100 Branches – Run #13 Recap

October 2, 2016 – Peak long run! Tim drove me out west to cut my commute time in half. Thanks, Tim!

I experienced all of the weather on this run. During the first bit, I was surprisingly sweaty given that it wasn’t that hot or sunny. About 15km in or so, it started to pour. I am pretty impressed with how well I took it. I wasn’t cranky – I just went with it. I figure that there’s no guarantee that STWM will be a beautiful day, so I should know what it’s like to run in heavy rain. (Also, a few years ago Steph and I did a triathlon where we got utterly soaked on the bike portion, so it wasn’t an entirely new experience.) The thing is, you get to a point where you can’t get any wetter, so you just carry on. I was wringing rainwater out of my shirt and little pony tail, making squishy noises with every step. Eventually it stopped raining, but I certainly didn’t dry out. On the bus ride home, I wore my goosebumps with pride.

Now it’s time to taper, i.e. cut back on mileage and let my body recover a bit before putting it through a marathon! I have just enough running left to cover the last 17 branches. I’m determined to visit all 100!

Rexdale, opened 1959.
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Northern Elms, established 1991, opened in current location in 2005.
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Weston, another Carnegie library, and maybe my favourite branch to date! I loved the stained glass windows and all of the greenery.
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Richview, opened 1966.
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Elmbrook Park, opened 1988.
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Eatonville, opened 1964.
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Oh so rainy!

 

High Park, a Carnegie library opened in 1916.
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Library Run #13

Distance: 32 km
Branches visited: 7
Total branches visited: 83/100

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