(Note: Photo above included edamame beans but was prior to crumbling goat cheese on top of salad)
This morning I was honoured to participate in my second National Peace Officers' Memorial Run. The ceremony takes place at the Police Monument at Queen's Park and is the launch to a 460 km, three-day relay run to Ottawa. My friends Laurie and Matt are a big part of this run and it feels good to be able to support them and remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Below are some photos from the morning and some information about the run from the National Peace Officers' Memorial 'Run to Remember' website.
About the Memorial 'Run to Remember':
From the National Peace Officers' Memorial Run website: "The primary objective of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial ‘Run to Remember’ is to raise awareness and focus attention on the annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. The annual Service is held on the last Sunday of September in Ottawa with the run occurring over a three day period immediately preceding it.
The ‘Run to Remember’ is a 460 km relay that makes it’s way through many communities between the start at the Ontario Police Memorial site in Toronto to the end at the National Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Not only does the run raise awareness about the Memorial Service it also gives peace officers and citizens along the route the opportunity to participate in some small way if they are unable to attend the actual Memorial Service.
For the runners that participate in the three day relay it is their way of fulfilling that pledge, that promise, that they will not forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their community, their province and indeed their country. The long and sometimes gruelling hours of running allow the participants the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those brave officers whose names are etched on the Memorial Wall in Ottawa and their families who have had to endure the pain of their loss.
I was so pleased when I was asked to be an ambassador for this year's RBC Race for the Kids after such an incredible experience last year. I've come to realize that there are very few races as well organized or ambassadorships so well run as this one.
There are so many pluses about this race, I honestly can't help but list them:
And because photos sometimes speak louder than words, here are some of my fellow ambassadors and I celebrating race day:
My TOP 10 recap descriptors for the 2016 B&O Yorkville 5K :
Most runners cringe at the thought of missing a run, but are okay with skipping strength training. Is it really necessary? Can't you just run? Sure. But with all the following potential benefits of strength training, why would you want to?
Here's why runners should include strength training...
I recently took a strength training class with Michelle at Imprint Pilates. By the end of the six weeks I noticed a change in my flexibility, balance and endurance. My body felt more toned and stronger. I'm excited to take on the next six weeks of Michelle's class as the date for my fall half marathon goal approaches!
For more information on the next class starting Monday, September 12th: www.facebook.com/events/174396632974456/
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