December 18, 2014

Egg Nog Jog Race Report

by pyrad
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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!

Photo taken from Javaid's car observing the rolling hills around 3k of the course
Photo taken from Javaid’s car observing the rolling hills around 3k of the course

 

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.

 

Group shot before the Egg Nog Jog. L-R Me, Robyn, Javaid, ???, Ken (image credit Javaid)
Group shot before the Egg Nog Jog: Me, Robin, Javaid, ???, Ken (image credit Javaid)

 

Race map posted on a wall in the shelter
Race map posted on a wall in the shelter

 

There was even a runner dressed as Santa Claus! He was much faster than me! Cheating with Christmas magic!!
There was even a runner dressed as Santa Claus! He was much faster than me! Cheating with Christmas magic!!

 

 

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!

 

Totally photobombed before the race. Image Credit Sue Sitki Photography (image source)
Totally photobombed before the race. Photo Credit Sue Sitki Photography (image source)

 

Pre-race selfie with Javaid!
Pre-race selfie with Javaid!

Javaid before the race
Javaid before the race

Just before the Egg Nog Jog
Just before the Egg Nog Jog

Just before the Egg Nog Jog
Just before the Egg Nog Jog

 

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.

Rolling Hills around 3km mark of the Egg Nog Jog
Rolling Hills around 3km mark of the Egg Nog Jog

 

I ‘ran’ into Ben who’s also from the Square One Running Room and took some action shots!

 

Ben running the Egg Nog Jog
Ben running the Egg Nog Jog

Selfie with Ben at the Egg Nog Jog
Selfie with Ben at the Egg Nog Jog

 

Having decided I was just running this race to complete, I had time for fun selfies!

Selfie during the Egg Nog Jog!
Selfie during the Egg Nog Jog!

Winter wonderland selfie during the Egg Nog Jog
Winter wonderland selfie during the Egg Nog Jog

 

And not caring about time I stopped to take some postcard-worthy winter pictures:

Stream in wintertime
Stream in wintertime

Credit River in December
Credit River in December

flowing stream in December
flowing stream in December

Frozen lake
Frozen lake

More of the frozen lake
More of the frozen lake

Frozen lake, with big hill in the background
Frozen lake, with big hill in the background

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!!!

 

Oh my! This is a large, muddy hill
Oh my! This is a large, muddy hill

I'm walking up like everyone else at this point
I’m walking up like everyone else at this point

Ben's walking too
Ben’s walking too

But at the top, this guy playing JINGLE BELLS on a BAGPIPE!!
But at the top, this guy playing JINGLE BELLS on a BAGPIPE!!

 

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.

Jumping in the air. Photo credit Sue Sitki Photography (image source)
Jumping in the air. Photo credit Sue Sitki Photography (image source)

 

Another jumping pic. Image Sue Sitki Photography (image source)
Another jumping pic. Photo Credit Sue Sitki Photography (image source)

 

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:

 

After the Egg Nog Jog
After the Egg Nog Jog

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With Javaid after the Egg Nog Jog

 

Final Thoughts

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!

Finisher's medal
Finisher’s medal

 


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  1. Robin says:

    What a great post and love all the pics!! Awesome. You did great on a tough course with tired legs, and nice to finally meet you IRL!