Pacing My Journey

I’ve been super lucky over the last few months. I’ve landed my dream job, broke a new PR and I have the best friends and family to hang out with on my off days. Life. Is. Amazing.

Run Blog Siobhan McCarthyLiving in the moment is one of the most important mantras that I am constantly reminding myself to remember. I honestly wake up (some days completely exhausted) but I feel so fortunate to be where I am and doing what I love. Running, working out and combining it with my PR career – it’s incredible and I cannot feel any more blessed.

I was reflecting on my running habits from last year to know and I am SO much more laid back and it has improved my quality of running. Last year, I was very focused on my pace. Constantly checking it and making sure that I was keeping up. If I wasn’t, I would be disappointed. Now, I actually run for fun. I go out with a goal because I am a natural goal setter but I don’t take it too seriously. I get a runner’s high, come home and surprise myself after I check my watch. I can now consistently run 7 miles at an 8’07 pace and not feel wiped afterwards. This is a big win for me. I now run with the Nike+ Run Club at I have never run with a group or without music for 5 miles until now. I make new friends every week and actually talk to people during my runs. I can focus on my breathing when I don’t have music blared in my ears which, was a HUGE thing for me. If I’m running alone, I’m jamming out to music and probably singing along during my runs but group running has given me a whole new feeling and love for the running community. Nike+ Run Club

At the beginning of April, I broke a new PR. I ran the Harry’s Spring Run-Off in 40:37 and placed 11th in my age category. I haven’t PR’d this race in 4 years. I will have a full recap on the blog but I feel like I have to thank running less and running more quality runs to this PR. Also, meeting up with people in cold and rainy temperatures and not heading to the treadmill in freezing conditions has made me stronger and loose my wimpy attitude of not running in the negative temperatures.
Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K

I am in the best shape mentally and physically and I’m so excited for this race running season. I took out race because I’m all about enjoying fun runs this year. I can’t lie – my goals are real for races but I really wanted to enjoy my adventures towards those goals. I signed up for the Beaches Jazz Tune U 20K. It’s an un-timed event and I am super excited to run for fun in the sun. I have my eyes set on a 1:45 half marathon in the fall and I don’t think I am far fetched from it.

Happy Running!


Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions shared on my blog are my own and do not reflect that of my employer, clients or Nike.

GoodLife Toronto Half Marathon Recap

I’m throwing it back to 2011 when I ran my second half marathon and got my current half PR! This was a fun race and I remember it being wet and rainy but I was feeling great. Then the 15K mark came around…

Side note: some of these images are very tiny because I did not buy the race photos.


I am so excited to show you my pictures from this race. Well, let’s be honest- I’m just really excited to show you one picture from the race. You will never believe this but I actually got a picture of me smiling AND waving to the camera. I know, I’m in shock too. I’m slowly becoming a pro for the running paparazzi.

Please note the guy laughing behind me. For some reason there is always someone laughing at me in my race pictures. Believe me, it’s not in my head– I heard him laughing. I don’t blame him though my hair resembled a troll doll from all the rain.

Alright, let’s back track and start from the beginning. Getting to the starting line was a mission. My sister Julia and I decided to drive to the start. So naturally, we stopped at Starbucks for some tall bolds to get our energy up. Have you ever got to an Sbucks that had locked doors? Because that was a first for us. Luckily, my new BFF of a barista ran to the door quickly unlocked it and handed me the freshest coffee I have ever experienced at Starbucks. What a dream! And another first. High Park Starbucks, you get a lot of love points from this runner!

You know what’s a mission? Getting parked off the busiest street in Toronto when it is closed for a race and the parking meters don’t start working until the same time as when you start running your race. Really though?! Where are the runners benefits? Not here. So, underground parking it was. Here’s the starting line from Shannon and Tasha’s condo:

Lucky for them, they got to watch the action while staying dry. You gotta love rainy day races. This is actually the first rain race that I have experienced. I couldn’t be happier that it was just drizzling and spitting the entire time.

