Last night was race #1 of the season. The hubs and I along with a few of our friends ran the Jerry Friesen Peachbud Run.
This was formerly known as the TIm Hortons Peachbud race but was renamed in Jerry’s honour. Jerry was the founder of the Subaru Niagara Series (www.instride.ca) who tragically and very suddenly passed away last year.
First off….we all LOVED this race. There are no CONS so the PROS were:
- easy race day kit pickup
- amazing/challenging course with some shade, some sun and rolling hills
- fully supported route including a ton of volunteers, police at every intersection and 4 or 5 aid stations.
- one aid station had wet sponges…this is brilliant for summer running. (race directors take note!)
- cool medals, full race stats, lots of post race food and cold water available prior/during the events outside the arena – very smart…
As I mentioned, I was ‘naked’":
See? No watch, no Garmin just my Endorphin Warrior bracelet.
Pre race photo op:
The hubs busted out a 2 min PB. He actually won his age group…and then we looked closer and saw that he would have won if he was a women. Sorry light-onthe-estrogens pal, better luck next time.
Running sans Garmin was very strange. I just ran. I really didn’t care as I hadn’t tapered, hadn’t done a 10km race since last year and am just ramping back up into race shape. I had no clue how fast/slow I was going and no idea of any sort of split. I came into the finish not even knowing that 2 of my friends were right behind me.
(I was actually irritated as I thought they were just ‘those’ people who just want to run someone down and I was they prey. They’re forgiven.)
After (im)patiently waiting for the stats to be posted, I found out I was TWO SECONDS off a PB. I’ll take it and can’t wait to race again in July.
All in all it was a night of awesome racing, PBs, remembering that life is short so grab it by the running shoes and enjoy it.
Thanks for the race Jerry. We will be back.