The Rundown Race is a favorite of the Outrunning girls. It is run twice a year in Waterloo, ON. A fun race where the winner is the person who comes closest to their predicted finish time. Here is a little recap of how the Fall 2013 Rundown went.
Jackie: I signed up for the 10k for this race. It was a brisk and gray day but it didn’t rain as forecast, so it turned out to be a good day for a race. The runners bundled up, wore blankets or stayed warm in the car until their assigned start time. I predicted I would run my 10k in 51:50 so I started at 12:08:10 and I was the third runner to start. Because the runner ahead of me predicted a time a couple minutes slower than mine, I was a little lonely at the start of the race since there was no one in sight, but about a km into my run I met up with my friend Shannon who had taken a wrong turn and was running back towards me – she promptly turned in the right direction and off we ran. (I’ve taken a wrong turn in this race in the past as well.) It cost her some time, but I sure enjoyed having someone to run with. It made for some amusing stories at lunch too. Except for a short blizzard around the 8k mark it was a smooth race – and the gray sky made for some great pictures. I got a time of 50:57 which explained why I felt like I was pushing myself the whole thing. (Oddly enough I find that sometimes I run races faster without my Garmin)
After the race we gathered at the Lancaster Smokehouse for our results, awards and gift table, as well as an awesome meal that Mandy said even running a Marathon wouldn’t justify. I enjoyed my giant bacon cheeseburger – it was worth it. I came home full and tired but happy, with a new pair of running socks from the gift table. (btw the 10k winner came in under 4 seconds from his predicted time – kudos!)
How was your run Mandy?
Mandy: Pretty good, Jackie! 😉 After running a few 10k’s this fall, I felt like trying something different, and ran the 5k race. Short and sweet. My predicted time was 26:30, and I was the second last person to head out at 12:33:30. It’s a weird feeling having everyone start the race before you, almost like you are being left behind. The volunteers at the start/finish line were very friendly and fun to chat with so the time went by quickly.
When I run, I rely way too heavily on my Garmin watch. I look at it constantly. It’s not a good thing. For this race, watches are not allowed, and I felt like I was missing a limb. I had no idea how to pace myself or any concept of whether I was running too fast or too slow. I think this winter I may need to challenge myself to not rely on my watch so much. Nonetheless, the turnaround point seemed to come quickly, and around then I started to get passed by many of the 10k runners, including Jackie. It was nice to see them!
I came over my predicted time at 27:35. At the finish line, we waited around for a few minutes in the cold for some walkers to come in, and then took the traditional group photo. You know a race is small when you can fit all the runners in one picture! Despite being small, it’s a great race with a fun group of people!