I know I have been away for a while but I have lots to blog about and share. This weekend was jammed packed with lots of happenings and excitement. In order to get my thoughts straight and get everything in, I thought I would split up my Weekend Recap into two posts, starting with Friday and Saturday.
This weekend I completed the Oasis Zoo Run 10k in Toronto. This run has always been on my bucket list but, because it is in September, I have never been able to make it work. It sells out really fast and school and work commitments or unknowns have always gotten in the way. This year Josh and I were finally able to commit and had planned on making the event into a little weekend getaway. We weren’t able to do any big trips this summer and we thought it would be a good idea to spend a couple days in Toronto, have some fun and run the race all together. That was the plan anyways.
I haven’t been getting much supply work lately and decided that I wouldn’t book Friday off work. We had a hotel booked for Friday night and were going to visit the Ontario Science Center during the day and maybe do an IKEA trip. I didn’t think I would possibly get called into work Friday but we agreed that if I did, I would work and we would miss out on the Science Center. Well. wouldn’t you know it, no calls all week and I end up working all day in a Kindergarten room. Bummer. While I ran around changing plans and getting ready to work the day instead of blow everything off for a mini-vacation, I walked straight into a door frame, crushing two toes and falling head first into our bath tub. OUCH!!
The toes were bad, really bad. I felt sick to my stomach and honestly thought I may have broken one, less than 24 hours before our race. I was so mad! My training has been perfect. I have had amazing runs and was feel so ready for this race. This 10k was going to give me a burst of confidence in order to begin training for my next half marathon. And here I was with a bruised and swollen foot and hardly able to walk. Not to mention I was expected to run after four year-olds all day long. Luckily we worked it out that it would save us some time and gas money if Josh drove me to work, so I didn’t have to drive on Friday. I wore some comfortable shoes, popped some pain killers and got down to business. I was pretty sure half way through the day that I hadn’t broken a toe, I was much too functional, but it still didn’t feel okay to walk or run for that matter.
I got through the day and we finally made our way to Toronto to pick up our race bibs and check into our hotel. I was so happy that we made it in time to get our race kits the day before the race. I like everything to be laid out and ready to go for race day and I don’t like the added stress of standing in line to get my bib before a race. Plus they always put awesome goodies in race kits, including yummy snacks to eat while you are watching TV in your hotel room the night before a race :)
Everything was going really smoothly (minus crazy foot pain) until we got to our hotel. We had booked the hotel late and were looking to save a bit of money by staying at a less expensive hotel, so we weren’t expecting the star treatment or anything. Unfortunately what we got was just a hilarious disaster. We showed up and found construction workers everywhere. To get to the ‘front lobby’ we climbed through a patio door into a hotel room and found two women sitting at cluttered desks. The whole hotel was a mess, there were paint buckets and wet paint signs in every stairwell. Almost every room had tape on the door describing what needed to be fixed in that room. There were no working elevators and we had to search for quite a while to find a stairwell that didn’t have workers in it. When we got to our room we found that the heating system didn’t work and the whole room smelt like a dirty construction sight. The whole thing was horribly disappointing. I was already upset about an injury and missing our fun day, a dirty, smelly hotel room was too much. When Josh turned on the heat and discovered a burning smell and I found a dirty bathroom waiting for us we finally called down to the front desk to complain. We were quickly upgraded to a slightly better room and felt much better.
To calm ourselves down and salvage what was left of our night we decided to go out for some dinner. We were looking for something close by, simple and yummy and settled on Swiss Chalet. It was the perfect choice. I don’t think my meal had any vegetables in it unless you count the spinach in the spinach dip appetizer we ordered. Carb loading? Okay maybe it wasn’t the best option but I am not regretting it. I spent most of the night watching TV with my foot elevated, happily munching race kit goodies.
Saturday morning was crazy. I can’t believe we made it to the starting line in one piece. I thought I had set everything out the night before and was organized for the run but I think my swollen foot distracted me. We had to get up super early and get to the zoo in order to beat the rush of 5000 runners. Unfortunately our crummy hotel`s breakfast didn`t open until 7am. We ran in grabbed some bread and peanut butter and scarfed in down in the car, guzzling water the whole way. Luckily we were only running 10k not a half or longer. We got away with the poor planning this time. After standing in washroom lines and finding our corral I realized I had missed a few essential things. I broke a hair elastic and made Josh go back to the car with me. When we got back I realized I had also forgotten my sunglasses and hat. With no time and a sore foot I didn`t want to go back to the car again and decided to go without. In Josh`s words I was a mess. I wasn`t even sure if I could run the whole race on my foot and I always run with a hat and sunglasses.
Here we are before the run. We seem like we have everything together right? Hahaha, not so much. We really lucked out in the weather department. We had mostly cloudy sky’s for our entire run with not-to-warm temperatures.
The guy behind us is looking into your soul right now. Poor guy seemed pretty grumpy and probably wasn’t that impressed that he was getting stuck in our selfie. This was right before start time and the corral was getting pretty crowded.
Someone bought his race bib from a runner who couldn’t make it. We called him Andrew all day.
These are some of the animals we passed on our way through the zoo. It was really cool to have the animals be our race day entertainment. At one point it looked like we might have been running right through an animal exhibit. Everyone around us was glancing around waiting to be jumped by a tiger. I know why I wear a hat when I run. It drove me nuts to constantly wipe the sweat off my forehead. I missed my hat! The route was really really hilly. I knew the zoo was kind of hilly so I was somewhat prepared but it always seems worse when you are running your but up a cliff to reach the finish line!
This is at about the 8k mark. I look red and tired. These flamingos were awesome though and very exciting to see when I was tired and hot.
We look a little rough but we made it through. We ran the race in 1:14. I wouldn’t normally post my race time. I am a slow runner and although I usually own that I always get a bit touchy with my race times. But we ran a super hilly route and stopped for pictures along the way so I am pretty happy with an hour and fourteen minutes. It was an awesome day and the slice of pizza I ate afterwards was the cheery on top. We walked around the zoo a bit before heading home. The rest of the day was for napping and movies.