Monday, 26 May 2008

Persechini 10K Run/Walkathon race report

time: 1:03:21 ugh! 
course: 3 giant rolling hills 

"Recreational" runners/walkers did an 8.5km route. 

It turns out that to bump the distance to an even 10K, all "elite" runners run an extra lap around the mall. 
Since this race is a charity fun run, there are no timing chips. I figured you didn't have to do anything special to qualify as an "elite" runner. I was wearing my shirt that says, In my dreams I am a Kenyan and a lady came up and said, with a shirt like yours, you should be with the elite runners. So my shirt kind of came true, just for this race, I got to go in the elite starting corral with only about 20 other people and pretend I was a Kenyan! 

So we started first to do the extra mall lap and theoretically all the runners should have been out of the way when the walkers started, but I was juuuuuuuuuust coming up behind them when they started, so I had to get through the slowest walkers..and dogs..and strollers...and children. 

I did that starting mall lap WAY too fast, 1.something km in something like 8 minutes and went pretty slow the rest of the way. 

But overall, not too bad for a fun run. 

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Sporting Life 10K race report

This race was definitely easier than I anticipated. I was thinking that there would be brutal downhills where I'd feel out of control (hate that, give me hills any day!) Chip time was 56:17, well ahead of my anticipated time of 1:00+. 

Things to note: 

- I slept well last night. Usually the night before I am nervous/excited and end up tossing and turning. 
- Curse whoever neglected to put a zip tie and safety pins in my race kit. 
- After 29 years and 322 days, I used a porta-potty. I was hoping I would remain a porta-potty virgin FOREVER. 
- I bumped into the former head trainer from my gym, who I always thought was a elite super fast runner. I checked the stats and I finished a minute ahead of her!

I leave you with a lovely picture of me sprinting across the finish line, courtesy of my dad.