3 Time Half Marathoner, and Lululemon Run Surge Shorts.

This past weekend as I ran in my third ever half marathon.  I ran the Edmonton Marathon Half Marathon in Edmonton, AB.  This was the second consecutive year I ran the Edmonton Marathon Half, but the first time I’ve run it alone (Ashley and I ran it together this year), she cheered me on at the start and finish line yesterday. 🙂

3 time Half Marathoner. :)

3 time Half Marathoner. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the race with a time of 2:25:45, which sadly wasn’t as low as I was hoping for, nor was it a PB, however it was only 39 seconds behind my PB set in July 2012 at the Stampede Road Race in Calgary.  While my time wasn’t was I was hoping for I was happy in the end with the time and the effort I gave, considering at KM 16 I had to make a brief yet unexpected stop along the side of the course to remove my custom orthopedic knee brace on my right knee which has had SIX operations to repair torn cartilidge, and ligaments.  the outside of the brace hinge was digging into the outside of my kneecap causing immense  pain and discomfort, as well the straps of the rear of the brace had rubbed so much on the back of my knee it resulted in extreme chaffing.

Owie!!

Owie!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The combination of the chaffing and the pain from the hinge pushing on the kneecap resulted in me doing a walk/run combo at a reduced intensity and speed for the final 5 KM of the race.  However despite this not major but certainly not minor hiccup I did continue to press on and complete the run discomfort, bleeding and all.

On an upside I tried my brand new Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts which I must say…. I’m in love with these shorts.  There in the inner lining shorts and they’re very lightweight and sweat wicking.  These are definitely the best running shorts, and the most comfortable running shorts I’ve ever run in, and… they have a sweet little side zip pocket perfect sized for energy chews, gels, or for asthmatics like myself inhalers.  I was able to fit both a gel, and an inhaler in the side zip pocket.  I definitely recommend these shorts for runners.

Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts.

Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All things considered I had an amazing time running the Edmonton Marathon half marathon yesterday, and am already planning to run it for a third consecutive year next August as one of my planned two half marathons next year.  For right now though I am taking a few days to rest and recover from yesterdays run and then it’s back to training and preparing for my next run on Saturday September 7th at Calgary’s “Run for Water” supporting funding clean water for Ethiopia.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my third half marathon. :

2013 Edmonton Marathon half marathon finishers medal.

2013 Edmonton Marathon half marathon finishers medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs!!

-Ben-

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Ontario Trip Part 2. Must Eats!

Hello again dearest readers!  In tonight’s blog post I will highlight 7 must eats in Ontario from me and Ashley’s trip out east last week.  I will be highlighting everything from a steak and eggs breakfast in Little Italy in Ottawa, to Orgasmic hard ice cream in Kingston, to succulent Prime Rib 115 floors up in Toronto.

Excellent Steak and Eggs breakfast at Stoneface Dolly's in the little Italy district in Ottawa, ON.  This little gem has a killer patio to enjoy a Sunday summers brunch. ;)

Excellent Steak and Eggs breakfast at Stoneface Dolly’s in the little Italy district in Ottawa, ON. This little gem has a killer patio to enjoy a Sunday summers brunch. 😉

 

Next up in Kingston, ON we have Reid's Dairy.  This was recommended to us by our friend Lisa who went to Queen's University in Kingston.  Now I have enjoyed a lot of hard ice cream in my days but I have to admit this tops them all, especially when mixing bubblegum and cotton candy flavors in a waffle cone.  Advice.. dont' get anything bigger than medium sized, this was a medium and it took all my energy to finish it!

Next up in Kingston, ON we have Reid’s Dairy. This was recommended to us by our friend Lisa who went to Queen’s University in Kingston. Now I have enjoyed a lot of hard ice cream in my days but I have to admit this tops them all, especially when mixing bubblegum and cotton candy flavors in a waffle cone. Advice.. dont’ get anything bigger than medium-sized, this was a medium and it took all my energy to finish it!

 

For a great casual breakfast in Toronto I urge you to try Hank's on Church ST just south of King ST East.

For a great casual breakfast in Toronto I urge you to try Hank’s on Church ST just south of King ST East.

 

This is the first of two restaurants in Toronto recommended to us by my friend and fellow blogger Jess (@trulyjess). Rivoli (@TheRivoliTO) on Queen ST West is home to without question.. the best Sweet Potato Fries and Turkey Club sandwich I've ever had!!! Great late night eats can be found at Rivoli!!

This is the first of two restaurants in Toronto recommended to us by my friend and fellow blogger Jess (@trulyjess). Rivoli (@TheRivoliTO) on Queen ST West is home to without question.. the best Sweet Potato Fries and Turkey Club sandwich I’ve ever had!!! Great late night eats can be found at Rivoli!!

 

Le Petite Dejuner on King St East in Toronto is the second resaurant recommendation I recieved from my friend Jess. All I will say is... Best Waffles EVER!! Light and fluffy with wonderful topping choices!  You'll never look at IHOP the same again after a waffle from Le Petite Dejuner. ;)

Le Petite Dejeuner on King St East in Toronto is the second restaurant recommendation I received from my friend Jess. All I will say is… Best Waffles EVER!! Light and fluffy with wonderful topping choices! You’ll never look at IHOP the same again after a waffle from Le Petite Dejeuner. 😉

Sunset Grill at the coroner of Yonge and Richmond st, is a fast and cheap but delicious breakfast spot in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Sunset Grill at the coroner of Yonge and Richmond st, is a fast and cheap but delicious breakfast spot in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Finally 115 floors up at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is home to the most succulent prime rib I've ever enjoyed.  This is a perfect restaurant for either a romantic datenight dinner with that special someone, or just a place to enjoy a great meal and take in breathtaking views of the largest and most exciting city in Canada.

Finally 115 floors up at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is home to the most succulent prime rib I’ve ever enjoyed. This is a perfect restaurant for either a romantic date night dinner with that special someone, or just a place to enjoy a great meal and take in breathtaking views of the largest and most exciting city in Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you for taking the time to read this post and a huge thanks to the restaurants I’ve highlighted for making it so easy to rave about them, and to those who recommended these places.  Next time you’re in any of these Ontario cities be sure to check out these Must Eats!

Ciao or Chow! 🙂

-Ben-