On January 22 I ran my first race of the year. I am have been successful in keeping to my one race per month in 2012 resolution. 11 more races and months to go.
I arrived on site at Creekside Community Centre one hour before the race and scored a cherry parking spot. Finding parking is always something that causes me some stress. I had contemplated taking Skytrain but the closest station to the race start was over 1km away and there was no bag check.
When I arrived, I sat in the car for a while and took these photos.
The weather was quite windy and rainy although it was not particularly cold. I wore a toque, capri tights, long sleeve shirt and a vest to start and ended the race holding my toque because it was warm.
Maybe cause of the weather, I took off quickly (faster than my race plan) and figured I would just go until I needed to slow down. Below are my KM splits
I finished the race spent but feeling like I had run a solid race. Certainly still opportunity to get my pacing under control. I get wrapped up in the race atmosphere and take off too quick.
It was great to run a small, flat, fast and local race.
My official time was 51:38 (a PR for me). I came 6/20 in my AG (40-49) and 17/65 in the 10km race.