Saturday, May 21, I ran in my first MEC Burlington race. I will definitely be running in some of these again. Since I started running almost 2 years ago, I’ve been running almost exclusively in the Subaru Hamilton/Niagara Series because the races are local. The Subaru races are always well organized and quite fun, however they are a bit expensive at around $50 a race.
This was my first time running in the MEC Running Series. The MEC Burlington race was affordable with a price tag of only $15 for the 10 Km race. How could I pass that up? It was a no frills type of race. You don’t get a T-shirt, you don’t get a finisher’s medal, and you don’t get the array of athlete’s food you’d get a Subaru Hamilton/Niagara Series race. You get only the basic of what you need for a fun competitive race, a timing chip (that they re-use over and over), a great venue and course, awesome volunteers and several water stations along the course. Honestly, I wish more races were just like that! This chick doesn’t run for bling. I run for the healthy competition, and I got that on race day.
I was very excited to finally meet the wonderful lady behind Fitness Cheerleader, Janice. We’ve been following each other’s blogs for quite a while and we co-host Motivate Me Monday Link Up together, so it was nice to finally meet. We didn’t have much time to catch up before the race, but we did get to chat after! It was just like meeting an old friend. It was nice to meet her friend Juliette, her best running buddy, as well.
My goal for this race to was to run under 55 minutes. My personal best (P.B.) was 55:29. The course was way more hilly then what I’m used to. Overall, the race went really well. I didn’t suffer and side stitches or cramps like I sometimes do. The weather was on the cool side, ideal really. However, by the 8th kilometer, my legs were feeling quite heavy and my breathing was labored. The time on my watch reflected all my hard work. Encouraged that my pace was under 5:30 per Km, I decided to push past the pain and end my race with a bang. With a finish time of 54:42, I not only accomplished my goal but I also set a new 10 Km P.B. for myself, and improvement of 47 seconds. I can only attribute this increase in speed to all the hard work I’ve been putting in towards my half marathon training. I have to admit though that I did more “resting” this week than actual training. I am starting to taper for my half marathon as well.
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Here is what I did last week:
Tuesday: speed work (8 x 100 m sprints)
Saturday: MEC Burlington 10 Km race
This week I’m hoping to do the following:
Monday: Bike tour around Niagara-on-the-Lake with the family
Tuesday: 5 km easy run
Wednesday: 1000 meter swim
Thursday: weight training
Friday: 10 km bike ride
Sunday: Ranking Run – Charity 5 km run/walk with the family
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