Spring has finally arrived in Toronto! Just two short weeks ago, I didn’t think it was going to happen. This past weekend was so pretty and lucky for me, I spent pretty much all of my weekend outside. Let’s see what I did!
I started my day with a brisk job to the Direct Energy Centre to pick up my marathon kit for the next day. After that, I jumped on the streetcar to go home, shower and head back out to that area again. My cousin and I went on a Jane’s Walk. If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of it before, but apparently it’s been around for a few years. Volunteers in major cities, such as Toronto, organize walks in the around town, showcasing the neighboorhood. The one I went to regarded the controversial Toronto mega-casino proposal at Ontario Place grounds. The organizers for this walk are against the idea for the casino, as am I. This Jane’s Walk turned out to be more of a political rally than a walk through the property. It was a bit disappointed, but I got to meet the lead architect of Ontario Place, Eberhard Zeidler. I thought that was kind of neat.
Me and Cousin got pretty hungry, so we made our way to Queen Street West and ate at my favourite vegan restaurant Fresh. I ordered my favourite, the Holiday wrap – tofu, alphalpha sprouts, avocado, tomatoes, carrots … the list goes on. The sun beating down on us from the patio was so refreshing. Wearing a tank top outdoors is something I feel like I haven’t done in ages (unless running, of course).
After that, we took a quick walk through Trinity Bellwoods park. There were hipster as far as the eyes could see! The park was even fuller than it usually is in the summertime. My fellow Torontonians were ready to embrace the 24 degree day (Celsius, that is – about 75 Fahrenheit).
We grabbed a few croissants from the delicatessen nearby called Nadege. Everything there is so yummy! We did a spot of window shopping and milling about then headed our separate ways. I went home to get ready for the next day – race day!
I got to my race start time just as the race was set to begin. The start was a bit unceremonious, in my opinion – I don’t recall hearing a start shot or any annooucements on the speakers. Us half-marathoners started with the walkers, which I didn’t realize until I saw all the slow-paced starts. The run was super long! I knew that a half marathon was no short jaunt, but it felt like it took forever. I guess that’s because I only started training 2 weeks before … anyway, it was interesting running on roads that I usually drove on. In particular, Rosedale Valley and the Bayview extension. I even ran in some roads I’d never seen before, and I know my Toronto roads! When I reached the home
stretch, I was pretty beat, but I gave it my all. Gatorade and splashes of water on my face kept me alive through the race! Even though it took me an embarrassing amount of time to complete, I was so proud of myself for completing the course. I’ll be signing up for the next major Toronto marathon that’s happening in October. Thanks to all the helpful volunteers that kept me hydrated and the one at the last stop that drenched my head with water – it really helped! And thanks to the Toronto Police for keeping us all safe! Aside from the usual tips for running a marathon (you know, keep hydrated, don’t over-exert yourself, all that), I suggest this – clip your toenails before the race! Long toenails rub against the inside of your shoes and make you big toes feel particularly uncomfortable. I learned this the hard way.
My marathon cheerleader, my lovely mama, decided to take in the cherry blossoms that are currently in bloom at the famous High Park. It appeared every family in Toronto had the same idea, as the roads and parking lots in the park were jammed backed, so much so that we weren’t able to go out and look around. But I got a shot from my car window.
That was pretty much my weekend. I hope you had a great one, too!