As I write this I am listening to a crazy wind storm outside my window, which has me thinking about all those people on the east coast of Canada and the USA and hoping that they (you) are staying safe during this crazy hurricane/tropical storm. This kind of weather is no joke!
Crossing my fingers that it is over soon!
On a separate note, here's a look at how my training went last week:
Monday: Cycle Pump (75min)
Tuesday: 5km run
Wednesday: 5km run
Thursday: Spinning (30min) Strength training (30min)
Friday: Hot yoga (75 min)
Sunday: 18km run
Total distance ran: 28km
Here's what I learned.... about running in the city:
There are tons of things in Toronto to look at and see and running without music is a lot easier then I thought. Two of my three runs (including my long run) were iPod free and I really enjoyed it. I will bring music to the marathon but only revert to it if I really need to.
Running into downtown is kind of amazing. Yes its a net downhill and so obviously my favorite thing ever, but the view is a close second. Toronto just looks cool, you know?
Training for a marathon is tough when there are traffic lights and crazy, maniacal people pulling out of driveways and making blind left hand turns. You have to be alert and be prepared to stop more often then planned. Following your training plan is important but so is not getting hit and actually being able to attend the race.
City layout is like a built in race, at least as far as water stations are concerned. Its not free but its actually cold and comes in a portable container.
Cities are full of lots of people which also means lots of other runners, which serves as a great motivation. Its hard to slack off on a downhill when someone speeds past you going up the damn thing!
Once you are done with all your crazy running business you can also "run" errands because everything you need is right there. Other patrons may not appreciate my stinkiness but I am all about efficiency and they will just have to accept that.
Secret: If I could pick any other city to run in it would be New York, mostly because I desperately want to run in Central Park. Until then, Toronto has got my heart!
Not to sound all mob boss on ya, but I'm proud to say I run this city!
So tell me , what's your favorite city and why?