Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Summer Snapshots

[First: I survived my fitst fitness class last night (H.O.T.) after a 6+ month hiatus. It kicked my butt, but I loved it! Spin class tonight.]

A collection of random photos taken throughout an amazing summer of running, thanks to our awesome coach who provided a personalized CD to each of us. (Click to enlarge - some contain coach's captions from the slideshow.)

First night at clinic, 4:00 pace group



Meeting at the conservation area for one of our first long runs.
(you can see the temporary tattoo on my hand from the City Chase the day before)



The next 4 are from this "scenic" run at coach's place in the country.






Rocking the Recovery Socks at a post-run brunch



The infamous Hockley Valley 20-miler









A day at the track







Another Sunday run











Taken during our longest run - 23 miles



Hitting the "EASY" button at the end



A couple taken at the Toronto Waterfront




And finally, the Toronto Marathon

Group shot before the race
(I'm back centre in my colourful scarf)



Bringing Micki in for her BQ
(yep, I am holding her fuel belt)



Bringing one of the girls in for her first marathon finish
(I believe I am holding two fuel belts at this point!)





What an unforgettable summer!

31 comments:

Meg Runs said...

Great pictures, they make me so happy. So many enthusiastic runners.

Marky Mark said...

Looks like a great summer (and boy is the light different now-I almost forget what it was like)--some killer hills there too!

happygoluckyalex said...

what an amazing group -it looks like you had such a special clinic!! You accomplished so much!
glad your class went well last night- I just signed up for my 6 month pass... Classes, here I come! (it is sick how excited I am for that)

Shannon said...

Love all of the pictures! Let us know how spin goes!

Denise said...

What a great way to remember the summer!!! Pictures are great...esp the hot pink recovery socks! hot!

Morgan said...

What a great running recap of the summer! So fun! And OMG that HILL!!!!

RunningLaur said...

What great memories! You look like you had a fantastic group to run with all summer!

Mark said...

Great post, and pictures. My fav is of you waving while running the Toronto marathon...really good picture!

shellyrm said...

Great pictures! I'll look forward to your cross-training reports.

J said...

OMG those pictures are amazing! I just love the one with the little caption of where you ran! Looks like a freaking awesome summer! No wonder you ran so well!

Lacey Nicole said...

WOW!!!!!!!!1 and even more unforgettable now that you've photo montaged- it!!! i love it!!! look at that sunshine... and seriously you have an awesome group. amazing! it's official i need to take more photos of my running. too bad it will be mostly me.. and me. hehehehe. time to find some groupieeeeeeees! :)

i joined operation lean mean!!! check out my post today. xoxo

Aneta said...

awesome pix! looks lije you had a busy, but great summer of running.


do you run with the running room?

Tricia said...

Great pics of people actually looking happy about running. :)

unathleticrunner said...

Great pics! What a great group to run with!!!

Saface Macdonald said...

This makes me want to take a clinic! What an awesome experience!

XO

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Amazing what a bonding experience!! I look forward to my training group so much looking at yours.

So did you see Lacey is Running Seattle Rock n' Roll In late June. Hmmmmm... Maybe Marlene should make the trip too??? Can you say 2010 Race calendar??

Heather said...

What a fun group, and great summer!

TNTcoach Ken said...

That is so coll! Tell your coach that I'm stealing a couple of his ideas.....

Mama said...

Awesome pictures! It looks like so much fun!

MCM mama

Jess said...

Great pics! Looks like an amazing group. I like the "easy" button!

trialsoftraining said...

These are awesome!! I love seeing all the people we've "read" about for the past few months :)

joyRuN said...

How great of your coach to have put these pics together for you guys!

Truly an unforgettable summer :)

yumke said...

Great pictures... I don't think I smile quite so much during my training :). Awesome you're going to do the Goofy challenge.. that's only a few months away!

Kelly said...

Love all the pics! Looks like so much fun!

Irish Cream said...

That is seriously awesome that your coach pulled all of that together for you guys! LOVE it! Y'all look like you are having so much fun!! :)

Rio Runs said...

Looks like it was a fun season and a great group of people to run with! Thanks for sharing those terrific pictures. Thumbs up to the coach!

The Tri Runner said...

"What an unforgettable summer!" - is right.

I can see from all of those photos that you guys where having a blast with your running. Very cool!

Nicole said...

That was so nice of your coach to make that for you guys! Looks like a great bunch of people and a great way to spend your summer. Thanks for sharing!!

lindsay said...

What a fun pic-recap of the summer and your awesome run group. Very cool of coach to put those cd's together. :)

thanks for all the good lucks this week!!

The Happy Runner said...

Great pics, Marlene!

Kasey said...

I'm so jealous of how big your running group is! How great to have so many great running buddies!