I was having Garmin issues (because I accidentally put it on the compass somehow) so, the first 1.5K I had no idea what my pace was. No biggie. I just reset it and started guessing where I was at. And then we experienced the two massive hills. By my face you can tell how I felt about them:

I was actually feeling really great until kilometer 15. This is where I saw the wall in the distance. I tried to pick up my energy and get my mind back to zen running but the wall kept getting closer and closer. I hit it when I got to 18K. This is the worst feeling. I seriously did not want to go on but I knew I had to. The feeling of my first picture in this post was nowhere in sight. I actually used the mantra, “Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever.” My left knee started giving me issues at about 4K and the pain in my back started to get worse by the 14K mark. By 18K- I was in pain. I took back some more gel, grabbed some water at the next water station, walked and drank and started going again. My energy picked up and my Tinkerbell tricks of not touching the ground while running started to happen again:

Seriously how do I do that?! Do I jump instead of running?! And if so- this could explain my back pain. My energy picked up and then crashed. Running up University Avenue in a strong wind is not my favourite. And then having those little leafy things falling off trees and hitting you in the face is not how I like to finish a race. I decided to walk for 10 seconds and told myself, “FINISH STRONG!” So, in keeping with tradition, I bolted to the finish line like no other:

With a huge genuine smile on my face and all! Yes, I do look like I’m about to punch myself out. I was really giving that last sprint all that I had. I ended up finishing in 2:02:09. As much as I wanted to get a sub 2 I couldn’t be happier with my 2:02. I actually felt really great during this race (obviously minus the 18K wall) and I didn’t feel like I was weak and going to collapse at the finish line. I was starving and I couldn’t get my mind off eating a bagel and the cinnamon buns I could smell at the 19K mark. I don’t know where that smell even came from because there were definitely no cinnamon buns at the finish line. But there were sample protein shakes at the finish- how perfect? I love my artificial chocolate and of course the finish line food!

It’s also convenient having a running nurse for a sister because beside the finish line was the hospital that she works. This meant- ice packs and a nurse’s lounge to re-group and re-fuel at! After we warmed up with our tea we headed to brunch which just might be my new favourite post-race activity- gorging on a sunday brunch buffet at The Hot House Cafe. THE BEST! And SO delicious!

Yes, that is a cinnamon bun. I had to! And it was delicious. And then we just kept going back for more.

And who needs food when you can eat your hardware?!

I bet everyone who dressed all fancy for Sunday Brunch really appreciated our attire and our “I was just running in the rain for 2 hours” appearance. Sorry, friends but I was hungry and just wanted to eat everything in sight.

Overall, I loved this half marathon. Even in the rain. I think I will be running this one again next year.

Stats of the Run 

Time: 2:02:09
Age Place: 186/477
Gender Place: 754/2252

Marathon Training: Week #2!

Last week I started to branch out more on my training by lifting more weights and targeting specific areas to train. Ab day is always my favourite day but I’ve never used the massive machines for my abs. (1) I always feel like I am being swallowed by the machine because I am only 4’9″. I literally hop onto the machine, my back doesn’t always reach the back rest and (2) I was always one for free weights and doing all the work myself with Russian twists, planks and bicycle crunches.

Gooodlife Free Weights

I started making gym dates with my sister and my friends. We get to the gym, run (or if it’s a non-running day- use the bike or elliptical) and then head over to the weights and do their strength workouts.

I love it. I branched out. Even though when I work my lats I have to stand on the chair, grab the bar and the weights literally lower me down to sit on the chair. Everyone around us laughs but whatever- we’re short. It happens.

I even started going back to yoga. Now that I’m not cheering, I have to incorporate stretching days so that I don’t lose my flexibility. And of course- prevent injury.

Week 2 has been another slow and steady week. On my Friday run, I got a massive blister that started to form on mile one and I went until I finished 3 miles. This made my other leg compensate and I ended up straining my calf. Foam rolling was not fun and it hurt. A lot.

Monday: 3 miles at an average of 9:20/mile + 1 hour of glutes weight training

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 2 miles @ 9:08/mile + 45 minutes of abs weight training

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: 2 miles @ 8:58/mile +1 hour of yoga

Saturday: Foam Roll and Stretching

Sunday: Rest Day

Weekly Miles: 7
January Miles: 9

Happy Running!

