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! 


  1. The medal is totally cool - how sweet it is to have it in the shape of a bee!

    Good job on the improvement. Every second counts! :)

    And Andrew is looking good!

  2. Congrats! And awesome medal.

    So nice of your boyfriend to send a van when he can't make it. How considerate.

  3. Congrats on the awesome time!!! :)
    I did the 5k today. It was such a fun race. I loved everything about this race and thought it was so well organized. I hope to do the 15k next year.

  4. Thanks for the discretion on the pictures. I'm trying my best to keep my family out of it too!

    They're unwilling to worship me as the God that I am!

  5. Congrats! What an amazing improvement!

  6. I'm wondering if your boyfriend grew that soft core 'stash just for you, to give you that extra push to finish early. I guess every little trick works! Way to go on cruising past your PB by almost five minutes. I was moderately pleased with my 46 second besting, until I saw that. Thanks Barb. You too Phil. And Steve.

  7. That's some serious improvement!!! Super cute bee bling! I love cheesy themed medals! :)

    I'll have to check out this race next year...

  8. That's some awesome improvement from last year! That medal is fantastic!

  9. Congratulations, great result. Love the medal too.

  10. cool medals!

    great job on the race and congrats on beating ur time from last year! yay


  11. Congratulations on a very strong improvement! Love the bee medal - never seen anything like that bee-fore. (couldn't help myself)
    Way to go woman!