|My Running Buddy Rachael and I warming up in a patch of sun before the race|
Rachael and I hit the road bright and early at 6am to get to Smiths Falls, for those of you that don't know me well, driving with me is always a fun adventure! We arrived safe and sound with only a few misturns. I loved the feel of this race from the start. It was a small race with about 500 runners and most of those were in the 5 and 10km. The race itself was down an old rail way track, a trail run to speak. The scenery was lovely (sure beat running Woodroffe!) but also quite challenging. My legs were not used to to the ground and I felt it, and my neck and shoulders hurt from staring at the ground most of the time to keep from miss stepping. But even then, I loved the change of scenery.
Rachael and I ran the race together, one ear bud in so I still had music to power me on but could hear her and chat a bit too. The race wasn't crowded so we could easily chat, even when I was "eating her dirt" (literally...trail race). Our plan was to do a "training run" but we both felt good, checked in a few times with each other and thought let's hold the pace we can do this! I have to tell you I love running with this girl! I of course love her company, her humour, and her spirit! But I also love those speedy legs of hers, and she's faster than I am. My goal was to stay on her heels or as close to them. In my mind if I just stuck to her I would be ok. I love Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan the US Olympic Marathoners. I love how Shalane is just that "much"faster then Kara and that they are great friends. I told myself today, that she was my Shalane and I had to stay close. Those little mantras that you tell yourself that keep you going.
|Rachael and I :) Just kidding.|
I can't tell you how much fun I had. I really loved the feel of the small race, how friendly people were, and we got really neat handcrafted medals. Oh and did I mention I came in 2nd in my age category? Yes 2nd out of 3, like I said got to love small races they make you feel like Kara Goucher :)
BEST MOMENT OF THE RACE: a really hot young guy came up to us and said he had been trying to catch us the whole race but just couldn't do it! Did I mention he was hot?
|With the RUNNING THING :)|
So I have 2 blood blisters, a handcrafted medal and a PR to show for a mornings run :) Great day in my books.