Here’s another blog by a Mississauga Chiropactor…
On Sunday September 18, 2011, I participated in the Run for the Grapes 5K Race in St. Catherines, Ontario. This was the 8th of 9 Subaru Running Series races. I had missed the last 3 races due to an Achilles injury and a scheduling conflict. Before the race began, I was leading my age group in points for the Subaru Short Series by a mere 50 points. I was hoping to either extend or maintain my points lead by the conclusion of this race.
This year I had heard that the race route had changed from the year before… Boy was I in store for an unpleasant surprise. Last year at the same race, I clocked an impressive time of 18:57 for the 5K race. This was a personal best for me at the time.
This year I wasn’t expecting to break 19 minutes again, however I was pretty sure I was going to get under 20 minutes.
The race was scheduled to start at Market Square in St. Catherines at 9:15am sharp. We arrived around 8:45am, just enough time for me to get my race bib and timing chip, do a quick 10 minute warm up and make a last second visit to the port-a-potty. I then made my way to the front of the runners’ corral, and greeted a few other runners I had met at previous races.
When the starting gun fired I raced out with the lead runners, I felt strong and quick. Then we approached a pretty steep down hill, which was followed by a second steep down hill. In my head, I was dreading the return trip to the finish line because I knew I would see these same hills again, but next time it would be in the opposite direction… and going uphill at the end of a race isn`t the easiest. Then we came to the first steep long incline which was followed by another steep decline. `What are they doing to us?’ I thought… Last year’s course was flat as a pancake and this year it’s looking like a roller coaster. By the end of the race I had to run up 6 steep hills and clocked a slow time of 20:38… Not too impressive, however when I checked the results after the race I found out that I did come in 2nd in my age group out of 28 runners, 17 out of 177 males and 19 out of 467 runners.
Overall, I was happy with my race. It was a good building block for next week’s half marathon in Oakville and then my full marathon in Chicago on Oct 9. Happy Running!
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