As this is my last post I'll say it has been fun and insightful doing a weekly blog for PRC. November has snuck off into the night and we are now well into the month of Christmas prep. Last Sunday's we ran the amazingly popular Bell Island Ferry run. We don't cross the cove of course. But the 16k from Paradise to Portugal Cove was spectacular, with snow-covered evergreens and picturesque ocean views most of the way. The soon to be renamed Tucker' Hill Rd was a test as always. The gathering at the ferry dock could be heard from the main road as we neared the finish...the 10k group were happy to see us and soon get in from the cold. A trip back to Coffee Matters in Paradise warmed everyone up shortly after.
Our group runs this past week have taken on new meaning as one of our own has been sidelined after major surgery. We run with heavier hearts these days but our spirits are always brightened by a FB posting or news of a recent visit. PRC members have even started a meals on wheels to help our sister. The kindness in the group knows no bounds. It seems to me that the founding members truly laid a solid foundation for a running club with a community and social conscience. Just yesterday I participated in the Salvation Army sponsored Santa Shuffle. It was a fun 5k (or 1k for toddlers) which has now grown to an astounding 800 runners and walkers. The number of families, small children, pets and school and community groups participating was impressive. Once again PRC was a major supporter, providing registration and marshalling for the event.
As we head into the Christmas season, be mindful of inattentive drivers and slippery weather. This can be a busy time for all. It can also be time to slow down a little. Take in the scenery as you run in Paradise and the surrounding areas. We are fortunate to have some of the best running trails anywhere in our own backyard.
Merry Christmas to you all...and as always, see you on the road!