27 Oct

Photography Challenge Day 26 & 27

Day 26: Close Up


This photo was taken on July 31, 2010 at Klassen’s Blueberry Farm in Colchester Ontario.

Day 27: From a Distance


This photo was taken on October 21, 2011. It was the final game of the season for the football team that my husband coaches. Unfortunately, the team didn’t win but those kids had some amazing team spirit.

This post is part of the October 30 Day Photography Challenge

21 Oct

Photography Challenge Day 21

Day 21: Faceless Self Portrait


Photo Taken October 21, 2011.

I suspect this was the result of a very good midsection roundhouse from my kickboxing class on Wednesday, although I don’t quite remember which blow caused the bruise.

In In spite of the bruises and the repeated punches to the head and the exhausted intervals of all out effort, I come home from kickboxing classes happier than ever.

It’s a satisfying feeling of learning a new skill, getting a killer workout, and releasing all my anger.

I don’t think you can get that from any other form of exercise.

18 Oct

Running Shoes

Photography Challenge Day 18: Your Shoes


Photo Taken October 10, 2011.

This post is part of the October 30 Day Photography Challenge

I finally committed to buying a new pair of running shoes. It only took me 2 years and 2 months from the purchase of my last pair.

I know that most people who call themselves runners are probably shocked that I could go so long between running shoes and put so many miles on a single pair. To which I say, well, I haven’t been injured yet, so I must be doing something right!

I knew that I needed a new pair when the holes got so large that my baby toe was completely sticking out the side of my shoe. I like to keep all 10 toes under wraps.

I tried getting another pair of Adidas Marathon 10 shoes a while back but they were a bit too wide so I returned them.

After far too much time shopping for the perfect pair of sneakers, I eventually settled on these Saucony Kinvara 2 runners that have very little cushioning and stability support (ironically, much like my old runners in their last days). They felt comfy when I walked around the store, but that really tells you dick all about how they’re going to feel on a run doesn’t it?

I primarily bought them because I was getting sick and tired of shopping around and trying on running shoes. I just wanted to settle down and commit to one pair.

On my first go with them on the treadmill I didn’t love them. I wanted them to make me run faster, or feel like I was floating. They did not. As a matter of fact they actually left my feet feeling a bit numb.

For a fleeting moment I considered returning these shoes too, but instead I forced myself to commit to them like a bride in an arranged marriage. And in the way arranged marriages go I suspect that after many miles spent together, a little wearing in, and a few races, my tolerance of the shoes will eventually lead to love. I’ll let you know how I feel in another 2 years and 2 months.