I love you, dear trainers, but it is time to say goodbye. Half marathon training – update two

Today has been a very sad day indeed.

The time has come to retire my beloved trainers. They are battered, smelly and I now realise they had no cushioning left in them whatsoever. But they have been with me every step of the way of this incredible journey (literally) as I have clocked up close to 600 miles, achieved my first 10k medal and found a love of running. I am so attached to these trainers I can’t bring myself to throw them out, they represent such a big change in my life, but what the heck am I going to do with them now?? I felt so sorry for them sitting there next to the newer, younger, springier trainers I have replaced them with that I moved them to the opposite side of the cupboard. Poor, stinky things.

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The 30th Annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

Toronto Veg Food Fest

Toronto Veg Food Fest

Being new(ish) to Canada, and even newer to the world of veganism, this was my first experience of the annual Toronto Veg Food Festival. Now in its 30th year (so, all good things are 30 this year, then?!) it is the largest veg festival in North America, attracting around 40,000 people over the course of the weekend. It takes place at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre, which is coincidentally one of my favourite places in the city as it is, not surprisingly, right by the water. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, talks, many, many vegan vendors, live music and a wealth of information about adopting a compassionate, green lifestyle. And best of all, its free!

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