Last week was the last official week of summer (not according to the calendar or anything official like that, but to most Americans none-the-less). I spent the last week of summer in the spirit of the season, relaxing and having fun. The relaxing part was not exactly by choice – it was a gorgeous week and it would have been nice to start off every morning with a run along the river to enjoy the early fall weather – but my body didn’t feel the same way. Luckily I was not planning to start my Philadelphia Half Marathon training until today, so all worked out well.
Although I call it a week of relaxation, I did manage to get in 3 runs and a trip to Canada. Running also relaxes my mind so I think that counts as relaxation! Monday I did a short 3mile run along the East River — I wanted to go farther, but was conscious of the pain I’ve been experiencing and left it at 3miles.
Tuesday AM I headed to Toronto, Canada for work. It was my first time in Canada (minus when I was about 2 yrs old and my family went to Niagra Falls) so I was excited for the trip! I’m not a huge fan of long business trips, but my 2 day, 1 night stint in Canada was the perfect amount of time.
One of the first things I saw when we arrived in the city of Toronto, an impostor Ice Cream Truck!!
Notice the “Master Soft & Delight” sign – total Mister Softee wanna be! I took this quite personally as I hold Mister Softee close to my heart.
Another similar, but not the same as NY thing I saw — a hot dog truck that offered chicken and veggie hot dogs as well! This I was a fan of. Never knew Toronto was so health conscious.
I was happy to learn my hotel was situated right on the water, which meant I’d have a beautiful view for my Wed. morning run.
This picture was taken Tuesday afternoon; I lucked out and got GORGEOUS weather in Toronto. Part of me considered not running on my mini “work vaca” and clocking a few extra hours in my luxurious bed at the Westin Harbour Castle. However, I hate to give up the opportunity to explore a new city via foot and I knew I wasn’t going to get much free time to explore. Luckily I had an early client dinner Tuesday night and was in bed by 10:30pm, which meant I’d be good to go for a morning run 🙂
Wednesday morning I woke up at 7am and headed out for a run along the water. It was cloudy, but it was a perfect 60 degree temperature for running and practically no wind. I was naively surprised to see a decent amount of runners out with me along the river path. Who knew running had gone international! I brought my headphones with me, but I never put them on. I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers/runners writing about how they run without music and I always thought, “how do you do it!?” I chose not to run with music in Toronto because I wanted to be able to experience the new city and just take in the piece of the water and the sites. Now I understand how other runners do it — it was such a peaceful, enjoyable run. I truly felt like this run was “me time” and I felt totally rejuvenated afterwards. I did 4miles because again, I’m trying not to over due it since my injury has re-emerged.
One last highlight from Canada – poutine!
For those fellow American’s out there, you may be asking “what the heck is Poutine!?” Well I will tell you! Poutine is a wonderful Canadian creation (Montreal origins to be specific) that combines french fries with gravy and FRESH, squeaky cubes of slightly melted cheese. I’m not a huge fan of cheese and I don’t really like gravy, but boy was this poutine delicious! The version I split with my coworkers (picture above) also had pulled pork and bacon on it, which I pushed aside.
I landed back on US grounds wednesday evening. Thursday I didn’t do much more than work and hangout on the couch with the BF and spend some quality home time.
Due to the magic of twitter and text messages, I was able to meet up with Ashley and her friend Melissa, who I hadn’t previously met, for a run Friday morning. Ashley and Melissa are both training for the NYC Marathon and were doing their long runs, so I met them a little over a hour into their run along the West River. I rarely run along the Hudson River so I welcomed the change of scenery.
It was good to get out and run with other people again! Chatting with Ashley and Melissa made the time fly by and before I new it I had already ran longer than I had planned (oopsy!). I felt good, though, and my hip/but pain was only slightly acting up (I’m talking slight soreness, not strong pain). We ran at a nice steady pace around 10:50min/miles and took a few stretch breaks, both of which I think helped to make this a painless one. We made it all the way up to around 80th street and the West Side. I’ve never been up that far and it was beautiful! By the time I got home I ended up running about 8.5miles and walked about 2.5 more. I stretched, ate and continued on with my work day.
Oh and I made a peanutbutter and banana panini in the George Forman grill for lunch. I may be bias because I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but OMG it was tasty:
QUESTION: How did you spend your last week of summer?? Do you like to run with headphones or distraction free? What’s your favorite city to run in??