Good news! I didn’t die from doing the 5km Santa Jingle. There were some shady moments, but I made it, and to this day my body lives to tell the tale.
As a physiotherapist, I would never recommend doing what I did to any of my patients…but of course, I did it anyways. Brandon and I have participated in this 5km run/walk for the past three years. Everyone is required to dress up in a race issued Santa Claus outfit and run/walk 5km. It is a very scenic race as it takes place along Hamilton’s Bayfront Park. When I registered at the beginning of November, I had planned to run/walk the race. In my mind, walking would be the best and safest option since I did not train for this race.
I should have known better. I am a competitive person and watching everyone run past me at the start of the race was not in the cards. When the gun went off I started jogging at an easy pace. So far so good. Then my muscles started to get tired – quads, hamstrings, and glutes. I started to feel a little short of breath. I thought to myself, “I must be at least 2 km by now” and then I ran past the 1km sign. Good times.
I told myself I would try to run at least half of the race but around the 1.5km mark I had to walk for a little because I was starting to feel lightheaded. After about 30 seconds, I started to run again. I ended up doing the run in a run/walk format.
At the end of the race, I was eager to check my results. I managed to finish the race in 34 minutes and 48 seconds. I placed 18th out of 28 people in my age category. That means I beat over half of the people in the 30-34 age category. I know that this race isn’t very competitive but it’s a fun one. I’m not sure where I placed overall yet as the final results haven’t been posted. I’m hoping I’m in the top half.
Last year, I ran the race in 29 minutes and managed to place 2nd for my age category. But there’s no sense in comparing my times to last year. This year’s circumstances were significantly different. I’m just happy I beat someone. However, next year it sure would be awesome to place in the top three for my age category….without a stomach!
Okay hot Epsom salts bath time.