The Sporting Life 10K is a race I try to do every year – the money raised goes to a wonderful charity Camp Ooch, which sends kids with cancer to camp. The race itself is a lot of fun as it goes through downtown Toronto making it a fast 10K. Even though the race took place a week after the Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon, I was still looking forward to running it.
Pre-Race: Packet pick up was at the Sporting Life Store on Yonge Street in North Toronto. It opened the Tuesday before the run and went all week to Saturday evening. Out of town runners were allowed to pick up their kits on race morning but only until 7:00AM. I liked the idea of having packet pick up open for several days. It made it very convenient for everyone to pick up their shirts and bibs.
Race day: Bag check opened at 6:00AM race morning and was divided by corrals. Each bag check station closed at different times to ensure the trucks would reach the finish area by the time the runners did. Everything was well marked and the volunteers were clear in letting runners know when the stations would be shutting down.
The race was divided by several corrals, each with their own start time. The first corral started at 7:30AM, with the last corral leaving at 9:00AM. With more than 20,000 runners registered, the corrals took up several city blocks.
The race started on Yonge Street, north of Eglinton Avenue, headed south through the downtown core and finished on Fort York Boulevard. Runners then had a quick walk to the finish area in Coronation Park.
Because I was still recovering from the GoodLife Half Marathon the previous weekend, I was given instructions not to race. My coach explained that a week in between races was not sufficient for recovery and even though I felt great, my body was still recuperating. Racing that morning increased the possibility of a running related injury. No thank-you. So instead, I was told to run 8K at a slightly faster pace of 6:00-6:15 min/km and then to run at 5K pace for the final 2K. It sounded like a good plan to me!
Not racing is easier said than done, especially on a downhill course with runners zipping by. It was hard to resist the temptation of running faster. So I worked on maintaining good running form, practiced drinking water while running through water stops and even stopped for a picture or two.
Post-Race: Finishers’ medals were handed out shortly after the finish line while water and food were located a short walk away in Coronation Park – the finish area. I picked up my bag from the bag check area. I was a little surprised to see it was basically self-serve, runners walked in and picked up their belongings and then had a volunteer check that their bib matched the number on their bag. After that, I headed off in search of brunch with my friends.
Overall, it had been a great morning for a run! The weather was perfect and I was on target with my pacing for both segments of my run. And for a race of that size, I would have to say Sporting Life did an awesome job of organizing and executing the race!
As training for my half marathon continued, I needed a 10K race to run; a tune-up race of sorts. The Toronto Waterfront Flyer, the second in MEC’s race series was a perfect fit with my schedule. What’s a tune-up race you might ask? It’s a test run (pun intended) of what might happen on race day. The Waterfront Flyer would let me sort out any nutrition/hydration issues and allow me to see how I felt running at race pace.
Leading up to the 10K, I was more than ready to go and excited to see what I could do. But the week right before the race, I tweaked my back. I’m not sure how or why it happened but I was in a lot of pain and barely able to stand up straight. The timing could not have been worse.
Last Thursday, I was invited to attend an event hosted by Vega called a Community Influencer event. It was described as a night filled with ideas, insights and community connection. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was intrigued and excited for the invitation! The group that evening was small but filled with interesting individuals. There were yoga instructors, a triathlon coach, nutritionists and then me – a runner and blogger. It was an impressive group to be a part of! Continue reading “Vega Community Influencer event”→
Last week, I had a chance to attend a private shopping event hosted by Canada Running Series and Lululemon. The Yorkdale Lululemon store was closed to the public at 7PM and the STWM Digital Champions and Community Leaders had the store to ourselves. A night of shopping and socializing was just what I needed! Continue reading “Running, shopping and yoga … Oh my!”→
At the end of every Disney race, I say that I’m done; this is my last Disney race for a while. Yet here I am, it’s 2015 and I’m in Anaheim, CA. I’m back even after I told myself that 2013 would be my last Disneyland race. So why did I register again? Maybe it was the challenge of running back-to-back races, or maybe it was the Disneyland 60th anniversary medal? Truthfully, it’s the opportunity to spend several days with good friends so you know there’s going to be a little bit of running, some eating and a whole lot of fun! Continue reading “2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend”→
Today, I’ve got a post up on the Canada Running Series website all about healthy eating for runners. They’re the folks who put on races such as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, the Oasis Zoo Run and the Toronto Yonge Street 10K.
In my post, I’m sharing a few of the nutrition related ideas and tips I’ve learned since I’ve started running. There’s even a recipe I’ve created called Blueberry and Maple Overnight Oats. So head on over, check out the post, register for a race or two and be sure to let me know what you think!