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The Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love running.  It wasn’t always the case, though.  I had dabbled in running over the years, but it never really stuck, never got serious.  I did the Nike TO 10km in 2005 with my roommate (at the time), Kim.  I hadn’t really trained, but was pleased with my time of 1:04:58 (and the fact that I ran the whole thing!).  My next race was the Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8km in 2006, in a time of 51:55.  Again, I hadn’t really trained, but enjoyed the experience.  Then, less two years ago, I needed a project that would be time consuming and distracting.  Running was certainly both of those things!  So, I signed up for the September 2009 Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon with excitement and fear.

I loved my training program.  When I ran, I felt free from all that was bothering me.  I felt strong and fit.

The race was AMAZING.  About two kilometres in, I knew that I was hooked.  I loved the whole thing and couldn’t wait to do another one.  When I crossed the finish at 2:14:45, I couldn’t have been more proud of myself.  I signed up that very day for the Toronto Women’s Half-Marathon in May 2010.  Later in 2009, I had the privilege of running the 5km race as a part of the Toronto Marathon in October.  I was part of a team of runners, raising money for Multiple Myeloma.  It was a fantastic race, although I believe that I overdid it.  Be it a lack of warming up, a simple misstep, or something else, I ended up hurting my knee.  I was unable to run anymore.  Little did I know that this sore knee would actually lead to a whole host of medical problems (the discussion about which doesn’t belong here on the running page).

This past August (2010), I finally got to do another race.  With my friend Juanita (well, not really WITH her, as she’s pretty much an elite runner), I ran the Toronto Women’s 10km at Sunnybrook Park.  It was almost a year since I had been running and I was really proud of myself just for getting to another starting line-up.  I told myself that it didn’t matter what the clock would read at the end of the race.  It wouldn’t even matter if I was last.  Well, I ended up having a pretty good run, finishing in 1:00:01.  Yes, you read that right: one hour and one second!!!  See, I wasn’t following on my watch because I didn’t want to pressure myself.  Though, had I known, I would have made it 59 minutes and 59 seconds.  Either way, on the way home from the run, I realized that, at 28 years of age, I had beat my 23 year-old self’s 10km time.  Woot, woot.  THAT made me happy.

Hugging (in tears!) at the end of the race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know when my next race will be.  Probably May, the Toronto Women’s 5km (I wanted it to be the half, but I’m being realistic).  I want to declare the 2011 Toronto Waterfront as the time for my 2nd half-marathon.  But, I’m just not ready to commit to that.  Maybe later in the year I’ll be able to.  We’ll see!

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