It’s difficult to figure out where to start when writing about the best race of the year! I didn’t even know what to title this post because there is so much going on in here. Grab a coffee before you continue…. OK. Ready? This post will also have lots of photos!
I’ve been talking about my race against my twin sister for several weeks now, you can catch some of the Twin VS Twin posts here, here and here. Julie was not the only sister running with me today. I was so proud to also be running with one of my older (but much better looking) sister Mona too! Scroll down a little to meet the Run Mommy Run team.
The Day Before
How did these three sisters prepare for the the big race the day before? With some shopping with our 3 other sisters and our mom, followed by a family dinner, then by participating in the fun at the Niagara Wine Festival! Fun huh? If we can do it, you can do it too!
How do amazing athletes fuel up before a big race? I don’t have the answer to that, but the ladies on the Run Mommy Run team decided on an Italian restaurant for dinner. Mona, Julie and I each had a pasta dinner, complete with bread, salad and wine!
The Morning of
We got up bright and early and we had our go-to race day breakfast of Oatmeal & Toast with coffee. Once fed and dressed we had a fun little photo shoot outside to
show-off capture our great team shirts on film. Each of us wore a personalized “Run Mommy Run” shirt.
Meet The Run Mommy Run Team
I had my sister Joanne, who has a side “at-home” promotional printing business make the tanks and headbands. It’s really fun for me that my sister has her business CDP by Joanne because that means that there will more fun branded materials coming! If you are interested in having your own branded tanks, hats, shirts etc, please contact me at email@example.com for details.
Moving ahead a bit, we got a lot of attention because of our branded tanks. At the start line, some ladies were admiring the “Wine Now, Run Later” slogan on my back and commented on how appropriate it was for a race entitled “Run for the Grapes”. Also, my sister Mona’s shirt served as an inspiration for at least two women who were running at roughly the same pace as her. They said the slogan “If you can read this, I’m not last!” motivated them to keep running.
On to the Race
Julie and Mona traveled from Sudbury Friday, and stayed with me for the weekend. We got up bright and early (except it wasn’t really bright cause it was too darn early) to be out the door for 7:30. We arrived 10 minutes later to the race venue for our race kit pick-up. Our swag included a really nice pink technical T-shirt and some honey zinger gel. Then we had 1.5 hours to kill. We did some stretching, updated our social media with race day pics, queued for long line-ups to the bathroom twice.
There were so many supportive family members who came to cheer us on today. I want to thank them all for coming. It’s always so encouraging when they come.
There is no coral for this race. Everyone just found a spot at the start line. It’s unusual for me to know anyone at a race, so it was really great to be able to wish my sisters good luck. The gun shot was heard and off we went. I saw Julie shoot out in front, I dodged a few people and caught up quickly. After a little bit she decided that my pace was too fast, she slowed down a bit but followed me the whole way!
I felt great the whole way. I remember thinking at the 4 Km race marker that if I’m feeling this good, I should have pushed myself harder. However, with 500 meters to go, I tried to go as fast as I could but I was nearly out of gas. I though I heard someone yell “sprint” and that it was directed at me. I thought it was Julie right behind me so I sprinted the last 1oo meters for a very impressive finish!
In fact, I wasn’t the only one with an impressive finish. All of us did incredibly well! I think you can guess by now that I did arrive first between Julie and I, but that doesn’t minimize the fact that we all P.R’d today. Compared to last year’s Run for the Grapes, I have an improvement of 2 minutes while Julie has an impressive improvement of more than 3 minutes! This was Mona’s first time participating in this race with us, and I’m hoping we can make it an annual event since it was so much fun.
Mona: 257/298 overall, 152/198 women, 12/14 women 45 to 49 with a bright shiny new Personal Best time of 37:25
Julie: 83/298 overall, 25/198 women, 4/32 women 35 to 39 also with a bright shiny new Personal Best time of 26:02
Lucie: 77/289 overall, 22/198 women, 2/32 woman 35 to 39 with a bright, shiny new Personal Best time of 25:26Woot Woot, all three Run Mommy Run team members P.R'd on Sunday at the Run for the Grapes 5 km… Click To Tweet
I’ve never placed in a race before, so this was super exciting for me. It just so happens that my age category was one of the biggest as well! For a reward, I received a silver medal as well as my finishers’ medal and some flowers. I had a winner’s high for hours after. Julie was a little disappointed that she let one woman in our age category slip between us because she would have also placed. That concludes the recap. I finish off with a few silly pictures of Julie and I.
I think I’m addicted to racing. I love it so much. If you are a runner, do you feel the same rush from racing?