A City of Runners

So I am currently in Toronto Airport waiting to board my flight home. I had an amazing time while I was here in Toronto. The weather was beautiful, the restaurants and bars were great, and the shopping was out of this world! Every time I come to Toronto I have a great time, mostly because 2 of my good friends live here now. However, I find and I am sure many would agree that Toronto for all its greatness could be known as the city of impatience. I am from St. John’s, a city where the doors are always held, everyone smiles at you, there’s generally no shoving, and if you have a question that a Newfoundlander can answer they’re more then happy to ramble on for 20 minutes to you. In Toronto I found many (not all) people to be pushy, impatient, and unwilling to help out a lost traveller like myself. I get it, it’s a big city.

 

On Sunday morning I decided to go for an early morning run down Bloor Street. The weather was ideal, warm but not too hot and very little wind. So I headed out with no plan and just ran for the love of it. The city was quiet and beautiful and I stopped a few times to snap a couple pictures.

 

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Spot the CN Tower in the Background

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I was running a while without many people around when I started to see a few runners and I noticed every time one would pass me they would smile. I took notice because it was the first time a stranger had acknowledged my existence since I got there. It wasn’t just one or two of them either it was every single one of them. Like I had joined a club that only the runners of Toronto could be a part of. I don’t cross paths with many runners in my area in St. John’s so it was nice to see evidence of the tight-knit running community in a big city. It was also a great way to see the city in a new way then I normally would.

So I only completed one run while I was in Toronto but I walked over 70,000 steps in the 5 days that I was there according to my pedometer so I did a whole lot of walking which was a nice change as well as break for my knees. I will be back on track tomorrow with a plan for the rest of the week.

 

Other then walking and running around Toronto I experienced lots of other fun and exciting things:

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The shopping:  I went to  Vaughan Mills mall and this was the pile of stuff that myself and James brought back with us. I went to lots of great stores that I can’t go to at home including the illusive Lululemon Outlet store, yes one exists! I got a sports bra and running shots for 60 dollars….AMAZING!

 

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The Nightlife: We went to lots of little bars and pubs around Toronto. I just loved sitting out on a patio enjoying the warm nights! The above shot is from a bar we went to last night.

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Myself and James

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Myself and Jess

The Food: We went to tons of local restaurants and pubs around downtown Toronto that I loved but I didn’t photograph anything. I decided to just enjoy the food and not worry about blogging about it later but it was fabulous. However, I did snap a pic of my very first bubble tea. I had watermelon and it was delish!

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All in all a great work trip / vacation. I just love Toronto and city life! I am looking forward to getting home though, I love to travel but nothing beats home!

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Check back tomorrow for this week’s work out plan!

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Adventures at 35,000 Feet

So as I write this I am flying above the Atlantic Ocean on my way to Toronto. I left yet another foggy and drizzly day in Newfoundland. Soon as we rose above the cloud line in St. John’s I saw the sun for the first time in a few weeks. What a beautiful sight it was.

 

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I needed to get out of St. John’s if for nothing more then to escape the weather. That much drizzle and fog really starts to have an impact on your mood after a while and not in a good way. So I am on my way to Toronto now for meetings all day tomorrow for a board of directors I sit on and then the rest of the time I am there is vacation. I normally would come back on Sunday but I have 2 friends of mine living there now so I wanted to spend time with them and of course Toronto is one of my favourite places to visit! So I figured I have lots of vacation to use up so may as well extend a trip that I’m not paying for!

 

So I am flying with West Jet for the first time ever. I have flown strictly Air Canada when flying in Canada my whole life. Not because I like Air Canada or have had great experiences but because frankly no one can compete with them on price. Anyways due to the time I needed to get a flight (I worked this morning) and the fact that I booked 2 weeks ago I couldn’t get a flight with Air Canada so I ended up with West Jet.  I had heard great things about  West Jet so it was fine with me. Turns out West Jet is Air Canada … but you have to pay for the movies. No joke, I have flow lots of American Airlines and I have never seen a TV with a credit card swipe on it to pay 7 dollars for a movie. That’s beyond ridiculous to me, you’d think with the cost flights West Jet would spring for free movies.

 

I’m not sure what I was expecting I knew West Jet couldn’t be that different but I had heard tales of singing flight attendants and amazing customer service. I asked for an aisle seat when I got to the airport so I could get up every 30 minutes and walk around to prevent blood clots (I have a blood clotting gene) all they could offer me was the back seat which doesn’t recline and is next to the bathroom. It’s fine I’m actually happy because I have no one sitting next to me. But I just didn’t get the WOW customer service I had heard about. However, I did get a whole seat to pile my things on.

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Yes my purse is a second piece of luggage, thankfully no one caught on to the size of it. hahaha I also got a whole open section to throw my carry on next to me:

 

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WestJet also offers the same overpriced sandwiches that Air Canada does. I had hoped to pick something up either last night or today to bring with me so I wouldn’t be forced to eat this garbage but my work dinner went late last night and I didn’t have enough time between check-in and boarding today to get something so I was forced to eat this:

 

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I have a cliff bar and an apple in my purse so that will suffice until dinner tonight. Anyways when this gets posted I will (hopefully) be safe on the ground in Toronto manoeuvring my way to a subway. I didn’t mean to make this a post of complaints, trust me I am thankful there is a way to get halfway across the country in 3 hours. I have a flight credit from Porter to use I’ll have to try them out next time and report back, at least they offer free booze. haha That’s got to make flying more bearable!

 

Update: So I just finished up this post and started reading my book when a flight attendant wandered by and noticed my copy of Runner’s World on the seat next to me. She struck up a conversation with me about running and asked me about the different races in Newfoundland. We chatted about the World Airline Race that West Jet participates in. In all my years of flying I don’t think I have ever had a flight attendant take notice of something as small as a magazine and strike up conversation with me. Well done West Jet, your flight attendant (Betty) may have just changed my opinion of your airline.