Hello! I am baaaaack from my first 5k and feeling fab!
I am happy to report I completed the race with zero walking. I ran the entire time, so therefore completed my goal ;). I also had another goal in the back of my mind that I never said on here, which was to complete the 5k in under 35 minutes, and I made that goal too!
Let’s get to the deets…
I woke up this morning bright and early and the sun was shining brightly, so I started getting excited and thinking “well maybe it won’t rain after all!”
As soon as we got in the car it started raining, and it did not stop (it was also freezing, I’m sure it wasn’t higher than 8 degrees). Shortly after I finished, it started absolutely pouring and thundering all over the place, so I’m glad I made it before that.
Anderoni came with me for moral support. He was really debating running with me, but he hurt his foot last weekend, and then ended up re-injuring it on our run on Thursday, so he was out of commission, sadly.
I loved having him there though. It was so much better than arriving by myself, and I’m pretty sure it motivated me to run faster.
We arrived at Sunnybrook Park around 9:30am, found parking, and made our way to the starting area (about a 7 minute walk, not so much fun on the way back to the car when it was thunderstorming.)
I had already picked up my registration package on Friday, so we just killed time people watching until it was time for me to get into the starting area. Cynthia Mulligan was there from CityTV, and they had a few other announcers leading everyone through group stretches, which I semi took part in. There was about 400 racers in total (about 150 running in the 10k), so it was busy, but not overwhelming.
It was not long before I had to get into the starting area. They asked for the faster runners in the front, and walkers at the back, so I chose to stand somewhere in the middle.
And then, we were off! The course was a 2.5k loop, and it was really foresty and nice. It did not feel like I was in Toronto at all. If the sun had been shining it would have been absolutely beautiful. The scenery definitely helped me step it up.
Sorry it’s blurry, but hey, I was running.
People had been telling me that when you are in a race situation you tend to step up your game, and I definitely felt like that was the case for me. It was motivating to have a bunch of people running with me (some of them children), and I also had an actual finish line to get to. I ran faster than I ever have in my training, by almost a minute a kilometre, so I was really happy with that.
I also made myself a pretty sweet playlist in preparation for this (which I will be updating on my playlist page).
A couple new songs, but mostly oldies but goodies, and a few all-time faves of mine. When “Danger! High Voltage!” came on it got me really pumped up and I started thinking “throw it down, throw it down” and just booked it. That kilometre was almost 20 seconds faster than my others, according to my splits on my RunKeeper app ;). Hehe.
I was feeling pretty good all throughout. My biggest fear was that I was going to get a cramp, so I stopped drinking water half an hour before the race, and didn’t take any water during. They had a water station set up at 3k and a line of people started throwing cups my way, wanting me to take one. I tried to wave them away politely, but then they started yelling “It’s FREE water! YOU NEED WATER!!!!” In kind of a…mean way. I think they thought I was worried that stopping for water would affect my time, but I cramp up so easily, I didn’t want to risk it (if I was running 10k I would for sure).
I ended up getting a cramp in my side at 4k anyway, which made me worried that I was going to have to walk. I ended up slowing my pace and taking deep breaths, and thankfully it went away. It was around this time that I went through my entire arsenal of running motivations in my head, including: “I have to run, I do not have to run fast” “Go Go Gadget LEGS!!!” “Just do it” (a la Nike) “Do it for those who can’t,” etc.
I crossed the finish line feeling happy, and proud of myself :D.
Looking like death though…
I was also super excited when I saw my friends Emily and Corey there waiting for me, braving the rain!
And of course, Andmo.
I almost broke into a sprint when I saw him at the finish line (it sounds like I’ve been running for days, and not half an hour…slightly over-dramatic ;))
My iPhone’s RunKeeper app said I finished in 32.52, but I forgot to stop it right away so I just went online to Sportstats.ca and checked out my actual time…
32.20! I will take that! I am very happy with that time. Like, ecstatic actually. I came in 90th out of 256 runners, and 43rd out of 141 females, so not too shabby!
After the race I was hungry! We stayed to watch the winners receive their awards, and then the four of us booked it to our cars and headed to Memories of Japan.
We sat at a Tappenyaki cook table, which are so much fun.
You order your meal, and they cook everything right in front of you. Our chef wasn’t too crazy, but at the other side of our table the guy did the onion volcano (my fave) and some other fiery tricks, so we still got a good show.
I ordered the shrimp, salmon and chicken, which also comes with steamed rice and veggies.
(I had already dug into that before I remembered to snap a pic)
It also comes with miso soup and salad…
And Jaundreusse and I also shared some tuna rolls.
I was beyond full. But it was very good, and I love the atmosphere of these places. Plus the company was good ;).
Now it is definitely time to relax! Hope everyone had a great weekend!