Monday, October 19, 2015

The post about a couple trips to the airport, a hockey game and a marathon...



  • Meanwhile, Saturday on Instagram...
  • It's #coffeetime and I'm beat. Nothing coffee won't fix though. We went to the Fallsview Casino last night for buffet dinner and gambling. The food was good and I doubled my money. We tried to watch the Jays game in Niagara but all the bars were full. So I drove back to the Hammer and we watched the Jays game at a bar down the street from my house. Not panicking. Only the first game of a possible 7. Today I head into Toronto with my house guest. We're going to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon expo so he can pick up his race bib, then a Toronto Marlies game. Should be interesting. I know absolutely nothing about hockey...





  • There I am at the Toronto Marlies game. I'm not gonna lie. It was pretty lame. I really do not appreciate hockey. I should. I come from a hockey obsessed family, and you know...I'm Canadian. Saturday was quite the day. Went to the Exhibition for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Expo and my friend got his race bib. But first we went to the airport because when he flew in, the airline lost his luggage. He's been here since Thursday with just his carry on. All his running gear was in his luggage. Even though his luggage landed yesterday, we left the airport without his luggage because the airline that lost it didn't start working till 3pm. So after the Marlies game, we went back to the airport and finally located his luggage. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Then we watched the Blue Jays lose again...





  • Meanwhile, Sunday on Instagram...
  • Busy morning so far. #Coffeetime happened at 5:30am. I was in the shower at 4:30am and out my door by 6:30am. I had to get my friend to Toronto in time for the gun. He's running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon today. I'm spectating. Taking a warm up break in the Eaton Center right now but I'll be making my way back outside to see who wins. There was a large group of elite runners participating. Being here makes me miss running like I used to. I was always training for a race. After boxing happens, I'll register for another half marathon. I love the challenge. Thank God the finish line is super close to the Eaton Center. I've 3.5 hours to kill. Some shopping might be in order. I need a winter jacket. Did I mention it's snowing???





1st place male Ishhimael Chemtan 
1st place female Shure Demise 
1st place Canadian male Eric Gillis
1st place Canadian female Lanni Marchant
  • Congratulations to Eric and Lanni. Both have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This will be Eric's 3rd Olympics! Go Team Canada!!!!
  • As exciting as it was to watch the elites run in, I feel sick to my stomach right now. One of the 1/2 marathon runners collapsed at the finish line and fell through the barrier. The first aid crew got to him quickly, but by the time EMS got there he had no vital signs and they cut his shirt open and were pumping his chest as they took him away on stretcher. So incredibly hard to watch. Praying very hard right now...





  • It's #winetime and boy do I need this drink. I found out some news about the man who collapsed in front of me at the finish line. He indeed had no vital signs but they were able to get a pulse enroute to the hospital. He's in critical condition at a trauma centre and his condition is considered life threatening. I'm still praying hard. For him and the other young man who collapsed at the finish line of the marathon 2 hours later. I'm thankful I didn't see that. 
  • My friend finished and I'm super proud of him for pulling through. Forty two point two kilometers is no joke yo! Being at the race and seeing all the runners made me miss it. If I don't get picked for the boxing team, I'm gonna run the Bay. Whoa. What? Who said that? I love how strength training is changing my body and how strong I'm becoming. But running will always be my first love...

3 comments:

  1. How awful for those 2 runners! I can't imagine working so hard and pushing yourself to the point where you just collapse. That's a level of commitment I can't even imagine. I hope they pull through OK.

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  2. More than collapsed they basically died. Maybe they should not push so hard it sounds as bad as when you do nothing at all and with the same results. Maybe there needs to be a place in the middle where you can be fit without be obsessed.

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    1. Neither man died. More times than not, there is an underlying condition that is undetected. It's unfortunate but there is risk in everything we do.

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