On Easter Sunday, I completed my first race of the season! It went really well and I'm very happy with the result. The MEC Race Series is a super affordable, well organized series of races throughout the summer. There are various distances and formats (road, trail) to choose from. For this race, my coach suggested the 10-mile distance, which was new to me. As someone who uses mile pace, it was easy to wrap my head around what pace I wanted to hold for the race and where my finish time would fall based on that pace - easy math is always fun.
I was also really excited, because my parents are in town visiting to help me with my move to the condo that I recently purchased and will take possession of very soon. So mom, dad, and George got to come to watch the race! George ended up mostly staying in the car and away from the runners. He isn't quite sure yet about runners, and often gets scared and barks at them. But since the course was an out and back, mom and dad had plenty of time to distract George and still watch the start and finish of the race.
The course itself was very mentally challenging, because it is a course that I ride at least once a week (with multiple loops), so I know every curve and every little hill like the back of my hand. The 5 miles to the turn around were definitely a struggle, as was the last 2km to the finish. Luckily, I made a friend and had a nice chat during the first part of the race for a few kilometers. Eventually, he bid me a good race and took off like a rocket. After the race, I thanked him for holding back to chat with me. Toward the end of the race, I had a girl to chase which helped keep me focused. I had seen her at the turn around and thought I would be able to catch her since she seemed to be slowing down a bit. Unfortunately, I also slowed down slightly in the last 1.5km and another woman passed me, so I ended up finishing 8th overall despite my efforts.
In general, I am really happy with how this race went. It was the first time in a long time that I held 7:30/mile pace over that distance, so it is a good sign that my run fitness is coming along and that the speed and tempo work that my coach has me doing is working!
The best part of the race though was definitely the Camino dark chocolate bunny that we received as our finisher's prize! Yum!! Thanks to MEC Ottawa for a great race. Thanks to Coeur Sports for the very stylish and multi-purpose race kit (my aero tri top worked well for the weather we had on race day). Thanks to mom and dad for all their help this week and for always being the best cheering / photography squad!
Final Time: 1:15:05 (8th woman overall)
|Camino bunny! Very appropriate for an Easter day race! Yum!!!|