Back on the mainland, Mikey and I all of a sudden find ourselves in a different reality – in a fancy hotel at the CAPO (Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology) conference in downtown Toronto. It’s a whole new world from the quiet mornings in Rocky Harbor along the west coast of NFLD, but it’s been a neat change and has offered us both insight from another perspective in the cancer world. I’ve swapped out my coastal runs for 18th floor workouts overlooking the city…but more on that in a bit.
Right after our trip to NFLD for the YACC Retreat, we had a screening in Hamilton, ON at the Wellwood Cancer Centre. I wanted to specifically mention this one because I got to meet an online friend, Sabrina from Radioactive Runner, there! She and her husband, Gustavo, drove about an hour for the screening and we were so thankful for their support.
Sabrina also blogs about healthy living and running and I’ve appreciated following her drive to run through the winter and have rejoiced alongside her at runs that don’t involve two pairs of pants or gloves (welcome, Spring!). But we have more than our passion of running in common; she’s also a cancer survivor (hence her blog title)! We found out we know many of the same young adult cancer survivors and it was great to connect – what a small world! Her husband, Gustavo, is a riot – I find him so funny! We had a blast talking and he snapped a few photos of Mikey and I – if you’re around St. Catherine’s (or GTA), you should check out his work! He’s an incredible photographer.
We ended up taking Sabrina and Gustavo up on their offer to use their driveway and the next night parked at their place, enjoyed some ice cream together, heard more about their pretty amazing life stories and how they came together, and played around the TRX! Thanks for letting me get that “personal trainer” out of me, Sabrina – it’s been a while! Thank you for your great granola bars, hospitality, fun company, and laundry! Sabrina – I can see why GMan calls you “princess” – you are beautiful! – and you two make such a great couple.
The next day Jason, Mikey and I took off for Niagara Falls – we were so close, had the day off, and had to take advantage of the sunny sky above us! It was a blast – we took two tours (“Niagara’s Fury” & “Journey Behind the Falls”) and strolled the streets before heading back to Toronto to say goodbye to Jason at the airport (we’d already got some goodbyes in with Cassandra the day before, sadly enough!) and got situated for the CAPO conference. Here are a few photos from our day at the falls!
Yeah, it was a pretty fun time.
And that takes us to the king-sized bed! On the fitness front, I’ve been able to squeeze in a bit more movement than the past few weeks, which has felt great. Besides my fun runs in NFLD, I did a quick BodyRock workout and snapped a few photos with my self-timer of the moves. It’s a great workout – I’ll take you to the site to check it out for yourself, but here’s a bit of what you can expect:
In fact, during the last screening, I did the same BodyRock workout in the library at Wellwood and enjoyed lots of walking at the falls the next day. Then yesterday, in between sessions and while Mikey took a quick nap, I elevatored-myself up to the 18th floor to check out the gym.
What a view! I loved being high up in the city, but longed to be outside as I looked out at a sunny cityscape. Oh well – the treadmill did the job and kept me moving between a 6.5 and 7.5 mph pace. Here’s what I did:
5.4 miles on the treadmill with incline b/w 0 and 2.5
a drop-down set of biceps curls (12/10/8/6/4/2) to finish off
And this is how I felt afterward:
No matter how you feel before a workout, remember that it’s always worth it in the end! I loved being able to move a bit, especially right before the rest of the (full) evening of poster presentations, connecting with different professionals, and a night out for dinner. But I’ll leave the fancy clothes and night on the town for another post! If you’d like to hear more about our recent screenings in detail, check out yesterday’s WW2H post. Thanks for following along and bearing with the content changes as I stay fit from the road on this unique adventure! Eat well, live well, move hard, and be well,