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My Toronto Challenge 5k Race Recap

A few weeks ago my dad gave a 5k race flyer to me and asked me to register – the race, called the Toronto Challenge, was raising money for non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life for seniors in our community. My dad is very passionate about this as he’s involved in a program that provides seniors with door-to-door rides to medical, therapy and social appointments with an organization called Mid-Toronto Community Services. It was an honour to help my dad, so I registered for the race.

Today was the race – with everything going on at home lately (NKOTB concert, solo parenting, Sierra’s birthday and Hubby coming home from LA), I almost forgot about the race, but remembered last night – ooops! Sierra had gymnastics class, so hubby took her there, while I brought Amber and Brooke to the race.

We arrived there with only a few minutes to spare… Basically long enough for my dad to introduce me to a few people he knew, and to snap this pic:

Amber, Dad, Myself and Brooke

Then it was time to find the start line… It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a fun run – my bib had a timing chip on it, but I couldn’t find any start mats – that’s because it was DRAWN on the ground with CHALK! The gun went off just as I reached the start.

Away I went! My Nike+ was telling me I was running a 4:30/km pace, but I refused to believe it after it lied to me two weeks ago about my pace. It was cloudy so I thought that was interfering with the GPS. I ran hard, could feel my heart POUNDING and my hammy’s screaming at me, but I kept on pushing. I finally found a distance marker that said 3k – my GPS said I was at the 3.5k and running 4:45/km – a pace I’ve NEVER ran before so I continued to push on – at this point I realised I could set a new 5k PR, so I ran and ran – lungs hanging out feeling like I was gonna die. I wanted to do my dad proud and run as hard as I could.

I then saw the finish line, my mom and dad with Brooke and Amber waving to me. At this point I had a hard time pushing as hard as I had been, but saw the official race clock 24:57… If I kept pushing all the way I really could set a new PR! So that’s what I did – I pushed and crossed the finish line in….

25:25.. A new PR!!

After the race I hung out with my family to find out the official race results. I knew that I could be close to finishing in the top 10, and in some races a 25 min 5k is good enough for a top 3 finish (I left a race early once only to find out a year later that I had left before gathering my prize). I stretched and my mom captured this pic:

I LOVE this pic!

I learned something today… I learned that the BodyPump classes I’m taking are really helping me to develop the STRENGTH I need to be a FAST runner – something I’ve never really considered myself to be. I’m curious now to find out how fast I can run if I trained instead of just running – I’m seriously considering putting some more effort into my training for the ScotiaBank 1/2 marathon I’ve registered for that’s in October.

Have you ever accomplished something that you never thought was possible that completely surprised you? What was it?


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  • Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    June 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I love that picture too! What a great race & a great cause. You’re such an inspiration, Janice. Thank you!!

  • Kris @Krazy_Kris
    June 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    SO GREAT!!!!! go figure – gosh its so funny when we least expect it what can happen! And I LOVE that your other training is supporting you – I am such a believer in that.

    CONGRATS!!!!!! and yes… adorable pic!

  • Adnan
    June 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Janice!

    Great run … as I saw your picture I knew I had seen you in the race.

    I think it was near the end we both were going at the same pace at one point and looked at each other and I ran as fast as I could from that point forward.

    But everything aside 🙂 great run.

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  • Carrie
    June 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Great race! With a wee bit of speed work training you will be unstoppable 🙂

  • Jenn of
    June 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Great job! Love that shirt of yours too! I ran my first 5K in ages at Fitbloggin, I should try to do another.

  • Katy @ fitinheels
    June 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a great feeling, setting a PB!!! May was a month of 2 PBs for me- 10km and 21.1km. I’m also a Canadian and just did a post on also going to see NKOTBSB 😉 happy to connect to a fellow Torontonian!

  • Rachel @RunningRachel
    June 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Woot Woot! Super proud of you for your amazing PR!! Go you!! I agree, since incorporating STRENGTH into my fitness routine I have found that my RUNNING has gotten faster/more effective.

    AND… LOVE that shirt!! Perfect!

    Have a great week!

  • Wendy
    June 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

    yay! So awesome that you made a new PR! And, LOVE that photo, too.


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