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Sunday, April 19, 2015

#RunTO: Danforth Represents at Boston

It’s 5am on the Danforth, with a balmy mid-March temperature of -15.  You’re probably still deep in slumber, snuggled up in bed listening to the wind howl and glad to be indoors. There is no rest for the weary though when you're training for the Boston Marathon, like Danforth resident Emily Kettel who was most likely lacing up her runners while the rest of us were deep in REM sleep.

Only 2,300 Canadians will toe the line tomorrow on Marathon Monday, to get one of the most sought after race medallions in the history of recreational running. Running the Boston Marathon is EPIC for Pioneer and most of the running community, so we were thrilled to chat with Emily about finally qualifying for the big race.

She’s been training for her first Boston since December, which means that during most of the frigid winter she was outside doing fartleks, speed work and running long on weekend mornings. Emily’s new to the Danforth area (welcome!) so luckily there were a whole bunch of brand new routes around the east end to discover. So far, her favourite local path is running down Logan past the peaceful Withrow Park as the sun is rising.

Favourite place for a post-run refuel? Newly established Goat Coffee on Pape where she reloads with their super-food salads or robust breakfast menu accompanied by a steaming hot espresso.

Tonight as we’re sitting down to Sunday dinner, Emily and Black Toe Running mates will be carbo loading (or eating Swiss Chalet if she can find one!) and hitting the hay to make the trek to the start line tomorrow.  On how she’s going to handle the infamous Heartbreak Hill, she says slow and steady.


Good lucky Emily! East York is rooting you on. For other Toronto runners going to Boston, you can check out this video and following #runTO on Twitter tomorrow.

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