So my first race was the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend back in May 2014. I ran the 2km with friends and discovered the exhilaration that comes with running alongside others. Up until that moment I had only ever run alone, circling the blocks around my house. The lead up to the starting siren, the rush of the other runners, the cheers of the crowd….what an amazing feeling! By far it was the best 11min.53sec I had ever experienced. I was hooked. I came home and immediately signed up for a couple of 5km races -Lachine Bonneville in August 2014 and the Montreal Oasis Rock n’Roll in September 2014.
A day or so after that while I was still enjoying the high from that first 2km race, I came down with a fever. I also had a nagging cough that been around for weeks but like most moms of little kids, I waited way too long to actually get it checked out. In fact it wasn’t until a client of mine mentioned that I wouldn’t have waited so long to take my kid to the doctor so why was I waiting so long to get myself checked out? Hmmm…okay good point. So I finally went and although I was feeling pretty sick all I could talk about to the doctor was how I had just run my first race. The doctor was clearly not impressed as he looked at my xrays and diagnosed me with pneumonia. Not a great start you say? Actually I thought it was fabulous! I had just completed my first ever race with pneumonia! Totally made my time of 11min 53sec even better 🙂
Anyway, I rested up, got well and trained for the August 5km. Another awesome experience but this time I realized how hard running is. After starting too close to the front with the “real” runners and trying to keep up with their pace (OMG! I didn’t know it was a 5km sprint!!) it was clear that I needed to learn some technique. Twice during the race I had to stop and walk and although my time was decent (31min44sec) I knew I could do better next time around. I just needed to learn about this damn pacing thing.
So here I am at the end of September looking forward to another 5km race this Sunday. I have trained regularly, followed my couch to 5km app to a T, been fueling up right, staying hydrated….I am ready! Now let’s hope my kids don’t sick, I don’t get sick (although I’ll probably ignore it if I do!) there’s no crisis at work, the weather holds up and all the stars are aligned 🙂 But hey even if it doesn’t all work like magic, it’s still an excuse to get outside and feel the air rushing through me as I run!!
Updates to follow after the race on Sunday but for now some pics of my first 2 races.