Friday, September 30, 2005

Exciting times at Hit The Road

Good luck to our program participants who are taking part in the Run for the Toad this weekend. 25 or 50K of trail running sounds like a lot of fun but not a walk in the park.

Our Road Run this Sunday will be along the well traveled Pickering Waterfront. A nice and easy recovery 10K followed by some coffee and tales of everyone's races.

Our upcoming programs are now finalized and posted. We have an excellent location for these programs at Fletcher Chiropractic in Pickering so when the weather starts to turn cold we will not have to stand around at the track shivering.

Also, program participants will receive discounts at Yoga classes with 'Run with Spirit' and also on merchandise at 'Running Free'. Participants will also be receiving a free Hit The Road T-shirt!

If you're interested in any of the programs offered feel free to contact us. If you have family or friends looking for a training program, please let them know about us.

Only one week away from the Pickering Pub Run which is looking like it will be a great event. Come out and have some fun, bring all your friends and, who knows, you may even win some prizes.

Keep Running...


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fall Beginners, 5K and 10K Training Series

Beginners, 5K and 10K Training Series

Thursday nights at 7pm

October 20 to December 22

Orientation and Sign-up night October 13th

A 10 week program training program for those who want to start a running program up to those who wish to complete the 10K distance. The program will meet once a week for instruction and demonstrations followed by planned and monitored group runs.

What you get:

-Goal Oriented Training Schedule
-Beginners Training Manual
-Evaluation of your current running fitness level
-Instruction on types of training, fitness, Strength and Conditioning.
-Free "Club runs" every Sunday morning
-Support of a group of people to run with
-Personal Performance reviews at key points in the training
-Race and training support to get you through those tough runs
-Social events
-"HTR Running" T-Shirt
-Discounts at running retailers


$75 for the training series


Fletcher chiropractic
7-1450 Kingston Road.
Pickering, ON
In the plaza at the NW corner of Hwy 2 and Valley Farm Road.


Tony Denford
(647) 882 9755

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Fall Distance Training Series

16km Distance Training Series

Thursday nights at 7pm

October 20 to December 22

Orientation and Sign-up night October 13th

A 10 week program with the goal race of the Hamilton Harriers Boxing Day 10 miler in Hamilton. The program will meet once a week for instruction and demonstrations followed by planned and monitored group runs. By combining these classroom times with a personalized training schedule, you will meet your goals in this middle distance event. This clinic is for the runner who has completed a few 5km races or the 10km event and is looking for a challenge. It will also be geared to the accomplished runner who is looking for some winter maintenance and to add some conditioning to their regimen.

What you get:

-Personalized Training Schedule
-Performance Training Log
-Evaluation of your current running fitness level
-Instruction on types of training, fitness, Strength and Conditioning.
-"Club runs" every Sunday morning
-Support of a group of people to run with
-Personal Performance reviews at key points in the training
-Race and training support to get you through those tough runs
-Social events
-"HTR Running" T-Shirt
-Discounts at running retailers


$75 for the training series


Fletcher Chiropractic
7-1450 Kingston Road.
Pickering, ON


Ken Niemimaa
Email Ken
(905) 831-5329

Monday, September 26, 2005

Club Runs October 1 and 2

Trail Run, Saturday October 1st
For those of you who chose the Run for the Toad as your goal race, Good Luck on Saturday. Click Here for details of the race.

Road Run, Sunday October 2nd
Where: Pickering - Waterfront Trail
When: 8am
Distance: Easy 10K Recovery Run.
Meet in the parking lot at the foot of Liverpool. Coffee after to discuss our running triumphs of the past couple of weeks.

Post Race Day Posting

Scotia Waterfront Marathon Weekend

Congratulations to all those who participated in yesterday's races. It seems that some of us had good races and some of us had bad races. While everyone in the clinic finished the race, some had cramping and stomach issues while some were just victims of the humidity.

It was great to see all the cheering and support that there was out there for our group. Kudos to all those spectators who just came to cheer. It is going to be great hearing all your race stories and to celebrate your accomplishments.

For those who are done training and for those who are still anticipating their race day, we will still be meeting this Tuesday night for our workout at the regular place and time.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Race day preparation

As your race approaches it's more important than ever to rest up and prepare properly.

For the next couple of days you will want to keep off your feet and eat well, get lots to drink (no alcohol or caffeine...Sorry) and keep away from sick people like Ken. Sick people like Tony are not as risky to your race performance unless you see me in the crowd wearing a kilt!

