My first race ever was a 5 k race on a very, very cold and icy day in Cape Breton called the Couples Run. It's a cute idea for an event - a Valentines even where you register for the race in teams of two, must be male-female. It's intended to be a couples run, though lots of people enter with a friend. You run a 5k course and the pair with the lowest combined time wins.
I had been wanting to do a 5k race for a long time, and had written "Run a 5k race" on my new years "goal list" every year for the two years prior, but it was something that I'd never actually done (though I signed up for a race once, but chickened out at the last minute). 5k sounded so far in those days.
It wasn't a stellar run for me - it was so cold and icy out and the wind off the ocean cut through every layer of clothes I was wearing. It was actually pretty miserable. I stopped to walk three (yes, seriously) times.
It's funny, there was another girl who was pretty well the exact same speed as me, and although I didn't know her, she and I were within about 5 feet of each other throughout the entire race and finished within seconds of each other. I would later enter other shorter distances in the months to come, and this girl and I would always end up running within feet of each other
She's since become one of my closest friends and favourite people run with.
So this race is kind of a big deal. It represents the anniversary of when I changed my life and running became something that I loved to do. I met so many fantastic new friends through running and my awesomesauce boyfriend Ryan.
Unfortunately, Ryan has to work this weekend (he was working last year the day of the race too, sad face!) but his super fit and awesome dad is going to run the race with me.
|Crossing the finish line to my marathon with Jimbo|
I'm pretty excited! I'm not really in good 5k shape- I haven't run a lot in the past two weeks and pretty all running that I've done over the past year has been slower, geared towards marathon training and improving my half marathon time. I'm not expecting to run especially well on Sunday, and I will be doing 10 more miles after the run to keep with my marathon training schedule, but it will be fun to do this race all the same. I haven't done a race in almost 4 months!
Plus there's a sweeet breakfast after the race - I think I would have done it for the breakfast alone :)
Do you have any races coming up?
Do you prefer running in the heat or the cold?
- I'd take the heat any day over the cold! I hate being cold and I'm not a fan of running on all the ice that we get here during the winter.
What's your favourite breakfast food?
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