Hello! I know I have been MIA for a bit. Things have been so crazy around here lately with the move from Ireland to Toronto. It was bigger mentally and physically than we imagined. We have successfully moved from Dublin to Toronto and are settling in here really well. The first few days here were so so nice and warm and then the weather took a real turn. While it was raining, windy and cold in Toronto it was bright and sunny in Dublin which made us just the tiniest bit homesick! The weather has finally picked up in Toronto and it is starting to feel like spring again.
I just wanted to share the last few races that I have done here in Toronto, including the half marathon I had been training for.
Goodlife Toronto Marathon and Half Marathon
I have been training for this one since roughly March and wasn’t following my training plan 100%, oops! I did one long run which was 12 miles and the rest of my runs were anywhere between 4-6 miles. I was running 3-4 times a week and doing HIIT workouts and yoga along side. I really didn’t know what to expect in this race and actually didn’t have a specific goal in mind. I knew I wanted to do it under 1:45 but I also knew that my training hadn’t been very consistent and there had been a lot going on the weeks leading up to the race.
The conditions were okay for the race (it was pretty cold!) and the route had a lot of downhills which I love. I went out with the 1:45 pacing group but stayed slightly in front. I was feeling pretty good but I knew that the last bit of the race would be very difficult with the head wind. As expected, the last 3 miles of the race were PAINFUL with the headwind and fatigue started to set in. I saw my parents and brother with about 2 km to go which really boosted my spirits and I ended up finishing strong with a time of 1:43. It’s my second fastest half marathon so I was pretty pleased with the result.
Sporting Life 10K – Camp Ooch
This race wasn’t planned but since we had arrived in Toronto it seemed like everyone was running it! The sporting life 10K runs for the charity Camp Ooch, which is a camp for kids with cancer or kids who have been affected by cancer. It is an amazing cause and a lot of workplaces run it together which is also pretty cool. The race was sold out by the time Ian and I tried to register but my brother ended up getting us two bibs so we were able to run it. The race was really well organized and it was an early start which was great. I would encourage everyone to run this race! It doesn’t matter how fast/slow you go, the charity is amazing and the atmosphere was electric.
I was excited for the race but I also had been on one 20 minute jog since the half marathon so I really wasn’t expecting too much out of myself! I took three days off after the half marathon (the downhill killed my quads!) and rested. I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday doing spin classes, hot yoga, stretching and self-myofascial release, and did one bootcamp style workout. I was feeling strong and the course is a pretty fast one with a lot of downhills and the running conditions were ideal. Ian paced me through the race and I came out with 45:28. I would have loved to get under 45 and that is definitely the new goal! I was happy with the outcome especially after having run a half marathon the weekend before! The hot yoga, spinning classes and stretching really helped my legs loosen up and I felt really good going into the race.
So next up on the race schedule is the lululemon Waterfront 10K on June 17th. I’ll definitely be going for a PB in this race and I am going to structure my training plan a bit differently and will only run 3-4 times a week. I’m going to include a lot of different strength and flexibility training into the plan. I feel this helps my running so much and also injury prevention!
For anyone in Toronto I am starting to teach a Monday morning yoga class at Calii love from 7-8 am. The class is structured for anyone that runs, does sports or any beginners that want to try their hand in yoga! You can sign up through the mind body app, just search “Calii Love” and you will find me there!
If anyone has any running, training, nutrition related questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
Have a great week!!