This morning I got up at the crack of 5:30 to participate in the Toronto Women’s 10K Race at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto.
The event was hosted by the lovely people at Toronto Women’s Runs.
|Image from http://www.towomensruns.com|
They have a full season of runs that vary in length from 5K to a Half Marathon, and after participating in this particular run, I can certainly see myself participating in future races.
There was a short walk from the parking lot to the staging area, but it didn’t seem overly crowded.
|Walking to the staging area.|
The event was well organized and had a positive atmosphere. When I first arrived around 7:15, they were playing Adele over the PA system. I had a moment of “uh-oh”. I mean, I love Adele, but she’s not exactly “get ramped up to run” music. She’s on my cool-down and stretch mix so I can pretend the run I just did is the man who wronged her and I’m stretching out the pain. I know. Weirdo.
Anyway, the music pepped up as the morning went along, and I’m now of the opinion that someone had their smarty-pants on this morning and used the music to ease us all awake (Adele) and gradual get us jazzed for the race to come (Justin Beiber). It may have been my imagination, but I’m betting not, so I’m going to give them props for atmosphere.
The staging area was in a nice little glen, so there were plenty of trees for shade. You’d think I’d get a photo of that, including bag check, sponsor tents and whatnot. Yeah, you’d think that.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to the corral. As we gathered, we heard speakers including a young lady who was a recipient of assistance from the affiliated charity – POGO, which was very moving.
|About 10 minutes pre-race|
The course itself was beautiful. Lots of mature trees, a babbling brook (perhaps the Sunnybrook of Sunnybrook Park fame? Who can say?), and cheerful volunteers along the way. Those volunteers included firemen handing out water. It wasn’t too shabby.
- Have Fun (check)
- Beat a time of 1:20 (check – did 1:15:55)
- Calm my nerves about running the Disneyland Half Marathon next weekend (check)
- Meet some great ladies (double check)
|New runDisney friends!|
|Anyone want to go for a walk? Anyone?|
When a box of ‘instant’ microwaveable Steelcut oatmeal suggests using a deep bowl to prevent spill-over, do NOT walk away from the microwave while it is cooking.
|Tastes better than it looks|
Look in the mirror closely before you head out. It’s early, it’s worth a moment to double check everything. Otherwise you might run the whole 10K looking like a dope.
|Notice anything out of place?|
Double-check your Garmin math. Mine stopped counting my intervals after 4.5 miles, and it took me a while to figure out what was wrong. Ok, so I never figured out what was wrong. I just restarted it, and I’m pretty sure the confusion cost me breaking 1:15. Not a big deal, but annoying.
|I love this. It is officially a problem.
So there you have it. My impressions of my very first 10K race and my very first non-runDisney event. Wonderful, wonderful time.
|I did it!|
What’s your favourite distance to run? Or favorite, for our American friends.