Category Archives: Life in Ontario

A Toronto Raptors Game

This year for my friends son I gave him a ticket to go see the Toronto Raptors play for his 8th Birthday.  Last night it was time for us to head downtown Toronto to the Air Canada Centre to see the game.  Our trip started off taking the bus, and then the subway to Union Station.  We got to the ACC really early…but it was nice not to have to battle the lines of people! We got some snacks and played a few games.  L got a basket on his first try! The game began…lots of music, excitement and dancers.  L sat for most of the game…just LOOKING and taking it all in, not saying much to me.  At one point I wondered if he was really having a blast.  (but the next day my friends assured me he just took it all in and told them how much fun it was!) 

It was a close game…but in the end the Raptors pulled out a win! Even though basketball isn’t really my sport…it was pretty awesome to be a part of the crowd at this game.

And because the Raptors got over 100 points in their game… every ticket was able to get a free slice of pepperoni pizza at Pizza Pizza the next day!

This face told me all I needed to know that he enjoyed his time at the game.  Oh and that ball he is holding… he “caught” it with help from 2 guys that saw it was his first game and yelled at the Cheer/Squad to send L’s way… there are some good people in this world! 

Around the Bay (Hamilton): March (5km #3)

So with March’s run it brought NEW shoes… decided that my old shoes just didn’t have enough support left in them.  I did the thing most runners will tell you NOT to do…run in a brand new pair of shoes.  (I did and didn’t actually suffer.) My foot held out…but still is randomly swelling…and not fitting into my regular work shoes…so been stuck wearing sneakers, and other options that aren’t as fashionable! 

This race Josefina wasn’t able to join me… but my boss/friend Cathy was running the 30km around the Bay… so it was nice to see her at the beginning of the race and see her cross the starting line.  

Here go the runners that were doing the 30km…some were doing the race in a relay team…but others did the full 30km on their own.  Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race is older than the Boston Marathon… it’s been happening for a long time!  Always minutes before a starting line…I often stop to think… what the heck did I get myself into. But I always enjoy myself…and can’t wait to do the next one…but in those first moments, I stop to wonder what the heck!  After my 5km finish I waited to see Cathy cross the line.  It’s fun to be part of this running community.  Even though my times aren’t the best… for me they are awesome, and I’m actually out there doing something.  I have realized this month that I need to do some more training runs in order to keep up my times…and improve on them.  Really would love to beat my PR from my race at Downsview Airport in the Fall of 2015.

Next month: MEC Race Series– for their Race #2… back on Lakeshore Blvd in Toronto.


2017 quest…13 Races in 2017… (1per month and 2 in September) a baker’s dozen:

Move Your Paws at the Toronto Zoo: February (5km #2)

February’s race happened earlier today.  This race was at the Toronto Zoo… the Move your Paws Race or Polar Bear Race! We lucked out for weather— no snow, but it did rain before the race!
On February 18th I missed 2 steps and had a box in my hands so couldn’t stop my fall.  I ended up landing on my right foot in a crumpled up.  (my toes were under my foot and I landed on the bend of them….) After an ER visit, x-rays and then a follow up with my family doc a week later and another x-ray… it was determined nothing was broken but it was just ‘soft’ tissue damage and I could be on my foot as long as I could tolerate it.  Fast-forward today… I was able to get my foot into a running shoe and Josefina agreed to walk this 5km with me. (sorry for the icky photos)…
One surprise was that I ran into my boss and her family doing the run! Cathy has been one of my running mentors…seeing her posts of her daily runs, over the past few years has made me want to join in that running club! One thing you can do when you are walking a 5km you can stop to take some selfies… and try to get one of you with a lion!  I also ran into my friend Michelle…its fun to see friends at these events! 

I was so excited to finish and get this medal… my foot was a bit sore, nothing a little ice and elevation for the afternoon and it will be as good as new!

I still remember visiting the Zoo in 1985 with my Gramma & Grandpa my mum and brothers when the first Panda Bears were brought to the zoo.  It was a big road trip from Haliburton down to Toronto…but a fun day of exploring and seeing animals… I think I even had my first camel ride that day too!

So I couldn’t leave the zoo without seeing the baby Panda Bears. Luckily their exhibit isn’t far from the main gate–so not much more walking for my poor foot…. it was fun to see them playing and eating!

Next Month: Hamilton Around the Bay… (only doing the 5km this year.. not quite up for the 30km!)


2017 quest…13 Races in 2017… (1per month and 2 in September) a baker’s dozen:

MEC Race Series: January (5km #1)

Earlier today Josefina and I got up early and headed down to the Lakeshore Blvd to do our first 5km of the season.  I’m never a fan of an early morning start…especially on a Sunday when I would rather be sleeping in…but never mind that we got up and showed up ready to run! 

One thing I love about the running community is how everyone supports and encourages other runners!  This race was a 5km or a 10km (they did the loop 2times) I was finishing with most of the 10km runners (and a few 5km runners too)… as I was getting close to the finish line I was totally done.  Then this lady came up along side me (she was doing the 10km) and started to pace beside my slow jog… and then something crazy happened… I started to increase my pace and we ran across the finish line together! It was awesome to have a little encouragement in those last moments…when I felt like I had nothing left in the tank. 

We were pretty excited to have race#1 done for 2017. Personally I was really happy to be able to start & finish this run…as it was just 2 weeks after a miscarriage and I honestly hadn’t been training much at all. One of the things for this 2017 Running Resolution was not to focus on times…etc.. but to just be present and enjoy the races!

Next Month: We have the Move Your Paws at the Toronto Zoo to run!

Resolution Run 2016

New Years Eve I travelled up to Barrie to my friend Michelle’s house.  We had decided to do the Running Room’s New Year’s Resolution Run together.  I hadn’t run in awhile…and it ended up to be snowing quite heavily at the time of the start…but it still was great fun! This is my selfie look of–“what did I get myself into?”It was so much fun to join Michelle and her dad on this run.  I also got some pretty sweet race swag for this run… the awesome PINK running jacket!One of my 2017 resolutions is to do a 5km race every month and my friend Josefina has agreed to join me on this quest.  After signing up for all of the races I realized I had 2 booked in October.. (one with the MEC Race Series package & the Army Race in Ottawa which I had already signed up for too!) So my 2017 quest has become 13 Races in 2017… one per month and 2 in September… a baker’s dozen!

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