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.
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:
Finishing with style
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!