I Am Running The Goodlife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 17, 2009

TODAY at 8am EST….Track me here!



Am I nuts or what?!?!?!?!

It was kind of fun being spontaneous today and just deciding to do it! Ever since we drove to Toronto to register my nerves have been off the hook! I figured two things, 1) I know I am ready and well rested. I ran a half two weeks ago and I have barely run much since. My legs feel good and I am not sore, and 2) I deserve a little ‘celebration’ after these crazy 2 weeks!

On our way home tonight we went to one of our favourite restaurants- Baton Rouge!

I told Eric my ‘treat’ for all my hard work was running the half marathon tomorrow. He was like, ‘TREAT!?’ That doesn’t sound like a treat to me.’ hehe….only a runner would understand!! ;)

Eric’s treat was going to his favourite restaurant! We were famished and I was excited to load up on carbs!

I had to skip the alcohol though…which was hard…because I wanted a huge glass of Merlot.


Cold H20 rocks! :(


All Eric could think about was his beloved ribs and fries that were on their way. I think he eats meat like once a month now so when he does…oh boy, watch out!!! lol.


I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with roasted cinnamon apples. Oh my GOSH was this ever delicious!


It was about the size of my head and I ate every last bite plus about a serving of Eric’s fries.


Filled with grilled portabella mushroom, zucchini, romaine, and peppers in a balsamic olive oil dressing.


To my delight, the chef was more than willing to accommodate any vegan request! It was one of the easiest restaurants I have been to in terms of flexibility. I never expected this especially given that it is a STEAKHOUSE!

His ribs and fries:


Oh boy! Those are the best fries ever let me add.


I was cracking up because Eric kept saying, ‘Geeze everyone is going to think I am carbo-loading!!’ lol.

He said he had to fuel up for his early morning tomorrow!

I don’t blame him, poor guy. I told him he doesn’t have to come tomorrow, but I think he thinks that is ‘wife speak’ for I’m going to say you don’t have to come but I really hope you do. bahahaha. ;) Perhaps…

Dessert was bread and chocolate. Yup, that’s right!


Dark chocolate once home:


And an Endure Glo Bar:


I’ve been one nervous nelly today. I think it is because I am not sure how I am going to fare in such cold temperatures tomorrow (32F). I hope it doesn’t make things too hard on me. Eric’s coworker ran this race one year and she said it was so cold the entire run was miserable and she would never do it again. I sure as hell hope that isn’t my experience. Kind of freaked me out a little!


Right now I am *thinking* I am going to wear the white tank + red Shape Jacket + long pants. I am a bit worried that I may get too hot and I won’t be able to do anything about it. There is no way I am ‘tossing’ this jacket either! That would be like leaving my baby on the doorstep of a stranger’s house.

I hope that if I roll up my sleeves and unzip my jacket half way that will be enough to cool me down should I get hot. I also toyed with the idea of wearing shorts, and then my legs would be cool but my upper half warm. I don’t know!! Ideas?? Has anyone run a race in 30-35F weather?


Oh and my pre-half splurge were 69 cent Wal-Mart gloves! hahaha. Sorry Lulu, couldn’t afford ya this time. The gloves are good though because I can toss them if need be.

I really can’t believe I am running another HALF tomorrow! Crazy. I am so excited!

Track my race LIVE:


By the way, for those of you who had fun tracking me last time you can track me LIVE again tomorrow morning!

Click here to enter my BIB number: 8446

My race begins at 8am EST! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to beat my last time (1 hour 57 mins. 45 seconds), however I am just not sure what the cold is going to be like for this half so I am not setting a time goal this time. I am going to do my best and that will be more than enough! :) This is my last ‘hoorah’ of the year and I want to have fun more than anything.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the race craziness!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

[PS- Eric just said I am a lunatic and if you guys really knew how weird I was you wouldn’t read this blog! hahaha!!!! Nice hubby eh?]


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Kristen October 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

You might be surprised- I find I run faster in the cold.


