Photo Challenge: days 5 and 6, and marathon shout outs!

Day 5: From a high angle
I went for a run along the river and to the Forks in Winnipeg. It was a cold and snowy day, unbelievable! I ran through the Forks, which is a tourist spot full of restaurants, shops, trails, parks, and a viewing tower. Many concerts and festivals are held there, and to locals, the Forks is the place for Canada Day and New Years Eve fireworks. The reason it’s called the Forks is because it’s set where the Red River and Assiniboine River meet, and there is a natural fork because of this geographical meeting. Historically, the Forks have been a hub for human activity for over six thousand years! It has been a meeting place for First Nations Peoples, European Fur Traders, Métis (pronounced ‘Mey-tea’) buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants, (source).

Here are a few shots of my run, from a high angle:

Day 6: From a low angle
 So I cheated, and included one shot from yesterday’s run of the futuristic-looking Museum of Human Rights in the midst of construction on the Forks site:

There are three cats at my mom’s house, and obviously, they’re so cute. Here’s some shots from a low angle of Minou, who used to be my cat before I moved away seven years ago:

If you’re in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving weekend! We were supposed to have a weekend of going to the lake and making wonderful meals, however with the recent snow, the weather has made it difficult to travel out and/or has cut out power to cabins, meaning if we went out, we would freeze and wouldn’t be able to cook. Instead, we’re staying in the city and I’m making my Chicken Tarragon tonight (we had a Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday in anticipation of the lake activities). Tomorrow, my dad and I are going to my Aunt Sandy and Uncle Ian’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

There are a few people who will have more than Turkey and gluttony on their minds this weekend as they’ll be losing their marathon virginity! Amy Lavender and her husband Aaron are running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon which starts in 16 hours (no pressure!), my sister-in-law Annabel is running the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, which starts in 17 hours (again, no pressure at all!), and Hyedi is running the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis (the website just says one day, so this time really, no pressure). Good luck and fast thoughts to you four, and keep persevering. If it gets really tough, think of one of my favourite quotes that I found from a Starbucks coffee cup and put up in my classroom (not the cup, the quote):

Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up – Dean Karnazes
If you’re interested in reading what it’s like to run a marathon, check out Rachel’s Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon recap and Shantalie’s  Cape Town Marathon recap.
Happy running and turkey eating everyone, and remember: pace yourself!

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