Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My latest portrait by Clara

Clara has been working really hard on her printing, and she gave me this a few days ago.  It made me melt.  If you couldn't tell, that's me in the left hand corner on the beach in Portugal.  I love kid drawings- they're the best.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Holly on the slopes

Holly's trying skiing for the first time! She's doing it right - the photo below shows her at Big White in Kelowna BC.This is quite the winter for us Main girls- my first time on snowshoes, Holly's first time on skis.  I'm tubing for the first time on Friday.  I have yet to try downhill skiing- maybe Holly can show me some of her beginner moves.  Enjoy your trip Holly, can't wait to hear all about it!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

First time on Snowshoes!!!

   I took advantage of the recent snow dump by trying out my new Dion 121 Racing Snowshoes on Tuesday evening.  I was getting more and more excited as the day went on. It was snowing heavily.  My class and I were watching the snow accumulate, the kids were hoping for a snow day, I was hoping for enough snow to try out my new Dions.  It happened, with over 15cm of snow, Greg and I were good to head to the trail.  We ran at the Drynan Regional Forest trails and we had a great time out there.

    My feet were cold at first (I was wearing normal running shoes in the snow shoes).  I have a feeling that if I were to wear waterproof trail running shoes, I may not have had as much of an issue, but my feet did warm up as the run went on.  I was also covered in snow!  That's something that I wasn't expecting.  I had it up my back, all over my legs (and because snow was falling, I had some on my head and shoulders).  I was FREEZING on the drive home, as soon as everything started to melt on me.  Note to self - immediate change of clothing necessary after snowshoeing.

    My first impression of the feeling of snowshoe running was that it took more effort than running without snowshoes, but it wasn't as hard as I was imagining.  I didn't have to change my running form that much, and I didn't kick my inner shins or fall all over myself (like I thought I would).  The metal cleats at the bottom of the shoes forced me to be up on my toes more than regular running.  It kind of felt like I was wearing spikes, the way I was on my toes.  I loved being able to be out on snow-covered trails.  I loved the added challenge of running with the snowshoes.  I just loved the whole experience.  I absolutely can't wait to try a snowshoe race.  Oh my, I'm counting the days until my first snowshoe race (as of today - 16 more days).  This is so exciting!

   I would like to try several races in The Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series.  I am registered for the 4th race in the series - The Dion Brighton Snowshoe Race on Saturday January 30, 2016.  I can't wait.

Dear Saturday morning Harriers

Hello Harriers, 

   This is a letter in response to the whole “leaving on time” debate that’s happening among the 8am Saturdayrunners.  I use a staggering number of bad puns, so if you have word crime sensitivities please avoid reading further on this email.  You’re welcome Steve!

    I ment to send this email sooner but time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana.  The leaving on time issue is beginning to harbour some hard feelings – like when 2 peanuts get into a fight.  One ends up A-salted.  The whole goal is for both sides to be happy – if two silk worms had a race, it would end up in a tie.
   I understand that some habits are hard to break and people need time to adjust.  A circus lion won’t eat clowns because they taste funny.  But people are becoming impatient.  Like how long fairy tales have a tendency to dragon.  Saying our thoughts on the issue is like writing with a broken pencil –pointless.  Or wearing a card board belt -  a waist of paper.

   And we don’t want the time-management challenged people driving in an unsafe way to rush to practice like my old friend Eugene.  While running late, he crashed his car and we got to see his Mercedes bend. Please don’t be like Eugene.   We could be like good gardeners and always know the ground rules.  Let’s work hard to help the club function in a way that helps people perform at their best. Like a chicken crossing the road - poultry in motion. 

   I have a vision of our group meeting at a given time and not waiting around.  I’m ashamed to say that I had a boyfriend with a wooden leg once, but he was late too many times so I broke it off.  I wouldn’t want that to happen between me and my beloved Harriers.

   Who knows, it might not be my call to make - What do you call cheese that’s not yours?  Nacho Cheese!  Maybe it’s not my cheese.  My hope is for us to establish a routine that helps our morning runs run smoothly.  When the wheel was invented it caused a revolution!

Have a great week everyone,

Lisa Leskien