do you remember when canadian supermodel linda evangelista famously sneered, “i don’t get out of bed for less than $10 000 a day?”
well, that has been my sentiment exactly, over the years, when it comes to running a 5k organized event. yawn and yuck.
i have such harsh feelings towards the 5k because it takes me 30 minutes of running to find my rhythm, get in the zone and get those endorphins flowing. well, the 5k race is over before these positive feelings get a chance to kick in. so, in 23 years of running, i think i have completed less than five 5k runs.
i need to retract my scornful words. saturday eve found me in elmira running the 5k EndurRace.
why did i decide to run a distance i dislike, at a time of day that is not enjoyable to me (the race had a 6 pm start time – i am emphatically a first-thing-in-the-morning runner)??
FOR THE TSHIRT!!
saturday i worked at the store til 4 pm, then came home and got ready for the run:
the quaint town of elmira (site of the super-popular maple syrup festival!) is a quick and easy 15 minute drive from home. i arrived early, found parking in a snap, picked up my race bib and TSHIRT, and had time to get organized and socialize, all without being stressed for time.
promptly at 6 pm, the race began. the EndurRace is part of the runwaterloo series, and race director lloyd has been at this game for so many years that things tick along like a well-oiled machine at his events.
the race course was great – pancake flat, and we wound through a scenic and lovely neighbourhood in elmira. nothing like running along and breathing in the fresh scent of cow manure. the course was a loop shape which is my favourite type because you don’t pass the same sights twice! conditions were practically perfect for running: about 7 degrees C, overcast skies, and while there was a bit of a cool wind, it wasn’t hideous.
now, i had NO CLUE as to what time i could expect to get. my goals were to 1) finish smiling 2) run comfortably with purpose yet within myself 3) finish smiling. i train sans timing devices, and run by how i feel, so i was interested to see what would unfold over the 5k distance.
5k goes fast!
as i neared the finish line, i looked at the timing display, and was extremely surprised to see 24:00 on the clock! well, ok, then!
all in all, it was a really fun time. i saw a lot of familiar faces from the store, the community, and my old racing days, and enjoyed the social aspect of the event thoroughly.
[(blog reader) ali, i missed you after the race - i was going to ask you for a photo!! i hope you had fun!]
here are my results (you can find the total race results here):
time – 24:14 with a chip time of 24:08
2/17 in age group, 12/133 females
i’ll take it!
i stuck around and enjoyed the post-race food and music. lloyd did some draw prizes (i did not win, too bad), and then the awards were presented. i ended up getting 2nd masters female!
oh – and what of the tshirt that was the whole intent and purpose of doing this event?
well, i am laughing because it has got to be
the most butt-ugly one of the most…uniquely coloured race tshirts i have ever seen. at least it is made of tech fabric! and i have no other maroon race tees!…but good golly, give me a plain old white-based shirt any day.
what did you do saturday eve? i’m about ready for another “saturday night at the movies” outing!