The race expo is not as huge as the ones in Chicago, Cincinnati or even Ottawa but try to limit the amount of walking around you do, especially if you go on Saturday.

The next couple of days is not the time to try the new Thai place or anything new for that matter.

Try to get a good night sleep for the next couple of days because you probably won't on Saturday night (I have all your phone numbers and will be making crank calls, just to make sure).

For those of you who are planning on meeting up on Sunday before the race, we will be meeting at the fountain in Metro Square that has the flame. If you are running alone or just don't like the rest of us (you know who you are), have a great race and most importantly.....enjoy yourself.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Upcoming Race - Run for Fyre

I know everyone is busy planning for the next couple of weekends but I'd like you all to think slightly past the next couple of weeks.

Coming up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10th is the annual Run for Fyre in Whitby. This is a local 5K in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Whitby Ice Fyre syncronized skating team.

The runs organizers were great in supporting Hit The Road by allowing us to run a training program for this event and I hope you all can help them make the event a success by signing up and running.

This year they have expanded their prizes and the runners gift bags are bigger and better than ever (and I hear they were good last year).

For all the information on the event click here. What better way to work off that excess turkey!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005

5 Peaks Mono Cliffs

Congratulations to everyone who ran at Mono Cliffs this weekend. It was another great weekend for hit the road and our friends.

Here are some pictures from the race.

Spencer...3rd in his age Group

Geri and Jenna

Girlie, leaving everyone in the dust again.

Excellent result for Rob

The fastest couple in town

Geri getting used to the view.

View all the pictures here.

Club Runs September 24 and 25

Trail Run, Saturday September 24th

No run This Saturday....Rest up for the big race.

Road Run, Sunday August 25th
Where: Scotiabank Marathon and Half
When: 7:30am start for Marathon
Distance: Up to 42.2K not a step more.
Meet at the eternal flame water fountain at Metro square in front of Metro Hall for those who want to run together.

Not racing this weekend? Talk to others in the program who are and you may be able to help pace them for part of the race. Feel free to post comments to pace or be paced.

All the details for this weekends events can be found here.

Thursday, September 15, 2005


First of all thank you to all of the well wishes about our new arrival. Secondly I'd like to remind you all that yoga is an excellent accompaniment to any running program and I'm pleased to tell you all that Sheree has extended her special offer to Hit The Road members for discounts on her Yoga classes. These classes can increase your flexibility and improve your running.

For details on the classes available, please contact Sheree directly for all the details.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's a Girl

Congratulations to Tony, Stacy and the Denford family on the long awaited arrival of their new member of the clan. Jenna Elizabeth Ann was born at 20:31 last night weighing in at 7lbs 12oz. She looks beautiful! I am sure that Spencer and Brice are excited to have a new baby sister.

If you want to send well wishes to the family, you can send them to: Best Wishes for the Denford Family!

Map of the Longboat Race course

Here is the map of the Longboat Toronto Island 10km race. Notice where the 9 km marker is in comparison to where it had been posted during the race.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Longboat 10K

Congratulations to all of you who ran the longboat 10K on the weekend. I had a quick browse through the results and it looks like you all had excellent times.

Some of your performances need a mention...

Ken 4th in his VERY competitive age group 24th overall.. 4:01/KM Holy Cow.
Edgar 3rd in his age group.... I'm scared now for next weekend! Especially with all my trash talking.
Miriam 6th in her age group.... another impressive result.
Chuck was up there too.

You all seem to have fantastic times even if I didn't mention you (I'm supposed to be working you know).

Well done to you all. You've all worked hard and it now seems to be paying off. I can't wait to see the results over the next few weeks.

Check out all the results here.

Club Runs September 17 and 18

Trail Run, Saturday September 17th
Where: Mono Cliffs 5 Peaks Race
When: 10AM
Check the 5 peaks web site for details.

Road Run, Sunday August 18th
Where: West Hill Loop.
When: 8AM
Distance: Up to 20K
Meeting Place: Mr. Beans Coffee Co. in the plaza on the corner of Port Union and Lawrence.

For those of you who are resting this Sunday, feel free to come out for coffee around 10am at Mr. Beans.

Click map to enlarge.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Races, Races, Races (and fun runs)

The next few weeks will be busy for all you racers out there.

