Toronto Goodlife Fitness Marathon

by - May 25, 2011

On May 15th of this year, Toronto held it's annual Goodlife Fitness Marathon.  My friend was taking part in the 5km walk for MADD. That's Mother's Against Drunk Driving, for those not in the know. This event was very close to her heart, and mine as well.  Having lost someone who was in my life for a long time that way (by a drunk driver) was extremely difficult, and the walk was a good way to remember how wonderful she was, and to support a good cause.  

I figured that I would stand on the sidelines and cheer them all on, but then I had a better thought...why don't I just do the walk with all the MADD supporters?  I only had a week left to register, but register I did.  For myself and Dave.

The morning of the walk, we walked to Keele subway station, stopping off at Tim Horton's for a coffee and a little breakfast.  See all of those things on the ground? Tree spit.  It had been raining for DAYS, and the trees were ready to pollenate (is that right? Do trees do that?), so instead of flying here there and everywhere, the crap stayed on the ground.  This stuff is killer to my allergies.  Wet tree spit.  My lungs are deflating just thinking about it.

Walking towards coffee. I had been awake since 5:30AM for some reason. Not sure why I woke up that early, but I could not get back to sleep once I had.  

Uh-ohs! The storm the night before brought much wind. Thank goodness the branches weren't any bigger. I mean, for those people.

My t-shirt.  Or dress, it was so big.  Whatever.  It wasn't a fashion show.

Lots of runners/ walkers.  The people running the marathon came from all over the world to run this thing.  It was a 42km run.  I can't even imagine how long that would take.  And it rained all day.

It was really wet out there.

The really neat thing about this kind of thing is that they close down the streets from cars, streetcars, etc, and you get to walk through Toronto without all the craziness of traffic.  It allows you to really notice all of the buildings and things you wouldn't normally notice when walking quickly on a sidewalk.

Woohoo!  Canada runs for Japan!  Go boys!

I won a medal.  We all did.  

Hooo-eeee!  Look at that giant head of hair!  I love humidity and what it does to my hair.  Beautiful.  

I am really glad that I was able to take part in the walk.  It meant a lot to me.  It was something I will hold dear, knowing that I could share this with my friend and show my support.

Love you L!

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