Nearing the start line
With twelve hours remaining before we hit the trail, I scan the room which is filled with our gear from wall to wall for the next eight days. This immaculate pile contains so many of my favourite things - shoes, camera, vest and 150 bliss balls freshly prepared for trail treats. Tonight Maia, Robby, Mark and I sipped some kombucha to let the nerves settle down and find some focus to start bright and early. We review our morning route one more time, overview the sections of trail we will run, map out the campsites, easy turns to miss and other timely stops to be sure no one goes missing on this never before seen trail we are hoping to continue for its duration. The beginning of an expedition is something that I have grown to love. Soon we will be cashing in the comfort of a firm bed, running water on demand and friends within close proximity to share beautiful food and engaging stories with for hours and hours of trail running in the company of nature, endless hours of sunshine, sore muscles and sweaty gear that will be hung on branches around a campfire at night. Swimming in lakes and rivers to soothe our achy legs and see how mother nature pays her visits to allow experiences to unfold. Such a life that I chose to live - to focus on matters of the heart. I wanted to find a way to turn the loss of losing Lindsay into a celebration of her life. In good health and wonderful company, we are going to make the most of the moments we've got left. When my feet touch down on the Trans Canada Trail, I am committed till the end and hope to bring as much awareness to Cystic Fibrosis research and help fundraise to find a cure for all those who will take time and listen. Its not the heartache that defines us, but our resilience and face these hardships and build and better tomorrow. My aim is to make this journey inclusive for others, share a km or two and let supporters know their support is making a huge difference in my life and the lives of others who are not offered the freedom of good health. Together we are building a brighter tomorrow and making our actions count.