Running (Trail) 36:00 
shoes: Salomon XT Wings - Tomato
My running training has been pathetic over the past 4 weeks since I sprained my ankle at the U.S. Orienteering champs, then sprained it again worse a week later. Leanimal has been working it back into shape, and it was nicely on the mend when I caught my Dad's cold last weekend. Hence another week of feeling oogie, and I'm about to catch the train to Ottawa for their big orienteering A meet this weekend - the one that 6-time World Champion Thierry Georgiou is competing in.
Today's run in Palgrave West was just to remind my body of what running feels like, since it seemed like a bad idea to do that during tomorrow's first race. It was a short run on smooth trails, so I left the ankle brace behind to help build strength, but I will certainly be wearing it for the weekend races. Glorious autumn day! When I get home after this cold weekend, a lot of the leaves will be down. BulletDog came with me and had a blast playing in the woods.
Ms. Grumpy reporting in... I didn't want to drive to the Ottawa O meet because I hate the highway to Ottawa, especially on a Friday when the eastern GTA is a parking lot. So I bought a train ticket and was really excited because there would be WiFi onboard, and I had all sorts of things planned that I wanted to do while someone else did the driving. Well, even though I allowed lots of time, the traffic was nasty, and I missed my train from Scarborough by 1 minute. I was running toward the platform when it pulled away - argghh. I got half my money back, but the trip home to Toronto was a special nonrefundable deal. Arggh.
I phoned 'Bent and tried to find a nearby Greyhound bus that he found online, but that proved impossible after 45 minutes of driving around. So after all that, I ended up driving to Ottawa alone - the absolute worst, environmentally nastiest scenario. :-((
When I got there, the magnetic hotel parking card wouldn't swipe when I was parked at a 45 degree angle downhill in a narrow alley in a manual transmission car near midnight. After 6 tries, I exclaimed, "Oh f***!!!" - and apparently that was the magic word to get in. Then I got to the room, and there was no Ethernet cable. I wasn't that thrilled about wired Internet, but at least I expected a wire. When I called Tech Support, they just said I needed a cable, and when I called the Front Desk, they said it was on the desk (duh), and when I said it wasn't, they said they'd send a bellman to show it to me. He agreed it was gone. But then things started to look up. I called the front desk back and used my temporary position of superiority to ask for the passcode to their wireless Internet, which I got. And then I found microwave popcorn in the room. And the room is nicer than the online photos. Yay. Tomorrow will be a better day. (How could it not be?)