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Running to work, “The Better Way”

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GO trains to the south, Don Valley to the east & cranes & construction, everywhere else. Welcome to Corktown Commons.

August has been my month to build a base for a cross-country season. I stuck to my resolve NOT to run a fall marathon. Instead I’ll race 4K to 8K distances, with only one 5K on the road.

My coach has suggested that I run no more than 20K in one day, and even consider splitting a 20K day up into two runs. My peak weekly mileage will be about 100K if things go well.  My biggest week in August was 75K or 46 miles.

This is how I fit in my runs this week as well as plans for tomorrow and Sunday.

Monday: Cycle to work | Run home from work = 4 miles | 4 MILES

Tuesday: Run to work = 6 miles | Run home from work = 4 miles | 10 MILES

Wednesday: Run to work = 6 miles | Cycle home from work | 6 MILES

Thursday: Cycle to work | Cycle to team workout, run hill repeats | 3 MILES

Friday: Run 4 miles to work | 4 MILES

Saturday:  Get out the door at 6:30 a.m. to run 10 miles | 10 MILES

Sunday: 5 MILES Projected weekly mileage | 5 MILES | 42 MILES

Money saved on TTC fares = $30

Two things that faciliate all this energetic commuting are a) Availablity of a shower at workplace b) A place to store my bike indoors overnight.

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Playing around in Corktown, the merry-go-round, deconstructed

And how did I get home tonight? After a few failed attempts to find Corktown Commons, earlier this summer, I finally found it while running to work one morning. I first heard of this intriguing park via a Huffington Post story. The article begins . . . “If you want to see why cities are centers of energy, look at the remarkable transformation underway in Toronto (and avoid the sideshow involving the embattled current mayor).”  Since locating the park I’ve visited a few times with workmates, who were amazed with the discovery as it is about 7 minutes from work. It is at the bottom of Lower River Street and you pass by Underpass Park. On a visit this Wednesday, my friend saw a frog. Tonight my husband came by my workplace where we had a romantic dinner of leftovers in the office kitchen and then I took him for a walk to this unique and very urban park. Cost of taxi home = $20 (pre-tip)

Definitely think I’ve found the “better way” if not the best!

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