Okay, I’m pretty far from the top 10, but I did it—on Sunday evening in Vancouver, I ran my first race—the Nike Human Race 10K. The weather on the West Coast was a bit chillier than in Toronto (highs of 18!), but it was clear out and really, that’s perfect running weather.
The course took us from downtown across the Cambie Street Bridge and along the seawall—I fantasize about this being my regular running routine—then back across the Burrard Street Bridge and back to the main race site, where we were greeted by a concert, massages, food and, most important, lovely volunteers with cups of Gatorade. A few Olympians (Gary Reed and Simon Whitfield among them) were there to hand out awards both to the winner and to those of us who run with the pack.
Nike put on a great event and I’m thrilled with my result—I came in under 55 minutes, at 54:36 and in the top 1,000! (Of how many, I don’t know, but I think that’s pretty good for a first race.)
Next step: Run for the Cure with the Best Health team on October 5 (click here to donate), and training for the Toronto Zoo 10K on October 18. Stay tuned to see if I can beat my time.