Yesterday I was able to grab the race kits for Heather and myself. I have to admit it was a little disorganized and made me wonder what today's race would bring. Oh...I should mention...this was the 1st year for the Epic 5k/10k run.
I had to do the nails a fun Canadian color....so racing stripes it was. (don't judge...maybe it would make me run faster. LOL)
I told Heather I'd pick her up at 7am this morning. Luckily I arrived at 6:45 as she was still sleeping. Yep....all snug in her warm bed until we started yelling her name (her husband had just gotten home from a 16k run...he's an early bird). She jumped out of bed, grabbed her stuff, and we were out the door by 7:05! And it was POURING! I mean....it could not have rained any harder at the start line if it had tried!!! Once you are wet...you are wet...can't do anything about it.
The route ran around a very pretty part of Dartmouth, with a duck pond, a suspension bridge, and a beautiful lake. I wish it had been sunny to really enjoy it and take pictures. The kilometers were marked with pictures of Epic Canadians which I thought was a very nice touch! The actual run was hard....up hill for a bit in the beginning and I went out way too fast...ending up with a nagging side stitch for the final 2k. I had my fingers jammed so far up my rib cage for the last km that I couldn't feel anything. I finished in under 30 minutes which is decent for walking parts and came 11th in my age class which worked out to the top 20%. (can you tell I'm a numbers gal)? Poor Heather....because she was late, she ate a banana quickly on the drive over which did not sit well during the race. She ended up puking at 2.3miles and again at the finish line. :-( She did however come in 3rd in her age class. GREAT JOB!
I have to say that the finish line was a bit confusing. (a) there was no water immediately at the finish (b) no garbage cans for pukers (c) no signage to say where we were to go for our medals. I would suggest next year that there be better signage and to have volunteers point people in the correct directions when finishing.(not that I'm a pro event organizer or anything).
Tomorrow is race #2, the Bedford 5k for Lung Cancer. Heather and I have done this race in the past and know what to expect. One change though, I am calling Heather tomorrow morning to make sure she is awake!!! You know you are a runner when you have 3 days off for a long weekend and you wake at 6am 2 of those days to complete races. We are a crazy bunch!!