December 18, 2014
I ran the Egg Nog Jog 10.8k presented by Georgetown Runners last Sunday. This was a tough race! It was even tougher than I expected!! But, I’m glad to say I finished it and got some great photos! As always, click on any photo for a much larger resolution version!
It was my pleasure to carpool with Javaid to the race. We trained together for most of last winter, and he has since become an even stronger runner. He also supplied quite a few photos to this post, so thank you again Javaid!!
On our way to the race we drove the course to see how the hills really were. Maybe that was a bad idea!
The race itself obviously had a VERY different feel from my last race in Las Vegas! Vegas had 30,000 runners, and they seemed like a very Lululemon/Louis Vuitton crowd. The Egg Nog Jog is a much smaller race with a nice community feel and only 600 runners (but I think all but 10 of the runners were white…). The crowd seemed like hardcore runners. Talking with some of them after race, some of them did the course twice-in-a-row during training to prepare! Craziness!!
Before the race, there was a little shelter for picking up race kits. I ran into Robin, several runners from the Bramalea Running Room, and a few other familiar faces.
Javaid and I headed to the start area about 20 minutes before the race was to start. Warming up we noticed that the ground was icy in sections, and muddy in others. It was about 5ºC, so definitely a warm day for mid-December!
The race started really fast, probably because it’s a huge downhill for the first 2km. I was being passed left and right. I realize I should have seeded myself much further back.
Around 3km the rolling hill started. I was still sore from weight training the day before, so decided I would just take the whole race easy. I walked most of the hills.
I ‘ran’ into Ben who’s also from the Square One Running Room and took some action shots!
Having decided I was just running this race to complete, I had time for fun selfies!
And not caring about time I stopped to take some postcard-worthy winter pictures:
You can kind of see the hill from across the frozen lake in the last photo. It was at the 5k point and rather massive. It seems like 90 meters total climb, and was rather muddy. I’ll admit, I walked up the whole thing. But, there was a guy playing Jingle Bells ON BAGPIPES at the top!!!
Towards the end of the race I ran by where Sue Sitki was taking photos. I got a couple of great jumping photos.
One of my favourite things about races like this is that the photos are ‘free’ (ie. the organizers pay the professional photographer a flat rate). These photos were on Facebook by the end of the day.
The last 800m is a very steep downhill, almost dangerously steep! But it gives you a nice pep in your step heading to the finish line.
|Date||Event||Goal Time||Chip Time||Gun Time|
|2014/12/14||Egg Nog Jog 10.8k||Complete||1:17:30||1:17:54|
Finish line photos:
I agonized about the race hilliness in this post, but I didn’t realize what this much hilliness really felt like!
I was eager to check my Garmin Connect data after the race to see how it compared to Around The Bay. According to my Garmin Connect data, it was a total elevation gain of the Egg Nog Jog was 126 meters. By comparison, the Around The Bay 30k has only 120 meters total elevation gain according to my Garmin Connect data. Based on this and my experience, I’ll say that this probably is the hardest road race I’ve ever done!