05 Sep Linda’s Run4Kids 5K Race Recap
Like the 2017 Run4Kids 5K, this year’s event was yet another ‘morning of family fun, sport, entertainment, and fundraising–all for a good cause’. What was different? It was incredibly hot! None of the cool temps from last year. Sunday was not only hot, it was humid: 23ºC (feeling like 33ºC) and 94% humidity. Made ‘what to wear’ an easy choice and definitely gave new meaning to the expression ‘dressing down’.
Many racers took part in the traditional prerace warmup led by an energizer-bunny type gal. I did my own routine warmup–a few easy kilometres, dynamic drills, and 60m strides. The race started promptly at 9 a.m. although we ran the route ‘backwards’ this year. (Thank goodness someone alerted me to this beforehand. Turns out I wasn’t the only runner who almost missed that minor detail.) The 3K water station didn’t arrive a minute too soon. Quickly drank from one cup while pouring the other over my head. Didn’t make a difference, I was already sweat-wet. Hard to remember how uncomfortable sloshing and spilling water felt during a cold-weather race last winter. Not Sunday!
For me, mental toughness was the name-of-the-game that morning. As the body heated up my mind started upping the volume of interesting? negative stuff:
- It’s hot (I won’t expire)
- You’ve run well this far. Take a break. (Worked too hard to get here, I’m not going to throw that away)
- You’ve missed some of your recent speed workouts. (So what. Haven’t been sitting on a couch, just doing different stuff)
- No one really cares how you do today. (I do!)
Squeaked over the Finish line in under 26:00 minutes–25:59. Whew, that was close.
Thanks to everyone who made Jesse’s wish come true with their donations to Make-a-Wish Southwestern Ontario. Jesse is a 10 yr-old local boy and it was magical to watch it all unfold. A life-size monkey ran across the Finish Line and tossed Jesse a stuffed monkey that informed him he was going to Costa Rica. While there he will zip-line, visit monkeys and sloths, and check out the beautiful scenery. Special thanks to my own friends who so generously donated to the cause. You make a difference.
What a wonderful world! What a wonderful day! What more could one say?
Thanks for reading, And as always special thanks to my running Coach Rick Manning,