I also don’t know what’s up with the pictures on my post. They’re showing the correct orientation in my editor and in IE, but aren’t in Chrome or Feedly. I’m lost, so if anyone has a suggestion let me know!
Saturday was a bit of a crazy day for me. I started off with barre at 8:30, then drove up to the airport for a meeting at 11:15, then drove to the Running Room to pick up my race kit. Whew. Surprisingly, I made it home by 1pm and was able to nap and spend 8 hours second guessing everything I did because how does one prepare for a race that starts at 9:30pm?!
(It should be noted that I’m usually in bed by 10pm. Yes, even on weekends)
To ensure the safety of all the runners, since we’re running at night, included in the race kit was an Energizer LED Headlight (thanks, Energizer!) to be worn during the race. Participants were also not permitted to wear headphones, or run with strollers or dogs.
I run a lot of training runs with headphones because music or podcasts helps me to zone out on the longer runs, but I’ve been running more and more races without music and I honestly don’t notice a huge difference. That said, if you always run with headphones, I recommend practicing silent runs because more and more races are placing restrictions on headphones.
Since I’m in the midst of marathon training, I registered for the 10k and still had 4 additional miles to run on Saturday. My coach gave me a 2 mile warmup and 2 mile cooldown, but I was driving to my mom’s after the race, so opted for a 3 mile warmup to be followed by a 1 mile cooldown.
The 10k was set to start at 9:35, right after the sun was setting, with the 5k to follow at 9:45.
Given my long warmup, I arrived at North Glenmore Park at 8:30 to give myself plenty of time to find parking (there were also shuttle buses since parking is limited) and get warmed up.
Given this view, I kind of hand to forgive the weather for raining.
And it’s not every day you’re treated to a double rainbow. I could actually see a full rainbow as well, but my iPhone isn’t quite fancy enough to capture it.
5k warm up splits:
Mile 1 – 9:30
Mile 2 – 10:01
Mile 3 – 9:42
5k – 30:14
Yeah. Might have taken that warm up a bit quick…..
In addition to my entry in the race, I was given a second entry which I gifted to Jo because I know she had been talking about wanting to run it. We arranged to meet before the race for a quick catch up and photo-op, because bloggers must always document when they meet up with other bloggers. It’s a rule 🙂
I didn’t have any goal time for the race, as I don’t quite consider myself in racing shape at this point. My biggest focus is following my training plan (I’m giving myself a C+ on that so far) to build my mileage and not get injured. Pace will follow.
Given I had warmed up for 3 miles, I decided to treat this as a tempo run and see if I could run close to my goal half marathon pace for the first 3 miles and then see what happened in the last three.
Having done this race in 2012, I knew the course was two 5k loops, so it would be easy for me to evaluate how I was feeling after the first loop.
We assembled in the corral and the police helicopter flew over to start our race. They had the flood light on, which was really cool, but it means you’ll just need to take my word for it that there’s a helicopter up there 🙂
The course has a false flat uphill out to the 2.5km mark and is then downhill to 5k. For the people running the 10k, we get to do it again!
Mile 1 – 9:19
Mile 2 – 9:26 (including a stop for water at 2.5km)
Mile 3 – 8:40 (thanks to the downhill)
5k – 28:xx (I didn’t split my watch at 5k, so I’m not exactly sure)
Mile 4 – 9:46
Mile 5 – 10:35 (things started to hurt here. The uphill was a struggle to the water station)
Mile 6 – 9:09
0.2 – 1:48
10k time – 58:47
For not planning on racing, I’m extremely happy with my time. The only time I really felt like I was struggling was during mile 5. I willed myself to the water station and took a longer walk break to catch my breath. Knowing it was downhill to the finish, I just let myself fly.
On my first lap, a very nice gentleman was running behind me and comments on my form/stride. I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on having good running form, so to have someone compliment me on my form meant quite a lot to me.
Lesson: always be open with a kind word (assuming you have the breath!).
I even ran into him after I finished and received a high-five 🙂
After crossing the finish line we were given bottles of water and Pure Protein had a great set up with chips, pretzels, bananas (Ange approved) and Pure Protein bars. I grabbed myself some food for the road, stopped at the porta-pottys and then headed to my car to head down to see my mom for Sunday.
I truly enjoyed the organization and fun atmosphere of the race. Running at night isn’t something we’re often able to do, and it was great to change things up a bit!
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Have you ever participated in a night race?
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