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Fitness Swellness: 2018 Global Energy Race race recap

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On Sunday, I ran the Dempster’s Global Energy Race for the second year. (Disclosure: I partnered with them to promo the race; this recap is for my personal running journal hereon the ol’ blog!).

So, how’d my race go? Well, it was a little disappointing; while I know I’m not in shape for a 10k PB (my training focus is endurance since I have the Chicago Marathon coming up next weekend—did I mention I’m anxious about it? And that I learned and gained a few things this training cycle?), I was hoping for a better time than the Ultra Night Run a few weeks ago.

Although the weather was not nearly as hot as last year’s Global Energy Race, while I was happy to see the temperature was 10 Celsius when I got up that morning, by the time the 10k started at 10:30, it had warmed up a ton. I knew that the fact that I was waiting for the race to start wearing my shorts and a tank and that I was perfectly comfortable meant the race would be a hot one. I should’ve run in only a sports bra on top, but at that point, I didn’t have time to go leave it in the car. Oh, and I also wore the wrong cap! I grabbed my stuff together quickly and this new cap, I didn’t realize it’s not a lightweight one for working out, but rather a heavier fashion-type cap. As evidenced here, it’s soaked in sweat! I spent much of the race thinking, “Don’t think about this heavy, running-inappropriate hat on your head in the hot sun!”

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Pretty much as soon as I started the race, I could feel that my legs were tired, not fresh and rested. I’d planned to run it as a tempo, and I found my focus drifting off several times and sure enough, I’d glance at my pace, and I’d be a good 30 seconds slower than I intended to be, and I regularly shifted back to that pace on and off throughout the first 8k.

Then at 8k, after shifting places with one guy a few times through the race, I was fed up with being slower than him (because to be frank, he didn’t look like a runner…) and I picked up my pace for the last 2k. And then I sprinted to the finish. Or what I thought was the finish! I slowed after crossing the first blue mats…only to realize there were more mats ahead (I’m usually pretty conscious of making it over all the timing mats before slowing down  why are there so many, does anyone know?  but as I said, my focus was off that morning).

GER with Bimbo

I ran a 50:19, much slower than my fastest 10k from several years ago. Still, I placed 3rd in my age group out of 34 women; 17th out of 156 women; and 66th overall out of 318 participants. That’s alright. I wanted to finish in the top 10 women based on my 2017 GER finish, but ah well. Next year!

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After the race, there was a ton of food: burgers, hot dogs, french toast, hummus, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, ice cream (which we’ve got very happily in hand in the pic above, first race I’ve been to with ice cream avail!). And a swag bag including a towel, socks, Sanissimo crackers (which I’m addicted to), and a bag of Takis (think spicy corn chips sorta like Doritos but rolled up). And there’s the cute mascot, Bimbo, who was dancing and posed with so many of us runners after the race.

So GER post-race is great. As is of course the grand prize of a trip to Madrid that went to the top male and female 10k finishers (congrats Robert and Melissa!). And the fact that a food donation is made to a local food bank!

I do wish the race would start earlier. 10:30 is a late race start, which would be fine if the weather weren’t warm, but having the 3k start and finish earlier and us 10k runners racing in warmer temps isn’t ideal. Another improvement? Race kit pickup. It was only held on Saturday so I made the trek to the Beaches to get the kits for me and my friends (and got there just as they were about to close up at 4 p.m., and there were a few other people who scrambled in after me  clearly, more race kit pickup hours would be better for some of us!). The alternative was picking it up at the race but it closed at 9 a.m., and our race was only at 10:30.

All and all, a fun race, and I’d recommend this as a fun, small race to add to your race roster. Maybe I’ll see you there next year, I’m determined to finish with a better standing!

 

Leave a Comment September 27, 2018

Fitness Swellness: Register now for the 2018 Global Energy Race by Dempster’s

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Stoked to run the Global Energy Race by Dempster’s 10k again this year. If you recall, I had a blast with my friends in last year’s race. I may bring Billie Jean this year (dogs can take part in the 3K family run/walk, btw). I’m hoping the weather is not as insanely hot and humid this year, and that I don’t have an awful cold again (check out my race recap from last year here)!

Need more incentive? If last year was an indication, there’ll be loads of snacks at the finish!

