28 March 2016 – Rome

Now that we are back in the land of actual high speed internet, it’s time to catch up on the Italy blogging!

Steve, Sylvie (our friend and crew) flew on Easter Sunday, March 27th, my Mom’s birthday. I consider that a great omen! I’m still recovering from a cold and my ears are as blocked as all get out. Our West Jet flight to Toronto was great, except for the vertigo that kicked in about 20 minutes before landing. Awesome. I came really close to getting airsick, but held it together thankfully! If you’ve flown West Jet you know they like to have fun, and upon landing the flight attendant gave a big shout out to “Sylvie in row 3 who is running her first marathon in Rome!”. Too funny! The entire plane started to applaud :).

We had a short layover at Pearson airport in Toronto and it wasn’t long before we were paged to the Alitalia desk. Yay! Let’s get upgraded to first class! Oh maybe not, but yay for Alitalia to check to make sure that our bags made it on the plane to Rome! Sylvie asked if she could be moved up closer to our seats, unless she had a row to herself at the back in which case she would prefer to stay there. The woman working the desk mumbles something then hops on the phone and we hear “don’t book anyone in row 19, we have a lady who hurt her knee and needs space to stretch out”. LOL. Amazing!

Steve and I were pretty excited for our ‘premium seating’. Until we got into the premium seating and realized we had no space at all. It was going to be a cramped flight for us. Not for Sylvie who was sprawled out across the two rows! Why didn’t we think of that?!?

Waiting for luggage!

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0

The awesome folks at Altra Running Canada sent me a wedding gift – the new Lone Peak 3.0! Check these beauties out:

PINK!!

I immediately posted these to social media, and received immediate love (and envy) over these shoes. However there was one question – how did the tread compare to the Lone Peak 2.5?  So I took a side-by-side for my friend David, and promised a review once I’d tried them out.

Lone Peak 3.0 (L) vs Lone Peak 2.5 (R)

As you can see the tread is more aggressive on the new 3.0. Lots of lugs!

I have since taken them out twice on the trails of the Gatineau Park. My observations:  Continue reading “Altra Lone Peak 3.0”

What i2P Means to Me

I first met Ray Zahab about 15 years ago when I was looking for a personal trainer. We hit if off right away.

If you know Ray, heard him speak in person, or watched his videos or Ted Talks you know what he’s passionate about. Watch this and come back to me.

Pretty amazing right? Now you will understand how Steve and I have been inspired. Inspired to believe that we too have “no limits”.

Our Italian adventure starts today as we make our way to Rome. On Wednesday we will tackle our own impossible2Possible by running 600km over 11 days through Italy. We are doing this to challenge ourselves, to see the country, to experience the culture, and to support i2P. So what does i2P mean to me? It means I can push boundaries, I can inspire others, I can raise awareness for a great cause.

Did you know that you can also help to educate, inspire and empower youth? By joining Team #Goi2P you are helping make it possible for more young people to go on the i2P expeditions! You can raise funds and awareness by joining the team and running a race or by making your own adventure, as Steve and I are. Interested? The form to get started is here!

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Altra EggCellent Adventure! Win a Pair of Altras!!

Get ready for Una’s #AltraEggCellentAdventure! It’s time to explore this great capital city of ours, and in the process this voucher could be yours!!

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The wonderful folks at Altra Canada have given each Ambassador a pair of Altra shoes to give away!! (Altra Intuition 3.0 (Women’s) or Altra Instinct 3.0 (Men’s)).

Rules:

  • You have from Friday, March 25th to Monday, March 28th at NOON to complete the hunt. (EDT/Ottawa time)
  • You need to post a selfie to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram of you in front of the clue at EACH stop along the run route.
  • You need to tag ‪#‎AltraEggCellentAdventure‬ and #AltraUna for EACH selfie. This is how I will know you’ve completed the hunt!
  • The winner will be announced on video from Rome on Monday no later than 6PM EDT. In the event of a tie, a draw will be held!
  • The winner will be emailed a gift certificate to claim their pair of Altras!

Ready to hunt??  Remember, I need you to use the tags above in your selfies in front of each clue!

Here are your clues:

  1. I am one of Canada’s greatest running heros! I became famous for a monumental run that ended because of cancer. 35 years later, my legacy lives on. Take a photo with my statue.
  2. Now (safely) run across the street and toss a coin in the Centennial flame for good luck. I want to see the Tower in your selfie. Oh Canada!
  3. Time to head East! You’ll pass a Chateau along the way – take a selfie with it in the background!
  4. Run South on Colonel By Drive, but don’t go too far! Cross the newest bridge where you could (if you wanted to) attach a lock for your Love. I only need a selfie of you with the locks.
  5. Last clue!  This race is the only one in the National Capital Region where the starting pistol is a Howitzer, and the medals are in the form of dog tags. Run to the finish line area, find the tank, and take a photo with it!

That’s it! I hope you incorporate this route into one of your runs this weekend! At 2.5km it’s easy peasy!

Now let’s see your selfies!  Get hunting!!