This is a special event, seeing as how I have only ever run one other race with someone.
And since this is such a rare occurrence, and perhaps too big of a race to try and run fast with people, we lost each other quite early. I should clarify that there were over 10,000 people who completed the 10k this year. We were doomed by Kilometre 1. (cue dramatic music)
Okay, back to the dramatic music.
Alesia, Justin and I were able to get into the correct corral this year - under 60 minutes. This was essential to us getting a half-decent finish time. Like I said earlier, there are 10,000 people running this race. A race through the streets of Victoria - this means that at its biggest, we get four lanes of traffic to run across. This four-lane stretch ends within the first 1km.
Our plan was for the three of us to try and run together as long as we could, neither Justin or Alesia had run a 10km before but we figured we would be close in our timings.
So, for the first kilometre we were good - weaving in and out of walkers, dodging slower runners and still staying within sight of each other. Piece of cake.
But as soon as we turned up Johnson Street all four lanes of people converged into two. And that's where we got lost.
I'm talking, 5 minutes in here.
Of course, when we got separated in the crowd each of us had a different reaction. Alesia thought that we had gotten ahead of her so she decided to just run her race (and she did great - but more on that later).
Justin also thought we had gotten ahead of him so he decided to speed up to find us.
And then there's me. The cocky one of the group apparently. I thought that maybe I had gotten ahead, so I figured I'd slow down a bit to try and find them. Nope, I was wrong. And a jerk;)
As I was running, I saw some interesting things - the Victoria Firefighters running in their full bunker gear - yikes. I think last year I saw someone wearing a horse costume - you know, the usual racing getups.
I didn't really feel stellar throughout the race, but I wasn't feeling terrible either. I decided that I would just finish with whatever time I received and not try and kill myself making any speed records. (I had my big sub-2 or bust half-marathon coming up in a week).
But when I glanced down at my Garmin with 3km left, I knew I was about to beat my own course record. And set my new 10k PR - so I tried to kick it up a notch. And I may have even high-fived some spectators. You know, giving the people what they want. I'm a people person, it's what I do. Here's a look at my pacing through the 10k:
And do you see that overall time right there?
Yup that's right, it's a 10km PR of 54:30.
And the elevation looked like this:
And now, for your viewing pleasure, a picture of my wonderful running outfit and terrible running form at the end of the race.
Oh - and how did my friends do? Well, Justin kicked butt with a time of 49 minutes (the ass-kicking jerk) and Alesia also did great with a time of one hour! Running rockstars right there folks.
And now for the official numbers:
Gender: 983 out of?
Age Category (F25-29): 192/842
* The winner of my age category finished in 36:12 and wasn't even the first woman to finish.