At least it wasn’t raining…

Fifteen intrepid Toronto Power Walkers braved the weather on Saturday morning and participated in the 8k Harry’s Spring Run-off (I think that Spring did run off – it was so cold and windy). Congratulations to Mary G, Helen, Kate, Rorie, Lorna, Diane, Ela, Mary W, Katharin, Carol, Rosemary, Barbara, Linda, Franki, Shirley, and Juli. Thanks to Rosemarie and David, Kathryn G, Wendy, Lee and Phyllis for cheering in the frigid weather. Your enthusiasm and sheer presence helped our walkers get up Spring Hill and over the finish line.

Congratulations to David, Rosemarie and Kathryn G, for their race in the Angus Glen Ten Miler on the cart paths of the Angus Glen Golf Course! What a glorious day it was!

Last Tuesday night’s interval training this week broke a record for attendance. I stopped counting at 17! Perhaps the Spring-like temperatures and the longer light in the evening brought out a few more walkers. Perhaps it was because it was the first Tuesday in April, and May races are around the corner. Whatever the reason, be sure to come out, you’ll be glad that you did.

To help you tune-up your form and refresh your stretches, we are offering a special Interval training session with Coach Barb Gormley on a Tuesday night. Choose a date – either April 28th or May 12th and email your preference to tpw@rogers.com . We will accept a maximum of 20 participants per session. “First come, first served?. We will still be doing interval training, even if we are not being coached by Barb. Participation limited to members of TPW. Barb will also be offering a more intense six-week power-walking training course, on Tuesdays in May/June. Further info on dates and cost coming soon.

This Thursday we will resume walking from the North Toronto Community Centre at 6:30pm. Check the sidebar for details about location, distance and route map.

This Saturday we’ll be moving to High Park, AND starting at 8am. As the distances get longer and the sun hotter, you’ll be glad that we get out early. Whatever your distance, there is always a route for you! The first one back can save multiple tables for us at the Grenadier Restaurant.

This is a weekend of religious holidays – Happy Passover, Happy Easter. Enjoy spending time with family and friends. Don’t worry if you eat too much….just get out for a stroll to walk it off.

Saturday Meant Sun!

Sixteen of us met last Saturday morning to follow our respective training programs for the MORE and Toronto Women’s Half. It seemed chilly (but then, I’m always chilly, says Sue) but once we were on the way, the sunshine on our shoulders felt wonderful!

Helen did her 32K training run on her own and we missed her! Carol stepped up and provided printed beautifully color-coded instructions for our runs and reminders about next weekend at Harry’s 5K & 8K. Since we all seemed to be doing the TWH program, we either did a double circuit or changed direction half way. Most of us met for breakfast at our usual spot – one of the perks that gets us through!

Tuesday intervals are posted on the sidebar. One more Thursday walk on your own and then we’ll begin the organized walk on Thursday, April 9th.

Harry’s 5K & 8K – kit pick-up is provided on April 2 and April 3 at New Balance Toronto, 2252 Bloor Street West from 10am to 8:30pm or on race day at the Grenadier Café Parking lot – see website for complete details.

Good luck to all who are racing this weekend either at Harry’s or Angus Glen. If you are not racing this weekend, please come out and cheer! Bring your cowbells and your noisemakers. We’ll also have TPW logo signs to show that we’re out walking the distance!

Two interesting walking related items – Check them out

Pedometer Passport Challenge 2009 – April 24 to May 24

Women’s College Hospital will join forces with the Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation (CCRF) again to participate in the “Walk of Life for Cardiac Rehabilitation?. This year however, we have decided to run our own event, the Pedometer Passport Challenge! Together we can help raise awareness about Women and Heart Health and raise money for our own program here at Women’s College Hospital!

The goal of the Passport Challenge is to be as active as possible between April 24th to May 24th—the more steps you take, the more locations in your passport that you will have walked! Did you ever want to walk the Bruce Trail? Or the Great Wall of China? Now you can!

Registration Fee: $30 per walker, ($20 if you already own a pedometer), or raise $100 minimum in pledges. When you register to join the Pedometer Passport Challenge you will receive a:

  • T-Shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Pedometer that will count how many steps you walk
  • Passport that shows how many steps it would take to cover the distance of
    popular walking trails in Canada and around the world!
  • Sponsor and Donation form

HOW TO REGISTER

To register by phone, please call 416-323-6400 x 4883 or by email womenshearts@wchospital.ca
You can also register in person on April 24th (1:00 pm start) at the Pedometer Challenge launch that will start in our gym at Women’s College Hospital and end at Queens Park.

If you would like to sponsor a walker or give a donation, please call (416) 323-6400 Ext. 4883
for more information. Registration Forms can be picked up or mailed to you, just call or email us!

Walking Information Fair – Sun May 3rd

Come out to Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre (Don Valley) for the city’s first Walking Information Fair on Sunday May 3 (9:30am-12pm). Many of Toronto’s local walking/running and hiking groups and agencies will be exhibiting there.

Todmorden Mills will be a beehive of activity that May 3 morning as the public not only gets to visit the walking information displays but you may also join a guided walk along Don Trail and see the spectacle of hundreds of canoes in the Paddle the Don Event with hundreds of canoeists, hosted by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

If enough people are interested, we can meet at the Broadview Subway station. It’s apparently a 15 to 20 minute walk (less for TPW’ers).

Sunshine Galore on Saturday!

We had a slightly smaller group than usual (March Break??) but still a very respectable number of almost 20 – and reveled in the sunshine. We all agreed it was still a bit cooler than we dressed for, but by the time we finished our various lengths, it had become a wonderfully sunny day, with the warmest temperature yet. And, it was great underfoot – we could really speed along if the spirit moved us! (Spring IS almost here!)

Helen handed out the maps for the trail around the cemetery and a varied route which included a bit of Leaside. Most of you did 16K and up, some 13k and others 10k. Some of us are just starting to get into the training mode for the Toronto Women’s Half on May 31st – and some of us are way past that…wherever you are in the scheme of things, we’d love to see you out soon.

A Special Note of Congratulations

Our sponsor, Harbord House, celebrated its first year in business with a celebratory get-together of regulars on March 15th. We wish John Oakes and his staff the very best for the future – thanks for your support!

Training this week

This week’s training is listed on the sidebar of the blog.

The Tuesday Interval training group is getting rave reviews…come on out and give yourself the opportunity to find out what everyone’s talking about!

Thursday trainings – remember, we’re not officially meeting until Thursdays in April – but feel free to get out there and do your own thing!

Saturday – only two weeks left at Mt Pleasant Cemetery and then we’re into the longer runs out of High Park and other spots to be determined.

Harry’s Spring Run-Off – April 4th. We’re still looking for cheerleaders, in case you’re not doing the Harry’s 5k or 8k race. There’s still space if you want to register for the 5k race – unfortunately, there are no shirts left – but you could get a pre-Sporting Life 10k run in, just for the fun of it.