Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Midsummer Night's Run Recap

Yesterday I ran my first 15km race.
A friend of mine encouraged me to sign up for this 15km way back in May and I figured I had time to train for it. In stepped life and while I wasn't completely prepared, I wasn't completely unprepared either.

The day started out with a drive down to Toronto, where I met my friend Lisa (the encourager!) and my sister (who had picked up my race kit for me but she wasn't running). We hoped on the shuttle to get to the island ferry. The drive was horrible due to traffic, but we got on the first ferry and made it over to the islands quickly.

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Pulling into the Islands

We walked to the start line and waited for about 2 hours before the 15km race was supposed to start. Of course, it gives me time for my nerves to build up and think about wanting to quit before even beginning but I didn't.

 The race began and I stayed up with Lisa for the first 6km. She had set a goal time of 1:52:00 - 1:58:00 whereas I set a goal to run as much as I could and get across the finish line.

At 6km, Lisa began pulling away from and I lost sight of her but secretly kept pushing her along in my mind.

The course was nice. It went all over the Toronto Islands. The only bad part was the large number of people that were only the islands since it was still open to the public. There were lots of walkers, bike riders and picnickers. It was pretty crazy. We ran on sand, grass, asphalt and even a wooden boardwalk.

I finished the race in 2:03:01.

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My finisher medal
Then came the bad part of waiting to get back home. We had to wait for 3 ferries and in a mass of people. It was quite nuts and after running for 2 hours, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in line.

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Toronto on the way home!

I finally made it home at about 11:00 pm (after leaving at 2:00). It was a long day. The race was very well organized and I'd do it again, if it wasn't on the Island or they figured out some better way for the ferries on the way home.

Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of the ridiculous pain! I can barely walk down the stairs!

What were you up to this weekend?
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