Sporting Life 10K Recap

On Thursdays, I throwback to my running recaps that haven’t been moved to wordpress yet. Today is from the Sporting Life 10K in 2011. It was my first 10K race ever and the first race I ever ran with my friends and we continue to do it every year!

This was a race that I have been excited about for a while now! 3 months ago I got my best friends to become my running bff’s. Some of them even went from zero to hero! Literally. On day one I may have got messages that resembled this, “I cannot even do one km. I don’t think I was made for running. How am I going to do this?” And yesterday, they made me SO proud! They all did AMAZING! And, I’m convinced that some of them caught the running bug. (At least that is what I am hoping for!) Seriously, they rocked the run.

On Saturday, we went to pick up our packages and I forgot my camera. Not to worry, I stole pretty much all of these pictures in this post from Shannon and Tasha! Thanks, ladies!

It was a beautiful sunny and warm day and the weather couldn’t be better. It was a perfect day to stroll the shops in Uptown Toronto. So, that’s exactly what we did. After we picked up our kits of course:


Some ice cream may have been screaming our names:

And then we did what any athlete would do after eating ice cream– we relaxed and rested up for the big day:


This is where I started to get antsy. For the last two weeks I haven’t been myself. I have had headaches, migraines, and zero energy to run for an entire week. I literally have been falling asleep at 5pm after work. The weather has been a roller coaster. Some days it’s sunny and humid and the next it’s a downpour of rain.

Lucky for us, the weather on run day was scheduled to be rainy and cold. And then I had a nightmare. I dreamt that I couldn’t get my ipod to work during the race and this weird monster looking Harry Potter creature attacked me. Weird, right? I don’t know why I was so strangely anxious about this run. I mean seriously, what was with me?! I was completely out of character. When I woke up, I tried to shake it off as best as I could and brushed my teeth:

The temperature had changed from morning cold rain to an overcast and nine degrees. So, it was a game day switch. I didn’t wear a jacket and just hoped that I wouldn’t be freezing in my corral before the gun went off. The best part of the location of the starting line of this race is that the Starbucks is literally right beside it. Grabbing your morning coffee half an hour before the start is perfection. And it almost makes you feel like you aren’t freezing in the bursts of wind:


At the starting line, I had to leave my friends from their corral and make my way solo to the yellow corral.

I didn’t mind it and I loved that there was a Boston Marathoner beside me. Do I want to BQ even more now? You better believe it! Especially when I was running this race and saw the 2011 Boston Marathoners in their new jackets.I’m not gonna lie, I was not in game day mode during this race. I had to convince myself that I wanted to run and had to pump up the jams to get going. I was at the starting line and I had to be ready.

My goal for this race was 47:30. I felt great and that last kilometer I sprinted like no other. My finish time on my Garmin was 48:13. I was happy with it. I feel like I could have pushed myself harder but then remembered I was in a funk and I probably am just being too hard on myself. And then one of my old cheerleading coaches Runner Mama called my name just past the finish line and I was so happy to see her! I love that I keep literally running into my cheer family at races! And the funny thing is, I had NO idea she was even at this race let alone near me during the run! Seriously, where was my mind at?!I know– seriously, what was with me?! I still don’t know. I did have a good run but it just didn’t feel right for some reason. Don’t get me wrong- I did get excited and even sang a little while running but it wasn’t my usually happy-go-lucky, I-love-everything-in-the-entire-world kind of run. I blame the ridiculous weather that we have been getting for the past two weeks. My energy is gone like Nemo and I just want it to come home.

I couldn’t wait to see my running bff’s at the finish with their well-deserved bling! Somehow we colour co-ordinated a picture unknowingly. If that’s not talent- I don’t know what is!

I’m so glad that they all set out and finished this amazing goal. I mean really, go from zero to hero in 3 months and run a 10k race?! You ladies are an inspiration! And I love, love, love you all!

At the end of the race, my stats weren’t posted on for some reason. It was so strange and I didn’t understand why my chip wasn’t working. And then hours later, my stats appeared– so bizarre! The world just did not want to love me during this race.

