2014 Kitchener Resolution Run Recap

Twelve hours into 2014, my first race of the year began.  On Wednesday afternoon, Jackie and I, along with a group of friends, ran in the Resolution Run. Although it is an untimed, fun run for charity, when I pay to run and I pin a bib to my jacket, it’s a race.  The Resolution Run is organized by the Running Room throughout Canada and in a few locations in the US.  The big draw of this event, besides starting the year off on a healthy note and having a great time, is that the race kit includes a high quality, technical running jacket.

I ran this event for the first time in 2012.  Unfortunately the weather throughout December and the beginning of January can be unpredictable, and Jackie, our friend Cathy, and I ran the 10k in pouring rain with the temperature hovering just above freezing.  Saying that it was pouring doesn’t give you a clear enough idea of what it was like that day.  For the whole hour that we ran, the rain was coming down in sheets.  You could hear our feet splashing in the puddles that formed in our shoes.  I could barely open my eyes because they were filling up with water.  When we finished, we were all shivering and soaked through our clothes. But as you know, it’s stories like that, that make races memorable and running exciting.

I was a little too traumatized to sign up for the 2013 run, but after two years, I recovered enough to give it another shot.

This year, the weather was a crisp and cold -10ºC.  Jackie and I signed up for the 10k run, and our sister-in-law, Melissa, signed up for the 5k.  Our friends, Tyler and Tiffany, also signed up for the 10k, and they ran together.   This was Tiffany’s first 10k race. (see her below celebrating getting her fastest 10k time) She may stop by the blog later to write about how it went.

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Just before the race started I blurted out to Melissa “You know Jackie and I are running with you, right?” It made her a little nervous at first, but we stayed at a comfortable pace, and we had a nice, relaxing chat.  I think this was the first time just the three of us ran together. I hope it’s something we can do more often.

Jackie is recovering from a calf injury right now, so instead of running the 10k, she decided to run the 5k at an easy pace. After the first two laps, Melissa and Jackie were done, and I went for one more lap.  Yes, just one more!  I didn’t feel like running another 5k by myself, so I made up my own distance of 7.5 kilometers.  Since we had been taking it easy, I was able to pick up my speed and finish strong.  (Something that I rarely do.  I’ve mentioned before that I need to work on my pacing.)

There was no photographer this year.  Yet, one great thing, among many, about running with Jackie is that she comes with her very own race photographer!  Her husband, Marc, takes amazing photos at every race we go to. Here are a few shots he took:

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Finishing with style

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Breaking the invisible tape

As per our usual race tradition, we all headed to Jackie and Marc’s after for an afternoon of running talk and eating (pasta, babka and brownies).  It was the perfect way to spend the day!

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What an enjoyable day we had Mandy! I had so much fun running with two of my sisters-in-law. It’s always better with good company. We wore our jackets that made Mandy feel like a “70’s track star”, choked down some warm coconut water and got rid of the coconut water taste with cookies provided by race organizers. Even though I have to take a couple of weeks off from running and I’m icing my calf as I type, starting the year with the Resolution Run has gotten me pumped for a new racing season. Next race – The Re-Fridgee-Eighter!
– Jackie – Jackie
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10 thoughts on “2014 Kitchener Resolution Run Recap

  1. Sounds like a nice run and how cool you get a jacket for it. I love the race pics. Better than a lot of “professional” ones I’ve seen returned to people. LOL

  2. -10°C, that’s cold. People think I’m nuts when I run around the freezing point here. Once I got a bit talking to for daring to run in sleet – we don’t know what cold is here in Australia. I love telling everyone here how cold our northern hemisphere running friends run in. Love the photos 🙂 Sounds like a great event to start the year with.

    • As long as you dress for it, you warm up pretty quickly. Actually, I was too warm during the race! On Tuesday, the high is supposed to be -18, -30 with the windchill. I don’t know if I can handle that!

  3. I am running my first 5K today. It’s a Resolution Run where I am at. (Washington state) and it is in the mid 20’s right now. Your run looked fun and I hope mine is too.

  4. Haha, looks like y’all had fun! I know what you mean about wanting to race, even if it’s not a timed event!

  5. Looks like you guys had a great race, I’m jealous of the weather you had! I had to skip our Resolution Run this year even though I had registered for it months ago. Our weather that morning was -40 with the windchill and I just don’t have the right gear for those temperatures.

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