MEC Race Series: April (5km #4)

This month I was ready… I had done a few more training runs in the weeks since my last race.  I was pumped to be running.  Again, not sure of today’s  early morning start (I’m so not a morning person)…but luckily I stayed over in Toronto so the drive wasn’t too far from Josefina’s house.  Josefina had also been doing a lot of running…so when we started this race…we started with a faster pace…I stuck with her to just before the 1km marker, then couldn’t keep up with that pace.  I was so surprised when my tracker announced in my ear that my pace for the 1st km was 7:32 (that’s the fastest I’ve been in awhile…)

The really cool thing about this race… is I had a guy that I was able to keep pace with.  We basically played leap frog a bunch of times over the course of the race.  He’d be ahead…I’d pass him, then he’d pass me…and we’d go on that way forever.  Thing I learned today that running with another person…can help you maintain a consistent pace (this guy was so consistent).  I was more of a super fast–then have to recover and slow it down for a bit—super fast… kind of person. I need to work on my endurance before picking up the pace.  I was stoked to finish this race..but I missed my PR by 25 seconds… there’s always next race to beat that time!

Next Month: Toronto Marathon–doing the 5km while my friend Keenan does the marathon!


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



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:

The Rick Mercer Report

I’ve always been a fan of the Rick Mercer Report so when my friends Josefina and Ed mentioned that they had an extra ticket to go to the live taping of the show…I said sure I’ll go! So yesterday I headed into the city to head downtown to go to the taping! 

We were pretty excited to head upstairs to our seats in the studio.  The show is mostly clips that are taken the week prior… and then Rick introduces the clips in the studio…and also does a ‘headlines’ segment that makes fun of the different political news of the week.  
One of my most favourite parts of the Rick Mercer Report is that he always has a rant on something that is a political hot topic around that week… and they are filmed in this cool graffiti alley downtown Toronto. Below is the link to Rick’s rant for this taping!

After the show… I randomly snapped this photo and this guy photo-bombed me! LOL 

Yahoo! We had fun at the show… now to battle the cold outdoors to go have some dessert at Movenpick at Front & Yonge–can we say hello banana and nutella crepes? 

Thanks for the invite and fun Josefina and Ed… it was a blast!


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