Day 210-213 – 204.9 km (total – 5138.6 km)
“It’s the job of parents to sometimes embarrass their kids”.
This is the line my dad uttered an hour ago in a restaurant just west of the Manitoba border. It wasn’t uttered sitting at the table with me… no… it was uttered out loud in front of the whole restaurant.
Today was a special day. I have spent a long time in Ontario – over 4 months now. Granted, that wasn’t all running time. Weeks were spent in Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto and Haliburton along with other communities as we chatted with about 35 schools. But with my route, I have run approximately 2500 km through Ontario to get to the border today. That’s about a third of the whole run! And it was almost as if Ontario didn’t want to let me out… I faced one of the stronger headwinds today, as you can tell by my hair! So reaching the Manitoba border today felt great! Today also marked 7 months to the day that I started running from Signal Hill in St. John’s. It’s been a long 7 months filled with many adventures. Many adventures along with 65 schools and over 17,000 students who I’ve chatted with. On top of that, I passed the 5000 km mark the other day and my legs are feeling strong and healthy. I have been able to up my distance to average about 50 km/day, which has surprised me. But my legs are “in the zone”.
I find it difficult to voice some of these personal achievements. I like writing about other things. But part of this project – this run across the country to raise awareness and attempt to inspire people to spend more time outside stemmed from a personal dream. A personal dream that I’ve held for a long time. So when my dad stands in front of a crowded restaurant unexpectedly and my face turns scarlet as people applaud those achievements, I feel a bit out of place. But a quiet father who publicly voices how proud he is of his son – it’s hard to find a better feeling in the world than that!