Friday, April 25, 2008

Over The Hump....

Hello from Deer Lake!  Past few days have been full of interesting experiences...

Monday- Found the 500 km sign on the Trans-Canada Highway.  Had to wander a bit into the woods and climb a tree to get close to it.  Had a dinner invitation from a gentlemen named Ed Smith, his wife Marion, and grand-daughter Samantha, of Springdale.  We all went out to Marie's Restaurant, adjacent to Marie's Motel (special thanks for the two nights complimentary).  The chocolate eruption cheesecake was sooo good!

Tuesday- Ran the 35.5km's early in the morning.  Ed and Marion invited the team to their place for dinner.  Apparently, my eating habits are an amusement for everyone...Leftovers always get put on my plate.  How can I say no? Ed has written many books and I wasn't shy in asking for a copy of his autobiography "From The Ashes of My Dreams".  He and Marion are very humourous story tellers!  Also got invited to Springdale Town Council to make a presentation to Mayor Kevin Pollard and fellow councillors about Run The Dream Campaign.  Very warm reception!
Wednesday- Moving day to Deer Lake. High Temperature of 3 degrees. Walk:Run Km Pyramid was as follows- 2:2, 1:2, 1:2, 1:3, 1:3, 1:3, 1:4, 1:4, 1:5, plus 2km cool down= 40km in under 5 hours! The last 5km interval was tough, but just had to dig deep! 

Thursday- Peak of the running week.  Went out in the morning with Kevin and ran 30 kms. Came back to the hotel, ate, iced and slept...Woke up and went back out to run another 20.5kms. Ended in Pasadena with enough time to watch the sun set behind the mountains.

Friday (today)- Moving day to Cornerbrook.  Had a 5-minute interview at 7am with Dorthey King of CBC Radio, Cornerbrook.  The plan is 40 kms today, then 32 kms tomorrow.
Knock on wood- We have not seen rain in over 10 days!

Not too many more km's to run in Newfoundland and Labrador!

1 comment:

Georgina said...

Jonathan: Ed Smith is an amazing writer. He has many books that are wonderful to read, I have read many of them myself. I met Mr. Smith once, he is indeed a gentlemen amoung men. 500 kms, well, that's just about 1/19 of the way..... Soooo you like cheezecake...... If you get the chance you have to try the "Bakeapple Cheezecake". Bakeapples are one of the wildberries in Newfoundland and Labrador. Take care until next time.