Sunday, February 1, 2009

I Wish I Had A River I Could Skate Away On.

I hooked up with David on Saturday morning for a six mile run down the River Trail. Bright sun, crisp air, beautiful river trail, crucnhy snow... it was pretty much an idyllic a run as ever there has been. David's not the chatty type, he listens and reflects before speaking. The conversation turned to our parents, his are ill and mine have passed. I told him the story of my parents dying within 40 days of one another, December 1999 and January 2000. David listened intently as if imaginging life without his parents. It was cathartic for the two of us.
The two of us running side by side, mostly silent, but connected through our parents and the moment. Time passed before he asked if I knew the Joni Mitchel song If I had a River to Skate Away On. I do, and it is a favourite. A pause, and then David commented "It's like that song" referring to the sweet moment and the tender conversation. We we're running on the river, the cold frozen river, silently wishing for eternity. It was a most remarkable run, thank you for the company David.
I'm running with a group from City Park Runners on Saturdays and I've signed up for their Marathon Clinic. I'm hoping to run a sub-four hour marathon sometime in 2009 and I'm betting the change will help me achieve this goal. My old cycling friend Doug has been running out of City Park for years and he's been encouraging me to give them a try. City Park is owned by Erick and Cheryl Oland, the nicest couple you can imagine. They have a wide range of runners from slow-slow to fast-fast, and everything in between. Their store is stocked with the finest product, they're helpful, resourceful and, best of all, they make the best damn post-run coffee in the city! Their free group runs are Thursday at 6PM and Saturdays at 9:00AM. Come on by, give 'em a try, you'll be pleased.
Pardon me for bragging (again), but the pictures show the most adorable little girl this side of Beijing, Laura's daughter, little Lucy. Both pictures were taken along the River Trail last Sunday.
Happy trails everyone, especially to Mone and Fran who gave birth to beautiful little Sofia on January 27. Mone was my very first pace leader and I am forever grateful for his leadership. M.
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