Saturday, October 3rd was the University of Waterloo’s 30th annual AHS Fun Run!
Here is how I looked pre-race, without a drippy nose, red cheeks, and three puffy jackets on. I love the freebie T-shirt I got – it looks like an ordinary tee, but the material is super absorbent. Like something you’d find at Underarmour or Lululemon. Awesome! Plus it was free. Awesome x2.
AHS stands for Applied Health Science, and I am an Applied Health Science student in the Kinesiology program. 🙂 The Fun Run is the longest-standing tradition at Reunion, and helps fundraise for Teens in Motion. Over $2,000 were raised in last year’s run, and I am sure we surpassed that number this year.
There were so, so many volunteers and a ton of food provided by William’s Fresh Cafe. Plates and plates of fruit filled the AHS lounge where I sometimes sit down to
study look at Buzzed. I kind of wanted a muffin.
There were singers, too! There was so much energy and entertainment as everyone prepared for the race.
Outside, the ‘Warrior’ mascot took photos with everyone. I spent some of the race with my new friends on the right, Sukrita and Kate.
Some volunteers and a Conestoga college graduate/fitness leader led the warm up, where we did aerobic exercises to songs like ‘Bad Blood’. It was really chilly outside, and I wasn’t too enthusiastic about jumping around in a field with everyone, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. My heart was pumping at the end and I was ready for the run!
Heather Moyse, a two-time Olympic gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, was there as our Grand Marshall! She gave us a motivational speech at the very beginning and I was surprised to hear that she graduated from the University of Waterloo as a kinesiology student like me! WOO!
Everyone, absolutely everyone (any level or age – seriously, there was a 16-month old in the race) is welcome. Some people are there to win the 5K race, and others are there to take their time walking the 2.5K. I signed up for the 2.5K and had a great time jogging around Ring Road. Initially, I planned to alternate between walking and jogging, but I didn’t even need to walk – with the chilly wind and 1 degree weather, I wanted to keep moving! I was so proud of myself. 🙂
I felt such a rush after crossing the finish line, with all the volunteers cheering and encouraging us to finish strong. It was such a thrill! The only downsides of my run were a runny nose and shoelaces that came untied… twice. Oh – and the time a leaf blew into my mouth. I think I swallowed it. :O Nutrients?
The run was also awesome because I met up with a new friend, a Health Studies co-op student who works at UWaterloo’s Health Services (hi, Kate!). She ran the 5K with an injured foot and has a half-marathon coming up. So proud of her! We had an awesome time talking about her co-op experiences, food, and “aww-ing” over the babies.
Lunch was provided after the race: a wrap, two cookies, a veggie cup with ranch dip, and a muffin. I didn’t actually eat this (gave it to a new friend) – you’ll see what I actually ate for lunch in a future post 😉
This Waterloo piggy bank was a freebie that volunteers were handing out at the run. He’s taking a dive off my printer platform here. 🙂 Isn’t it cute? I love little pig stuff.
On another note, I have a new hobby guys! Check these out. I joined a club called Crafts4Charity, where leader Karen Lau taught everyone to make these adorable key charms out of polymer clay.
The incredibly talented Karen taught herself how to work with polymer clay, and made these beauties herself. Don’t they look store-bought?
I made a star and a lollipop and enjoyed the session so much that I asked for a polymer clay starter set for my 18th birthday. Making little crafts is quite therapeutic, and in a similar way to hot yoga – it helps de-stress and is very rewarding. 🙂 The star below was the one I made! Covered in little bits of dust because I forgot to wipe down the table (and my hands) with baby wipes.
SO. MUCH. FUN. Have you worked with polymer clay before? Next month we’ll be making these crystal-beaded animals. They’re so cute! I’m really excited. 🙂
I know this is completely unrelated, but…
Recently, I also bought a pair of Hunter rainboots! We had KILLER rain the other day. It was worse than any rain I’ve ever seen in BC (or Paris, or Montreal, or Taiwan for that matter) and was an absolute downpour. Since I had a choice between flip flops, ballet flats, and runners, I had to wear my Nikes and hope for the best. Let’s just say my feet were sloshing in water during my two-hour lecture, and I had to wring out my socks afterwards. Totally regretted not wearing the flip flops.
Needless to say, I bought these rainboots the next day.
And… I absolutely LOVE them! Okay, I haven’t worn them yet (other than trying them on in the store) – but they are comfortable and make me feel sophisticated. Plus, the socks are awesome since I love anything knitted and grey, not to mention how fleecy and blanketlike they are inside. Totally worth the near-$200 for these. I will absolutely be wearing this pair for the next four or five years.
Another thing – I told my mom via FaceTime about a strange dream I had (which involved a falling apartment and Uptown Waterloo…?) and the next morning, I woke up to this. Isn’t my mom the cutest? She’s my ‘cuty’.
I’ve been good with meal planning recently – here I cut up yellow squash, zucchini, scallions, and mushrooms, have cooked quinoa ready to toss into soups and curries and salads, and steamed broccoli that can be used for a quick and easy side dish. 🙂
Seline has still been practicing aerial silks weekly, and I think she’s improved massively! Check out her rolling splits here. She is becoming quite a good climber! I really miss silks and wish there was a circus school in Waterloo. Wouldn’t that be the perfect way to de-stress?
I believe that is all I have to share with you guys today! It’s Sunday morning and I just enjoyed a big plate of apple pancakes. Sunday is usually my stay-at-home and clean up/get ready for the week day, and I have quite a few things to do:
- Make pancake mix
- Hot yoga
- Chemistry homework
- Kinesiology (Neuroscience) quiz… uh oh, didn’t do so well on the last one so I’m not looking forward to this 😦
- Take out garbage
- Laundry, wash towels, wash bedsheets
- Make chocolate “pudding”
- Make pumpkin loaf
Awesome. We’ll see how many of these actually get done! Have a fabulous week, everyone!