This was an amazing race and I highly recommend it for anyone who has not done it. They are so very organized, the volunteers were amazing and the post run food- delish!
My race began at 8pm but I decided to head to Toronto a little early, I like to be prepared. So what does this girl do for 4 hrs pre race? I head to Ikea! Sure did, had a pre race meal of child sized meatballs and a chocolate bar! Yes I finally got some chocolate! I have been craving it for day’s .
During my impromptu Ikea stop I grabbed a bunch of goodies including super cute pink glass plates ( because I’m girlie) and a chair , seriously oh hey let’s bring home a chair and stuff it in the vehicle pre race.
After my 4 hr adventure I realized I had a massive headache and there was no Tylenol to be found- off to find a Shoppers! Good thing there was one right down the road from the park.
Then I proceeded to enter Sunnybrook park which is a gorgeous piece of property I might add. Parking was good, only had to walk about a km to get to the festivities. They did have a shuttle bus for those who had to park further away.
I made my way to the race pick up tent which again was super organized! Bib 2085 for me! Yeah, 5 and 9 are my lucky numbers so I love when my bib has either.
I had to assemble the headlamp(mandatory and pretty cool) for the race. I thought this would be uncomfortable but is wasn’t and it was very useful, running through the dark pathways you could not see a thing. It was also really neat seeing the faster runners on their way back shining their lamps!
They corralled us at 740pm and you found your pace group. I picked the 65 min group hoping I was right! Once the race started it took some time before you could even think of breaking away from the group. You were on a path with 2 way traffic. Once we were 15 min in, the 5k runners started. Everyone was awesome and called out things like runner to the left, puddle, water! Great!
I felt I was pacing well for the first 2.5 miles and then there was a little hill. Thank god I’ve been doing the bridges because this was not even an obstacle for me!
I was starting to tire around mile 5 but I knew only 1 more to go girl, don’t stop now! I really wish we had our iPods (not allowed) because that would have been the perfect moment for a power song!
Once I saw that finish line I gave it my all, I wanted so bad to get there under 60 minutes! But alas, I did not 63:16(. 1:03:16 official chip time) . However, that is a PB for me and I will own it! I also PB on my 5k split time 29:53!!! I broke the 30 min mark! My place was 91/170 for my division. I’ll take it!
Here are some pics of the event, keep in mind I look horrible , no makeup and I have my race face on( which mini diva says is my mad face) lol