yesterday was such a happy father’s day! there are two parts to tell you about…

part i: the race!

this year’s tshirt: love the green, the printed design? meh.

as alluded to yesterday, i was not running the waterloo 10k classic for *fun.* when you book a day off work, pay good money, and suffer through a mini-taper (hate the taper!), you are out to see what you can do.

the morning started off on a rocky note – about 7 a.m., a thunderstorm rolled through the area. this rain was NOT what i was hoping to see! happily, the clouds passed, and by the time i left for the race, the skies were more clear. [sidenote: i was able to wear outfit #1 that i showed you yesterday].

the ground was still wet in waterloo park!

gotta love a race you can walk to – a quick fifteen minute hike through the park brought me to the waterloo classic events, held at seagram stadium. i saw my friends from the store, paul and brenda, right away!

brenda and paul were running the 5k..and ended up winning awards in their respective age groups!

they became my adopted family for the morning!

paul and me at the start banner!

just before 9 a.m., the sun tried to come out:

you can do it, mr sun!

i was really hoping for full-on sunshine – it was already humid, sunshine added in would have been perfect racing conditions (for me!). in the end, we DID have humidity for the run, but a few spots of rain fell near the end, and the time between the races and the awards ceremony was a bit rainy. still, it could have been a lot worse!

in a nutshell, i had a great run. i felt *on* right from the very first step. i ran hard and pushed, but did not overexert myself as evidenced by the fact that i was not stiff afterwards (shoulda gone faster!!).

one note about the race course: it’s been switched up numerous times over the years, and the latest incarnation makes me laugh. a few years ago, run participants complained about having to go up the *hill* on erb street from caroline to westmount. well, (locals, you will be able to picture this route) this year’s route was way more hilly: after starting on seagram drive, we went up westmount rd all the way to columbia (rolling hills) then right on columbia (and up a mega steep hill) over to philip st. then we had to go back to westmount and run up and back some more! i can only imagine the negative feedback about these hilly conditions. i was happy i knew what to expect, since i train in this area all the time! but this is definitely NOT the race course for you if you like flat terrain.

i felt “in the zone” for the whole race. from about 4-8 km, i ran with another guy, and it was helpful to feed off of his energy (although after the race, he said he was sticking with me – guess it was good teamwork!). as is my style, i felt THE BEST at about the 8 k mark, and picked up the pace.

just after 9k, something happened that has NEVER happened to me in 22 years of racing: my shoelace came untied! gah!!! what a newbie error. the thing is, i HAD double-knotted my laces. i had to stop and retie, esp since my house key was laced into that shoe! so, i figure that stop cost me 10-15 seconds. the p!ss off is that the next woman ahead of me (also in my age group) finished thirteen seconds in front of me. if i had not had to stop, it would have been a dash to the finish for first place in our age group. hot d@mn!

we finished the race with one lap of the seagram track – man, that surface is cushy. i could be convinced to do speedwork if i could run it there!

final stats:

official time: 46.12

chip time: 46:02

62/478 overall

2/33 in my age group

3rd masters woman (bumped to 2nd spot for the medals since 1st place masters finished 2nd female overall)

8/210 females

4:38/km pace

guess what?! i won $50 for being 2nd overall masters female!

wish i could earn $50 for 46 minutes of *work* all the time!

all in all, it was a super fun morning. i had a great time chatting with many friends and familiar faces. what was esp satisfying about this race was that i arrived at the start line feeling 100% (ie no aches or injuries), having completed my training cycle exactly as i had planned it out.

race mementos

the 10k distance is still too short for my liking – but it’s better than 5k or 8k, at least! [my pace of 4:38 per km is ten seconds per km FASTER than my april 5 and 8 k races. told ya longer distances work in my favour!].

this race was a stepping stone; now we look ahead!


part ii: father’s day!

after the race, i whirled home, changed clothes, and prepared to fête dad for father’s day!

earlier in the week, mom had cooked up the plan of surprising dad with lunch out at the huether:

the official father’s day portrait!

we enjoyed our lunch and time together very much. thanks for treating, mom!

we were able to be outside on the covered patio!

all in all, it was a lovely father’s day. fingers crossed that next year, the extended fam can gather once again in waterloo!


30 day photo challenge

day #18: your shoes

bwah-ha-ha!! the creators of this photo project played right into my hands with today’s *challenge.* um, yea, i think i might just have a gazillion few pairs of footwear kicking around…lemme go look…

our official photo:

bonus: shadow effect!

the centre of my shoe-flower gets special mention:

the mizuno wave elixir 7

this pair is the latest addition to my active shoe rotation. these elixirs feel fantastic (lightweight, supportive, slightly cushioned) and how could i pass up owning ZEBRA STRIPE running shoes? plus, they’ll go with any of my compression socks! [full disclosure: i received my wave elixirs for free from mizuno. i am not at liberty to impart any more details. all opinions expressed are my own. as you know, i really like when i can add these disclaimers about free product and feel like a spoiled professional blogger – haha!]

i hope YOU enjoyed a happy father’s day sunday, too!

