Toronto Yonge St 10km


Since January I’ve been fairly open with my 2013 goal to qualify for Boston, totally ambitious, but I’m excited to declare it and make it happen! One of my strategies to get a faster race time is to add more races to my program. How do you race faster? By running more races faster! So here I go!

One of the races that I’ve added to my list is the Canadian Running Series Toronto Yonge St 10km run. This will be my first time racing the Toronto Yonge St 10km, although living downtown I’ve cheered at it over the last couple years. It starts up Yonge and ends at Fort York, almost my back yard, so how could I not run!

So far there have been many highlights (including being asked to be one of their #DigitalChampions) but also the oh so nice downhill route to enjoy (looking forward to practicing for my goal marathon race my quick leg turn over) as well as the ton of SWAG! Hats, race shirts, two free Tune Up Training Runs through the Running Room (I’ll see you there March 10th!) and training shirts – oh my! (confessions of a swag addict here)

For me this race will be a stepping stone to my big goal, and an integral part of my Boston Qualifying training.  If you’re looking for a spring 10km, something quick and downhill, or a shorter one leading up to a spring Marathon, consider adding this one to your 2013 race schedule!

Event details:

Date: Sunday April 21, 2013
Start Time: 9:00am
Location: Yonge St, downtown Toronto
Course: Down Yonge St from north of Eglinton to west of Bathurst on Fort York Blvd
Kit Pickup & Mini-Expo: Friday Apr 19 11am–7pm
Saturday Apr 20 10am–5pm
Pickup at: Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, — 123 Queen Street West


My Goals for 2013

a year from nowWith nearly a full week of 2013 under my belt, I’m already loving what it has to offer.

On Jan 2nd I started the year off with my first morning show appearance on CHCH Morning Live. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but a goal which had fallen to the back burner until post NYC Marathon where it seemed to be in my face all the time, after a last minute guest appearance on the evening news. While this opportunity is set to be a bi-monthly opportunity, I’m hoping to can be something even more frequent. (Update, following the creation of this post I was emailed to make it a monthly deal and to give consideration to a “regular schedule” – yippie!)

If only all my goals would be that easy 😉 So here they are, I share them in hopes that you can hold me accountable and we can celebrate together on December 31st when they are done!

make things happen

My Official Goals of 2013:


  1. I have a consistent strength training program which allows me to live and run hip pain free
  2. I run two marathons.
  3. I qualify for the Boston Marathon at Road 2 Hope on November 3rd.
  4. I race the Olympic Distance Triathlon at TTF
  5. I cook 1 new recipe a week
  6. I can do this arm balance:

    arm balance

    I see it everywhere, but no one seems to know it’s name. If you do please leave it in the comments so i can more easily search the lead in postures. Picture from


  1. I am a fun, loving, and supportive wife, sister, daughter, and friend
  2. I continue to surround myself with people who support my life vision
  3. I complete my Masters in August
  4. I return to being student loan/debt free
  5. I take a family vacation somewhere warm!
  6. I run a destination race with my NYC Marathon crew (Disney?)
  7. I (finally) buy my own Stand Up Paddle Board and use it at least twice a week from July to September

 do more of what you loveCareer

  1. I post blog content at least three times a month
  2. I continue to build my personal brand through revisions to my blog/website and use digital tools to become a more effective user of social media
  3. I continue to support lululemon ambassador program through mentoring new ambassadors
  4. I lead a lululemon run event connected to the SeaWheeze half marathon
  5. In September I take a business course at George Brown and by the end of the course have a business plan for my indoor cycling studio.
  6. I am a certified Yoga instructor through the teacher training program at 889yoga
  7. I am a certified TRX instructor by September
  8. I continue to teach at least one day a week (two + courses) through Brock University’s Fac. of Ed. starting September
  9. I will provide a minimum of 15 professional learning opportunities through Ophea and write at least three health & physical education resources

By far the goal that scares me the most is Boston. Likely because it is the biggest unknown. So, here’s to a year of setting a vision, creating goals, crushing the goals, and repeating!

What’s one of your goals for 2013? Become accountable and share it in the comment section!