There isn't any Poppy runs here so I ran my own private one today. My son's school had a wonderful, powerful Remebrance Day ceremony yesterday that the children did all on their own, with the teachers helping out in the background. There were stories read about family members experiences during war, poems about PTSD, poems about what it means to be Canadian, beautiful songs sang, in addition to the laying of the wreath and the last post and Reveille being played. The pictures of soldiers that were all linked to someone at the school (in addition to one of the Educational Assistants who had served in her younger years) was incredibly powerful. I'm not sure how I held it all together, I'm such an emotional person 😢.
I got up this morning, saw all the wonderful posts and pictures of everyone's Poppy runs, looked outside, saw it was only -7C and no wind. I finished my coffee, had some toast, revamped my running attire from my last snowy run in hopes of not overheating this time and set out.
It was a tough go. I decided to run from home so I knew I would be running through varied terrain, from nice cleared paths, to a light skiff of snow to large snow drifts thanks to the last 2 days of very high winds. I was smart and wore my slip-on spikes today so didn't slip once (even when I hurdled one of the smaller snow drifts - fun, but not smart, Allie!). My legs were heavy but at 3k, Doug & the Slugs "Making it work" came on, followed by the Jitters "Last of the Red Hot Fools". It felt so timely and helped me power through the last 2k. I wasn't singing on my run today (instead I was thinking of the ceremony from yesterday) so I was likely running too fast, and my legs were still tired from Wednesday's long run. But I slogged through it and I feel great now.
🌺 Lest we forget 🌺