A 17km Tour of Toronto

Today was a pretty easy day to get motivated to go for a run. It was a balmy 11ºC under overcast skies in Toronto, and being able to put on some shorts and go for a run on the last day of November…I’ll take it every time.

It was a bit of a smallish group this morning as many of the regulars were up at the High Park Running Room for the annual Marquis de Sade. That’s an unofficial half marathon that incorporates 19 or 20 of the biggest hills around into a single, awful, hilly monster of a route. I’ve done it once…let’s leave it at that.

New Friends, Good Conversation

I ran with Tara and James on the 17km route Mike Lin had mapped out for the group. It was nice to run with some people from the group that I’d hadn’t run with before. It ended up being a good 90 minutes of conversation about everything from a recent trip to Ethiopia that Tara had done, to talk of half marathon and marathon successes in Toronto last month.

A nice route through a few Toronto neighbourhoods and High Park

A nice route through a few Toronto neighbourhoods and High Park

Turns out all three of us will also be in Ottawa to run the marathon at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend next May. I’ve been a few times, but neither James nor Tara have made the trip out. I gave them a bit of a rundown on what makes the whole experience so much fun.

By the time we were done it was little bit over 17km on a route that took us out through Trinity-Bellwoods and West Queen West, and also through Parkdale. High Park was lovely as well, and we freestyle the route a bit to add in a run up Spring Road (a pretty good hill). From there we ran back through Little Portugal and Chinatown before returning to the Downtown Yonge Running Room.

All in all, a great morning run in beautiful late fall weather, with great conversation and a nice tour of a few of Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Everything that makes running great.

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