Running in Year 2017 (Goal 1000 Miles)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week in Review

Week in Review:

* Today = 21 K
* Yesterday = 7.5 K
* last Thursday = 5 K
* last Tuesday = 5.5 K

YTD = 1861.4 K

Can't believe that I am "eyeing" 2000 K for this year! Slowing down as marathon season is over. However, looking forward to 2018 as I signed up for the Niagara Ultra 50 K yesterday and will sign up for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon once it opens this upcoming Tuesday.

Today's long run was along the Santa Claus Parade route:

Start of the parade - various police cars - and Blinky!

Final float - Santa Claus!

Photo with Super Mario -- giving out Super Mario hats!

South on Queen's Park.

South on University Avenue.

About to head east on Wellington to St. Lawrence Market for end of route.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week in Review

Three runs this week (as marathon season has ended):

* Today = 7.3 K
* Yesterday = 20 K
* last Wednesday = 5.75 K

YTD = 1822.4 K

Harbord CI - passed by old high school on Remembrance Day

Trinity-Bellwoods Park

Met Mario Lemieux today!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hamilton Marathon Photo Race Report

Full/ultra marathon #54 and final race for the 2017 year.

YTD = 1789.3 K

Start line - started to pour rain. Temperature was 11C - I wore a toque as the final portion of the race at the waterfront could be windy.
Thank you to to the volunteers who "braved" the weather.
5 K. Rain and dark sky.
10 K.. downhill then uphill

Entering Red Hill Parkway
Scenic... although downhill, it is at slanted.
7 K on the highway about over.
Muddy trail
The 29 K sign fell... upcoming is a very steep climb (can see in the photo)
The bridge seen on the QEW highway... about to enter the waterfront.

A band providing entertainment
Waterfront... back-to-back
33 K... same route as the Around the Bay 30 K race.
Heading west to the finish line.

A final uphill climb...
The finish line!

Proud Bud wearing the finisher's medal!
Bib -- 2 squared = 4;  3 squared = 9. Interesting!
Finisher's medal
10th anniversary tech shirt -- got a large :-)
Gun time = 5:55:30
Chip time = 5:54:46
Overall = 782 out of 799
Gender = 503 out of 510

Sunday, October 29, 2017

23.5 K long run today

The autumn season has definitely arrived. 23.5 K today. One other run this week: Wednesday 4.8 K. Next Sunday is the Hamilton Marathon. This will be full/ultra marathon #54 and my final race for the 2017 year.

YTD = 1735.1 K

Sugar Beach. Neighbouring George Brown College is closed as professors remain strike.

View of Toronto Islands.

Autumn colours.

Ontario Place - view of Lake Ontario


View of CN Tower

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Toronto Waterfront Marathon Photo Race Report - Full/Ultra Marathon #53

Toronto Waterfront Marathon is my favourite race. This is my ninth consecutive year running the full marathon (and walked the full marathon 11 years ago).

Weather was 12C at the start and increased to 21C.

Start line - in purple corral

We're off! Took 20 minutes to reach the start line

Approaching Queen's Park

Royal Ontario Museum

Honest Ed's

Fort York (to the right)

Canadian National Exhibition

Ontario Place

10 K

Super Heros

Wow - a Minion! 

Heading east on the Lakeshore. Uphill -- walked it.

DONUT give up

Water station

CN Tower and Rogers Centre;  uphill

Time for full and half marathoners to diverge on Bay Street

Approaching half way point

To the right is the Lower Don River Trail. 

25 K

Another uphill;  to the left is the "Cube"

I like the out-and-back -- great to see the fast runners on the other side.

30 K

Woodbine Beach Park

Queen Street East
35 K;  heading west on the Lakeshore

39 K;  uphill -- continue heading west to Bay Street

St. Lawrence Market;  less than 2 K to go

500 metres to go!

100 metres to go

Finish line in sight

Finisher's medal

Proud little brother, Bud