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Boston Terrier Rescue Canada Fundrasier!

On behalf of queenie’s cards and the volunteers at Boston Terrier Rescue Canada, thank you to everyone who purchased these exclusive holiday cards to support this wonderful cause! We raised $210 in about a month! That’s a few hundred dollars these pups didn’t have before, so thank you very much for your generous help. BTRC accepts donations all year round so please make any donations you can through their website. Thank you again!

Stay tuned for more charity collaborations really soon :)

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Thanks for helping Toronto Cat Rescue!

The grand total of donations made BY YOU for queenie’s cards’ Toronto Cat Rescue Fundraiser is $203.00! Thank you to everyone that donated by pledging directly on the charity challenge site or by purchasing a card through our shop!

Special mentions to the lovely ladies and their businesses for caring about the kitties in our city!

And a shout-out to our queenie’s cards customers and supporters!

  • Erin S.
  • Suzie Y.
  • Susy C.
  • Amy W.
  • Sharyn (I forgot your last name! If you’re reading, leave me a message! Thanks for the very generous surprise donation!)

What an amazing event, you can read about my half-marathon race report here. I look forward to fundraising for more worthy causes next year! All of our proceeds will now continue to support Toronto Animal Services :)

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A Midsummer Night’s Run Race Report

As you may know, I’m training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon in October in support of Toronto Cat Rescue (more info here!), and running a continuous long route within the city is impossible with the chaotic traffic and construction. A Midsummer Night’s Run had a 15k option and since hubby was racing the 30k anyway, this was a no-brainer for me. This race is normally held downtown but because of said construction it was moved to Toronto Islands this year. What does this mean for me and Avery? DATE NIGHT! Yes, parenthood has resulted into us signing up for late races together to not feel guilty about leaving our baby daughter overnight. We dropped Madeline off with my parents, took a much needed pre-race nap, and we were off to the ferry docks. It was packed with runners and walkers of the race, in addition to the regular crowds, so boarding was pretty intense. Everyone was pushing and shoving and trying to cut in line, there were a lot of shouting matches. It was fine once we stepped foot on the ferry, however I was starting to get jittery because the longest distance I’ve ever run was 14k. Avery reassured me that I’ll be ok, so I had to take his word, lol. We found HQ and was soon ready to check our bags.

Us looking prim and proper before the race

The 30k start time was 5:30pm and the 15k was 15 minutes after. I get nervous standing in line waiting for the gun to go off, but I was taking this as a training run and I had no previous record to try to beat so I tried to remind myself to not consider this a race per se, my goal was to pace properly. There were lots of pace bunnies for both courses, I really thought they would come in handy but the two ahead of me weren’t running a steady pace so I couldn’t stick with them. I ended up pacing myself at 6:20min/km. That, of course, slowly dwindled to 6:22, 6:25, but I didn’t let it slip past 6:29. The 15k course was a tad loopy, but I knew that going in. Running on the boardwalk to Ward’s Island sucked, it was so narrow and everyone was definitely slower. Being a Saturday there were lots of tourists on those huge 4-seater bikes so we had to dodge some of the folks on the paths. They should make notices to let people know about these events, it was frustrating for the participants and not fair to the tourists who had no idea they’d have to accommodate thousands of runners on their visit to the island.

The water stations were plentiful, there were lots of volunteers but they were inexperienced high school kids and Avery said one stepped out right in front of him and he almost knocked him down. For me, I had to pass on one station because they were handing out cups one at a time and I didn’t want to wait so I held out until the next one. Overall, lots of encouragement from everyone along the course, including the handful of spectators that high-fived me :)

I felt pretty strong up until 12k, I was exhausted from the heat and my legs wanted to stop. The last few kilometers really are the worse, it felt like an eternity before hitting each marker and I had to force myself not to look at my watch inbetween songs. But only having 3k left, I knew I could push through and there’s no way I was going to stop now. When my watch beeped at 14k, I tried to power through to the finish, I used what little ounce of strength I had left and took huge strides to get under my secret goal time of sub 1:40.