This Sunday many of you will be on the island running the Longboat 10K. For those not going, our regular long run will be along the Pickering Waterfront. We picked this route as most of you are familiar with it (just in case I'm off to the hospital).

Next weekend is the Mono Cliffs 5 Peaks Race so our trail run will be there. It's the season finale so it's Edgar's last chance to leave me in the dust. It would be funny if I didn't have such an age advantage which really speaks to how good a runner he is and how I need to lay off the Chocolate Lover's Lattes.

It does concern me a little that this race has the word 'Cliff' in it's name. Also when I look at the course map it has an area marked 'Cardio Hill'.

The weekend after that is the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon weekend and we have members in the 5K, Half and Full Marathons.

Run For The Toad is October 1st for those of you who can't let the trail season go.

October 7th is Hit The Roads own Pickering Pub Run.... more like a crawl. Details will be posted soon so keep checking back.

Thanksgiving day is the Run for Fyre 5K in Whitby. This would be a great way to stretch your legs after your longer races the previous few weeks.

The week after that is the Zoo 10K and the Toronto Marathon.... Does the insanity never end?

Keep running.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Club Runs September 10 and 11

Trail Run, Saturday September 10th
Where: Heber Downs, Whitby.
When: 8AM
Meeting Place: From Tauton Road (East of Lakeridge, West of Brock St.) head north on Country Lane to the end. Parking on the street.

Road Run, Sunday August 11th
Where: Pickering Ajax Waterfront Trail.
When: 8AM
Distance: Up to 23K
Meeting Place: Parking lot at foot of Liverpool Road for those not doing the Longboat race downtown.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Maps of this Weekend's Runs

Here are the maps of this weekend's runs

This map says we did 15 km on Saturday, but I think that is because of the amount of lost signal at the top end of it. That part of the run didn't look like that.

For those who ventured out for 30km on the road. That sure is a long way. What are the houses going for up there in Brooklin? Thanks to Chuck for the map!

I think that this map is pretty accurate, Map Point adds in distance for elevation. I don't think that the Forerunner adds that in. It is more of a Point to Point type of thing. It doesn't look like I lost much signal on this run.

Check out the elevation! The Blue line is the extra little "Hill" that I went up, where everyone else went around the easy way. Chickens- "buk-buk-buk"

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Friday, September 02, 2005

Need something to spice up those Trail runs?

Or do you need a reason to actually walk the trails?

This morning my daughter and I decided (well, I decided and she came with me) to go and try out something called "GeoCaching". So I downloaded a waypoint that was close to my home, strapped Annaliisa into the jogger and off we went. After getting up the Dixie hill and then trugging down the escarpment that used to be a trail, we followed the GPS.
We had to find a way across the river. We found a fallen tree, crossed it and were soon within 10m of the cache. Now, remembering the clues that the cacher had placed in her description, we soon found the place where the ammo box was hidden.
Now, the traditional thing to do is bring an item with which to swap for another item. The only things I had brought were my Garmin and my digital camera, so We both just signed the log book and re hid the cache. We made sure to leave it as hidden as we had found it. When we got home I logged onto the website and made a log entry in order to tell that we had been there.

Yes, there are things that you can do with your Forerunner that don't entail running! If you would like to try this out, be sure to check out

The name of the cache that we found was "THE MOSSY HIDEAWAY" at

I know that this might sound a little geeky but I am going to venture on with my daughter in tow. She now calls it "Treasure Hunting with Daddy's running watch".

Ken... Lost Again

I finally uploaded my camera!
Here's Ken trying to figure out the most hilly route.

Is that Edgar in the background?

Pub Run...just for fun.

Less than a month now until the Scotiabank Marathon weekend and the 'Toad' so our summer is fast coming to an end.

We are currently finalizing details of the programs we are offering through the autumn and winter months but more importantly, we are finalizing details for our first 'Pub Run'.

We will be holding this event in honour of all our program participants who achieve their goals at the end of the season.... who am I kidding, we just need an excuse for a party.

Mark off October 7th on your calendar for the event and most of the 8th for your recovery no doubt. We will be posting all the details soon so keep an eye on this site.

Even if you don't want to do the run but would like to join the party, that's OK. Bring all your friends as this event will be open to all.

Don't forget to join us for our club runs this weekend, we still run even if it is a long weekend. It's cheaper than paying for gas to go to the cottage anyway.

Keep running...