new experience: running with a camera!

as you know, aunti wednesday in toronto is sacred and non-negotiable…well, except for this past wednesday. but there is a good explanation for why i stayed in waterloo for the day! today, saturday, i am heading into *the city* to spend mega-time with little e and cutie c as my gift of extended babysitting #2 day for this year’s kiki project.

as a result of the schedule shift (i swapped my saturday hours at the store for wednesday aft/eve), i was able to enjoy a unique social outing on wednesday at the ripe old hour of 7:30 a.m.! my friends and neighbours, stephen and rhonda had extended an open invitation for me to join them for a trail run any wednesday. this was the week to set up our running date!

i decided that it would be fun to snap photos on this outing. i have never run with a camera before (both because why do i need to take pictures as i run and also out of fear of klutzily falling and busting my camera).

at first, it looked like the camera would fit in my handheld’s pouch (where you see those chomps)…but the pocket was about 3 mm too small!

the back pocket of my capris was just perfect!

stephen and rhonda took me to one of their favourite trail areas over in the kiwanis park area of the city. we would do an out-and-back along the grand river.

the weather gods obviously heartily approved of our plan – we could not have ordered up a more gorgeous morning.

stephen and rhonda! our trail run was social outing #17 of this year’s kiki project!

getting more skill’d at the three-person self-portrait taking!

our trail run was so much fun. we ran at a comfortable and relaxed pace, the setting was peaceful and beautiful, and we all chatted non-stop. since we are friends and neighbours, we had a lot of topics to discuss!

heading out

the trail was gravel for the most part, wide open and not too hilly but not perfectly flat, either. i soon remembered how much more forgiving a trail path is on the body than pounding on pavement or cement!

the time flew by. i could not believe when rhonda checked her garmin and said it was time to turn back.

unfortunately, being a newbie action-photographer, i messed up the rest of my photos. i had the setting on VIDEO instead of PHOTO so i have no more pictures to show you, drat the luck. better luck next time, i guess!

i will look forward to joining stephen and rhonda again when our schedules mesh – but, it’s going to be hard to top this week’s fun!


happy mother’s day, mom!

tomorrow is the day when we bestow love and best wishes on the special women in our lives (although i hope we do that every day of the year). happy mother’s day to my mom:

my mom, my dear friend…a most gracious and lovely person with a kind and giving nature

i am fortunate to be able to spend tomorrow with a few moms! mom, grandma, sil ana…we will all be together to celebrate g’ma’s special 90th birthday.

happy mother’s day, grandma!

happy mother’s day, sil ana!

wishing you and the special moms you know a wonderful mother’s day tomorrow!

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  • Lisa  On May 13, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Yes, I sure would think running with a camera would require some skill! I’m sure I’d drop mine and every pic would be blurry! At least you got a couple people shots and a scenery shot before you messed it up!!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in your life Cathy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

      i have new appreciation for documentary film-makers who run and video simultaneously! that is impressive! i am thinking of you on mother’s day, lisa – i hope you can hop across the street to see your mom!

  • 42kim  On May 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

    That looks like a great trail. I want to run there! I wish my kids had an auntie that provided “extended babysitting”! That is such an amazing gift.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

      kim, you would love the trail. we started at the bridgeport bridge – there’s a parking lot there. so not too far from us! and it’s not too technical…maybe we need a running + a dvlb get-together?!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time on your run, Cathy. The pictures are great! You’ll get more next time! Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day and Birthday for Grandma celebration! Enjoy yourselves!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 12, 2012 at 7:07 am

      thanks, fran! i hope you have a great weekend, too (and feel 100% asap!). the trail was such a pretty spot…hard to capture by camera! so yes, i need to go back and try again!

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