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    Food, Glorious Food. What Better Reason to Run Than That

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    The view of Westminster Abbey is breathtaking
    The view of Westminster Abbey is breathtaking
    The view of Westminster Abbey is breathtaking

    When I was shopping at Westminster Abbey, I was debating on getting a set of napkins for my friend Paula.  I knew I got a good giggle out of it, but I wasn’t sure if she would.  We had gone to see Oliver a couple months before and had left the theatre singing …. “Food, glorious food …”  It was either the napkins or a gargoyle.  I couldn’t decide.

     

    But it reminds me of the Ancaster Old Mill Race that is coming up in less than two weeks.  Esther has been extolling the virtues of running the Old Mill.  And those of us who have had the pleasure of running their race usually shout about the great food while she is telling the beginners what is so great about this race.

    It usually goes something like this.

    “For those of you who aren’t familiar with it.  The Ancaster Old Mill race is great 5 km race…”

    “With great food …”

    “From the Old Mill.  Yumm…”

    “And the people who are just learning how to cook ….”

    The sign at Ancaster High School start of the Old Mill Race
    The sign at Ancaster High School start of the Old Mill Race

    “The course has a real family atmosphere to it …”

    “And you can have ice cream at the end if you want …”

    “I haven’t been to the Old Mill in a while, I should sign up …”

    “There is this cannon that starts the race …”

    “I was standing there and all of a sudden, boom this cannon goes off …”

    “I went back for another ice cream, they just wanted to get rid of them by then …”

    The race really is great.  And the food really is good.  But what makes it so special are the folks who live in the area.  Who play music for hot, sometimes exhausted runners.  Will spray said overheated runner with water from the hose.  And who no matter what, just come out a support a great community event.

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    A runner for almost two years, Terry recently had the mildly traumatic experience of trying to find a flattering pair of running pants (“Isn’t running about pushing personal boundaries and just getting out there and moving? Except when you don’t look in the least bit like Paula Radcliffe.”). But although she may have been a bit embarrassed by “helpful handsome guy” at the store, she keeps a great perspective through her running experiences. Pushing through a number of injuries early in her running career, she got right back to training for her next race. “The feeling of elation when I crossed the finish line is unimaginable,” says Terry. Sounds like she’s hooked for good!