Saturday April 16 was a date to add to my family’s history book. My almost 3-year-old son ran in his first race ever in Jordan, Ontario. He ran the 1 km race, and I ran in the 5 km race (my favorite race distance).
I love the races in the Subaru Hamilton & Niagara Running Series. They are small and very organized. They pick great locations across Niagara that have a good amount of parking. The Jordan 5 Km/1 Km courses are flat; perfect for obtaining a personal best, which was my goal for this race.
The weather was ideal for racing. It was cool, around 9 degrees Celsius that morning. The sky was clear and the sun warmed us up nicely.
Training/Or Lack Of
I honestly didn’t train as much as I should have for this event. I’m recovering from a leg injury and only ran about once a week in the months leading up to the race, and distances no longer than 5 kilometers. I only did speed work and tempo runs two weeks before the event.
As for Brendyn, we didn’t do any training with him. We took him out running 800 meters a few days before to see how it would go. Since we were running in the park with a play ground, he got very distracted. But he enjoyed the opportunity to go running with Mommy and Daddy.
Gear and NutritionI usually get my gear together the night before to make sure that everything is washed and dried, and not missing. I laid it out as a flat Lucie. I did the same for Brendyn’s outfit.
I’m wearing RBX leggings, Lululemon Swiftly longs sleeve shirt, Nike Running Shoes and I brought along my Saucony running jacket but it wasn’t needed. I’m also wearing a sports bra and sport socks from Old Navy. Brendyn is wearing an Oshkosh Track Suit and T-shirt, Nike running shoes and his Lightning McQueen socks.
Brendyn’s 1 Km Race
Since I was running at 10:00 and Brendyn’s race was at 9:30, my husband Chris ran with Brendyn. I filmed and photographed his start and his finish. Let me tell you, when I saw my husband and Brendyn turn the corner and come down the shoot, I had a huge lump in my throat. I was so proud of my little guy.
My husband said that he ran most of the way, but walked a few sections, and he also need some encouragement but overall he did really well. He ended up being second last with a time of 9:58. He couldn’t care less about any of the details. He did however, like his medal but was even more interested in the pizza they were giving away to the athletes.
To capture this really cute event, I decided to do a little movie trailer. Get you fill of all this cuteness by clicking the video below.
Lucie’s 5 km
How can I follow that? I’ll do my race recap nice and short. I was hoping for a sub 25 min race. My splits were:
I started out really well, but unfortunately, I was hit by a cramp at then end of the second kilometer which stayed with me the rest of the way. Overall it was a great race, I finished with a time of 25:30, only 4 seconds away from my P.B. I was 4th in my age group. I was slightly disappointed since I was hoping for under 25 minutes but it’s still an improvement from last year’s race on this course where I had finished with a time of 26:26.
There wasn’t much swag for this race. I received a really nice red t-shirt, while my son got a bright yellow one with a finisher’s medal. But, we both had a great time and were very happy to see my family, including my mom, come out to watch us race on Saturday. Thank you everyone!
I loved doing the Jordan 5 km/1 km race with my son. I’m also looking forward to the next race in May, called the Fast and the Furiest, which I will be running with none other than my mischievous pooch Charlie.
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Here is what I did last week:
Monday: 30 min core workout
Tuesday: Speed intervals on the track at lunch
Saturday: Jordan 5 km/1 km race (with my son)
Sunday: 7 km bike ride
This week, I’m ramping up my training because I want to do a 1/2 marathon in June:
Monday: 30 min core workout
Tuesday: 5 km run at lunch
Wednesday: 1000 meter swim
Thursday: 5 km easy run
Saturday: 20 km bike ride
Sunday: 8 – 10 km run
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