I think we will be making this our annual run! Who doesn’t love running from Uptown Toronto to the Lakeshore and it’s pretty much all downhill?!

And this just in– Tasha did get the running bug and signed up for the 10K Zoo Run in September! So keen! And hopefully I’m in my running head space again stat because the Toronto Half is just 12 days away!

Stats of the Run

Distance: 10K
Time: 48:36
Age Place: 124/1441
Gender Place: 529/6928

Marathon Monday Week #1

This year I have decided to log my 2015 miles. I always get asked why I run in miles and not kilometres and it’s because miles seem shorter. 26.2 miles just sounds so much easier than 42.2 kilometres. It’s week #1 of 2015 and my Marathon Monday posts will be starting at #1 again.

I like to take off time in December to relax and recharge my muscles, so my January training starts slow and last week was still the holidays so it was full of rest days.

Monday – 2 miles at 9:30/mile and weights
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 2 miles at 9:13/mile, arm day and cheer.

I had a gym date with 2 friends which I love to do because I push myself to lift heavier weights and do exercises that I normally wouldn’t do on my own. After our workout, I decided to head to a cheer open gym since I haven’t been since last April and I ended up being thrown around for the first time in months. I am happy to report that I didn’t get dizzy or have any post concussion symptoms!

Don't call it a comeback! 💪💥 #wildfridaynight #2gyms1night @amyserwetnyk @chrislpenny @mariocarito @pcttt

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Saturday – Leg day
I hit the gym with my sister and started with a 10 minute bike ride to warm up. Seriously, not my favourite machine. I’m really trying to love it because I know there are so many benefits to biking. I feel like I should take a spin class and branch out my fitness activities.

Sunday – Foam Roll and Stretch
My legs were super tight from leg day so I had to foam roll it out. The Runner’s World Foam Roller Video Series has become my new best friend.

Marathon Monday Siobhan McCarthy

Week #1 Miles: 4
2015 Miles: 2

Happy running, friends!

2015: Year of the PR

My 2014 was filled with so many amazing memories and adventures. Even though there were some low points to my 2014, I love reflecting on all of the ones that made my year so great so that I can create new goals for the following year!

I kicked off 2014 snowboarding with some amazing friends at Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain Snowboarding

In February, I had a concussion that took 2 months to recover from. I couldn’t run, cheer or look at screens without getting dizzy. I officially became the video girl of the team.

Concussion Recovery In March, I got a paid bid to the cheerleading worlds! I wasn’t cleared by my doctor to compete and was still going to physio 3 times a week.

Cheerleading Worlds Bid Provincials Canada
 In April, I was cleared to run and compete at The Cheerleading Worlds at ESPN in Walt Disney World! It was a long struggle to get back at it. I successfully ran the Harry Rosen 8K in the freezing cold.Harry Rosen 8K Toronto 2014

I wasn’t fully ready to be flipped upside down at cheerpractices so if I got slightly dizzy, I had to sit out. At worlds we placed first in Canada and 8th in the world in the International Open Coed 6 division!

The Cheerleading Words Wolfpack Canada

In May, I travelled to Ireland and Greece for my cousin’s wedding!

Ireland and Greece 2014And then after our vacation, I ran the sporting life 10K!

Sporting Life 10K 2014In June, I graduated with high honours from Seneca College’s postgraduate Corporate Communications program! Corporate Communications Seneca College


In July, Dana & Kirk tied the knot!

Dana & Kirk 2014


In August, the Leger crew went camping in Collingwood! Camping in Collingwood 2014In September, I started my new adventure as a public relations professional and went on the NFL on Campus tour!

NFL on Campus 2014


In October, I went ziplining!
Ziplining ECO Adventure 2014
I also got to visit the East Coast of Canada for the first time during the NFL on Campus tour! Halifax, Nova Scotia is a beauty of a place with the best seafood!

