On Friday morning, I’m flying to Toronto to race for my first time in Canada and for my third time with Nike Women. After an incredible experience in DC and SF, I couldn’t pass up the chance to run the inaugural Nike Women Toronto 15K on Toronto island. Nike race weekends are not just about the race itself. They’re a giant celebration of women. Did I mention that I received a giant surprise from the Nike team in the mail last night? I wasn’t expecting a package but found a large box with my name on it in my apartment lobby. Inside was a rolling suitcase (with a personalized luggage tag), two full outfits with shoes, and a note from Nike. It made my entire week.
I’m looking forward to visiting the Expotique, taking Nike+ Training Club sessions on the Crystal Coliseum boat, meeting up with Instagram friends for the first time, and (of course) earning that third Tiffany’s necklace. Take a look at the gorgeous course:
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I haven’t visited Toronto in many years, so I’ll also be trying to fit in some sightseeing during my three-day trip–a mix of touristy and local spots. If you have suggestions for sights or eats, let me know!
I’ve admittedly been very relaxed about this training cycle. After setting a PR in Pittsburgh, I decided to enjoy this race. I’ve also never raced a 15K, so it’ll technically be a new record. Over the last month, I’ve run two or three times per week and spent the remaining days spinning, strength training, and practicing yoga. While I don’t feel as fast as I did preparing for Pittsburgh, I feel completely healthy and ready to celebrate that. To follow along this weekend, follow me on Instagram! Also check out blog posts I’ve written about destination races.