Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Off and running in 2016

What a difference a year makes!

On January 1, 2015 I did not run.  In fact I barely made it out of bed that day.  I was in the depths of pain dealing with a really bad tooth infection and had another 24 hours to go before I got into the dentist.  Running was the farthest thing on my mind a year ago.

Fast forward to January 1, 2016.  Overcast but mild morning when I headed out for a sunrise run along the banks of the Humber River.

Running near water on the first day of the new year is a tradition for me.  It started on Coogie Beach just outside of Sydney, Australia years ago and I've only missed a few over the years.  Most New Year's Day runs have been along the waterfront in Toronto. While not as scenic as the Coogie Beach or Bondi Beach in Australia,  it's pretty spectacular to run along the beach as the sun rises over Toronto.

So I'm off and running in 2016 and have three races planned:

May 8:  Sporting Life 10K.  Straight down Yonge Street with a flat sprint to the finish.  Personal Best opportunity #1 in 2016

June 26:  Toronto Yonge Street 10K.  Again, downhill all the way.  Personal Best opportunity #2 in 2016...or a chance to redeem myself if I flubbed opportunity #1

December 3:  Reggae Marathon 10K. Warm and flat with no worries about personal bests...this one's for fun.  It will be my 8th consecutive Reggae Marathon and once again, a nice way to wrap up the running year.

Until next time...

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