[email protected] October 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm

You really won’t feel that cold, I promise. The worst parts will be before the race starts and after it is over. All 3 of my marathons were winter/spring ones which meant starting to train in November and working all the way through to January or April, depending on the run. All outside because I can not run on a treadmill! Good idea getting toss-able gloves, and if Eric comes, have him ready with a big sweatshirt and hat so you don’t cool off quickly. I think I see a marathon in your future. . . come run Boston with me on April 19!! :)


Sarah October 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I kinda knew that you would end up deciding to run it.
I don’t know if this helps, but when I used to play soccer (in the middle of the winter) I would wear shorts and sweatshirts for practice, and it seemed like that was a good balance, no matter how much running I did. Since I don’t think it’s that cold yet, I probably wouldn’t wear a sweatshirt, but maybe a long sleeved shirt?

Good luck tomorrow!!


Jessica October 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Good Luck!!!!!!!!
Sending lots of cozy warm (but speedy) vibes!…. Have tons of fun!!


Michelle Gay October 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

for every mile think of the past months that you’ve overcome. so 13 miles, 13 months. That’s what got me through the 12km race I did. It’s inspiring. There were months/miles that were hard.However, you’ve gotten through those months you can def. ge t through the miles


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

You will do great girl! This is such an awesome way to kick off Project Snow! Such an inspiration as usual. :)


Kristin @ runningsongs October 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

If anything – it’s better to have layers you know are manageable (i.e., an extra shirt you can tie around your waist, gloves you can throw away, etc.). I love, love, love running in the cold! I can’t wait for tomorrow (bib 5795!). Good luck!!!


Menden (Skinny Menny) October 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm

You are incredible, girl!!! Best of luck in the race…I know you’ll do great! :)


Jackie October 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I really hope you decide to run a marathon one day :) I decided that after my first half marathon in September a Full Marathon in October 2010 would be what I need to kick it up a notch! I NEVER thought I could go the 13 mile distance and when I did it got my head full of magical 26.2 mile dreams that are in need of fulfillment. I enjoyed reading along to your blog as you were training for your first half as I was training for my first too. I’m hoping maybe you’ll decide to go the full distance so I can coincide reading your training along with mine but of course no pressure ;) Good luck tomorrow!


gina (fitnessista) October 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

rock it out, girl! have so much fun :D
i actually had a dream last night i was running a marathon in canada with you, but i had no idea where to run. everyone else (who was from canada) magically knew where to go, and i kept getting lost. it was so random! ANYWAY, good luck tomorrow!


Jess October 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Around 0C is honestly my favourite running temperature. It’s not too cold at all I promise.

You can always take off the jacket and tie it around your waist (double-knot!). I did that in my first 10k in Apr which was around the same temperature and it didn’t bother me at all.


Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) October 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Oh my gosh, Angela! Good luck tomorrow- you will rock it!

I just received my Glo-bars in the mail and they are AWESOME!!! I did a review on my blog post for today:

Thanks again! I have the feeling I will be ordering more in the near future ;). I can’t wait to hear about the race. And don’t worry; once you start to run, all that nervous energy will become good, useful, and productive race energy!


Tay October 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm

You crazy woman!!! ;-) You’ll rock it out!


mmclaughlin October 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Good Luck!! That’s awesome!! I absolutely LOVE running in the cold. I ran a 5k race this morning and was so excited that it was 55F, because it’s been in the 80s/90s in South Carolina lately, and I can’t run in it – I get too hot and get migraines. :(
Last winter when it was in the 30s here I ran in a long-sleeved shirt, running pants, gloves, and a winter headband. My biggest issue was that my eardrums would start to ache badly as I was running if I didn’t have the headband covering them.


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now October 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Good luck, you will do GREAT!


Bree October 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I love that you spontaneously signed up to run another half! Good Luck tomorrow and 32F is not that bad (I actually love running when it’s lightly snowing, so beautiful). I haven’t raced (ever, hmmm) but I run in VT and the toughest will be the start & end as someone mentioned, you’ll get warmed up & should feel fine, I would stick with pants over shorts.


skinnyrunner October 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

good luck tomorrow with your race! im running a half too but in san fran so definitely not as cold weather!
i tell my hubby the same thing, you don’t have to go but i secretly hopes that he does. and normally he does.


allison October 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Good luck tomorrow – I’m sure you’ll do great! I have to say that Project Snow is one of the reasons I’ve kept up running in the 40 degree Nebraska weather.


