Lululemon Toronto Waterfront 10km Recap

Hey Ya’ll

Happy Sunday!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the Lululemon Toronto Waterfront 10km! After missing out on this run last year, I was determined to run this year despite just how busy I have been these last few months. I usually love running, before meditation became a thing, I used running as a moving meditation (I can not sit still & meditate). Once I have my headphones in, music playing & my sneakers are hitting the pavement, I feel at ease. This year I did not train as hard as I normally would, I barely ran & couldn’t find the right motivation to even run at all. On top of it all I had this unrealistic goal of beating my 10k PR: 51 minutes. 

So after barely training & hoping for the best I figured I would accept whatever time I came in with. Plus, I also made the decision to go out for beers the night before which probably was not the smartest idea but I wanted to catch up with friends so in my mind it was worth it (bonus: I was still in bed & asleep at a reasonable time)!

So now it’s 6 am, Saturday morning & I barely slept (I always have pre-run jitters). Thank goodness my parents drove me downtown so I could sit in the back, getting in the zone, adding music to my running playlist. My pre-race jitters of “how am I going to do this” seemed to fade from the time I left the car to the time I was standing & waiting for the race to start. I don’t know if it was the cheering crowds or that fact that I had mentally prepared myself, but I was ready!

The first 3kms seemed to fly by, I was enveloped in the energy & taking in seeing Toronto from a different view. Fast-forward to the 3.5km mark, where I actually questioned why I was doing this. I saw my parents just before the 5 km mark cheering me on & taking photos, I seemed to get a second wind.

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By 6 kms, my feet were so sore but all of a sudden out of nowhere I had these two hot guys running on either side of me (talk about motivation) & I tried my best to kept up with them for almost 2 kms, thank you boys. At this point the finish line is so close (well not really but that’s what I kept telling myself).

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The weather ended up being fantastic, wasn’t too hot (by noon it was scorching) & running with over eight thousand people made this experience that much better. Once the adrenaline from the race started to fade, I noticed how sore & tight my legs were (gosh, my whole body actually) that I ran to a yoga class once I got home.

I ended up completing the run in 53 minutes.. so close to beating my 10 km PR but I made it out alive & that is all that counts!

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At the end of the day, I felt so accomplished for actually following through & completing this race when all I wanted to do was quit leading up to race day. I already plan on running the Lululemon Waterfront 10K again next year & I am in the process of signing up for a race in the fall. I feel like my love for running is back & I cannot wait to keep hitting the pavement!

xo cd

Ps: Thank you to my amazing mum for taking some amazing photos!

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8 thoughts on “Lululemon Toronto Waterfront 10km Recap

  1. Awesome! Congratulations Cass! That is really cool. I don’t think I’ve ever run more than 4 miles at a time but it’s something I’ve considered doing. I need to start somewhere. Where do I begin? What race should I do first?

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    • Thanks Reid! I would suggest starting with something small like a 5 km run, or those couch to 5 km apps, they are pretty motivating & then from there just keep running & adding distance! I always find having a set distance (like a race) always helps me stay motivated or having a running buddy helps too!

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      • I need to get my runnin’ shoes on and get it movin’! Thanks for the advice. I think they have 3K’s and 5K’s here in the USA. Maybe I’ll try a 3K first. I don’t even know the conversion from miles to kilometers. I need to work on this! haha. Hmmmm, apps, good thinking. I use one called MapMyRun. Is that good? I need a running buddy. Maybe I need some friends first. Just kidding. (My family tells me I’m not very funny so no need to laugh at that one.) Thanks!

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      • I think 5 km is around 2.5 or 3 miles (not 100% sure, dont quote me!). I always used apps when I first started, I found them super motivating getting reminders when I was scheduled to run!

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  2. Congrats! 🙂 I’m training for a 5k run next month – my first race ever – and so far, so good, I guess. I’m sure it’s better to run with a group than just by myself. And your mom did take some great pictures!

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    • Becky Turner, I like some of your Off the Wall baseball posts but I’m not allowed to reply to those for some reason. I don’t have permission or whatever. Now that I can’t remember what you wrote I’ll have to go back and double check but nonetheless, nice job on your writing!

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