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!



Hindering Hibernation

The end of October is a strange time to start a running blog.  The days are getting shorter, winter is coming, and the racing season has come to an end. The urge to hibernate on the couch for the next six months keeps getting stronger.

On the other hand, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past year and to get motivated for what’s coming next.  Mixed in with the bad weather, there are so many perfect running days where the air is crisp, the sun is warm, and the leaves are gleaming.  If you can get the motivation to get out there, the rewards are worth it.

These are my tips that are helping me to keep going:

1. Join a social running site such as www.strava.com. Encourage your friends to join too! Seeing their awesome runs will encourage you to get out. (And shame you when you don’t!)

2. Sign up for an online running challenge. When you don’t have a race to train for, these can give you a goal to focus on.  Strava has regular mileage, elevation, and time challenges. 

Today is the last day of the HOKA ONE ONE Demand More Vertical Challenge.  For the last 10 day, instead of thinking about my pace or mileage, I’ve been distracted by finding the biggest hills in my neighborhood, and have found some new favourite routes and trails.  Instead of avoiding hills, we were looking for them online.  On Sunday morning,  Jackie and I were rewarded with this beautiful scenery, along with a beastly, muddy hill.


3. Get some new gear. If you buy something new, you’ll want to use it! In fact, I feel guilty if I don’t. It doesn’t have to be big…new socks, hat, or gloves…just something that makes running a little more enjoyable.  My new Saucony running socks makes me smile every time I look at my feet!


4. Plan out each week. I don’t like to run in the dark.  It just feels cold, lonely and scary to me.  If I walk in my front door after work, I know that I’m not going to leave again until the sun comes up.  So, I try to plan out my week ahead of time. I take advantage of the times when I can run during the day.  When I can’t, I bring my duffel bag to work, and get it over with before I head home.

5. Reflect on what you’ve accomplished during the last few months, and think about what races you want to do in the spring.  Set your goals now, so you are motivated to keep up your fitness until training begins again.  It’s also a good time to try some different forms of exercise, like a boot camp class or strength training.


The Rundown Race – Waterloo, Ont



Okay, would you like a different kind of race experience? The Rundown race is a fun and unusual run to try. This unique race allows any runner of any speed or level of fitness to go home with the trophy. The key to winning is knowing your own ability.

The cool thing about this race is that you are really running against yourself. Runners email their predicted time a week before raceday, they are then given a start time based on their predicted time. Your start time is based on all the runners finishing the race at 1:00, so if your predicted race time for the 10k is 51:30 for example, your start time will be 12:08:30.  Of course, no watches are allowed. The runner that finishes closest to his or her predicted time is the winner and the runner that comes in the most under his or her predicted time goes home with the “Shoe of Shame” award.

This run works sort of backwards because you start one at a time and as the race nears the last km, runners start to get closer to each other. Finishers usually all come in within a couple minutes of each other at the end.

The Rundown offers a 5k and 10k race (trophy goes to the 10k winner). The out and back course follows a scenic paved path running through Grey Silo golf course and continues into a quiet neighborhood on the edge of town. This Friday afternoon race happens once in the spring and once in the fall and is organized by a friendly group who just love to run. Prizes and times are given at the restaurant of choice after the race. Want to do this race? Check out their website, under current info, and email the Race Publicity director to get on their email list. The Outrunning blog girls love this one and we seldom miss it.