Happy Anniversary To My Tribe

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My first run coming back from a shoulder injury and without a sling, happened to fall on the Tribe Fitness 1 year anniversary run. I plan to take the rest of the year off to recover and start running and training again in January but for my Tribe, I made an exception. ūüôā

I’ve been running with Tribe for almost a year now. It is the first running group that I joined; other than the paid half marathon clinic program that I did with the Running Room. From¬†my first run with Tribe to 1 year later; I have grown both as a runner and a person. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet some amazing runners and athletes from beginners to elites and of all different backgrounds. I have formed close friendships with some of the Tribe and am grateful they are now my #TribeBrothers and #TribeSisters; my #TribeFamily. I’ve learned a lot from the Tribe members and continually do so. The biggest thing I learned was how to run in polar vortex conditions. This was my first year running throughout the winter and I enjoyed it. I hate to admit it, but I am kinda looking forward to running in the winter again.

I trained for my longest race to date: Around The Bay 30k this past¬†March. I am thankful to have found a group of dedicated runners who were also training for ATB and thus helped pushed me to finish that race. It was hard getting up early on a Saturday in the winter when it was still dark out and taking the subway downtown to the Tribe meet up spot. Some days there were only a handful of us, or the weather would be brutally cold; but we showed up and knocked those kilometer’s out. Every Saturday,¬†I knew there would be a group of runners waiting to do a long run, whether I showed up or not. But I knew that¬†to be a better runner, you just have to run more. I am so thankful I did.¬†To that group of runners that motivated me to get out of bed on Saturday mornings, I sincerely thank you!

Thanks to my Tribe, I have grown¬†to become a better and more dedicated runner. I discovered that I’m a winter warrior and really enjoy winter running, I actually prefer it over humid summers any day. I’ve also grown as a person and discovered a new found passion, [although some of my friends might call it obsession ūüėČ ] with running. This year I also participated in the most road races ever. Good thing I had my Tribe along for all of those races, both running or cheering me on.

I am proud to be a member of Tribe Fitness, but I am more proud of the Tribe’s accomplishment. I’ve witnessed new runners completing their longest distance races ever to runners transitioning to and completing Triathlons and Ironmans. Not only am I proud of my¬†Tribe’s¬†accomplishments, but also motivated and inspired to grow and seek new challenges for myself. Who knows, maybe I will want to be an ultra runner or Traithlete as well. Over the year, I’ve learned that whatever goals or challenges I set for myself,¬†I will always¬†have a fabulous group of athletes there to support me, challenge me, motivate me and encourage me. To my Tribe and of course, our fearless leader Heather, I thank you! You will always have a special place in my heart. ‚̧

TribeClanPlenty of¬†run memories were created this year! Let’s take a¬†trip down memory lane with some of my favourite moments with the Tribe. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year. There are so many photos, you can check out Tribe Fitness on Facebook for more.

My first run with Tribe

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What polar vortex..!? We even train hills in the winter and the last picture in this group is quite possibly the coldest day of the year in 2014!

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Tribe Ugly Sweater Run

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Around the Bay simulation run and shake out / race kit pick up run

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Jenna and I had a goal for 2014, but due to our injuries, is pushed to 2015. We will crush it!

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Spot the Olympian! ūüėČ

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Warmer weather is among us

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The time we crashed Twitter with our famous ‘Ellen’ selfie

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My birthday run! ‚̧

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The time a running magazine featured our picture from the Mississauga Marathon

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The time we decided to wear our new compression socks during a Saturday long run

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The time we decided to dress all in white and get colour bombs thrown at us

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Tribe Does Trail

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Tribe Scavenger Run

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The time we volunteered as pace monsters for the Ivivva kids 3k Monster Mash Dash

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What better way to celebrate 1 year of sweating for social good, than to have a run party and run around downtown Toronto to various checkpoints answering Tribe related trivia

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Can you see our Tribe shirts?

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Thanks to Vega Toronto and Oakley Canada for supporting Tribe at the RUNiversary and year roundtribeanniversary

Last but not least, check out the amazing statistics Tribe racked up in just 1 year! Thank You Tribe Fitness! We love you and proud to watch you continuously grow.

