Race Recap: Physio Fit Run

The Race
Name: The Physio Fit Run 26th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Registration Fee: $40 (I registered late) plus a $3.50 registration fee for a total of $43.50.
Race Package Contents: a shirt, bib and race chip.

Race Day
Weather: COLD!  it was -5 air temp, no idea what the windchill was, but other than the cold, is was a bright, sunshiny day.
Clothing: Wore three layers.  A super light tank, followed by a hoodie and then a windbreaker jacket.  Only started to get warm around the mile four mark, but it wasn’t unbearable.
Shoes: My new-ish Asics GT-2000 3s.
Accessories: sunnies, my arm pocket for my phone/id/cash and a headband to keep my ears warm and ache free (cold winds  make my ears ache like crazy).

My Race
Distance: 10K
Goal Time: None really.  I really wanted to finish strong as this was my first race in a year.
Clock Time: 52:33
Chip Time: 52:15
Splits: 8:13/8:13/8:13/8:16/8:19/8:33/7:49 (0.32 miles for my last split according to the Garmin as it registered as 6.32 miles)
Place: 4th/20 in my age group (F35-39), 20/133 women, 69/243

Thoughts and Feelings

IMG_1578[1]So. Many. Feels.  This race went SO much better than I thought it would.  I went in with little expectations for time.  I wanted to push and just do my best and I think I did that.  My only issue came toward the end…mile 6, as you can see by my splits, was slow thanks to a side stitch that just wouldn’t fade. Admittedly, if this was the worst that happens to me a race when I was feeling really unfit and unprepared, I am totally a -ok.

I had a mild exercise induced headache afterwards, which sucked, but I also felt like it was worth it because well, it was awesome to race again.  The fact that it went so well…only 3 minutes and change off of my PR time, makes me feel like I might just be able to get my speed back. 🙂

The course wasn’t overly spectacular…it’s the same route as a number of other 10Ks in the City that happen at the park and that is not the race director’s fault by any means…it’s just the nature of running a race in a park vs a neighbourhood.

I loved the fact that there was a medal for the 10K.  Much like a lot of runners, I like getting finishing medals at races…I find it more meaningful than the race shirt or my bib.  The race shirt was pretty cute and has the same turtle as the medal, but it is a cotton poly blend so it will most likely become a pj shirt vs a training shirt.

This is definitely a race I would consider running again in the future.

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