On Sunday I ran in a 10K race downtown, called the Navy 10K. I wanted to do this race for a few years now and then a few months ago I saw a promotion for it and grabbed it. $15 for the usual $35 entry fee. Thumbs up for a deal.
I immediately fell in love with this race because they had free parking included and public washrooms; not just nasty honey huts to use. You know how those smell on the morning of a race. You're welcome.
I was a little nervous because I have been running slow 10k's lately with lots of stopping during them and I usually call myself a mean name to make myself keep going. I was focusing more on cross-fit type workouts and lots of strength training with HIIT treadmill workouts.
P.S-This race was on the military base and our National Defense Minister spoke before it and he ran in it! I want to say it...I beat him:D
The weather for this race was perfect; it was overcast, 18 degrees and drizzly. That might not sound perfect, but it has been so muggy here that those conditions made for an ideal running day. I usually avoid running in the rain, but I actually really liked it. Now there are officially no more excuses left in my book:)
When I got to the building to pick up my race kit, my name wasn't there. I wasn't on the computer anywhere, but a helpful guy named Jon helped me out and got me a bib and accidentally named me Susan. It's not his fault because sometimes I mumble so Heidi could have sounded like Susan.
The run went really well, I felt really strong through it and just loved running through my favourite neighborhood. It was a 5K loop twice which I actually really liked because you got to know the course a little bit for the second time around. I had a goal to get under 50 minutes and ended up getting 49:39. It wasn't a PR, but I definitely felt the best at this race, especially compared to the half back in May. I just felt better and stronger and I credit my interval training vs. long, slow runs.
|my sneakers are quite bright, hey?|
|coming up to the finish line|
Another reason this is my new favourite race:
coffee and GRAPES!
|my friend Courteney and I after the race|
|that's better. It was fun being Susan for a few hours.|
Great race! I am looking forward to next year. It was an awesome venue, route and post-race food. Just one thing, where are the medals for the finishers? I have a race medal fetish, you know...
What makes your favourite race your fave?
Best post-race food?
light rain or sun/heat?