Project Run, Walk or Skip
After an amazing running adventure last night, I am fired up to blog about this hobby of mine. First, Hamilton – amazing city to run in. Versus other regions I have sped through, Hamilton is much more diverse, allowing for the opportunity to run in-town, downtown, beside the water, on train tracks, paved paths, on the escarpment, 600+ stairs, natural trails and golf courses … all in one jog.
The Chedoke Stairs, have to be by far my favorite training experience. Leg muscle’s and core burning, fighting for oxygen and the strength to get to the top without stopping. There are 2 sets of stairs, scaling the escarpment, a total of 600+ steps. They can be found at the end of Dundurn Street South as well as at the Chedoke Golf Course, right at the end of Beddoe Drive.
If you want to get into running, but you need some motivation, a great way to get started is by running with a friend (Requirements: self-motivated and dedicated runner). You can also choose to join one of the many running clubs here in Hamilton. The Running Room hosts running dates on Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 8:30am.
If you are training presently, without a particular event in mind to work up to, there are many viable options for all levels! In Hamilton in particular, there are 3 major events to train up to. The Hamilton Road2Hope is an running event occurring on November 2nd – 4th, including a 1k, 5k, 10k, Half (21k) and Full Marathon (42k). Around the Bay Race is the oldest of its kind in Hamilton, with a 5k and 30k route, along with 2-3 person relay teams – all happening March 24th. Finally, the Terry Fox Run is occurring September 16th this year, and can be part of this at Gage Park, McMaster or on the Mountain. Keep in mind that there are running events occurring all over – for example, I will be running in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, hosting a 5k, Half and Full Marathon this October 14th.
Reminder: Don’t forget to check out if the running event you are becoming a part of requires registration. Most running events due, and don’t be surprised if it costs a small fee to be part of the experience – it is well worth it!