Monday, 17 August 2009
Good Run Bad Run
My run this morning with Ottawa Erin was pretty rough. We are training to do the Army 5k at the end of September. I know that bad runs happen but I haven't had one in over a month, so I had forgotten what they felt like. I was exhausted, my legs felt like lead, I wanted to throw up, and I was very miserable that it wasn't going as well as it usually does. I was able to run for a good distance and my time was decent. I felt great when it was over but during it I wanted to die. However, some pretty awesome things happened on the run. First off, we saw a cormorant in the canal. I always think of them as British seagulls since you often see the two together, they are a little mangy looking, and in England cormorants are much more common. It is a pretty big bird though, almost the size of a Canada Goose. It also dives under water like a loon, which we saw it do in the canal. The second cool sighting was Jack Layton. I saw him a few years ago too, so this is the second time I have seen the NDP leader in Ottawa. Both times he was on a bike. A small group of guys biked past us and I swear the first one was Jack!!