Hope to see you there! Register now to take part in a good cause (for every kilometre completed, Dempster’s is donating two slices of bread to the North York Harvest Food Bank). Also, be sure to use the code KAREN for $10 off of your registration!

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Leave a Comment August 28, 2018

Fitness Swellness: Global Energy Race by Dempster’s 10k race report

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I was excited for the Global Energy Race by Dempster’s on Sunday and planned to race it. I haven’t tried to PB in a 10k race in years so I was curious to see what I could do (although I wasn’t sure if I could beat my current PB of 47:51). I also thought it was a good opportunity to see how I felt for my upcoming Chicago Marathon (in 2014 I PB’d in Chicago and it’s still my fastest marathon).

But as luck would have it, after my speed work on Tuesday night with Nike, I noticed my nose was running. And, sure enough, on Wednesday, I woke up with a full-on cold.

My cold did not let up at all by Sunday, and I was very tired and congested. I’d had zero time to rest as I was on an overnight trip right before the race (I’d gone up to Blue Mountain to check out the first Creemore Springs Oktoberfest at Blue). My legs were still sore from the speed work (it was a very tough night of track work!). And when Olympian Adam van Koeverden (and Global Energy Race ambassador) lead all the runners in a warm up, I couldn’t even bear the thought of lifting my knees high because I was so exhausted so I didn’t warm up with the crowd.

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Add that it was very hot (I think it was 25C but that’s not factoring in humidity) and I knew the race would be rough for me. My plan was to run the race as a tempo, which, dialing back my expectations (given my cold and the sticky humid weather would slow me down) I figured I could finish in 55 minutes if it went well as I could hope for. I also threw caution to the wind and tried out two new pieces of gear that I’d never used before: the Nike Zoom Fly shoes and the Nike Lean Runnign Waistpack. That’s a no-no (to try new things for race day) but I was pretty confident they wouldn’t cause me issues, and I’m keen on testing them out as much as possible to see if I want to use them in Chicago.

Given I had zero energy leading up to the race, I barely looked at the race info and had no idea what the route was, and I hoped it was not two loops (it was not). For the start corral, I went into the middle of the pack given I planned to run comfortably hard and I wasn’t aiming to PB.

But once the race started, I quickly discovered that I was faster than most of the people I was surrounded with. As I worked my way forward, I could see there were not a ton of women ahead of me since I could see the runners when the route looped back, so I felt like I was doing decently even in my congested state. I didn’t push myself to run so fast it hurt or that my heart would explode out of my chest. I recognized I needed to give my body a bit of a break.

So how’d I do? I crossed the finish line with a chip time of 52:50.6. I finished 5th out of 26 women in my age category, 15th out of 114 women, and 50th overall. And I’m pretty stoked with those results given I was down and out with a cold and the weather was awful for racing.

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And how can you not love small races: I feel like if I’d been healthy, I could’ve gotten into the top 10 women. Makes me keen to do this race again next year!

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Another reason I’d be keen to do this race again: there was one of the biggest spreads of food I’ve seen after a race: a taco truck! Brunch foods like French toast (with berries and whipped cream to top it with) along with two different breakfast sandwiches! Hot dogs! Hamburgers! Juices! Coconut water! And let’s not forget the table with a huge range of packaged snacks that you could help yourself to. Snacks for days!

Two ways I think the race could be improved: the race results need to be clearly available on the race sit. They currently are incredibly difficult to find. I googled many times, and finally after many attempts I found them on the site RunSignup.com (although the results have the race as being in Hamilton!). Secondly, there needs to be a better way to manage both the 10k race and the 3k race: for a certain period of time, with the start of the 3k race starting and going in the direction of 10k runners finishing their race, 10k runners had to contend with a big wave of 3k runners and walkers coming in their direction on the very narrow path, and those 10k runner were directed into a skinny little chute on the side where there was grass underfoot to finish their race. As I stood there to cheer my friends in, I saw many 10k runners confused as to where they were going (as it wasn’t very clear that this grassy chute would bring you over the finish line).

The adorable Bimbo mascot (of Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican bakery company) was there dancing up a storm, too, even in the intense heat and humidity. Props to Bimbo!

Bimbo at the Global Energy Race

Thank you, Dempster’s, for the chance to take part in this race that helps to provide food to those in need and aims to encourage active living.

Now, Chicago Marathon is in less than two weeks, and I suppose I’m thankful the cold came now rather than right before that race! Eep!

 

 

 

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