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Fitness Swellness: 2019 Global Energy Race recap

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This Sunday, I ran the Dempster’s Global Energy Race (GER) for the third year in a row and as always, I had so much fun, and managed to run a GER 10k PB!

My race plan

I went into it planning to run it as comfortably hard a pace that I thought I could maintain for 10k. I don’t enjoy that feeling of my heart feeling like it’s going to explode, and my focus is training for the Detroit Marathon and Istanbul Marathon so my plan was to run it fast but not so fast that I felt too awful. I knew going into the race that I’d have run 29k on Friday as per my marathon training schedule, and my legs would be tired (and they were). So the plan was always to run it with some effort, but not full out. This race is so family-friendly and chilled out, I was really more keen on just having a fun morning with my friends there and running a decent time.

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Hello, race day!

The route, from memory, was slightly different this year; they shortened the part of the route in the “peanut” (I used to run in the Beaches and this is what the curvy path in Ashbridges Bay was nicknamed thanks to the shape of the route if looking at it from above) and instead they extended the route going out east and back along the path and boardwalk to the start/finish line. As for the weather, would you believe I didn’t check the temp? That’s how relaxed I was about this race. It was overcast and probably in the high 20s if you factored in the humidity (I didn’t check the weather in the morning but in the late afternoon, it was 32C with the humidity) and we had some drizzle for maybe 10 minutes of the race, which was a nice cool relief from the heat.

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What was my finish time?

I did not run a 10k PB, but I wasn’t aiming for one as I mentioned above. I’m realistic. I know I’m not as fit as I was in 2015 (which remains my 10k PB). My focus is my two fall marathons. While I didn’t reach the goal I had in mind (which was a sub-50 min) but I did finish 9 seconds faster than last year, even with the warmer conditions. (As an aside, I don’t think I can even really ever factor in my 2017 GER race as that day was ridiculously hot and humid on top of the fact, I was extremely under the weather with a cold.)

Even with what I consider a modest time of 50:10, that time ranks me 14th women to finish out of 263, and 61st out of 528 runners in the 10k race. And I’m happy enough with that.

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The Global Energy Race is perhaps one of the best stocked in terms of food: hot dogs, burgers, apples, oranges, coffee, ice cream, chips, granola bars. I devoured a Klondike ice cream cone and drank some coffee as we watched the race winners hit the stage (congrats Brittany Moran!) and the 3k race start. If you’ve got kids, the 3k race is a great race in which you can run or walk together, plus there are loads of lawn games to entertain the kiddos pre- and post-race.

After the race, my friends and I went straight to brunch to celebrate our morning well spent: we’d run 10k and in the process, helped in a great cause: for every kilometre completed, Dempster’s will be donating two slices of bread to the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Thank you Dempster’s for the opportunity to help promote this race and cause (I did partner with Dempster’s on this sponsored blog post promoting the race ICYMI). The race has become an annual tradition I look forward to!

Now, back to marathon training, it’s peak training week!

Leave a Comment September 24, 2019

Fitness Swellness: Run the 2019 Global Energy Race by Dempster’s

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One of my favourite local races? The Global Energy Race by Dempster’s 10k. It’s in its fourth year and I’ve run it the past two years, in 2017 and 2018. Why do I love it?

  • It’s a smaller, friendly race. A great vibe and fun atmosphere and it’s not intimidating for newer runners! More about having fun as a community than racing to get that PB. 
  • There’s a 3K run/walk that the whole family can take part in!
  • For every kilometre run, two slices of bread will be donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank⁠—15,500 slices were donated last year!
  • It’s the Beaches starting in Ashbridges Bay, so you have views of Lake Ontario for your run.
  • There’s always great food post-race!

I’ll be there with a few friends and I hope you’ll join in, too! Register now to take part in helping a good cause. Also, be sure to use the code RUNWITHKAREN for $10 off of your registration! Hurry, there are limited spots left in the race!

#GER2019  #RUNWITHUS. 

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Leave a Comment September 5, 2019

Fitness Swellness: I’m running the Sporting Life 10k Calgary in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

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Sometimes when I’m feeling sorry for myself (because we all get in those moods every once in awhile, don’t we? Pity party of one…), I actually often remind myself of the incredibly brave kids whose stories I’ve heard through Starlight Children’s Foundation.

So many surgeries and treatments and medications they endure, at such a young age, and with such positivity and brave outlooks, it’s truly humbling and inspiring. I’ve read their stories, and have attended the Starlight gala dinner in the past (and helped volunteer with set up for this year’s gala) and I know I am always moved by how they’ve gone through so much and yet are filled with hope, smiles and gratitude. We could all learn so much from these kids, and I love the work that Starlight Children’s Foundation does to bring some fun and escape to their lives.

And this is why I’m proud to work with Starlight in support of their first ever partnership with the Sporting Life 10k Calgary and help bring awareness and raise funds for the cause. How can you help? There are so many ways:

  1. Register for the Sporting Life 10k Calgary. It’s a net downhill race, so you could potentially PB! And it’s dubbed Calgary’s Fastest Road Race! It’d be great to see you out there on the course!
  2. Support someone who is running the race. Come out to cheer and donate to their fundraising! I’m fundraising for the cause (if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do it right here with this link) and there are an estimated few thousand runners slated to run this race that you could also support, too!

Stay tuned as I train over the next month in preparation for this race, and I’d love to hear from you if you’re running it, too!

#partner

Photo: Jess Baumung

 

 

 

Leave a Comment May 23, 2019

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