I finished at 1:37 :’) It’s shocking that I ran that long continuously, four months ago I never would’ve imagined this was possible. Hard work and lots of training really does prove to show satisfying results. Even though I wasn’t a speedy rocket by any means, my goal was to try my very best and finish (before Avery, lol). Mission accomplished! This bodes well for my first half in just 9 weeks — EEEP!!!

Enough about me… hubby, um, WON THE 30k!!! He placed FIRST with a time of 1:59!!! I am so proud and ever so happy for my baby daddy!!! I saw him pass by the other way once on the course, I wasn’t looking out for him because I didn’t see any 30k-ers run by, I even thought to myself that maybe he was going the wrong way. But soon after, he tapped me on the shoulder from behind and there were two guys with race shirts on bikes guiding him so I rethought, “oh, maybe he’s first!” He asked how I was doing when he passed me and I yelled back “I hate you!” so that got some giggles around us, especially after Avery answered with “love you too, baby!” So yes, he DID loop me!!! Hmph. But that’s ok, he didn’t run twice as fast as me, lol.

With our honkin’ medals! And me looking disheveled and smiling like a dork.

Post-race dinner was pulled pork and chicken sandwiches at Hank Daddy’s BBQ

Getting home was a nightmare, it took over an hour to board the ferry and it was a complete mess. Avery pointed out it was ironic that staying to collect his first place prize put us last in line to get home, lol. It was ok, though, Madeline was sleeping soundly at my parents and my neighbour took care of Bowser so I didn’t feel rushed. My feet, on the other hand, needed some desperate rest so I’m glad we got a seat on the ferry when we finally reached the docks. I liked this race but hopefully it will be back downtown next year, I’m never doing a race on the island again, at least not a late one. We wasted so much time getting there and back, it wasn’t worth the travel. The scenery was great but the paths weren’t closed off, they got super narrow at certain points and the most frustrating part was the start with the masses. It took a good 2k for me to find my pace. Despite all of this, most of which wasn’t under the race’s control, it was a great experience and I’m overjoyed with our results.

Avery’s 1st place trophy

Another addition to our medal wall

A friendly reminder that this race is a work-in-progress for my half-marathon to support the 100,000 homeless kitties in the city! Please consider sponsoring Toronto Cat Rescue in the two following ways:

1) Purchase any queenie’s cards from the online store and a generous portion of all proceeds will go towards this campaign until the end of October!
2) Donate on my official fundraising page!

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Happy World Cat Day!

World Cat Day helps raise awareness of the love and companionship given to pet owners from their feline friends. It is celebrated throughout the world, every year on August 8

Courtesy of Toronto Animal Services, who are honouring this occasion with a 2-for-1 cat adoption special so your new kitty can have a friend for life, AND so you will have two devoted furry friends that will love you forever! Really, our two cats are super sweet and affectionate. My husband and I decided to adopt the second cat after realizing Smithers needed a buddy in the house while we were away on vacation weeks at a time, so that’s when we welcomed Lil’ Cheeto Wonton! (I know it’s an odd name but that’s the best part about having an indoor pet, you never have to call out to them in public!). Now, they’re best friends, along with Bowser (our golden retriever — yea, we have a zoo!).

Cheeto on the first day he came home with us. He was so tired from his fun-filled adventure, he quickly made himself comfy on the couch and had a great full night’s rest!

Cheeto and Smithers, brotherly love

According to the CBC, the origin of World Cat Day is unclear, but it dates back to 2002. Here is more info from CBC on this meowy day, and for the 2-for-1 details.

Speaking of kitties, this is a friendly reminder to donate to Toronto Cat Rescue by purchasing a queenie’s card (proceeds will go towards the cause) and/or sponsoring my first 21.1k race on my fundraising page! To give you an idea of what a half-marathon looks like, I’ve mapped out my training course from the East End to uptown at Sheppard/Don Mills. Aye carumba!!!

Half-Marathon Training Route

I’m doing this for all the kitties in Toronto that needs a loving home and you can help! Any contribution is needed and much appreciated! (More info from a previous post). We need more success stories! The 100,000 homeless, abandoned, sick or injured kitties in Toronto need your support!

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