December 26, 2012

Boxing Day 10 Miler Race Report

by pyrad
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Date Event Goal Time Chip Time Gun Time
2012/12/26 Boxing Day 10 Miler <2:00:00 1:54:20 1:54:45

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Today I ran the Boxing Day 10 Miler in Hamilton. I ran it last year in a time of 1:47:15. However, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to beat that time this year because I’m feeling sick and rather undertrained. However, I still felt I needed to do this race because it’s good to get in some serious distance before attempting the Goofy Challenge again.

Boxing Day 10 Miler Map from dailymile
Boxing Day 10 Miler Map from dailymile

I do like this race quite a bit. It’s during a holiday which is handy and a nice change from the typical Sunday morning races. It’s also a really interesting course going along Hamilton’s Bayfront Park. There is also a very challenging hill around the 7th mile.

It was nice to see some familiar faces too. I met Sam J. and Patty S. at the race! I have been friends with them on dailymile for some time, but I think this is the first time I’ve met them in person. It was also nice to run into Dave Emilio. The running community seems to vast, but it’s reassuring to be able to find familiar faces.

When I did this race last year, it was an unseasonably warm 10 degrees Celsius. Today was quite the opposite: -5 degrees, cloudy with wind of about 40km/h! Very houtchallenging! The wind was very powerful, and came from the front, behind and even the side! It was hard to keep running straight sometimes. And it was snowing and blowing into my face throughout the race. And it was slippery. And COLD! I feel like I earned some Canadian Winter points today…

I didn’t realize that I took off really, really fast in the first two kilometers. That wasn’t going to last. The cold took it’s toll around the 6th kilometer. Fortunately, I fell in with a group around 9km and stayed with them until the massive hill around the 7th mile.

Stretching out and enjoying a snack after the Boxing Day 10 Miler (photo by Andrew Mikhail)
Stretching out and enjoying a snack after the Boxing Day 10 Miler (photo by Andrew Mikhail)

I knew I wasn’t going to set a new PB, but I’m glad I finished.

Nice bling from the Boxing Day 10 Miler (I bought the gloves for $5)
Nice bling from the Boxing Day 10 Miler (I bought the mitts for $5)

Even though it was a tough race, I’m looking forward to doing it again!

The 2011 and 2012 Boxing Day 10 Miler Medals
The 2011 and 2012 Boxing Day 10 Miler Medals

 


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