Race Recap: Alterna Do It for Dad 5k

June 20, 2011 at 12:28 am 2 comments

Happy Father’s Day to my dad and (my private, camera-shy) Derek!

I've fallen and I can't get up.

This week I still wasn’t feeling strong so I decided to go have fun, try to run fast for a short distance, and switch to the Alterna Do It for Dad 5k instead of the 10k. The race organizers were easily able to do that at the race kit pick-up, and I was set to run with my friend Jenn and her dad (a prostate cancer survivor who incidentally came third in his age category!).

Before I describe the run, I just want to thank those of you who sponsored me. I had set a modest fundraising goal and you made it happen!

The race kit pick-up was well-organized, though the kit included the race number with embedded disposable chip and the ugliest race shirt yet (sorry race organizers – it’s just bad).

No additional race preparations were required since the distance is so short – no running belt, no sports drink, no fuel – so easy. I changed up my pre-run breakfast for summer and went with a green smoothie (baby spinach, frozen raspberries, half a banana, ground flax, hemp protein powder, and water. I took a disposable bottle of water with me for the expected half-hour of waiting before the run.

BUT – the parking lot traffic was bad and it took us twenty minutes to get into the lot and park. I only had about 10-15 minutes to warm-up before the start. I did about two minutes – no water required.

I loved that this run started early – official start time should have been 7:50 am though it started a few minutes late. This is ideal for spring/summer.

The 10k runners took off and five minutes later, I was crossing the start line right behind Jenn. We were with the 5 min/km pace bunny. We told her that we wanted to do slightly faster than that and she cooperated! She was pacing us at about 4:38 min/km. Jenn passed her around the 3.5 km mark (to finish in 22:42). I didn’t, but I sure went faster than I had planned!

My A Goal for this race was under 24:00 minutes. I did that easily with a chip time of 23:02. I actually didn’t realize that the finish was coming up so soon. I could have started my last push earlier, and then I would have broken the 23 minute mark.

Apparently there is always something I coulda, shoulda, woulda at the end of a race.

Jenn and I drove to meet our sons and their Father’s Day fathers at swimming lessons. I took off for an additional 5 k to make it my week’s longish run.

What a great start to a great day!

My post-half-marathon rest is over and training for the next one has begun.

From the race result website:

87 Liisa Ottawa ON Chip Time: 23:02; Pace 4:39; Category Place (Women 30-39) 5/83, Gender Place 17/329

Next Up:

Hintonburg 1k on July 17, 2011 with Derek, Lil D and Lil C, and then most likely Xerox 10k August 16, 2011, all leading up to the Army Half-Marathon, September 18, 2011.

I hope to see some of you locals out on the paths or the run courses this summer!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jenn  |  June 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Just a small correction from a proud daughter. My dad placed 2nd in his age category (60-69) with a time of 25:45. It was a great race for all! I agree the race shirt was one of the ugliest I have seen yet. And a big thanks to the pace bunny who granted our wish!!

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