9 Run Run Race Recap

Today I raced the 9Run Run Half-Marathon in Stittsville.   I only signed up for it a week ago as I’ve never heard of it before.  The race supports Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedics services. They have a 2k, 10k and half-marathon.

I placed first female overall  in a time of 1:28:19 (best time this year). My gun time was a bit higher as I didn’t get to the race start in time (see note below about distance from race center).  There were other top racers that had a chip time a minute or so faster than the gun time because they were late to the start too.  I felt like I could have given more in the race, but that is something that I’m working on, pushing myself beyond just running comfortably. I could have continued that pace for another 21km, so I need to get past that endurance training that keeps my effort at that level.  I think that also comes with running races more than I do.

I also saw a fellow EndurRunner there today, which was a nice surprise.  He flew past me like usual!

Pros
– flat course and scenic course (part of it goes through the Trans Canada Trail)
– nice technical long-sleeve shirt
– timing by SportStat
– great cause
– friendly race volunteers
– didn’t have to wait long for awards
– well marked, no traffic
– cool medal
– warm food for vegetarians/vegan!

Cons
– race starts 1km away from where the race center is (bathrooms, bib pick-up, bag drop-off) and 1.5 km from where you park. There were no visible signs to let people know the distance to the start.
– no water the last 5km
– one water station didn’t have people handing out water, so I had to stop briefly
– no place to keep warm until race starts or after race ends

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I'm a plant-based distance runner and mother of two young girls. I enjoy making healthy recipes and experimenting with food. I also love to garden, so you will see many seasonal recipes that use what is currently growing in my backyard. I have a HBSc. in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Education and this background provides me with the skills necessary to pursue my passion - educating others on healthy eating. I don't count calories, so you won't find any nutritional information in my recipes. However, I strive to make each recipe healthy enough to fuel you and your family through the day.

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