THE RACE WAS AWESOME!
But first, I’ll tell you that the housewarming party for my friend, Kelly, was great. It was so nice to see everyone & to meet her new roommate (all the way from Spain!). She had a mix of friends from university & then us, the old-time friends from elementary school up to high school. I feel so lucky to have such an INCREDIBLE group of friends. We’ve stuck together for eons & have had the very best of times together. Nothing beats old friends. I love them like cray cray!!!!
Sangria was also free-flowing, which is always a good thing, although I didn’t have much because of the race the next morning!
Race morning, I awoke feeling like poop. I didn’t sleep well the night before (got home too late & kept waking up during the night subconsciously worried about missing my early wake up call). I also made a (rookie) mistake of not leaving myself enough time in the morning to get ready. I had a pint of water first thing & then had toast with peanut butter, a banana, cereal + OJ (talk about carb-heavy!). I ended up being SO rushed to make it to the race on time. When I finally arrived, there was just a few minutes before the gun went off. I quickly got into my corral & then waited with anticipation. I made a KILLER playlist on Saturday & was so so happy that I did. I listened to lots of Drake, Jay-Z & the like, because it makes me feel hard core.
I must say that the Yonge Street 10k did an AWESOME job of organizing the corrals. Usually at races, I find it so frustrating doing the 0.5k walk before the starting line & then spending time trying to dodge around people at the beginning when it seems so crowded. This time around, it was no funny business & corrals crossed the starting line 4-6 minutes apart, meaning it was WAY less crowded than other runs I’ve participated in.
Okay so, I felt amazing the whole race. I kid you not. I have never felt so good on a run as I did yesterday (totally unexpected, too!). I was planning on doing 15 minutes of running then taking a one-minute walking break, but I was feeling fantastic & just powered through (with the exception of two quick Gatorade sips at the 4 & 7k marks). Going into the race, I was hoping for anything under 1:00. When I passed the 1:00 pace bunny, I was feeling pretty pleased & I’m happy to say that I came out with…..52:38!!! I was SOO happy crossing that finish line & beamed for the whole rest of the day :)
Between the energy of the spectators (highlight posters included “You’ve got stamina, call me” & “Only 4k to go.. that’s nothing compared to child birth. Go Mommy!” – held by a man with adorable baby in hand), the positive energy of the participants & the pure adrenaline rush, I think I’m officially addicted to road races. I’ve done a few 5ks & an 8k in the past and also enjoyed them, but this topped all the others. Now, onto the next one ;)
Following the race, I came home & talked Duncan’s ear off about how excited I was for about an hour. Poor guy hahah. Then we made an amazing egg quesadilla. In the mix – three scrambled eggs, asparagus, spinach, orange pepper, salsa + shredded cheddar cheese (only on my side because the BF doesn’t like cheese. Weird, I know). Served in a multigrain tortilla alongside berries :)
Other post-race snacks included a disgusting amount of cookies (including some made by Duncan’s mom!) & chocolate.
After doing some g-shopping, we went to see our parentals & have a nice Sunday night dinner with them! I hadn’t been home in a few weeks (my parents were on vacation) & was so happy to see them, but also my little bundle of joy…
Meet Tobie (“the TOE”), a 6.5-pound ball of feistiness & love.
Though you can’t see them for her crazy locks, she does actually have eyes. She’s kinda obsessed with her tennis ball. As you can see, she’s so fixated on it & couldn’t even look at the camera ;).
It was so great to catch up with my parents & hear about their trip. Of course, a home cooked meal by Mommy is always a good thing (+ free food- yayyy!)
A great Sunday! Hope you all had a relaxing & enjoyable weekend and are easing into the week okay! Monday’s can be rough…
- What are your favourite pre – & post – race snacks?
- For any readers in Toronto, any road races planned in your future?
Good night dollies!