Last updated on February 10th, 2016 at 03:40 am
Our race weekend started Friday night, when my twin sister traveled 6 hours with my sister Mona and my mom to get to Niagara! Saturday, we had an amazing day of shopping with my mom and sisters at the new Outlet Collections at Niagara! It’s a huge outdoor mall and we had a great time. Sunday was a warm and sunny morning, perfect for our 5 Km race in the Run for the Grapes!
This is the race my twin sister Julie and I have been training for all summer and the day was finally here. This was our first race together since we raced in our high schools’ cross country running team (almost 20 years ago) and we were very excited for race day. We both had 2 goals; to beat each other; to run a personal best! We couldn’t both be first across the finish line, but we could definitely both try to run a personal best.
For the race, I made special t-shirts for Julie and I to wear as you can see in the photos. I had my blog logo in the front, and in the back, I had my blog URL “RunMommyRun.ca” and Twin #1 and Twin #2. A little self promotion isn’t a bad thing! It did get us noticed! And by the way the #1 and #2 is our actual birth order, not a prediction on who would come in first!
|Julie (#67) and me (306) before the race|
|Julie on the left, me on the right|
How we prepared for this race (night before)
The night before, I had my sisters and my mom over for dinner, so I cooked some Spaghetti! I wanted a high carb meal to add some energy for our race for the next day. I made some homemade tomato sauce with refined wheat pasta (I haven’t had white pasta in ages and it really seemed gooey to me). We also hydrated with lots of water and avoided carbonated drinks, wine and other things that might effect our race the next day. Anyhow, after a good meal, Julie and I went for a light 3 Km jog to get our bodies moving and headed to bed early so we could have a good night’s rest.
Waking up bright and early, we breakfasted on oatmeal, coffee and bananas for energy. We then headed to the market square for 7:45 to pick up our race kits. Included in our race kits were awesome T-shirts made of technical fabric (shown in the last photo on this post), our bib numbers (mine was #306, Julie’s was #67) and a race chip for our shoes. There was also some samples of energy gel and protein bars as well! I wish I remembered the name of the energy gel, but I consumed it before the race, now I can’t remember what it was. It tasted OK, and I’m pretty sure it did give me a jolt of caffeine!
|Race chip on my shoe laces|
|I love how I was captured floating 2 inches off the ground!|
Run for the Grapes Race Results
I am so happy that both Julie and I achieved personal bests (P.B.) in today’s race! With a race pace of 5:35/km, I finished 20th out of 119 women, 6th in my age category, with a final race time of 27:54! OK, so I did beat Julie ! I was secretly hoping she’d win, she really wanted it, but I wasn’t going to make it easy for her either! She also ended with an impressive finish, 35th out of 119 women 8th in our age category with a time of 29:30! The course was quite challenging, with some steep hills. I really didn’t expect that at all!
|Here I am, crossing the finish lines, waving my hands in celebration|
|Here is Julie crossing the finish line, looking cool with her sunglasses and ear phones!|
|Here we all are, showing off our participants medals!|
For those of you who voted in the pole prediction in my sidebar, thank you! Those who voted that I would do it in 5:30 min/km, congratulations, you guessed right! Unfortunately for me, I had set a high goal for myself to run an average pace of 5:00 per kilometer, but I’m a bit off! Oh well, there is always room for improvement, and I can try again in the Run for the Cure 5 Km race next weekend!
I would like to thank Julie for challenging me! It was an awesome race! I was an awesome weekend together. We took months to build up to this moment, and it was worth it. We must do it again! Perhaps a 10 Km race next time? It would require harder training though!
A big thank you is also in order for my husband who supports my efforts of running, staying fit and even blogging! Thank you honey!
And also a great big thank you to my sister Mona, who not only travelled 6 hours to come spend time with family but she also woke up early to come cheer us on and take to photos so I could include them in my blog! Thank you so much Mona!
|My sister Mona and my personal photographer for the event!|