Urban adventure

A friend and I got to talking the other day and yet another crazy idea came into our heads. We’ve decided to participate in the Mitsubishi City Chase in Toronto on June 21st.

Experience Laughter, Adventure and Discovery!

The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city. ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, mental, and otherwise adventurous challenges.

To conquer this 4-6 hour urban event, 2-person teams will run, walk and use public transit to navigate their way throughout the city, while calling family and friends for help, accessing the Internet, and even employing assistance of total strangers. The first team to complete the required ChasePoints and cross the finish line WINS

It’s the world’s largest adventure series with races taking place all over the world from Vancouver to Hong Kong to Sydney.

I’m a huge fan of The Amazing Race reality series, so I figure this is about as close as I’m going to get. It should be fun! Our team name is Blister Sisters. :)

Thanks to Sarah who originally told me about this event.

The race that wasn’t meant to be

Well, today is the day of the Around the Bay 30K Road Race in Hamilton. It’s a bummer not to be running, but it’s a pretty windy morning so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. ;) I’ve heard brutal tales of the windy course. I have a few friends running so I’m thinking of them and hoping they had a good race. They should (hopefully) be nearing the finish line at this point.

I’m heading out for another 5K today. If I still feel good, I’ll increase to 6 this coming week. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to drive out to a flatter neighbourhood. It’s kind of nice to just walk out the front door and run…even if that means running through the Newmarket Alps. We’ll see how I feel by the time I actually stretch & roll, get dressed and out the door.

Spirit of the Marathon

I’m going to see a special screening of this inspirational movie with one of my running buddies on April 9th. Just watching the trailer gives me goosebumps!

Four years in the making, Spirit of the Marathon is the collaborative effort of three-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, Telly Award winner and marathon runner Jon Dunham and producer/marathoner Gwendolen Twist. Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.

As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

Spirit of the Marathon

Looking ahead, but not too far

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day and I fully took advantage. I had planned to hit the gym for a run on the treadmill, but I couldn’t resist such a mild (+5C – yes, that’s mild!) and sunny evening. I went for another 5K (28:55) and felt good. It was a comfortable pace without too much effort (interestingly, it works out to almost exactly the same pace as my 2:01:00 half marathon), so I’m looking forward to improving my 5K time once I’m 100%. I’d like to see something closer to 25:00.

But I shouldn’t be thinking about that just yet.

I recently moved to a new neighbourhood, which I love, but there is one slight problem: there are hills everywhere! And I don’t mean minor inclines, but actual hills. No matter where I turn, I am facing a long, steady climb or a short & steep monster. I love a good hilly run now and then, but unfortunately hills are one of the IT band’s worst enemies. For now, I just try to take it slow up the hills and usually only feel a tiny bit of discomfort, which fades as soon as I hit level ground. When I start increasing my distance, I will probably drive to flatter neighbourhoods, at least until I am out of the woods with this injury.

Speaking of distance, I was looking at my calendar and realized that the Sporting Life 10K is just over 5 weeks away. If I can add one KM to my runs each week, I should be ready just in time. Let’s think positive here and assume I can keep my ITBS at bay.

Namasté

Wikipedia: Namasté

I started Yoga for Runners last night. What a great experience. The instructor, Susan Delaney, was wonderful. It was a small group (of 8 or 9) and I was the only beginner, so she spent extra time with me on certain poses when needed. I have to admit that it was fairly challenging. I haven’t practiced yoga for a couple years and wasn’t feeling too limber, but it started feeling more natural toward the end of the 75 minute class.

I know this is going to be good for me, especially in making me a more well-rounded runner. Susan really emphasized the poses that help stretch and strengthen key muscles and joints that endure a lot of strain while running. I have heard and read over and over that having a strong and balanced core improves running mechanics dramatically, which is something else we will be concentrating on.

My newest mission (Susan’s recommendation) is to stretch for 30 minutes after each and every run. So instead of plunking down on the couch when I get home, I’ll head straight for the yoga mat.

Favourite pose for the week: Pigeon Pose, which felt great through the hips.