Saturday, 25 June 2011

Sweating My Thorns Off 5K

I managed to haul myself off the couch to run I am Boring's second annual Sweat Your Thorns Off 5k today.  Negative splits and everything.  Really helps to start out uphill and coast down to finish. 

I really was a sweaty mess at the end.

Where's my medal?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Runway Run Race Report.

Now THAT was five kays. Very cool race on the runway of Toronto Pearson Airport (when did they change the name?) while real live planes were landing and taking off right beside us.

Mad photo editing skills.

I thought we were all going to do the airplane.  Embarrassing. 
If I had concentrated more, I might have beaten Steven Spielberg there.

You know what else was cool about running on a runway?  There aren't any hills.  You know what happened because there weren't any hills? 

5K-under-30-minute goal smack-down!

But the real star of the show?

No, not this guy.

This guy!

That's right. He's Number 2! 

And Number 1 Dad. 

Happy Fathers' Day!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Bread and Honey 15k Race Recap

It was beautiful day  to earn a medal in the shape of a frickin' bee!  This 15k was part of Streetsville's weekend long Bread and Honey Festival.   There was also a 5k, which Mel and Steve ran, and did VERY well in, then had to wait around for us. Luckily, there's a Starbucks on every other corner in Mississauga.

My boyfriend sent his van
to cheer me on.

This was our first officially timed race last year, and Phil and I both wanted to improve our times.  I remembered it being very hilly and was obsessing a bit about it this week, so we went out last night and drove the route.  I was relieved that it didn't seem so bad at all -- I guess a year's worth of running makes hills look smaller.

From the car.

In real life, there seemed to be a constant uphill slope.  But a year's worth of running really did pay off:

Phil and I both managed to best our past performances, which is going to make it a little easier to strap on the shoes for the next run.

Here's my 2010 result:

...and 2011:

That's a 4:47 improvement!  At this rate, as long as the other women in my age group don't improve, I'll be placing in about 15 years.  Woot!

I don't know that Phil wants his results posted in such rich detail, but the guy finished in 1:14:41, a full 5:08 faster than last year.  I'd be slathering those results all over the internets if they were mine, but he can use his own blog for that.

And you know who else did really well?  This guy:

That's Andrew, Running Man Wannabe, of course.  My stalking skillz this weekend were mad...I managed to pester him even before his family could congratulate him.

I'm sure his race recap will be much funnier than mine, because he's a funny guy.  He'll probably remember more of the race too.  It's all just a blur to me.  I have a great picture with his lovely wife and daughter, but thought I probably shouldn't be willy-nilly posting pictures of other people's families.

So this race is definitely a keeper.  Not too far away, somewhat challenging but not killer and they give out bees.

...and great scenery, too!