Bridget October 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I ran a few races in that weather last year (I’m injured right now, so none this year- bummer!!!) and the coldest/worst part will be before and after the race. Make sure you warm up, cool down, and stretch MORE than you think is necessary. Your layers look great, but maybe have Eric hold a warmer jacket that you can wear before and after the race! Oh, and I always run faster in the cold- my theory is the faster I run, the sooner I will be inside and warm :)

Good luck!!


Heather October 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. If it were me, I would wear shorts, the tank, and the jacket. I would definitely wear gloves too. My hands always get so cold. Like you mentioned, unzipping the jacket a bit always works like a charm to let out some heat if need be. I’m excited for you!


Amanda October 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Hey Angela, I ran the Philadelphia half-marathon last year at the end of November and it was in the 30s. I was REALLY cold waiting for the race to start, but once we began I was fine. To run I wore running tights (pants) and an UnderArmour long sleeved shirt with a puffy vest over top. I also wore light weight gloves (like yours). I would get warm and take the gloves off and then get chilly and put them back on (don’t toss them if you don’t have to). Also to stay warm at the starting line, my friends and I wore garbage bags with holes cut for our head and arms. It sounds funny but it really kept the heat in and the cold wind out!! HAVE FUN :)


Jil October 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo


Leah @ L4L October 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

YAY! So excited for you!

Honestly, I like to run in the cold in shorts still. But long sleeve up top! I’m more comfortable that way. I hate running in pants. But I am also a tiny bit weird. Just like you. ;-)


'Dee October 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

So proud and excited for you. Break a leg, Ange! (OK, so not literally – it’s a dance/theatre thingy there – erm, s what I mean here is… rock the half, woman. LOL)

Cold weather? It’s got nothin’ on the Snow Warrior!

Good luck, sweetie. Kick butt and enjoy!


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm

You will do fantastic :-) I think it’s a great idea to wear pants, jacket, and a tank – I wouldn’t have thought to do that! I have found in my experience that once I’m warmed up, shorts, a top, and a jacket are good in colder weather, but before I’m warm it’s too cold and I prefer pants!


Cynthia (It All Changes) October 17, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Good luck! I totally understand a race as a treat. Enjoy and take care.

You should be fine with unzipping and rolling up the sleeves. You’re wearing a tank under so that helps.


Taylor October 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

You are going to do amazing – I am so impressed you signed up spur of the moment for a half marathon!

And about being a lunatic – own the lunacy (sp?), normal people are boooooring. :)


Runner October 18, 2009 at 12:36 am

I’ve run races in as cold as 5 degrees…farenheit.

And I’ve NEVER EVER worn a jacket. Ever.

I actually ran in a race today in the mid 30s and wore a short sleeve shirt and shorts. If it hadn’t been sunny, I might have done capris. Don’t overdress…the 30s are not remotely cold. Capris, long sleeves, gloves. Gotten toughen up if you’re going to be a real runner in this climate.


jvegegirl October 18, 2009 at 1:17 am

Hey! Good luck tomorrow! Whenever I race in 30-35, I go with shorts, a long sleeve tee, sometimes a hat, and a pair of cheap gloves I can take off. Usually works for me–you warm up a lot!


Dori October 18, 2009 at 1:31 am

Yay good luck! Just noticed your Polar footpod. I just got one, wanted to get your thoughts. Just tried searching your blog for the terms but I got error messages.


Mama Pea October 18, 2009 at 1:35 am

I think I would love your blog even more if I knew how weird you really are ;) Best of luck in your race!!!


Sam October 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

I ran today in 40-45F degree weather and my layers were a little screwy but I think I would have been perfect in running tights, a long-sleeved performance shirt, and the running vest I had on. Oh, and gloves for sure! There’s a tool on Runner’s World to help you determine what to wear in certain weather: http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/whattowear/0,7152,s6-240-325-330-0-0-0-0,00.html.

As someone else said, don’t toss the gloves as you may fluctuate between wearing them and not wearing them. I also agree with having something extra to wear before/after race when you’re not moving. Good luck!!


Cecilia October 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

I raced last weekend, and I think the temperature was around 5-6C. I wore long pants and then a long-sleeved shirt, and thought that was perfect, so I think you should be fine with the tank+jacket. As someone else mentioned, you can always take it off and tie it around your waist if it gets too hot.
Good luck, you’ll do great!


Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, on a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for the Breast Cancer Foundation October 18, 2009 at 3:20 am

Good luck for the half marathon!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read a recap! :D
Gosh, one of my favourite things about running is being able to eat lots of good, yummy, healthy food! And of course, carbo loading before a massive race :D
Unfortunately I can’t offer any advice on running in cold temperatures… I live in New Zealand and it doesn’t get that cold (well to me it feels FREEZING). Also, I’ve only ever run in pretty ok temperatures. But I’m sure other commenters will offer some fabulous advice.


Madelin @ What is for breakfast? October 18, 2009 at 4:47 am

Hi Angela, Good luck for your race tomorrow! I’m sure you will be fine in the cold – your motivating me to sign up for a half…


Runningwriter October 18, 2009 at 4:50 am

Have fun! And as others have said, keep the gloves. Your hands tend to get cold again after a while and gloves are great for wiping sweat and other nasties :) which make your hands cold.


Leah @ Simply Fabulous October 18, 2009 at 5:19 am

You will be fine! You’ll warm up so quick that you won’t even notice the cold! It could be worse right? It could be freezing rain with a mixture of snow! *knocks on wood it isn’t* hehe



Diana October 18, 2009 at 5:25 am

Good luck on your race and HAVE FUN! :)


~Jessica~ October 18, 2009 at 5:27 am

Don’t let what Eric’s co-worker said put you off! I’m not sure about the time difference (I’m in the UK) and if I’m too late with this, but I regularly run in temperatures several degrees colder than that (did a half myself this morning…not a race, just for training) and actually prefer it because I’m notorious for being a sweaty mess after I run. As long as the ground isn’t frosty, I’m good to go ;)

I would personally go with the jacket/shorts idea, as I always find that my legs just don’t seem to be as greatly affected by the cold as my torso and arms. It’s a good compromise/happy medium to ensure that you’re not baking in your clothes by the end (no pun intended!) Could be just a personal thing though, as I have quite a slender top half and a heck of a lot of padding and insulation on the bottom if you catch my drift!

Good luck! Fingers crossed that you beat your time.

I love spontaneous race entries and I’d keep on reading no matter how crazy you are. Life’s too short to be ‘sane’.



christie, honoring health October 18, 2009 at 7:09 am

Good luck at the race!! You are going to do awesome!!


Susan October 18, 2009 at 7:38 am

Sending lots of good wishes your way!! I’m at work and bored, so I’ll likely check in to see how you’re making out! Hopefully the cold weather may actually motivate you to go faster – the harder you run, the more you warm up!! :P


Ásta Sigrún October 18, 2009 at 7:55 am

Best of luck!!!


Lauren October 18, 2009 at 8:04 am

GOOD LUCK!!!! :D I’m cheering for you, as I know you are running RIGHT NOW!!!


Paige @ Running Around Normal October 18, 2009 at 8:43 am

Good luck:D Have FUN! I tried tacking the race, but for some reason it isn’t working for me right now.


Niki October 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

I am trying to track you now, too!! You’re probably already done, but I don’t think the website is working right now. Booooo!! :( Can’t wait to read your recap!!


nicole October 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

Go Ang Go!!!!!

I did my 2nd HM 2 weeks after my 1st on a whim too!

It was a blast and I recovered nicely all while shaving 8 minutes off my PR!

Good luck!!1


maggie October 18, 2009 at 11:21 am

Sounds like so much fun! That sammie looks drool worthy! Yummm. Be careful about the fries though…sometimes people fry them in beef broth..not vegan lol. xoxo




Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Whoa – Angela you are definitely crazy! I have not been to Baton Rouge since I’ve been a vegetarian but now I think I will go. My bf LOVES their ribs as well. I think I better treat him soon.


Dori October 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

You beat your time! Congrats!!!


lexi. October 18, 2009 at 1:29 pm

good luck with your 1/2 marathon! I just wanted to say that I just checked out your GloBar site after seeing GloBars on the kath eats real food blog. I am planning on ordering! you are genius! all of the bars look divine. I’ll review what I order on my site when I get a chance to sit down and purchase some bars.


Kelly October 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Good luck!!!! I hope it goes well!


Pam C October 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm

what he doesn’t realize is that we are all secretly lunatics too! ;-)


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