Halifax, Nova Scotia 2014


My November is Halloween which is technically in October but it crossed into November and it’s my favourite. So, I am including it. Halloween Mr & Mrs. Incredible

December was filled with ugly Christmas sweaters and parties with my cheer friends and our moms. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Christmas 2014

For 2015, I’m ready to crush some new goals.

Run a sub 2:00 half marathon! 

Now that I am feeling healthy, it’s time to ramp up my training plan. New plans, for the new year!

Track my progress. 

Last year was difficult to keep up with my blog. Concussions, postgrad, training for worlds and keeping my social life made my posts slow down. Now that my calendar isn’t TOO crazy, I’m so happy to be back on the grid!

Be present. 

Ignoring my cell phone. As much as I love social media and messaging friends throughout the day, it’s important to unplug.

Read a book a month.

Leisure reading is another thing I have missed. For 2015, I’m continuing to read a book a month. Having the best sleep means not looking at a TV, computer or cell phone screen for at least an hour before beds I will replace technology with a book. Any book recommendations are welcome!

Hydrating properly!

One of my other downfalls is not hydrating properly. Luckily, Santa brought me many tubes of NUUN to keep my electrolytes up.

Taking my daily vitamins. 

Sometimes, I forget to take my vitamins even though I make travel sized baggies so that I can take my vitamins on the go. This year, I will make sure to have my vitamins daily.

As always, I will continue add more monthly goals for myself as the year goes on.

Happy new year!

Guest Post: Kaitlin Gardner from “An Apple Per Day”

There is nothing worse than getting injured and having to stop running and try something else because if it.My new friend Kaitlin Gardner from An Apple Per Day wrote a guest post for me on staying in shape after an injury. Kaitlin injured her knee on the running trail anAn apple per day Kaitlin Gardnerd was recommended by a friend in her running group to try aqua aerobics. After some research and group classes, Kaitlin has fallen in love with it. She’s a firm believer that if you try it once, you’ll see why she loves it so much!

Stay in Shape after an Injury with Aqua Aerobics

If you think recuperating after an injury means sitting on the sidelines and losing your athletic momentum, you’ve got it all wrong. Aqua aerobics offers a complete exercise program that any athlete, from weekend tennis player to marathon runner, can participate in while recovering after an injury. Best of all, aqua aerobics can help a person sustain cardiovascular fitness levels, in addition to desired muscle tone and body fat composition.

For more ideas on how aqua aerobics can help you stay in shape following an injury or illness, click these links:

In his pioneering book, Daniels Running Formula, Dr. Jack Daniels describes the grace period that occurs when a long-distance runner abstains from running for five days, whether due to injury or other circumstances. Basically, asserts Daniels, there is no measurable effect on a person’s fitness level for five days; after that, fitness levels recede more drastically, and it bottoms out to pre-fitness (sedentary) levels after about 10 weeks of inactivity.

So if you sit around waiting for a shoulder, ankle or neck injury to heal, chances are your fitness level is going to take a hit. But there’s a workaround: aqua aerobics and aqua jogging.

For many athletes, the challenge of remaining fit may be more mental than emotional. We all know people (or may be one of them) who feel terrible after missing just one workout. Now, we know that the body’s muscles and cardio levels do not break down after just a handful of missed workouts, let alone one, as Dr. Daniels’ research has shown. But what about after 10 or 15 missed workouts? While the degree of fitness breakdown may still be barely measurable, how many people can say they don’t feel like a complete couch potato after missing two weeks of working out? Not many. And that’s where aqua aerobics can help.

Aqua Jogging

For serious runners, aqua jogging’s biggest benefit is that deep water running with a buoyancy belt mimics a person’s land-running form nearly identically. Now, combine that with the low- to zero-impact nature of aqua jogging and you have a recipe for staying in shape while recovering from an injury.

Studies have shown that aqua jogging is relatively the same in terms of health benefits as land jogging at low to moderate intensity levels. But to get the same or nearly the same benefits in the pool as you would with a high-intensity run on land, you’ve got to make some adjustments in the pool.

