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!
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Ice Queen: Installing Running Spikes

A few things you should know about me: I am not agile, my motor skills are definitely lacking, and I am terrified of falling.  That’s one reason why running is a good sport for me.  There isn’t a whole lot of skill to master.  I can walk, so it isn’t too much of stretch for me to put one foot in front of the other at a faster rate.

However, one caveat (among many) to my running ability is ice.  As I mentioned, I’m scared of falling, especially on ice.  When I see a slight shimmer on the sidewalk, I slow down to a jog.  If I actually see ice, I have to walk.  Ice mixed with a downhill?  I panic and come to a complete stop.

You would think that I would have invested in some traction aids at some point over the past few winters, but I tend to over think things and I couldn’t decide which ones to buy.  So, after about a week and half of snow, I decided to dive in and buy some traction aids.  After some more internet searching and indecision, I finally decided to try Icespikes.

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I picked them up at my local Running Room for $24.99.   This includes 32 spikes and the tool to install them.  I decided to get the Icespikes for a few reasons:

  • They are supposed to be very durable, lasting over 500 miles.  I was initially going to buy a pair of Yaktrax, but I’ve read that the coils break easily on bare pavement.  The Icespikes can be worn on sidewalks without breaking.  The sidewalks around my house change every few feet between packed snow, ice, and bare sidewalks.
  • They are lightweight and do not affect your gait.  (I have yet to test this.)
  • Although they are semi-permanent, they can be taken out of your shoe without damaging it.

The website recommends that you install the spikes in new or gently used shoes, so I ended up using my newest pair of running shoes.  Using a ruler and marker, I measured out the placement of the spikes.  The instructions recommend using six spikes in the front and six in the back, 3/8″ from the edges and evenly placed.  You are supposed to avoid placing the spikes in the deep channels.  Detailed instructions can be found here.

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The installation went fairly smoothly and quickly (about a half hour).  I took them for a quick spin yesterday, but I’ll write a review in a few weeks when I’ve had more time to try them out.  We are supposed to be getting a big ice storm this weekend, so I should get a good opportunity to test them.  Don’t they look cute in this Lowenbrau box?  I think so!

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Do you use traction aids in the winter? What is your favourite?

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