Exciting News

Hi friends! Happy Monday to ya. I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!

Yesterday I told you that I had some running news to share. Well, after running my first race, Color Me Rad and well just starting to actually like running, I want to run more. Who would have thought? Not this girl who dreaded “going for a run” 3 months ago.

But I love competing and since my last basketball season ended this past year, I knew I needed to find something to fill this competitive and athletic void. Enter: running.

Drum roll please…

Running collage

I registered for a HALF-MARATHON!!!

On October 20th, I will be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon.

Yup. I’m running 21.1 kilometers in 7 weeks. That’s like really far… really soon…

My American friends… 1 km = 0.6 miles. So 21.1 km = 13.1 miles. Ah I hate math! Since the race is marked in kilometers, and I am Canadian, I will continue to train and speak in kilometers. We need one measurement system people!

So how am I going to double what I have been running in 7 weeks? Well I’m going to work my tush off. I have researched like a librarian and came up with a training plan.

The general idea:

  • Run: 3 days/week: medium distance, short distance, long distance — increasing distances gradually throughout the weeks
  • Sprints/hills: 1 day/week
  • Yoga: 1 day/week
  • Cross training (Insanity, eliptical, weights): 1 day/week
  • Rest: 1 day/week

If you’re interested, I post my weekly meal and workout plans on Sunday… if you missed yesterday’s… click here. 

Of course this excitement called for a shopping spree at the Running Room. Justifiable? Totally.

New running shoes were most certainly in order. I got the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 in purple and white. Kinda worried they are going to get dirty (I love white shoes) but they feel amazing! So light.


I also splurged on a Garmin Forerunner 10. I had previously been using apps on my phone to track my time and distance but I have not been super happy with them. I’ve heard great things about this Garmin watch… and it’s pink! Yay! Thanks Jan :)


Since I plan on running in the mornings (we shall see how that goes) and this fall weather means no more early morning sun, I thought it was smart to buy [these] reflector snap things to wear on my arm and leg. Safety first!

I’m not going to lie. I am nervous about running outside as the weather gets colder. In the past, I found running in the cold pretty miserable (um, runny nose!) I planned on joining a gym come September but this does not seem to make sense just yet. If the race is outside then I better practice outside. I guess that means more shopping is in order… hello Under Armour Cold Gear! A girl needs to be prepared right?!

I’m excited and nervous to embark on this new journey. I know it won’t be easy but I’m motivated! I’ll keep you updated on how each week goes.

Day one begins today so I’m off to run 10km! Hope you have a marvelous Monday.


Any and all half-marathon advice, guidance, encouragement is greatly appreciated :) 

Have you ever run a half-marathon? Did you wear a water belt, fuel with energy gels etc?

How’s your long weekend… any fun news to share?!




46 thoughts on “Exciting News

  1. OMG I am so friggin excited for you!!! I think your first half marathon is pretty much on the same date as my one here in Melbourne!!

    Good to see you got yourself a Garmin and loving that colour too it looks great :)

    Can’t wait to hear how you go with training. I am also interested in the water / fueling question as I have been thinking about whether I need to get a water belt / take fuel or not.

  2. Congrats girl, that’s so exciting!!! You’ll be great, your training plan looks right on based on what I’ve seen from my running friends. I love the new shoes, I really need to try the wave riders because I have not been happy with anything I have tried lately and I have heard great things about them. AND I’m super jealous of your Garmin, I love the pink :)

  3. so exciting! can’t wait to see your progress :) when does the weather get bad where you live? in october it typically is still nice here :) love the garmin! I keep talking myself out of it haha

    1. Thanks Heather! Well the weather is pretty inconsistent so it’s still really warm right now. But by October the temperature definitely drops.

  4. Ahh congrats girl! This is so exciting! :D And I love your new Garmin. I may have to consider buying that one because I think I lost my Garmin Forerunner 305 when I moved! :P

    I’ve never run a half marathon, but my advice is to do some strengthening exercises for runners a few times a week so that you don’t end up like me with knee and hip problems haha.

  5. yay!!! half marathon is my FAVORITE distance!! since itz your first, your only goal is to FINISH & HAVE FUN!! on your second race you can worry about time and work on improving… seriously… otherwise it becomes a mind game and you don’t want that!

  6. Oh my gosh, so excited for you!!! My advice is to follow your plan as much as you can, but dont worry if you miss a run here and there. 1/2 Marathons are my favorite distance race to run, I cant wait to hear all about your training and the actual race once it comes. Oh, and I love my Garmin10!

  7. I’m so excited for you!!! I just ran another half-marathon yesterday, and it’s such a fun distance! (mostly… by mile 10, I’m usually quite tired!) I usually take 2 GU gels over the course of a half, and personally, I like to carry a water bottle. That way, I’m not dependent on the water stops and I can drink when I’m thirsty. You should try some of your long runs with a water bottle or fuel belt and see what feels most comfortable for you! Good luck :)

  8. Congratulations on getting the running bug AND signing up for the half! I’m sure you will love it! My best advice is that as you build up mileage, you WILL have a “bad” run where you can’t imagine going any further on race day … it’s OK! Everyone has these, and it’ll just make you stronger for race day. During a half, I rely on the water stops, and take one gel if my stomach can handle it. Looking forward to following along with your training :)

  9. Congrats! Firstly, refreshing to kilometres as your measure of choice as opposed to miles! No maths conversions required! Secondly, its great to see you find a new passion and I can’t wait to see how it pans out for you! I have never run anything close to a marathon but I did the Mothers day classic 8km one which was tough but worth it at the end!

  10. That’s the Garmin I use! You might find it funny that’s am saying this considering how much I dislike running (and never do it in the summer) but when the weather is nice here in the fall I force myself to get outside and run a bit. I got the watch for christmas last year to help motivate me and I’m really happy with it. It has all the basic features you need and is really accurate. Hope you like it!

  11. Ahhh so exciting!! I am running my first half Sept 22.. it’s the Island Girl half and I am so nervous! My knee has been a major pain for me lately so my fingers are crossed. I actually thought about not doing it and just registering for the Scotiabank to give myself more time. If you are ever looking for a running buddy, let me know! ;)

  12. This is so exciting!!! Congrats on signing up- that’s seriously half the battle! I have done a boatload of halves, and they are by far my favorite distance (although I am really learning to love marathons). Advide: find what works for you….that means try differen fueling methods (belts, handhelds, gels etc)….try it all and see what works for you and what doesn’t. (try it all BEFORE the race). Training and racing is exciting, and you will seriously fall even more in love with running throughout the process (although there will be days it will be harder than others….but you will get through)!!!

  13. Wow, that’s awesome Amy! You’re going to rock it. I’m running a race on the same day but mine is only a 10k. I’m too big of a wuss to run 13.1 but I greatly admire you for challenging yourself!
    I am kind of lost with my training plan right now so I’m glad you’ll be sharing yours for some inspiration.
    I also need a new Garmin, I’m pretty sure mine is off because my phone always says a shorter distance!

    1. You are not a wuss at all! There’s no such thing as “only” a 10K, own it girl! I love my Garmin already and it’s definitely worth the investment.

  14. Oh girl you have totally caught the running bug! I tapered off form running a few months ago (I just get bored easily and have a hard time sticking fitness activities for long periods of time ;-)) but I was so close to signing up for the Rock n Roll half that is in my area. I can’t wait to hear about your training and half!

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