Running race 51:36  10.0 km (5:10 / km)
Ancaster Old Mill 10K Race.
But Bash doesn't run on pavement, you might say... and you would be right. It's a long story, and the bottom line is that it's Hammer's fault. :-)
I had to search the house for shoes that would be appropriate for a road race, and finally settling on cushioned Reeboks that I've only ever used in indoor fitness centres. It was a bit strange to just dress for the weather, without worrying about long tights to avoid poison ivy or eye protection to fend off sticks. It was a tough call, but I didn't use the Active Ankle either, since I was afraid of new blisters from different shoes.
At the start line, I realized that my heart rate was high just because it felt weird to be there. I had no particular goals and no reason to be nervous, so I did some deep breathing and talked myself into calming down - and right then, the cannon went off right beside me to announce the start and I nearly jumped out of my skin!
The first half of the course is pretty hilly. Until 5 km, I was on track to break 50 minutes, which would have been cool, but I tired myself out and got slower in the second half. At the bottom of the longest hill, Hammer, Meridian, Griz and SuperWes were there to cheer me on, which was great timing, since I needed some inspiration as I looked uphill.
I tried to pick up the speed in the last kilometer in an attempt to pass a couple of women 30 meters ahead, but I had nothing left in the tank. Crossing the finish line, I felt light-headed and even read my time wrong. It was nice to see Bender cheering at the finish, and it was great to see Coach Sudden, who finished an amazing 6th of about 360 runners, just two days after pushing hard in the Barebones long orienteering race.
Results are already posted. I went into this with no expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised to finish 3rd of 24 women in my age category, and 19th of 144 women overall. I still feel like an impostor when surrounded by runners, so I am very happy with those results. All the same, I can't see myself doing another road race any time soon. Too boring!
After the race, a bunch of us went back to Hammer's place for a bender - which in my case consisted of one beer, a slice of pizza and a donut. It was a nice summer night to sit on the deck, relax, and listen to everyone's stories. Nice to see Hammer back in town, if only temporarily.