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  • Gina Unger  On June 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Way to go! So proud of you and your race! so much fun winning money for racing – and MONEY, not cheesy prizes, either! rock on! i feel the pain of the whole “shoelace/girl in age group/13 seconds” story. man oh man. but there’s always a “next time” right? you’ll get her then!
    love the shoe flower! so cool. and now of course i want to hear the whole story of the free shoes, too! 😉

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      thanks, gina! yes, now you know me, i get very excited if i win a tshirt…but i must say cold hard cash is very fun!! you bet there is next time…watch out! and i am going to investigate other shoelacing systems! a second email is coming right now!…

  • Zo  On June 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Congratulations! Wow, I’m envious of your time…I’m really struggling with my long runs because if I run faster (not nearly as fast as you!) I need to take more frequent breaks…if I run slower…it takes a long time…so the overall time is always looooooooonng!
    Enough about me…what a fantastic day for you! Love the shoes!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      thanks, zo! it seems all of the shoe companies have embraced colour and innovative design this spring/summer season – i love it! re long runs…can i give my opinion?! i’d go slower and just embrace that you GET to run for more time! your long run is meant to build endurance, and then on shorter runs, you can work on pace and tempo. find a captivating tv show or movie (if you are still using the tm) to help during the long runs?!

      • Zo  On June 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        Thanks for the tip. I’ve wondered what was the better way of approaching it..I’ll give the slow long run a try….just my slow run is practically a walk!

      • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        since you use the treadmill, and you can access your pace quite easily, here is another suggestion: for your long run, your pace should be 60-90 seconds per mile SLOWER than what you usually run, or run for shorter distances!

      • Zo  On June 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        hmm…there’s no reply option by your reply…thanks for the tip..I guess I was thinking I should be able to do it at a “comfortable” pace…but comfortable for 20 and almost an hour and 20 are different! I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.

      • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        yes – please do!!

  • Johanna B  On June 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Free shoes!! That’s a dream come true for sure. Congrats on the good time. I happen to love 10K’s. Glad you got some time with your Dad. I lost mine at 14 so it’s been a long time since I’ve celebrated the day.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      johanna, i am so sorry to hear that you lost your dad at such a young age. the 10k is a nice distance in that you’re not out there too long (walking or running) and recovery is not too intense!

  • Ele  On June 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I so love reading your blog! It always makes me smile, it challenges me and I feel as if I have a new friend in a land that I love. The bridge photo is awesome. With your permission I will steal it too use as one of my meditation photos. The shoes…well, what can one say about that photo? Perfection. Reminds me of the old days at the greenhouse when everyone donated their old work boots in the spring and I would plant them. They were the highlight of the garden center. So proud of your winning ways, too. I have been challenging myself to walk more and more each day. I am averaging 3 miles a day. I did 6 miles last Monday. Guess the old girl has a little spunk left in her yet! Now if could only find an old guy to be “spunky” with ! ; )

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

      ele, by all means help yourself to the photo. i am honoured that you would like to use it. i feel like you (and fran) are friends, too! i would love to see a photo of the boots planted at the garden centre – that sounds so neat! and way to go with your walking accomplishments – awesome and shows your energy!!

  • 42kim  On June 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations on your run! That is a spectacular time! You may want to borrow these laces and clip things that I bought at the expo at the guelph lake tri…they are supposed to keep laces snug and secure!
    4:38 pace???? Wow

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

      ah, kim, why have i not thought about trying bungee type laces (i am assuming you have a variation of that??) – i’d love to see why you picked up at the tri expo. it was a good weekend of racing for us both!! i hope you have another tri race picked out!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    What a great day, Cathy! So proud of your success at the race. A word to the whiners…If you whine they’ll make it Harder!! Great about your prize, also. LOVE the shoe picture, especially with the shadows! I agree, how can you Not love zebra striped sneakers! I have a new pair to share this week as well, if I ever get to them! Looks like you enjoyed you day with Dad and Mom as well! Have a great Monday, Cathy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

      thanks so much, fran! i can’t wait to see your shoes…i love talking shoes! and i love your line -> whine and they’ll make the course more difficult. good philosophy!! seriously, i think they DO keep altering the course to keep traffic disruption to a minimum…at least we didn’t have to keep looping around the block (that’s another race by the same director). happy monday!

  • Stacie@ Snaps and Bits  On June 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Wow, what a fun-filled day you had! Glad the race went so well and that you had such a fun time with your Dad! Mizunos are my fav but I don’t have the new ones. They are hands down the best-fitting shoe for me. Score that you got them for free!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

      thanks, stacie! i am glad that you and your family got in some father’s day time together, too! that is neat that mizuno is your favourite…definitely a quality shoe. the heel strike feel is not as cushioned as some brands (ex: asics, saucony) but mizunos feel so light and efficient!


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