Monday, October 31, 2005

Club Runs November 5 - 6

Road Run - Sunday November 6th - Pickering - North via Riverside Trail.

Where : Pickering, Valley Farm and Hwy 2.
When : 8am
Time : 1 hour 15 minutes run

Directions : Meet outside the Second Cup at Valley Farm Road and Kingston Road(Hwy 2), in Pickering.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Great Weekend of Running

What beautiful running weather we have been blessed with lately! Congratulations to all those clinic and other Hit the Road Running people who came out for a terrific trail run today. The weather was cool but still sunny and perfect to hit the trails. Some people were even wearing shorts! I hope all the newbies to trail running enjoyed themselves, even with all those hills that Tony made you go down then UP! After the great response from today, maybe we can include at least one other trail run to our Sunday runs. Be sure to let me know what you think.

More congratulations are in order for those Hit the Road Running STARS that went down and ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC this weekend. We are waiting to hear your story of how you triumphed at Iwa Jima.

Belated Congratulations to Girlie Harvey in completing the Detroit Marathon without setting off the Radiation scanners at the border. Way to go!

Tuesday night's track workouts with Ken.

I will be at the Pine Ridge SS track this Tuesday and as many Tuesdays to follow as long as the weather cooperates and the lights are still being turned on for us. Again if you would like to be included in the Tuesday nights email thread please email me or tell me when you see me. Remember if you are on this email list, your email address will be shared with others in the same list.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Geocaching Update

This post is for all those techno geeks out there who would like to do more with your Forerunner than just run with it.

I have been treasure hunting for just over two months now and my family and I just love it. We have used this as a reason to go for long hikes in the woods and we even spent an afternoon driving around in Cottage country looking for a few of these finds.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

What does this mean to you?
Although many people who do this go out and buy GPS units, many of us runners already have one that is capable of doing this: Our Forerunner running watches.

So if you are looking for some adventure or would just like to challenge your children with something not entirely connected to the television or the mall. Why not give it a try?

If you need help getting started you can Email me or just visit

You can also look at my first report on Geocaching Here.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Boxing Day 10 Miler

Our current distance program has a goal race of the Boxing Day 10 miler in Hamilton. We strongly encourage you to sign up early for this event as it will help you to commit to your training.

Online registration is already available here, and I've added the link on the sidebar if you decide to wait and sign up later. Prices do not go up until December 5th.

I also wanted to remind everyone that the clocks go back one hour this Sunday at 2am so if you're planning on joining us for our trail run at 8am, don't forget to change your alarm clock on Saturday. The weather looks like this is going to be a great weekend for running.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Club Runs October 29 - 30

Trail Run - Sunday October 30th - Pickering, Seaton Trail.

Where : Pickering, Seaton Trail
When : 8am
Time : 1 hour run

Directions : From Highway 2, take Valley Farm north to the end at concession 3. Turn left and park at the end of concession 3.

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If you've never done any trail running before, don't be scared. It's an excellent workout and trains those collateral muscles that don't get a good workout on the road, there's also less impact. You can use your road shoes but may want to use an old pair if it's been raining.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Pickering Pub Run Photos

The best dressed guys in town!

Has anyone seen my dentures?

Didn't anyone warn her not to turn her back on Austin?

I will turn you into...

...a doctor.

I don't know what to say about this one.

See all the photos here.


We have set the date for our November Social Event as Friday November 18th. This will be a Pub Night (don't worry we won't make you run this one).

The Pub is still to be determined so keep watching but write the date in your calendars.

I promise to have the photo's up of the last Pub Run over the weekend (what can I say, I've been busy with a newborn).

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Fall Training Program Starts this Thursday

October 20th at 7pm: 30 min talk with run to follow.

The Fall 10-Mile training program starts this Thursday night. Please arrive early as seating is at a premium. We will be having a short talk on how the clinic will be run, how you will get your training schedule, when and where you will be running, as well as some really great offers that you might be interested in. We will also cover the basics of running in a group and both the safety and security issues involved in the running we will be doing. There will also be time to answer any questions you may need answering.

If you haven't signed up yet, it is still not too late. Just come early on Thursday night and we will get you registered in the program.

If you have already signed up, don't forget to return the completed questionnaires by Thursday at the latest.

Again if have any questions or concerns about the clinic, don't hesitate to email us at Hit the Road or you can call Ken at 905 831 5329.

Fletcher Chiropractic
7-1450 Kingston Road.
Pickering, ON

Monday, October 17, 2005

Club Runs October 22 - 23

Road Run - Sunday October 23rd - Pickering, West Shore

Where : Pickering, West Shore
When : 8am
Time : 1 hour run

Directions : From Bayly, take West Shore Blvd south to the lake, turn left onto Beachpoint Prom. Parking available halfway along the spit.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Fall Training Programs

Congratulations to all of you who signed up last night for our upcoming programs. You've now done the hardest part and the rest of the training will be easy (if not easy, at least fun!).

If you couldn't make it last night, it's still not too late to join. You can email us for details and we will be happy to have you join us. You can also click here for details.

Those of you who have signed up should have received your questionnaire to be filled out. Please fill them out as soon as possible to allow us to personalize your training plans before we start next week. This is a crucial part of your program and helps us customize the program based on your abilities and goals.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact myself or Ken and we will be happy to answer your questions (at least about your training).

