Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

Run Report: I Ran Toronto’s First-Ever Run For WOMEN

Last Saturday was Toronto’s first time hosting the Shoppers Love. You. Run for WOMEN. However, it was my third time running in the Run For WOMEN. The previous two years I ran in Oakville’s event, but with the announcement that Toronto, in support of Women’s College Hospital, was now part of the 15-city Canadian tour, I had to participate.


Although twisting routes can be pretty, I find they mostly mix up my perception of how far I’ve run and when I can expect a water station, so I appreciated the 6ix’s grid-like run. Here’s how the rest of my race went.

How I Was Feeling: Two days earlier, I had returned from the south of France, so my jet lag was heavy. I know, terrible problems to have. But it did affect my timing. I had to walk for about a half-K, adding about two minutes to my time. Ugh. But at the fourth kilometer, a volunteer saw my name on my bib and cheered me on. Sounds cheesy, but it really did boost me. And I ran the last kilometer smiling my way to the finish line. I did end up taking a solid three-hour nap after the race, though.


My Gear: Thanks to the nice people at Brooks Running, I was given a sports bra, tee, capris and shoes to test out for the run. The sports bra was not only cute, but really comfortable. I didn’t wear the capris because the weather woman called for rain, so I went for a pair of lightweight pants, a running jacket and a cap instead. The Brooks Running Ghost 9 shoes surprised me. I like more of a minimalist style of shoe, and I really like the balls of my feet to spread when I hit the pavement. These looked too cushiony and I honestly thought my feet would cramp, but they didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even get a blister. (I committed a runner’s faux pas: This was the first time I wore them.) So I should have really trusted the people at Brooks Running – they know what they’re talking about.


The Swag: With Shoppers sponsoring the event, I knew that the swag would be bang on. And even the running tee was adorable. Honourable mention for the Burt’s Bees day cream in my swag bag.

IMG_5785Photo opp: At the end of the run, I met up with my friends Tammy and Jodi for a pose down.