There are several things that you can do to increase the intensity of your pool workout while letting the injured area of your body recuperate. If you have a lower body problem, like an ankle, foot or knee injury, add wrist weights or handheld aqua barbells to your aqua aerobics or aqua jogging routine. This will challenge your heart but allow your lower body to remain protected. Conversely, if it is your upper body that is recovering from an injury, adding ankle weights to you aqua aerobics routine will give the large muscle groups of the legs an extra challenge. For a complete rest to your upper body, rest arms on a foam kickboard or “noodle” and let your lower body do all the work.

Aqua Aerobics

If you have access to a pool and have the necessary equipment to challenge those areas of the body that are not recovering from injury, you can stay in shape during your period of recuperation. With water’s natural resistance properties, muscles will be challenged whether you are doing simple calisthenics, such as leg lifts and arm curls (with or without handheld weights). Don’t forget: use the steps for bicep dips and side of the pool to help stabilize the upper body while doing bent-knee twists for the waistline.

An apple per day Kaitlin Gardner




Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Recap: Spectator Edition

I was so upset that I couldn’t run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon because I was in Halifax for work. This was going to be the half marathon that I ran sub 2 hours. Instead, I woke up early in my hotel as if I was running and live streamed STWM and became a distant cheerleader. It was actually the most exciting thing. I swear, I am just made to spectate this race because the last time I registered for STWM, I destroyed A LOT of tendons and ligaments in the bottoms of both of my feet and stood on the sidelines with a sign and cheered on my sister. That race was so fun to watch because it was an Olympic qualifier. It was awesome.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Siobhan McCarthy

This time, I watched on my computer while laying on my hotel bed and waited for the live updates of the splits.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Siobhan McCarthy

This was also Thomas’ first half marathon and now he was running by himself with Julia, my mum and his mum as his super fans at the race while I took screenshots on my laptop and got super excited when I saw his updates and predicted finish times. I am pretty sure I was more nervous than he was. It’s amazing how 4 hours can go by when you are watching people run. But, not everyone was running. This guys was joggling. Yea, that’s not a typo. He was running AND juggling the half marathon.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Joggler Siobhan McCarthy
I can’t even make that up. He juggled the ENTIRE race without dropping any of his balls in wait for it… 1:20! How insane is that?! Not only is he crazy fast but he is also JUGGLING. I told Thomas he better step up his game for next year. However, he beat the elites to the finish line! Thomas ran his first ever half marathon race in 1:50:48!!

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Siobhan McCarthy
Maybe he didn’t beat the elite half marathon finishers but he did beat the marathoners. HA!  And, it gets better. He ran wearing the Garfield Turner shirt.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Siobhan McCarthy

Fields would be proud. He was my running buddy who would listen to my endless banter on running and actually care even though he was more of a sprinter.

I loved watching this live stream more than I ever thought I would. But, let’s be honest, I really wish I could have made a new PR.

Congrats to all the STWM finishers!

Have you ever cheered your friends on via live stream? 

Do you ever wish you could break a guinness running record?

What’s your next race?


Marathon Monday: My World Stopped

Marathon Monday Siobhan McCarthy

This post is clearly late. Last week, my world stopped. I tried to keep up with my running as much as I could but my motivation was at an all time low. A very good friend of mine who I use to train with, was in a motorcycle accident that unfortunately resulted in him passing away. It’s extremely hard to write a post about such an amazing person in my life that is no longer with me. I was fortunate enough to have the most outgoing, positive and motivating friend in and outside of the gym. Fields (Garfield Turner) always had a smile on his face and was genuinely interested in how your day was going and could shut out everyone else around him and just be interested in what you have to say. He had the ability to make you laugh so hard even when you are having the worst day. If Fields couldn’t make my birthday party, he would send someone in his place just so that I had an in person “Happy Birthday” from Fields. I’m truly going to miss my amazing friend.



Fields was a fellow cheerleader at the worlds level. Cheerleading teams from around the world started wearing yellow, Fields’ favourite colour, to their practices in his memory. As hard as it was to go on social media and see all of his pictures but it was also nice to see all of the teams that Fields has touched and made an impact on and have them share their memories with Fields on various platforms. This YouTube video is my favourite and I’m not surprised that it has 3,500+ views.

