tshirt! it’s all about the tshirt!

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)??


saturday i worked at the store til 4 pm, then came home and got ready for the run:

racing shoes (asics gel noosas), racing socks (the new compression socks!), racing nails (my pre-run ritual) - we're set!

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!

the start/finish banner (taken after the race, not as i approached!).

i ran old-school with my car key laced onto my shoe!

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.

post-race, with becky!

with race director lloyd!

[(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!

(L to R) - 1st, 2nd, 3rd place masters females!

hardware to go with my tshirt memento!

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!

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  • A Common Sea  On April 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I had to share your post with my husband, because he runs 5Ks, and I love the tee-shirts he gets. He looked at your tee-shirt and said, “What the hell is that color, blood pudding?” 😀 He also said congrats on the stellar finish!

    I’m seriously considering training for 5Ks b/c I really need to get my butt moving. I’ve been on the fence, but doing it for the tee-shirts might be just enough of a push…


    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      oh, i love your comments!! thanks so much for sharing about you and your husband! i am totally laughing at what your hus has to say on the colour – forevermore, this tshirt shall be dubbed “the blood pudding tshirt.” i totally think you should go for a 5k! a goal is motivating to get out there and practice, and a race is so much fun – but ONLY sign up if you get a tshirt!!

  • Zo  On April 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Wow…what a great time (I ran mine in 32 minutes last year)! I actually like the shirt. . .let’s see, on Saturday night we played a new board game that we’d bought earlier that day.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      ooo, board games are FUN!!! well, unless it gets super-competitive! there were a ton of people who crossed the finish line 30-35 minutes, or so…so great to see all ages and abilities participating!!

  • aliwheeler  On April 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    We took off right after we were done racing. It was such a strange time for a race. I was starving when we were done! The only vegan option was fruit so we left and brought thai back to our husbands. I was really happy with my finish. My running partner placed 2nd in her age group, I beat her by one second but placed 8th in mine. We’re doing the 8k this weekend too. The race shirt is ugly. I am not a fan of red.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      way to go, ali (and your running partner)! sorry i missed you after, but sounds like you had a fun evening afterwards! i think the shirt colour is a “love it or hate it” shade…see you on saturday! 🙂

      • aliwheeler  On April 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        We are in a picture together!

      • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        haha, that’s awesome!!! thanks for letting me know, ali – i would have missed that!

  • Gina Unger  On April 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

    congratulations, cath! way to go! i was waiting on pins and needles for this blog, as you probably know! wonderful race time, but most importantly, i’m so glad you stepped out of your usual long-race-comfort-zone, opened your mind to running a race that you had abhorred in the past, and had FUN doing it (you know me – a HUGE fan of the 5k!) 🙂 i do the same thing with my key in laces, too – so funny. and the t-shirt colour? well, you’ll fit right in at jeff’s school now! maroon and white are their colours. tee hee. congrats once again!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

      oh, thank you gina, for your enthusiastic comments – i so appreciate your support! and yes, the fun factor was the best part. ok, if and when i visit winnipeg, we will attend some sort of function/activity at jeff’s school and i will wear the tshirt then! good luck in YOUR next 5k!! you will rock it!

  • g2-55680831163e76fec0743a15184137d2  On April 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I spent the weekend with an awful cold. Therefore, Saturday evening I mostly slept due to the antihistamines on board. I woke up a little after midnight – wide awake – and read and rode my bike and read and drank decaf until about 4AM when I was able to go back to sleep. Isn’t my life interesting?

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

      oh, i am sorry to hear about your cold, johanna. i hope you’re feeling better today. ok, i am sorry, but i have to laugh that you read and rode your bike after midnight…i think you get the prize for most unique way to spend your saturday eve!

  • Dawn  On April 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Congrats on 2nd place!! That’s awesome! I LOVE your shoes & socks. Did you get those shoes at your store? I must have them! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

      thanks, dawn! here’s the story on the shoes: i saw them advertised on the back of a running magazine a couple of years ago. i had webco sports special order them in for me as i HAD TO HAVE THEM – those colours! that design! – i just ordered a size 7 which is what i always wear, and hoped they would fit – luckily, they did! i think you can still get the noosas but they’d be an updated version of this pair. sadly, you cannot get them at RR!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On April 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Congrats on coming in No.2!!! Excellent, Cath! If I was running I think it would be all about the t-shirts, too! Looks like fun! Saturday night for me was sitting home and reading. Perfect for me… 😉 Have a great Week!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

      thanks, fran! i need to count my tshirts some day…i think the number will be over 200 (?!). your sat eve sounds cosy and relaxing – i hope the book you are reading right now is enjoyable!!

  • The Orchard  On April 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Way to go! Fantastic time! I know what you mean about that particular distance! It is a lot of pain for a relatively short amout of time and like you, I usually am just getting warmed up by the time the race is done.

    Talk soon,

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

      thanks, tricia! yes, we both are fans of the longer distances…i still am in so much awe of your ironman experience! and i know you like the marathon and 1/2 marathon distances, too!

  • Ele  On April 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

    totally love your old school sneakers with the car key! They would look great with the pink compression socks! Awesome race. So proud of you! Keep it up!…as for the t-shirt…well, too much for someone to read at a casual glance…if you are going to wear a race t-sirt it should clearly “shout” that you raced , finished and possibly won!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

      yea, the pink socks + flowered shoes were pretty fun! thanks for your supportive comments, ele! haha, great idea for a tshirt – for the winners only, I WON THIS RACE or something…because really, who wears a medal around?!!

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