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Walk Don’t Run, By the Lake

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I missed my fourth post of the year due to gala related work and an evening celebration of International Women’s Week and the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.  This offered me a very rare chance to walk by the lake, rather than run.

A Harbourfront Winter Sunset

I ran 8.5 miles yesterday, with a 4.5 mile warm-up run to Grand and Toy where I ordered toner for my printer.  Then back to the YMCA for about 30 minutes of tempo running, a bit less than previous weeks but I was strapped for time and was not feeling too perky.  I did upper body work but skipped the lower body lifting again because of feeling a bit lackluster.

Harbourfront Skating Rink

I met a couple of friends at Il Fornello at the Terminal Quay and having arrived a bit early enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk from Queen’s Quay.  I enjoy the tourist bustle of the spring and summer but also enjoy the quieter winter mood and the bonus of a beautiful sunset.

Dinner View at Il Fornello

After dinner we walked along the boardwalk to the Brigantine Room at Queen’s Quay for Nightwood Theatre’s FemCab.  FemCab is a terrific way to get caught up on a year or more of entertainment.  It was a heady brew of irreverence, political history, screaming guitars, dance and an intense monologue written and performed by Judith ThompsonJudy Rebick reminisced about the 1985 IWD march which took a detour into the Eaton’s store.  And yes, I was there!

We were most impressed by blueswoman Donna Grantis whose presence was iconic, similar to Lisbeth, the girl with the dragon tatoo. Check out her performance below with Shakura S’Aida who also performed at FemCab.

The next 10 weeks will be busy as Gala planning is really heating up and I apologize in advance to my friends for my sometimes ridiculously constrained schedule. There is however one friend, who I am seeing a little more of as she has joined the Gala organizing committee. Chung-Yee, an economist by profession, embraces all she does with passion be it knitting or running or helping with fundraising endeavours. And I’m very pleased to say that she is going to be my very first guest blogger, tomorrow!

You will hear about how she celebrated her 40th birthday by challenging herself to run four marathons in one month. Imagine that!

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