Pitter, patter, let's get at 'er...Hamstring injury a fading memory...I'm rnning again. I couldn't stand not runnig especially now that spring is in the air in Toronto. OK -3C on Sunday morning for the first official day of Spring maybe stretching it a bit, but soon we'll be complaining about the heat and humidity...I can hardly wait.
To celebrate spring and running, I did something this past weekend that I haven't done in years: I signed up for three spring races! All at my favourite running distance, 10K. And all of them in Toronto. I know Half Marathons are still all the rage, but thankfully enough of us who cut our running and racing teeth on 10K's back in the day still enjoy the distance.
8 K Spring Run Off in High Park on April 9. The 8K runs a couple of loops on the paved roads around and through High Park. It's famous for 'The Hill', a long, steep incline that we'll run up a couple of times, the second time as we approach the finish. I've run this hill before but never in a race...this will be my first time and I'm a little apprehensive. But hey it's only 8K...how tough can it be?
Next up is the Sporting Life 10K on May 8, Mother's Day. It's an early morning start, downhill all the way which will allow me the opportunity to set a Personal Best, and make it to Orangeville to celebrate Mother's Day with my Mom.
Toronto Waterfront 10K on June 25. It starts on University Avenue and has a little downhill to Lakeshore Blvd where it runs flat out along Lakeshore West before looping back for a finish south of the CNE. I wanted to run this last year missed the date totally. I've got my confirmation this year and am looking forward to it for a very special reason: Back in the day when I was doing 10K's regularly, I set my all-time best 10K time on a course that was very similar to this. Will history repeat?
Until next time...