Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CRRhoda’s Forest City Road Race 10K Recap

Posted by CheapRunnerRhoda

Here we go again folks! Another race recap. This marked 4 out of 6 races that I am signed up for-done. This was the 6th 10k race that I have done and I think I am really starting to like them. I signed up for this distance as this up coming weekend I will be doing my first full. I went in to the race with very laid back thinking. I really just wanted to enjoy the run. I have not been focusing on my times at all lately as I am nursing my bad hamstring and just want to get through Sunday’s race. I am finding that by not focusing on my times, I am enjoying the run more.

Anyways, all that being said, lets get to the race recap!

Saturday night, Mike and Michelle had me over for a nice pasta dinner.

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They were so thoughtful and even made my favorite, spaghetti and meatballs.

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My brain was really not even in race mode Saturday night. I enjoyed the night and went to bed around 11:30 and slept great through till 6 am, at which point, I got up and made some coffee, got my race outfit set up and did some blog reading for a bit.

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My race didn’t start until 10 am and I live about 1 km from the park where it started so I had a nice relaxing morning and took my time getting ready. I headed out the door around 8:30 to walk down and it was perfect timing to see Mike running through around the 8ish km mark.

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I continued on downtown and played cheerleader near the finish until I saw Mike finish. I then headed out to bag check, got rid of my bag and made my way to my starting area. Race started right on time at 10 am. The morning ended up being a very nice and sunny morning. A little on the chilly side but the sun was out which I am always happy about, especially on a race day!

I had decided I wasn’t looking at my pace and was just going to run at a very comfortable pace. I weaved a bit through the crowds and found a good spot and settled into a easy pace. The course took us through some city streets, through the University and then onto the paths. There were water/elode tables set up throughout the course and the cheering at these tables was amazing!

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I had my music on and was just moving along. Just before the 9km mark, the course took us back to the city streets and was a slight uphill run to the finish from there.

I saw Mike a little ways before the finish and shouted out a few things to him and then picked up my pace.

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There was a girl at this point who had passed me and we were back and forth for a bit.

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About 300 metres from the finish I took off ahead of her but she came back up beside me very close to the finish, so I sprinted ahead and ended up finishing in front of her. I don’t think she was too happy with me. Sorry girl in the blue shirt Smile with tongue out My official finish time was 49:29. I finished feeling physically great and that was my goal!

At the finish area, you go through a tent area, where they handed us a brown bag and we could fill it with snacks and water. My favorite part of any race!

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This is my favorite race to be a part of in my hometown, London, ON so I am very thankful that I was able to be a part of it again this year. They put on a good race, and raise a lot of money for local charities.

Anybody run the Forest City Road Race?

What is your favorite race to run?

12 comments:

  1. Get it fast mama! Way to go!

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  2. Great job - love that you finished feeling great - best way to finish a race!!!

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  3. Thanks Chelsea! It was fun to run and not have any pressure!

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  4. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonApril 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Awesome job Rhoda! Good luck at your marathon this weekend!!

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  5. Thanks Kim. It sure is the best way :)

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  6. Thanks Katie! I so enjoyed your heartfelt recap of your run last weekend! Keep smiling girl :)

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  7. http://raz-family.ca/RunKristiApril 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Wow, what a great time for a race where you weren't even watching your pace!
    There is something about hometown races. Living in Ottawa I am partial to Ottawa Race Weekend and the Army Run. But have to add that the NYC Half Marathon is amazing and I would love to do it again sometime.

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  8. CheapRunnerRhodaMay 1, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I have heard alot of good things about the Army Run in Ottawa. Maybe one Year! I can imagine that NYC would be pretty amazing to run!

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  9. So awesome!!! You look incredible strong in those pictures...good work girl!!

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  10. CheapRunnerRhodaMay 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Thanks Laura :)

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  11. Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.comMay 9, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Damnnnn congrats on an awesome race!!!! I know I'm super late on this (catching up on blogs)! You are amazing!!

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  12. CheapRunnerRhodaMay 16, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Thanks Amy!

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