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sign up Night!

Registration and Orientation: Thursday October 13 at 7pm

If you or someone you know has been thinking about participating in one of our fall clinics, come out this Thursday evening at 7pm to our registration night. We will be there to answer all your questions about the clinic.

For information about the clinics you can also click on the UPCOMING TRAINING PROGRAMS LINK.

Fletcher Chiropractic
7-1450 Kingston Road.
Pickering, ON

If you can't make it on Thursday night, please email me or phone (905) 831-5329.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Club Runs October 15 - 16

Road Run - Saturday October 15th - Zoo Run

10K through the Toronto zoo. Click here for details.

Road Run - Sunday October 16th - Toronto Marathon

42.2K through the zoo that is Toronto! Find someone you know who is running the marathon and offer to pace them for a few K. Click here for details.

Real club runs will begin again the following week once the new set of clinics starts.

Friday, October 07, 2005


Don't forget to come out tonight for the Pickering Pub Run to celebrate a great season and to launch the fall season which looks to be even bigger and better than ever.

Festivities start at 7pm at the Bear and Firkin at Kingston Road and Valley Farm Road and we will be heading (slowly) to the Fox and Fiddle Mansion at Kingston and Liverpool and finally to the Bull and Finch at Dixie and Finch. We will all be sticking together so don't worry about having to run alone.

If you cannot make the actual run, why not come out and meet us at the Bull and Finch and catch up with all your old friends and maybe make some new ones.

Don't forget the whole event is FREE (you will have to buy your own refreshment though) and there will be prizes for some rather strange things including best costume.

All the details are available here.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Club Runs - NOW FREE!

Great News....

Our weekend club runs are now FREE to everyone. If you want a little variety in your weekend runs, come out and run with Hit The Road. Once you've signed a waiver, all our club runs are FREE even if you are not in a Hit the Road training program.

Let all your friends know that everyone is invited.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

We finally have a permanent home on the web, same great content but an easier to remember address...

Now when you tell all your friends about what a great group we are, you will be able to tell them our new easy to remember Web Site.

Update your links and remember to tell all your friends about us. ;)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Club Runs October 7 - 10

PUB RUN - Friday October 7th

Where : Pickering - Bear and Firkin at Hwy 2 and Valley Farm Road.
When : 7pm start, finish whenever.
Distance : Less than 5k (it's not about the run).

Get all the details of the run here!

ROAD RUN - Sunday October 9th
Where : Scarborough - Mr Bean's Coffee Co. at NW corner of Lawrence and Port Union Road.
When : 8am.
Distance : 10K, into Highland Creek and Back.

ROAD RUN - Monday October 10th (Thanksgiving Monday)

Where : Whitby Heydenshore Pavilion
When : 10am
Distance : 5K RACE!

Please help support Whitby Ice Fyre and Muscular Dystrophy Canada by registering for this 5K race. It's a great way to see how your speed has increased over the summer and to work off some of that Turkey. You can get all the details here.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Ran for the Toad

Congratulations Toaders!

From all the emails that I have received, it sounds like everyone had a great time at the Run for the Toad yesterday in Paris, ON. The weather looked like it couldn't have been nicer. I am sure that the race went off without too many hitches.

Here are some of the awesome times posted by Hit the road runners and friends:

38 535 Geraline Harvey LF<50 8/17 8 4 5:52:27 7:03

94 166 Rob Patterson SM40+ 41/120 71 2 2:24:04 5:46

111 198 Miriam Philip SF40+ 15/108 33 2 2:27:51 5:55 Ajax

154 200 David Sills SM40+ 61/120 103 2 2:36:21 6:16 Pickering

265 148 Joanne Bayes SF40+ 58/108 117 2 3:00:30 7:14 West Hill

261 138 Marnie Grant SF<40 56/87 116 2 2:59:37 7:12 Bowmanville

250 167 Rachel Caron SF<40 53/87 106 2 2:57:37 7:07 Oakville

365 454 Richard Cooper SM40+ 115/120 177 2 3:46:29 9:04 Pickering

All the listings are available at:

I can't wait to hear all the war stories about how you all Ran over the toad! Maybe we should do some clinics with only trail races in mind! I will think about it. Maybe Girlie can lead us in that one! Way to go Champs!

I would love to see some more pictures from the race if anyone has any.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

SOCIAL EVENT - Pickering Pub Run

This one is going to be fun!

Our first ever Pickering Pub Run will be held on Friday October 7th to celebrate an excellent season and just for an excuse to hit some pubs.

The format will be a tour rather than a race. We will all run together and drink together.

The tour will start at 7pm at the Bear and Firkin at Valley Farm Road and Kingston Road. Once everyone has finished their drinks we will head to the Fox and Fiddle Mansion at Liverpool and Kingston Road and then run up to the Bull and Finch at Dixie and Finch where we will end the running and continue the celebration.

This run will be open to everyone, not just current Hit The Road members so please invite all you friends, family and/or drinking buddies.

Prizes will be given out for best costume plus anything else we decide to give out prizes for...

Please remember to organize a taxi or designated driver for your trip home.