25 of us to this long run. Out of all clinic participants only 7 have not completed a marathon yet, one of them is me.

Runners on our clinic run at different speeds. The elite, those who've qualified for or ran Boston started as usual in front, most were middle of the pack, and myself and a few others ran at the back of the group.

I joined my happy runner friends Nette and Sandra on a 7:30 to 8:00 minute per k pace.

It was still overcast almost an hour to our run. I prayed that it would not rain and it didn't.

After more than an hour on the busy streets of Markham, we headed to Reesor Road going northward where all we saw were vast farmlands and miles and miles of low vegetation and vacant space.
If you're wondering where your wheatbread and wheat cereals come from, this is a wheatfield, as far as the eye could see.

We passed by this beautiful stream that provides water to the farmland.

Saw an old buggy in front of an old farmhouse.

I love having a walk break to rest my tender left calf.

Priceless! Nette and Sandra had to take a washroom break and I could buy my donuts.

Felt guilty, so had to settle for timbits instead. Hmmm. the chocolate timbits were the best. Then, got nagged by the 2 ladies for eating "unhealthy". Reasoned, that I needed some sugar, ha ha, still they both snubbed my timbits. So, had to continue running with this box, no wonder I couldn't lose weight.

Took the 2 of them to my secret trail at the woods where we continued our run.

Since Nette and Sandra had to do 29k, we had to go on our own separate ways at the corner of Mccowan Road and Bur Oak Avenue. They continued west at Bur Oak while I turned left going southward to Mccowan towards homebase.

Completed exactly 21k in 2:58:58, after which I just walked for another 3ks to homebase.

I just could not avoid taking a picture of these fruits that look like our guayabano or atis.
Next Sunday's long run is for another 29 ks, I will try to do 25 ks. My target is to catch up with the marathon clinic training run schedule in 2 weeks. As Vener advised, "hinay hinay lang" (just take it easy).


  1. Hi Bong. Hope the calf is doing better. Nice post with the pics. Yes, I can't help whenever in Canada to stop by Tim Horton's. One of my favorite places! Take care and have a good week ahead!

  2. Wohoo! I'm glad you're into it again. This is a good sign for you Bong, you're getting back. That was a good run. Take care.

  3. Congratulations, Bong! Reaching the finish line was awesome, wasn't it?

  4. Loved this post again, Bong. I'm so glad your injured calf has recovered, enough for you to do the 21k run... and that is a good sign! Thank God for the healing.

    I am also a doughnut lover... there is no Tim Hortons here, but from the way you describe it, those doughnuts, even just the timbits, must be yummy.

    Lovely pictures! Loved the wheat fields.

    For now, I'll be happy with Dunkin Donuts, and Krispy Kreme.

    Blessings on your week.

  5. I'm deeply fascinated by that 'stream' along the route. Here, most of those streams were gone and/or greatly polluted. You are so blessed with a scenic place, clean and majestic. That fruit too looks like Guyabano as you've said, it's so cute and very tempting! Nice post Bong...God bless.