On Saturday October 22 I participated in the Oktoberfest 5k/10k run at Spruce Meadows.
It was an absolutely perfect fall day, and I had a lovely time.
While this absolutely doesn’t reflect on the race in any way, it’s important none-the-less as it sheds light on why we arrived at the race 5 minute before the 10k was about to start (it’s a good thing we were running the 5k!).
Before picking Leslie up, I decided to get fuel, and because it was nice out and I had some time I also ran my car through the car wash. I was running about 5 minutes later than I wanted to be, but figured we’d arrive right about 12:30 with plenty of time to pick up our bibs and get ready before the 5k started at 1:10.
About 5 minutes from Leslie’s house, I hit traffic that just wouldn’t move. At all. Thanks construction. I was finally able to turn on to a back road and got through the conjestion only to hit construction again a few minutes later.
Finally, at 12:35, I arrived at Leslie’s and we frantically made our way to Spruce Meadows. We arrived at the race site at 12:50 and jogged over to pick up our bibs.
Thankfully, Caroline was working package pickup and greeted us with a smile and quickly found our bibs.
It’s moments like these I truly appreciate the smaller races, as I’m certain a larger race may not have been quite so friendly as we showed up mere minutes before the start of one of the races in order to get our bibs.
Leslie and I had just enough time to walk/jog back to my car to drop off our race kits, pin on our bibs, pee, and make it to the start line. We missed the start of the 10k while we were hustling, but had a few minutes before the 5k started.
As soon as people exited the building from the warm-up, we were off!
I told Leslie I was thinking I’d run about a 35 minute 5k, as I hadn’t really been running much, and I didn’t want to push myself too hard.
We ran together for the first 3km and kept what felt like a pretty steady pace. I definitely felt like I was struggling a bit, but I was also enjoying myself and the day.
Just after the 1km mark, we ended up running a fairly long section on some long grass and let me tell you – it was hard! I was so winded by the end of it, and needed to shed my long sleeved top shortly after. Being able to run in a tank top on October 22 was a treat for sure!
Since I wasn’t running for time, I took a handful of quick walk breaks (one for water, two for pictures) and kept Leslie in my sights as I had slowed around the 3km mark. Eventually my mantra became, just keep swimming 🙂
I had no idea what my pace was, but was feeling good when we came close to the finish so I decided to push it a bit, and pushed harder when I saw the clock showed 30 minutes. Whaaaat?!
My official time was 29:59 and I’ll take that sub-30 thank you very much.
Leslie mention the course might have been short, but even if it was, it was still 4 minutes faster than the 5k I ran in August.
After the race we were able to go inside (thankfully the weather was way nicer than last year) to grab our Big Rock beer samples and bratwurst.
I pulled out my phone to take pictures, but right when I did that, our table was asked to participate in a survey and then I completely forgot, so know that I put mustard on mine, it looked like a bratwurst, and was delicious.
We also had 10 minute chair massages before heading home to briefly rest before we continued the rest of our weekend adventures.Read all about Ange's seasonal PR at the @Spruce_Meadows Oktoberfest race! #runyyc #runSMClick To Tweet
Dashing Through the Glow
Date: December 9
Distances: 5km run/walk and 2km run/walk
Cost: $55 for individuals until November 30; $50 per person if you sign up as a team (minimum of 4 members); $145 per family (maximum of 6 members, $35 additional for each family member)
Package Pick up: Monday December 5 – Eau Claire Running Room; Tuesday December 6 – West Hills Running Room; Wednesday December 7 – Shawnessy Running Room. Pickup time is 5-8p for all locations. You can also pick up on race day from Spruce Meadows.
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