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Yesterday was the big day – the 12th annual Health Foundation Charity Road Race, and once again, I hit the course to run my second five-kilometre race.
Last year was the first time I had ever done it. After Nik and I pretty much committed on air to run in 2017, off we went to the “Learn to Run” clinics, where our guru, Bernie, coached us in the ways of distance running.
After a couple of months of training, the big day came, and, joined by my brother, Curtis, we did our first 5K!
Jumping ahead to this year, the time came to sign up for the 2018 edition, and we were gung-ho to do it again.
We didn’t make it out to quite as many “Learn to Run” sessions, but, with our training at Anytime Fitness, we felt pretty good, heading into this year’s race.
Then, Nik got the bad news, that he’d been running on a rather severely-injured foot for a few months. Without getting into too many details, he’s in a walking boot, and unable to run. He had pondered walking the course, instead of running it, but wisely (I think) decided to err on the side of caution, and follow doctor’s orders. So, he sat this one out.
And, unfortunately, my brother, who is a large animal veterinarian, in Balgonie, was on call this weekend, and had to go to a farm near McLean, so hecouldn’t make it for this year’s race, so this time around, I was flying solo.
Undeterred, I marched on, and the yesterday was the big day. The weather was fantastic, the smoke in the air was gone (thank goodness!), and once the starter (with an itchy trigger finger) fired his pistol, we were off.
I wasn’t setting any speed records, and that’s never been my goal. I just wanted to maintain a steady pace, and jog/run the whole 5K, without walking.
I was able to do just that, and though my time was about a minute and a half slower than last year, I still turned in a decent time, of 41 minutes and nine seconds. I’ll take it!
We’re already looking forward to next year’s edition!
And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helps to make the Road Race such a big success year after year – this year’s event raised just over 20-thousand dollars! Well done!
To all the organizers, volunteers, and of course, the runners, thank you so much for your time and efforts. Can’t wait to hit the road for the 13th annual event next summer!