Getting Off The Road

Many of my running Tribe  run the trails in and around Toronto often. Finally, after a few months of hearing about it, I put aside my inner voices of “I’m going to roll my ankle” and “I’m going to get muddy,” and with the guidance of trail expert Alex Flint, and with the thoughts of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series in mind, with my Tribe by my side I gave it a try – twice!

trail1For both runs we went up to Pottery Rd to hit up the mountain biking trails. We chatted about trail etiquette (stay single file, let people know about obstacles, and when passing let people know how many are in your group), safety (slow your pace, be aware), and some tips and tricks when completing a trail race. I learned that the space we were headed to was mostly “single track” which means single file, and that the distance of trail runs should be perceived as being half the distance longer when related to the effort of the runner – so this 5km run would feel more like 7.5km.

tribe2For most of this first run I was on high alert looking around at the logs and branches, avoiding the mud, and trying to remember the path. I felt like I was really focused on not falling and remembering where I was going vs enjoying the trail and having fun.

 My second trail run was definitely more relaxed and a lot more fun. It was another 5km, was very hilly, but although I still had no clue where I was or remembering how to get back (and yes I even sent an I’m lost text, although I quickly took it back) I was able to enjoy my surroundings, I ran really steep dirt hills, used as many logs as possible as balance beams, and this time just generally had more fun.

trail group

Does this sound like fun or what!
With Tribe we will be headed out for two more Try-A-Trail runs this month, if you are free (and they are free) you should join me!

Details here:
Thursday July 24th  or Thursday July 31st. If you’ve ever been intrigued by running in the woods and getting off the road – join us!

Any tips for running the trails for this newbie? Leave them below!

Hiking, Canoeing, and Yoga – Oh My!

I am very excited to share that this summer Tribe Fitness will be teaming up with Moose Travel to combine yoga and nature with an exciting and oh so relaxing yoga retreat up in Algonquin Park.

This three day and two night excursion is perfect for those wanting to unplug for a long weekend and reconnect with nature. Moose Travel’s tour experts will be leading guided hikes, there will be plenty of opportunities for canoeing and swimming or going for a trail run, and I’ll be leading 5 flowy yoga classes that are appropriate for all levels and infused with lots of fun.

Yoga Card Proof 1What’s Included

• 2 night’s accommodation in a lodge. One – four per room occupancy.
• Transport to and from Algonquin Park from Downtown Toronto
• Park entrance fees
• Use of canoes and equipment
• Driver and tour guide services
• 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch (all vegetarian and prepared for you)
• 5 Vinyasa yoga classes (taught by me!)

Departure Dates

July 18, 2014 July 20, 2014
August 15, 2014 August 17, 2014
September 12, 2014 September 14, 2014

The cost is $549 and full itineraries can be viewed here. This is an intimate trip with each excursion being maxed out at only 13 participants per retreat.

Further information is available here. Hope you can join me!

Race Report: TYS10K

The Toronto Yonge Street 10K put on by the Canada Running Series is very quickly becoming one of my favourite races here in Toronto (look out Zoo Run!). It’s a great course through downtown, it finishes blocks from my condo, and it is all  downhill! (although not really).

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TYS10K Shake Out Run. Photo by Canada Running Series

What definitely causes this race to take the lead is social media presence and connection to community. For the past two years I have had the amazing opportunity to become a Digital Champion for this race. A DC is someone who loves social media and loves running, so what’s better then fusing those two into an awesome online community which creates awareness for the race by sharing what we love, to run. The Canada Running Series also reached out to Tribe this year and featured us as one of their three training clubs. We ended up with 21 runners racing under the Tribe name, although we also had a number of our runners as DC’s so they didn’t count in this and this partnership only furthered our connection with the Canada Running Series and Toronto running community allowing us to share our #TribeLove with an even greater network.

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Driving to the Finish Line. Thanks for the photo Alex!

For me this race is always about pacing. It often involves me starting off way to quick and at about 8km, cursing myself for not pacing properly – this year was no different. I’m starting to think that this race and this situation is my pacing wake up call for the rest of the year – I remember how awful it felt (although I still met my race goal) and that keeps my head in the game for the rest of the season. I joke about the downhill (which I think is part of my pacing problem) because pretty much everyone promotes the race as being downhill – well it’s not. There are two ups, which often catch first timers off guard and regularly become the first thing out of their mouths when finished “I thought it was all downhill?!?!” hehe, nope.

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Some of the Tribe Heading to Brunch

This year I loved having so many people from my community running and cheering. The Tribe cheer crew has become a staple in Toronto races and people are starting to look for us (and miss us when we’re not there). Everyone from Tribe met their race goals at this event and it was awesome to be there with them.

The weather was amazing, the race is always beyond well organized, and the CRS have the most rocking on course volunteers supporting and cheering. Lots of fuel is always to be had by those who need it, and lots of on course music and fun. Definitely a great race for first time 10km-ers and those trying for a personal best – hey it’s all downhill! (Well not quite).