Today was my last scheduled 32 km (20 mile) run before the Ottawa Marathon which is in three weeks from today. My plan for this morning was to head out and get in some mileage before my daughter woke-up and then to loop back home and pick up her up when I received the call saying she was awake.
I managed to get in 7.5 km before it was time to pick-up my daughter and her Chariot. After the brief delay we were quickly underway again. for the rest of my run. Many of my long runs pushing the Chariot turn into unplanned adventures as I look for things to entertain my daughter.
Today’s run turned into a bit of a history lesson as we headed downtown and took a stroll around the Parliament buildings and ended up stopping to look at some of the statues of former Prime Ministers along the way.
The history lesson continued after we left Parliament Hill first with a stop to see the statue of Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson then to top it all off having a fly over us as part of a ceremony to remember the Battle of the Atlantic.
With that, the final of my four planned 32 km runs before the Ottawa Marathon was complete. As I did last week, I enjoyed a craft beer. Like last week, this one was also from the Muskoka Brewery. Today’s choice was their Cream Ale. This one is an English style ale with a bit of hoppiness but not too bitter. This is one I would definitely try again.
When I go for my weekend runs I often end up looking for things along my route that will be of interest to my daughter as I complete my run. In essence, we become tourists in our city as plan my routes around locations or events I would not normally make a point of running by when on my own.
For example, I have written a couple of times about running to the Central Experimental Farm so my daughter could see the cows.
Yesterday our run turned into a new adventure i had not planned when we left the house. Our run began with a trip to Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General. As you can see below we stopped long enough so that my daughter could see the ceremonial guard and to take a couple of pictures.
Once we got back underway I realized that we had timed it right to continue the theme and head for the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place on Parliament Hill.
We made it there in time to catch most of the ceremony and then continued our run along the parade route back to the drill hall which allowed us to see the ceremonial guard march by again. Here are a couple of shots of them headed back down the street as they made their way to the drill hall.
Although she did not enjoy the bass drum when it first passed by her stroller my daughter enjoyed the adventure and it gave us a story to tell everyone yesterday. I am not sure yet where we will head next weekend but I am sure we will find another adventure.
Do you ever find yourself becoming a tourist in your own city when you run?