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...