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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: My Fall 2019 Running Goals

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So…I planned on running one marathon this fall…and now I’m running TWO, and just two weeks apart.

I’m swear I’m not crazy. OK, maybe a little… This wasn’t my plan, tbh. I planned on one and for many years I’ve wanted to run the Detroit Marathon. I’ve never been and it looks like there’s great art and food to discover there, plus I love that the marathon crosses the border!

Then, although I’d been invited  months ago to participate in the Istanbul Marathon in November, I didn’t think the trip would happen. And then it was just confirmed last week!

So why not just run Istanbul? I don’t think I can plan on Istanbul being a great goal race for time. I’ll be jetlagged. I’ll want to take photos along the route. I want to enjoy running in such an amazing city, not focus solely on my race time.

And with that, I’ve added Detroit as my goal race. I’m not thrilled that it’s just two weeks prior to Istanbul. I’ve run two marathons a month apart. I’ve run a marathon and half-marathon one week later. And a marathon and a 10k raee one week later. But two marathons just two weeks apart is new for me, and I will admit even I think I’ve taken on a bit much…

But I got tips from Nike running coach Brittany Moran on how to plan for those two weeks (I’ll post about that soon).  And as I mentioned, my plan is to run Istanbul just to complete it and enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy running for 42.2 kilometres….).

Anyhoo! Right now I’m focused on getting into shape for Detroit! Summer’s flying by and now I feel like I started training last week a tad too late! I’ve been pretty relaxed with running this year, so it’s time to get serious. I’d love to PB in Detroit…

We are now just shy of 13 weeks until Detroit Marathon, which crosses country borders, and 15 weeks until I run the world’s only transcontinental marathon, Istanbul Marathon!

1 Comment July 22, 2019

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