If you want to read about the unfortunate accident that Fields was in, you can read about it here.

So, my training didn’t go to plan last week and my October miles might not reach my goal but I’m back at it this week and ready to attack that marathon training plan.

Monday October 6, 2013
2.51 miles — 8:38/mile

I couldn’t even tell you how this run went and it was the only one I did last week.

“The world stops, but the music keeps playing :)”
– Garfield Turner

Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K Recap #TakeMeBackTuesday

Since I switched over my blog to WordPress, my old race recaps didn’t make the move. #TakeMeBackTuesday is where I revisit my old race recaps and post them here.

Next on the list, my first time running Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K! This post was published on April 3, 2011. Since this was my second race ever and I learned a lot from the Inaugural Wine and Dine Disney Half Marathon. I trained smarter, tackled hill training and knew that my nike+ foot pod was a little wonky.

It was such a perfect day for a run! The sun was shining, it was 8 degrees, and the wind came at all the right times during the race. Not so strong to blow me over and just enough to cool me down. Perfect.

I got to my sister’s flat with my race kit waiting for me:

After digging inside to find all of my snacks, I attached my race bibb to myself and got all suited up. Just like Barney Stinson. After a cup of coffee we took our warm up walk over to High Park. This was going to be my dad’s first race too but he popped his knee playing soccer last week and now he is kind of gimpy. But he made an excellent photographers!

On the way to our corrals we took a group shot before the race started. Don’t worry we all took our cell phones so that we wouldn’t get lost like the Wine and Dine race in Disney. Lesson Learned.

Julia, me, and mumsy

Along the way to the corrals, I ended up running into two of my old cheerleading coaches who are also crazy runners. They were there cheering on another cheer coach/runnermama at the gym. I love that! I also ended up seeing them at the 4K mark and then again at the last 200m. It was hearing them yell to me that there were only 200m left that made that killer hill worth sprinting the rest of the way for. Have I told you how much I love the cheer section along the sidelines at races? They are ahh-may-zing! The high fives and the encouragement is just so contagious!

One of my favourite action shots is of Julia. I mean look at this beauty:

Why can’t I get pictures like that?! Instead I get the ones where I am attempting to drink water:

It looks normal, right? Well, this is where I didn’t smush my cup in half to easily drink water and I ended up splashing my entire face with water. Look at the guy holding the cup of water at the far right- he’s laughing at me. And just so you know I’m not lying, here I am wiping the water off my face and hoping my make-up didn’t melt and give me raccoon eyes:

And yes, that guy on the far right is still laughing at me. Awesome! I’ll show him with this action shot of me with my eyes closed:

After crossing the hilly hilly finish line– I mean seriously, who puts a huge incline at the last 400m mark? That was just mean! I got my medal and hat; took out my cell to figure out where my fam jam was happening.

We even had enough time to escort mumsy to her first start line to begin her 5K!

Her ipod was loaded with some awesome tunes and she was ready to rock it. Lucky for her, it was warm enough for her to loose her jacket!

After the first km we caught this beauty of a picture. Look how happy she is:

 And then on the last 400m we got an action shot of her going up the dreaded incline:

I was so proud to cheer her on crossing the finish line.

It was an awesome day for a run and we got the finishers picture that we were all excited for- Me and Julia with our 8K medals, and Nancy Love with her 5K:

On our walk leaving High Park, we decided that we had our Harry hats on and should take a picture with those as well:

Post race we went back to Julia’s and made a big pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon, chocolate milk, and coffee. It was deeelicious!

And the something sparkly I said I would wear for Tin? Well, I made a sequin tie but it was hard to see in the pictures:

After going back to Julia’s and seeing her Garmin 405CX in full action– I knew I needed one. I tried it on and it even fit my tiny wrist. A Cinderella Story?! I would say, yes.

 I may have gone to Costco after the race to buy one:

More on that story later!

Stats of the Run

Distance: 8K
Time: 41:02
Age Category Place: 15/261
Gender Place: 84/1129

A personal best! Well, I knew that going in because it was my first 8K race ever. I think I will be making the Harry Race a yearly event. I literally loved everything about it!