Tuesday, March 29, 2016

500 Metres in High Park

500 metres.  Half a Kilometer.  Once around the local high school track plus an additional straightaway.  5 times the distance Usain Bolt runs in under 10 seconds each time.  500 metres!

Oh, did I forget to mention that it's uphill!

April 9 is my date with 'The Hill' in High Park at the Spring Run Off 8K.  This will be a day of a couple of 'Firsts'.  It's my first race in Toronto in quite a few years. I've sustained a number of injuries over the past 5 years that have coincided with planned races and even this year am recovering from a nasty hamstring strain.  But I've been running regularly for the past couple of weeks and feel ready for this.  I think...

Second, it's my first race of 2016.  Normally in the spring in Toronto in High Park the Cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  With the long-range forecast calling for downright chilly temperatures for the early morning start April 9 it looks to be winter running gear.  But I'll be racing in my spiffy Puma running shoes and will be colour co-ordinated head-to-toe.

Now about 'The Hill'.  It's only 500 Metres.  I've run it before.  It's close to the finish line.  Can you tell that I'm a little spooked?  I only hope I can smile for the cameras like these runners:

Until next time...

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