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