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Color Me Rad 5k

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It always hurts me just a little when I write about this run. I am Canadian and we spell ‘colour’ instead of ‘color. I want to write our Canadian spelling but then that wouldn’t be the correct name of the event. So I just want to make it clear that I am not conforming to American grammar, I am just writing the name as per the race¬†title.¬†¬†

This was my second time participating in¬†Color Me Rad.¬†It’s not timed and more of a ‘fun run’ as opposed to a race. It’s one of those races you just want to do once for fun with friends and say you’ve done it. Well, that was originally¬†my plan, but then Color Me Rad had a huge promotional sale (which included free knee high socks) early in the year and registration price was cheap. Who could resist such an offer!? So I obviously convinced a few friends to do it with me. The good thing was most of them that signed up were first timers and they really enjoyed it.

Race Registration:

I registered early in the year with the promotional price. The total came up to roughly $43.00 CAD after fees and taxes. It also came with some RAD knee high socks.

Race Expo:

The day before the race, I picked up the race kits for my Team after work. I got there one hour before it closed so there was a bit of a line up. The race kit pick up site was smaller this year than last year. There were also RAD merchandise for sale and extra colour bombs to purchase.

Race Kit:

I first picked up everyone’s bibs from my Team. On the back of the bib, the volunteers would write if your kit included socks or not. The socks were only a limited quantity and was included with early registration. Once I got the bibs, I moved over to the merchandise table to pick up the free socks. We actually had the choice of the socks or a free headband but I stuck to the socks. I have way too many headbands and socks are good to reuse for obstacle races! I then proceeded to pick up the t-shirts and sunglasses that were included as part of all registration. The shirts were cotton so I wouldn’t wear it again but I love wearing the sunglasses during my training runs/races.

Parking:

Luckily, the race location was Downsview Park and that is pretty close to where I live. I could have walked there but I had a friend who was nice enough to drop us all off and pick us up after the race. This year they didn’t charge for parking but I believe last year the parking fee was $5.00 per car. ¬†

Pre-Race:

As soon as we got to the race site, I met up with some of my Tribe Fitness friends. We hung out for a bit, had some free juice, and then decided to join the waves. It was the scene of an all white themed party. Lots of people of all ages were participating. There were some wearing their old white shirts from the previous year. You could tell because of the colour stains. The DJ was playing music on a stage that was closer to the finish area.

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Race Course:

The 5k course was the exact same as it was the year before. It was a nice route through Downsview Park and the man made lake. There were colour stations every kilometer. I went with some non-runner friends so we walked the entire course, took our time walking through the colour stations and took pictures along the way.

New this year: they had a station that volunteers had water guns filled with blue colour instead of the usual corn starch powder colour. This was actually harder to clean off after the race.

Water/Aid Stations:

There was one water station. Water bottles were handed out mid race and I walked the rest of the course with mine.  

 

Volunteers:

There were quite a few volunteers at every colour station. They got to throw the colour at runners passing. It was mostly high school students, but it would have been fun to volunteer to throw things at people, even if it was just corn starch. There were volunteers at the water station and more at the finish line. They handed every finisher a colour packet to be used for the ‘big throw’ near the stage.

Spectators:

This was a family friendly race so there were lots of spectators and families in the post race party site. A few of them did not want to get dirty from the colour bombs but most did not seem to mind.

Post-Race:

Instead of gathering near the stage and waiting for the big colour throw, my friends and I decided to line up to take a professional photo and use our colour packets there. There were three lines of professional photographers to take photos of your group in front of the Color Me Rad backdrop. After taking the photo, we drank some free coconut water and took some more photos by the Color Me Rad signs. We did not stay long after the race and photos.

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Would I Run It Again:

Having participated in this race twice now ; I don’t think I would do this race again. I would rather spend my money on a race where it is timed and I can get a medal for my achievements. You don’t get a medal at Color Me Rad. You get a cotton shirt (which I will not¬†wear again), sunglasses and if there is a promotion, you may get additional freebies such as socks. Not bad, but I’m a medal collector. If you’re looking for a fun race to do with the family or a group of friends, and don’t mind getting colour corn starch all over you; then you should¬†definitely try¬†this race. In fact, I think everyone should try a fun run¬†or colour run at least once. I’ve done it twice now¬†and both times I¬†had a lot of fun with my friends. Runs like these are perfect for bonding and creating memories. Don’t forget the camera!

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