Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My latest race recap!

After I ran my first race back in, I kind of went crazy and signed up for races at least once a month. I guess I just got really excited! However, when the race gets closer I start to panic and think "Why did I sign up for it"? (anyone else think something is a great idea until one or two days before?)
So, in my haste, I signed up for a race called the Eaton Downtown Dash couple of cities over from ours. Randomly, it was on a Thursday evening. I figured this would work because it won't take over a weekend and it's an evening so the boys could come without too much of a hassle.
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My bib and latest medal!
Well, Joseph has become quite interested in my running and wants to 'help'. He was quite excited to come watch me run, until he saw a park on the way to the start/finish line. I dropped the boys off at the park (priorities to a 2.5 year old) and continued along.
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 What happens while I run
The race started, I almost got taken out by a jogging stroller. I'm all for jogging strollers but they should be at the back of the race and off to one side so they don't trip someone up. I think if I had fallen, I would have gotten trampled on like Black Friday at Wal-mart! Luckily I stayed on my feet, but the guy looked at me like it was my fault.
They had a water station set up at 2.5 km. Did I mentioned the heat? Oh ya, the race was during the heat wave so the temperatures were up near 40 degree Celsius (104 F). I run up to the water station, double check that I grabbed water and not Gatorade, had a sip and dumped the rest on my head. It was cold water. Like take your breath away cold. Not good when running. I already had no breath.
I ran my little heart out and made it to the 3rd kilometer before the 10K runners started catching up with us. I yelled out some encouragement but under my breath whispered "I hate you!".
We passed a lot of residents in the neighbourhood with hoses, spray buckets and sprinklers set up to spray on the road. I wanted to run up and hug each and every one of them!
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Run, Mommy run!
I eventually had to walk here and there but kept moving or my feet would have melted into the road.
I finished the race in 32:07 and set a new personal record in the 5K.
I then headed to the get the goodies. Ice cream, pizza, massages, Shreddies and a nice, cold bottle of water. I'm convinced that this is why Joseph actually comes. He knows there'll be food for him to eat.
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Overall, the race was great. Nothing could be done about the heat and humidity so there's no sense complaining about it.
Next race - 15km Midsummer Night Run in August
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My littlest athletic supporter!
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