That’s how the day felt. I got to work early for a three-hour shift leaving before noon to head out to Scarborough via TTC for a funeral. I barely knew the deceased but was happy to be pay my respects to the family of my step-grandfather, the only grandfather, on my mother’s side, that we knew.
I got a ride back from my brother and he dropped me off on Queen Street West. I picked up a gift certificate from the Australian Boot Company where I bought my Blundstone boots, their contribution to the gala Silent Auction. Then I had a quick lunch at Sweet Lulu’s, a Pad Thai’ish, design-your-own noodle dish, had a peek at The Paper Place, formerly the Japanese Paper store and then home with a short stopover at Starbuck’s for a latte. I did some work and then got ready for my first outdoor track workout of the year at Varsity Stadium.
I checked the forecast before leaving, 17C with wind gusts up to 69K! The wind was very fierce at times, and I saw a large flat piece of wood fly onto the hood of a car. With this strong wind at my back, I was not looking forward to the post-workout jog home into the wind.
The workout consisted of 6 x 600 meters with a 90 second recovery. It was quite a huff and puff effort but it felt good to feel my legs turn over quickly. In spite of missing a speed session last week, I felt fairly sharp so perhaps my speed is on the rise. The circuits felt easier, due to the notable absence of the dreaded hopping up stairs from same leg to same leg. There is something refreshing and dreamy about lying on your back doing a stretch, looking at the great expanse of sky from a large field in the middle of downtown Toronto. However, there is something disgusting about lying on this same track and noticing that the there are numerous cigarette butts and matches littered about on the astroturf.
Thankfully, the wind had died down on the way home and it wasn’t half bad. Waiting for me was a meal of Osso Bucco prepare by our resident chef, Alain. I have a good life.