4/5/08

you probably want a race report, eh?

So I ran the Harry Rosen Spring Run Off 8k today. The run off has a weird, winding course through High Park that was, well, exceptionally brutal if you ask me. Why anyone in THEIR RIGHT MIND would CHOOSE to run that race FOR FUN is beyond me. Seriously - YOU FINISH ON A FREAKIN HILL. A hill that almost reminded me of poplar plains, which is NOT enjoyable....EVER. Well, except that one time that a guy tried to pick me up half way up the hill one day. I still kick myself for going back to running the hill and not going with him...but I was bitching about the course, wasn't I? Right! Granted, some of the course is the most picturesque parts of one of Toronto's hidden gems that you can ever imagine. It's funny; all I could think about when I went to NYC was running in central park, yet I've got my own central park of sorts here in the city and I take it for granted. But yeah, I really don't have anything to report from this race except another one on the books. I hadn't originally planned to run this race as the course didn't appeal to me and I had wanted to run the beaches spring sprint. But two lovely GDT ladies inspired me to do it and it's their races that should be reported. Elizabeth ran her very first race today. She's quite an amazing individual too, having lost just over 100lbs now and recovered from a very serious surgery last year. This woman continues to astound me as she has never met a fitness challenge that she couldn't beat and today was no different. Today, with little training and no races under her belt, she kicked that 8k's ass in just barely over an hour. And to her credit, it was NOT an easy 8k. I seriously wanted to burst into tears when I saw her cross that finish line, but I kept my cool and opted to instead jump her and give her the biggest bear hug I could. After picking up our shiny new finisher medals (and making sure Elizabeth wore hers proudly), we scooted on over to catch our other board mate Michelle run her first race of the year. She opted to ease into the season with the 5k, which although shorter, is no less grueling. We managed to catch them start off but couldn't pick her out of the massive crowd. We scrambled over to the finish line to try and catch her and shout out our cheers of encouragement at her. Man, is it ever tough to try and pick a familiar face out of a race. By the time I realized who she was, it was too late as she FLEW right by me! We did manage to catch up with her while she made her way through the chute and congratulated her on finishing in just over 30 minutes, a great time considering it was her first race of the season, the hills, and having to run all on her own! I am SOOOO impressed with that. I don't think I'd have the guts to do a race truly on my own. That takes a lot of courage. How can you NOT be proud of her?! I am SO impressed with these ladies of the GDT and their determination to run and improve their health. I am truly looking forward to my next run with them, which is only a month away! ...and next time, I'll take pics ;)

9 comments:

Amuldoon said...

Way to go Marie! Good job!

Jennifer said...

I love Mousie and Elizabeth! <3
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You girls are AWESOME! I'm sooo proud of you! :)

I was thinking of running a 5K race but I'm sooo scared. The last one I signed up for I chickened out of. I don't do good running outside, I tend to be better on the treadmill.

I wonder... should I sign up for another one? I'm FREAKED out, but it's something I'd love to accomplish.

Angie All The Way said...

I am so inspired right now! I'm all fired up to train hard for my first 5K in the Bluenose Marathon weekend at the end of May :-)

Crossing that finishline is going to be beyond amazing, I just know it.

P.S. YOu're on the Success Story online acheiver in the WW email this morning ;-))))))

Sarah said...

Finish on a hill?! Ouch! Well done on the race!!

Shirls said...

great inspiring story, way to go ladies!!

Marky Mark said...

I wish someone warned me how brutal a course that was! When I saw my HR was 165bpm I got worried and then when it went above 170 going up that last crazy hill, I started to walk it. Still, while my time is normally at the top of the bottom third for my age, this time I was in the top half for my grouping, so I felt good about that.

Sara said...

I told you that hill was killer. That's why Justin and I hill train on it! But sounds like you had a great time, especially ringing in a few celebrations with the other girls!

P.S. thought of you when we biked through (but it was after the race - they were dismantling it) and again when I ran through High Park yesterday.

Izzy said...

yay! congrats I'm so proud of you!!

Shrunk said...

You ladies ROCK! Good for you!

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