(I’m going to just truck on here, even though a- I promised to write this within two days of my post last week and didn’t, and b- the event I’m recapping was more than a month ago…MOVING ON!)
So the Rocca Sisters Healing for Women’s Cancers 5k/10k was on June 8th this year. The Rocca Sisters are this pretty well known and successful seeming real estate agent duo who work in the 40km radius around where I live, and I assume they do well for themselves because the race merch was kinda nice! The tech shirt was white and I’d like it a lot except the T shirt sleeves are down to my elbows and they only had one generic SM/MED women’s t shirt size. It’s also quite see-through. Ah well, it’s not as if I was planning to wear mine to a gala or something!
front of shirt – says Burlington even though the race was in Oakville, lol
Also in my race kit there was one of those handy pens with a highlighter on the end that dries out really quickly somehow but is super useful while it lasts! LOVE THOSE. And some running fuel stuff too!
The morning of the race, I was driving myself down to Oakville to this park I’d never heard of before but it was HUGE and really easy to find (thanks Google Maps!) 🙂 My dad and his lifelong-friend Maggie were meeting me there and my dad is notoriously early for evvvverything so I wanted to try extra hard to get there at a decent time! The race start was at 10am and I arrived at 9:40 which was my goal! I don’t like having time to stretch/get anxious before a race, so this was the perfect amount of time to get my chip, go pee, chat with my dad and Maggie, grab a few quick pics, and get to the start!
I ended up reeeally regretting that I wore long sleeves after about 15mins of running…lesson learned! I KNEW it was gonna happen too..
Maggie, me, my dad
This was a smaller race than my 5k, only 173 runners TOTAL in both the 5k and 10k (103 in the 5k, 70 in the 10k). The course was beautiful: a solid dirt path (I definitely wouldn’t say “trail”, but most of it wasn’t paved, if I remember correctly) winding through forests and nature. It was a really pleasant route for sure. And it was a double loop for the 10k people, which I think I like (not that I’ve ever tried a straight out start-here-finish-somewhere else race). Before we started, there was this tacky ‘warm-up’ led by some athletic instructor and as I was already assembled at the start line and the crowd of runners was so small, I felt obligated to participate, ugh. I did a really halfass job though because I DID NOT WANT TO HURT MYSELF before running! But it was more of a dance than a ‘warm-up’ anyway, so it was kinda fun and not so bad.
you can kinda see me in the middle there, pink shirt participating minimally, haha
not sure why this pic was taken, maybe to sort of show the small crowd of runners?
The adrenaline rush as we started to run was wayyyy less than at my previous race but I just clicked on my ipod and did my own thing. My dad waved and said something supportive as I passed by him over the start line (couldn’t hear because my headphones were on) and I was about 4 mins in when I realized…..OMG I FORGOT TO START MY WATCH AGAIN!!! D’oh!
My goal for the day was to beat 90 mins (my finish time from the “practice 10k” the week before) and my dad had made a deal with me that if I finished under my goal he’d give me $5, so with that motivation I did my best on the first lap. For 5k my clock time was 38mins and something, not great compared to previous runs but if I kept up that same pace I’d be set to finish under my goal! After crossing the 5k mark, I stopped at the water table and speed-walked while I sipped my water for a few minutes. I felt a lot more comfortable in the 2nd lap and took some walking breaks but kept up a pace I was happy with. There were a couple of photographers who always managed to catch me when no one else was really around and I was going my fastest (okay, maybe I sped up for the pictures!)
I’m not about to spend $30 to own this picture, jeeze
Around the 7.5km mark, I was getting tired, so I ate a couple of Honey Stinger chews and walked awhile. I couldn’t see anyone in front of me or behind and I was convinced I was the last finisher. But I tried to squash my negative thoughts and reminded myself that the path was very windy and there must have been other runners just around the bend who just kept getting out of my sight lines. Near the 8.5km point, I was neck-and-neck with a man who looked about 70, and although I was getting really tired I was determined not to let someone THAT OLD beat me!!! But I couldn’t keep up with him no matter how hard I tried; he wasn’t fast by any means but I could tell he had worked up a comfortable pace and I was struggling because I’d hit my stride earlier and then lost it somehow. So by and by, he got ahead of me, and eventually he was so far ahead of me that I realized I couldn’t catch up even if I sprinted! 😦 oops. I saved up enough energy to sprint the last 100 metres or so and I could see the clock wasn’t even at 80minutes yet!!! So I DID succeed in reaching my goal.
about to cross the finish line!
the look on my face: “aghhh…fiiiiinallyyyy”
Like a dummy, and just like my previous race, I walked right past the medals to the water table (lol) and had to double back like a moron to get my medal when one of the race volunteers at the water table pointed out that I’d forgotten. My chip time finish wasssss ….
Not too shabby considering my complete and total lack of preparation! And I didn’t get hurt or anything! I met up with my dad and Maggie and we stood around chatting while I caught my breath. Other than the old man who had finished before me, I still hadn’t seen anyone cross the finish line for minutes and minutes after I finished….and I became really convinced that I had come in last. There was an MC announcing all the 1st-2nd-3rd place finishers per age group, and I listened and clapped with the crowd as people went up to claim their place medals (plain boring ones compared to the beautiful finishers medals) and prizes (free facial at a local spa). Then all of a sudden – one more person crossed the finish line and I was so happy!!! I cheered for her and I was so happy to have not been dead last!!! Then the MC was announcing the top finisher for the 20-24 age group and she said MY NAME and I literally was like “WHAT!??!?” out loud and just looked around me as if expecting someone to be like “no no, that was just a joke, don’t get too excited!” But it was NOT a joke, and I walked up to claim my SECOND medal and my free facial with a look of complete bewilderment on my face. My dad was SO proud and happy 🙂
plain little medal for 1st 2nd 3rd finishers!
BEAUTIFUL fancy medal for all finishers!!
the middle part is spinny – this is the one side (with the correct city on it! unlike the shirt!)
other side of the spinny middle bit
spinny middle bit in action!
It didn’t make ANY sense that I won my age group, unless I was #1 out of 1 female aged 20-24, which, considering the apparent average age of the runners around me (50+), was quite likely. But there were a handful of other girls who looked about my age…had they only run the 5k maybe? I didn’t know, but man was I ever jazzed about winning my age group!!!
When I got home and results were posted online, I quickly went to confirm that I had REALLY won my age group, and found out that I had not. Out of 4 girls in my age group, I came in….4th. :s So I don’t know what was going on with that MC, maybe she got her facts mixed up, but I don’t care because even if I didn’t deserve it, I got a 1st place finish medal AND a prize! Also, out of 70 runners in the 10k, it turns out I finished 63rd!!! So totally not last, even if the 7 people after me were all between the ages of 41 and 76!
Overall, this was a great race experience and my new goal for my NEXT race will be to actually train more than 3 times before running the race!! I haven’t signed up for another one yet, but I have some intentions. I did submit this finish time (1:17) to Disney with my GSC registration (more on that later), but using the McMillan pace calculator (which I’ve heard is what runDisney uses to estimate your half marathon finish time using a 10k finish time) I’d be at a 2:53 estimated finish for the half (aka Corral E) 😦 Not good enough!
I use brackets way too often don’t I?!
My Garmin stats for this race were:
9.82kms total distance (because I started it late)
7:43min/km average pace
1:15:46 total time (again, cuz I started late obviously)