Sunday, May 03, 2009

Race Day Report

Another first for me today. I haven't run a race since Big C was conceived. I think. (Oh my god, my mind is going. If I have run a race, it obviously made very little impression on me.)

Weather: 10 degrees Celsius, Clear and Sunny
Clothing: Long-sleeved technical Tee and bicyle shorts (to stop the jiggling)
Pre-race dinner: Tilapia, risotto and spinach salad
Pre-race food: Vanilla Crisp PowerBar (man that was gross, but they were sold out of Peanut Butter) and water
Distance: 10K

I should have worn a tee-shirt. But it's really hard to leave the house when it's frosty and you have to stand around the start line for an hour with nothing to do but freeze. No wait, I did have something to do - wait in a bathroom line-up for 40 minutes. Luckily, it was inside. And when I finally got there, it was surprisingly clean. Runners can be very civilized when they want to be. Thank you Yonge Street Second Cup for putting up with runners who want to pee, hate port-a-lets and can't risk buying coffee, or they will have to pee during the race. (Again.) I love you! But do you really need a mirror on the way to the washroom? No one needs to see what they look like with a full bladder and no make-up.

There were 12,000 people racing. That's a lot of people. The race started and we didn't move. I think I crossed the start line about 12 minutes after the race started. Still it was exciting. It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement. I totally understand mob mentality now.

After spending 40 minutes in line for the loo, I was way back in the crowd crossing the start line. Were I to do it again, I would want to be much further up. I spent a large portion of the race going in and out of pockets of people, trying to inch my way up. I may have actually run an 11K race instead of a 10K. And it was hot. I forgot how the race makes you feel so much hotter than you would in a regular run. Hence why I should have worn a tee.

The course itself was great - either flat or downhill - but so many people that I can't believe that runners are able to get their PB (personal best), unless they manage to elbow their way to the front of the crowd. I was running with a buddy, but lost her shortly after the 4k watering station because we got separated in the throng. It was very much like Titanic, but without all the drama or the Celine Dion music. So kind of not like it at all.

Overall, I was very pleased with my pace. I think I managed to keep it steady the whole way through. I always take walk breaks in my runs to drink some water (or because I'm lazy, take your pick) and I didn't in the race. It may have been because I was afraid to be run over. You know the Running of the Bulls? Picture that, but with Canadian runners sporting MP3 Players. And no bulls. Same, but different. I was thirsty by the end, though. I usually wear my fuel belt, but I thought I would somehow be faster if I got rid of any unnecessary weight. Ha, ha.

I ran out of juice by the last kilometre. Usually, that's when I put on the speed, choose my target runners, and start picking them off one by one. I was happy just to finish by that point. Proof that training for a race is a good idea. Results? VoilĂ :

Time: 51 minutes, 29.8 seconds
Pace: 5:09 per KM
Category Place (F 35 - 39...sigh I'm old): 133/904
Gender Place: 858/5886

Not terrible for someone who hasn't trained, and is uncertain that she has actually run 10K all at one time in the past 4.5 years. And it's got me jazzed to do more races, this time with actual preparation.

Hands down the best thing about this race? The fact that all my boys were there to cheer me on at the finish line. It doesn't get better than that. Good times.


Mamalooper said...

I bow down to your ability to run a 10K without any training!

And how sweet to have the boys at the finish line (all three).

kate said...

[bowing down before your amazingness]... congratulations!

Mad said...

Congratulations! That's a great time given all the mitigating factors. I hate huge races for the very reason you describe: you can't even make it to the start line before you've logged a minute or two.

The Sleepy Town marathon/half mara/10k happens, literally, outside my front door. We offer up our back deck to anyone we know who needs to leave their sweats and long sleeve T's. We also make our bathroom available to same. This simple act ensures I keep friends year-round.

The drawback is that the race is on Mother's Day every single year. Not only does MadDad run it--thus abandoning me for the morning--the organizers show up on site at 5:30 am right outside my bedroom window. Grrr.

Mac and Cheese said...

I'm not worthy! Nice going!

motherbumper said...

I get winded walking to the grocery store so hats off to you. And that's so cool that the boys were there to cheer you on - awesome :)

Kyla said...

Good for you. I only run after the ice cream truck. Who am I kidding, I don't even run for that! ;)

painted maypole said...

well done

btw - I've cast you in a play at my place

Mimi said...

Wow! With no training! I'm impressed! Congratulations.

kittenpie said...

Wow. colour me VERY impressed. I don't think I've ever run 10K. Maybe not even all put together, although I do a pretty amazing bus sprint, if I do say so. Distance, though, not so much. Once again, you amaze me!