As you may recall, I’m addicted to race medals. Sure, I love to run because it’s great exercise (good for your health both in terms of fitness and as a stress reliever), it’s a way to challenge yourself, and races provide a great sense of community, fun, and accomplishment. But really, I’m in it for the medals. Well, on Sunday not only did I add an awesome new medal to my collection, but also Daniel surprised me with this awesome medal hanging rack that he made for me:
You know you are jealous.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Sunday morning, bright and early, we found ourselves running the 10 km race at the Oasis Rock’n’Roll at Stanley Park. My primary objective was, as previously mentioned, to obtain the beautiful race medal. But I was also on a mission to set a personal best (PB), as I’d come within 17 seconds of doing so at the recent Night Race. To remind you, my previous personal best was 58:48 and I decided that my goal would be 58 mins1. I’d been somewhat diligent about keeping up my running since the Night Race, including a few longer runs (12-16 km range) and had been improving my time on my shorter runs. The week before the race I ended up not doing any running, which was a combination of being too busy at work to fit in lunchtime runs, experiencing some back stiffness/groin strain that I figured I (a) shouldn’t exacerbate and (b) should spend my limited spare time working on stretching, and thinking that maybe there really is something to the idea of tapering before a race2.
Well, all of this paid off, as I totally smashed my goal, finishing the 10 km in 56:16!
This put me:
- 40th out of 307 people in my age/gender category (or 87th percentile).
- 240th out of 2056 women in the race (or 88th percentile)
- 511th overall out of 2808 (or 82nd percentile).
And here is my beautiful medal to commemorate this feat:
After the race came the second best thing, next to medals, about racing: post-race brunch! And after the delicious brunch and much needed coffee3 at Scoozis, the lovely staff there gave us a free dessert because they saw our medals and knew we ran a race!
Medals, the reward that keeps on giving. Giving us free dessert in this case.
And then after the race, Daniel gave me the medal hanging rack that, did I mention?, he made himself! I’m so spoiled!
Thanks, Daniel, for pacing me and yet again helping me reach my goal *and* then making me a present! So spoiled!
- As my PB was 7 years and ~15 lbs ago [↩]
- And, the horrible rainy weather last week may have also contributed somewhat to my decisions that maybe I should taper. [↩]
- I never drink coffee before a race because it makes me need to pee, which is not something you want on a race. But I’m addicted to caffeine, so by the time the race is over, I really need a coffee! [↩]