Lots of White Hats and a Pair of Shorts!

Last Saturday, we met in two groups – one at Sunnybrook Park to check out the half marathon course for the Toronto Women’s Half; the other group at High Park doing a variety of routes and lengths. Helen braved the elements and was the first of our group in shorts (brrrr!).

Many of us sported our new TPW hats. Thanks again to Laurel and Barb for their hard work and to our sponsor, Harbord House for its support.

Last Tuesday, Carol and Laurel distributed hats at the Firkin Pub before interval training. They will do so again tonight, so if you’ve signed a waiver and paid your fee, come out early and pick up your free hat.

A few of you have been asking when shirts will be available. Laurel and Barb will be taking orders soon, but an initial order of 12 was placed in various sizes so you’ll be able to check them out first. Laurel will send an email via the Google Group – so if you haven’t already signed up, please do so soon so that you don’t miss out.

The training schedules for Tuesday intervals and the Thursday walk are posted on the sidebar. This Saturday we are back at High Park.

Best wishes for the MORE Half in the Big Apple to Maggie, Shirley, Rosemarie, Rosemary, Diane, Lee, May and Katherine. Don’t get too tired out from shopping on Saturday! As always we look forward to seeing David’s photos.

Last but not least, our congratulations to our former leader, Jean Marmoreo who ran the 113th Boston Marathon and placed first in her age category (66-70) with a time of 3:45:39. To paraphrase Bob: WOW!

Go Jean Go!

On Monday morning, the 113th running of the oldest annual marathon in the world will be run in Boston. One of the participants, bib number 19,710, will be running under the name of Jean Marmoreo, who ran her first Boston last year and is hoping for……………………well, if you want to follow Jean online, just log on to: http://www.bostonmarathon.com/. Then find the “find the runner? thingy which will be up on race day and you can track her progress from there.

Cheers.

Bob Ramsay
Proud Husband

News Flash: The Easter Bunny is a Toronto Power Walker!

Who knew? We were assembled at High Park, ready to set out on a beautiful sunny Saturday, when we got a call — wait for a mystery guest. Minutes later a car pulled up and out came THE BUNNY – our very own Rosemarie Bunny, chauffeured by husband and photographer David (I never realized the bunny was married, did you?).

After hugs and photos, she had to leave to deliver her booty to deserving children leaving the rest of up inspired to walk on, 16K for those doing the Toronto Women’s Half and 20K for those doing the MORE. And then there was Helen who was completing 32K in preparation for her upcoming marathon. You rock, Helen.

Phyllis very kindly went ahead and met us at about the 9K mark with water, oranges and pretzels. Thanks Phyllis.

Upcoming

Members ‘Hat Tuesday’
Come out for intervals this Tuesday (see sidebar for details on training) and pick up your TPW hat, courtesy of our wonderful sponsor Harbord House. We’re planning to update our main blog photo with a shot of us in our new hats! Thank you Laurel, Barb and Sue for all your work making this happen.

Thursday evening group walks resume this week. The weather will be terrific, and it’s only 8k! Wear your new TPW hat!

Saturday, April 18
A reminder that this Saturday you have a choice of two locations. Those doing the Toronto Women’s Half can experience the course by meeting at Sunnybrook Park in parking lot #1 (see map) at 8:00 or you can meet Helen at our regular High Park location. For more about help getting to Sunnybrook see the posting below this one.

Coaching Session with Barb Gormley
Remember to sign up for your complementary with membership group coaching session with Barb on either April 28 or May 12. We will accept a maximum of 20 participants per session. “First come, first served?. Please let us know the date you prefer by emailing tpw@rogers.com.

Social Event
Please reserve the evening of June 2 for a group dinner at our sponsor, Harbord House. We will forgo intervals for that Tuesday and gather at 6:30 to just eat, drink, chat and celebrate what we have accomplished so far. Come on out even if you haven’t been out on a regular basis or if you aren’t a member but thinking of becoming one. This is a chance to get re-inspired. It is never too late to get started.

Sat. April 18th at Sunnybrook Park

This Saturday we are meeting at Sunnybrook Park at 8am in Parking lot #1 (see map). Go north on Leslie from Eglinton and turn left into the park. Turn right at the bottom of the first hill and park in the lot on your immediate right

If you are coming by TTC, and need a ride from a subway station, just send a note to our email box and we can arrange for pickup. tpw@rogers.com

We are meeting at Sunnybrook and walking the same route that will be used for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon on May 31st.(sorry, no firefighters and chocolate stations, this weekend). If you are walking a shorter distance, come along too, it will be fun!

If you would prefer to walk from High Park on Sat. I’m sure that there will be someone to walk with!

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.