A Midsummer’s Night Run

I’m a little late with this race report.  The joys of starting a business, and doing all things business related, can get in the way of writing a blog.  Although, this blog is partly business.  I should be blogging more.

Onto the report….

Race – Midsummer’s Night Run

Date – August 18, 2012

Benefits Sick Kids Hospital

Perks-More-tal Pins given to participants who run consecutive years showing kilometer milestones, Awards for best costume, Beer Garden and BBQ after the run.

The Midsummer’s Night Run took place on the evening of August 18th.  It’s a 5K, 15K or 30K race.  I had registered for the 15K.  The temperature for the evening was perfect.  I had been worried about this, leading up to the weekend as we’ve had a very hot and humid summer.  I’m not a fan of running in the heat and humidity.  I was once fine with it; however, I’m finding as I get older, the humidity really humbles me.

Of course this race is named after Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so participants are encouraged to dress up as fairies.  There were several fairies on the run.  Some were pretty, and a few, not so much. (But most were pretty)  During the race, I was running behind a couple that had made their costumes together.  The female’s tutu was clearly made with care; with purple taffeta and little flowers placed around various points on the skirt.  The man’s tutu was made of the same material, however lacked that female touch.  I could tell he wasn’t much of a sewer, so it was thrown together most likely by hand.  Perhaps staples?  Good thing he had shorts on, as I wasn’t sure it was going to stay on his body. 😉  The costumes (both good and bad) were lots of fun to see along the course.

The 15K is a fairly flat course along a few streets in Toronto, until about the 3K mark where it goes into Tommy Thomson Park, which is a man-made peninsula, known to many locals as the Spit.  While running the Spit, there are some great views over the water of downtown Toronto.  It’s also run in the evening, so the sunsets can be fabulous.

I started out a little fast, but immediately slowed my pace within 10 minutes.  I wanted to have reasonably even splits throughout the race.  It wasn’t until the 11K mark I started to feel fatigued, but of course, I kept chugging along.  I’ve never been an overly fast runner, however, I’ve always been a finisher.  My goal time was to finish in 1:45, and I ended up finishing 145:53.  I think I would have finished closer to my goal time; however, I missed one of my Garmin interval beeps, during a walk break.   I finished with a strong sprint in the end.  I heard someone on the side comment, “Look at her go, that’s awesome” as I passed the 30K runners with the 3 hour pace bunny running into the finish.  I looked at some of the pics that Sport Stats had of me from the finish.  Quite frankly, I looked like I was going to blow up!  (Mouth open, cheeks puffy, arms flailing like Usain Bolt)  Just not pretty.  Lol

Finishers receive an awesome (and heavy) medal.  As well, we were given aluminum water bottles and the typical bagel, bananas fare.

A very enjoyable race.

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