Less than a week after completing the 39.3 mile Goofy Challenge, it was back to the races for me. I decided fairly last minute that I would sign up for the first MEC Race of the year which took place on Saturday morning at Springbank Park (where I get most of my winter miles in).
I've raved about the MEC Race Series before, but if you missed previous posts on it it is a local race series that is low-cost at only $15, but yet still a very efficiently run event. Your registration includes a timed and certified course (5K and 10K for this race), lots of great volunteers, a nice little swag bag that usually includes a few Clif Bars, medals and prizes for the top finishers, coffee/tea/hot chocolate and food at the finish, and new this year, it is now even chip-timed. Now how's that for a great value? Plus, the folks that run the series are good people! Thanks as always to Emily and her team!
I ran the 5K with both Kennedy and Jackson…Kennedy is working really hard at her running and is spending a lot of time on the treadmill, so she jumped at the chance to run in another race. Jackson is always up for a run (in theory anyways) and he was eager to run with us too.
We got to the park with plenty of time to get our bibs but pinning three of those things on in the cold is no treat! My fingers were numb before I even got to the starting line. It was really cold out, we had a blast of cold air come in overnight as well as quite a bit of snow…luckily the city plows had been out and the paths were in good shape for a run. On our way in my truck said that it was -9°C…BRRRR!
I herded the kids towards the back of the starting group and when the gun sounded we were off…note who is running with their hands in their pockets, what a wimp.
Kennedy and Jackson both ran really well from the start but it didn't take long for the cold to set in. Jackson made it a little over a kilometre before the crying started…he had had enough. That meant that most of the race was spent like this…
Not the speediest way to run a race…
Kennedy did a great job though and she was able to run the entire 5K (not that I'm surprised) and she finished with a time just under 45 minutes…very good work in these tough conditions! She ran in the snow and cold just as fast as she did back in the summer, which is quite the accomplishment. 5K race number 4 in the books for Kennedy!
Look at her go!
After the race the kids were given little kid's prize packs from MEC, a nice touch for them. Everyone at the race was awesome and really made my kids feel like winners…thanks so much folks!
The kids were frozen (who am I kidding, so was I), so we jumped in the truck to warm up and then went to grab some celebratory hot chocolates and coffee.
I have such a great time running races with the kids…they help to keep you grounded and they are a real inspiration to me. It is great that they want to do these races and it is never a case of Michelle and I forcing them to.
I love hanging out with my race crew!
Anyone else race this weekend?
How old were you when you started running races?