Wow what an amazing weekend, and I don’t just mean the spectacular weather!
On Saturday morning shortly after 7am Helen, Ela, Susan, Mary and Marty (our pace dog), shivering, using sleeves for gloves, began walking their distances (16k and 32k). They missed not walking with the usual gang but kept up our tradition of going around the park and down to the Lakeshore. I wonder if the Ela and Susan saw the army of women accompanied by their friends and family going over to Toronto Island for the half marathon (more on them below). Helen and Mary were tapering for their marathon next weekend, so they ‘only’ walked 16k. According to Ela and Susan… Saturday was the best walking day ever! Blue sky, deep blue water, crisp air…
Eleven members of our group participated in the first Toronto Island Women’s Half Marathon an intimate, 2-circuit race of just over 250 women – and met our fellow walkers, Lorna, Shirley and Carron who were there as volunteers. It was a bit chilly as they sat in the sun on Centre Island and chatted, waiting for the start. Some of us (Diane, Laurel and Sue) had personal bests and Carol, intending to do 10k or less due to injury, finished as only Carol can. David was there as our official TPW photographer and cheerleader. TPW represented 25% of the walkers out there and we rocked!
On Sunday morning another group of walkers were out on the Lakeshore. Rorie and Phyllis started at 7am also with multiple layers of shirts, and gloves! They were joined by James and Leslie along the Lakeshore for the 2nd leg of Phyllis’ 32k walk. We spoke about many discussion topics including race strategy and pacing, what we eat for breakfast as well as the excitement of the Scotiabank as their first race – Leslie (half) and James (full).
If you are free next Sunday mid to late morning, come down to City Hall to cheer for Leslie, Rorie and Phyllis in the half (around 10:30am) and Helen, Mary, David, Lorna (first full marathon too) and James (from 1pm-2pm). We’re going for brunch at 11am at the Queen & Beaver Public House located at 35 Elm Street between Bay and Yonge Sts. If you plan on coming, please RSVP to our email. firstname.lastname@example.org
One last note. Just because you’ve done your race – it doesn’t mean that we’re done…we need company walking for the next few weeks through to the Niagara Half near end of October. We have a few training sessions booked with Coach Barb in November to keep you going through the winter, as well as a year-end ‘black and medals’ dinner on November 26th. More on that to come soon!
Congratulations to all! Your training paid off!