On Sunday I ran my first 10K race – the Tannenbaum 10K! The race was in Toronto and it was a lovely route along the shore of Lake Ontario. Unfortunately it was a very foggy day so there wasn’t a great view of the lake, but it was still a great path to run on.
Here’s what race day looked like for me:
7:00am – Woke up
8:15am – black coffee and baked sweet potato with a poached egg on top for breakfast. This has been one of my favourite breakfasts lately – simple, but delicious! I just pierce the skin of a sweet potato with a fork, and bake in the toaster oven at 400° for about 45 minutes (or until a fork goes easily into the potato). Then I slice the potato open, add a little coconut oil, garlic salt, and pepper, and top with a poached egg. Usually I’ll have two poached eggs for breakfast, but I didn’t want to feel weighed down during my run, so I just stuck to one today.
8:45am-9:00am – I got dressed in my running gear and packed up. I wanted to bring as little as possible to the race, so I just stuck my bus pass, my phone, and some gloves in the pockets of my running jacket. I meant to put a LARA bar in my pocket for after the race, but I ended up forgetting it at home.
What I wear for cold weather running
I love running in the cold weather because it lets me get dressed up in all my favourite running clothes! When running in cold weather, layers are your best bet. I like to wear a long sleeve with a cotton t-shirt on top, and occasionally a quarter zip on top of that, followed by my running jacket. Other most important thing: gloves – always wear them, even if you step outside in the winter to test the temperature and think you might be able to get by without them. If you don’t actually need the gloves you can throw them in your pockets, but if you leave them at home there will likely be some REGRETS.
Here’s what I wore for my race:
- Nike running headband – absolutely love this one. I’m not sure if they sell this particular style anymore because I couldn’t find it on the Nike website or on Amazon, but it’s a reversible headband that says “Run” on one side and has the Nike logo on the other.
- Long sleeve (not pictured) – I layered this under all my other clothes.
- Cotton t-shirt (not pictured) – this was another layer on top.
- Quarter zip – the purple shirt in the picture above. It’s from Old Navy’s active wear line, and I got it last year during their 50% off active wear sale.
- Running Room Jacket – ie. my favourite piece of clothing EVER. I love this jacket. It’s just the right length, it’s roomy, so you can put lots of layers underneath, and the pockets are huge. It also has zippers in the side of the jacket for ventilation, so I’ll open those up if I’m running on a warm rainy day.
- Leggings – I love this pair of Old Navy leggings because they’re warm, and they stay on properly! I find that so many other leggings tend to slip down, but these always stay in place. I think it’s because the material has a softer feel to it, rather than the smooth, slippery texture that a lot of leggings have.
- Stretchy black pants – I layered these over my leggings for extra warmth. I think they’re from the Forever 21 active wear line.
- Under Armour Socks
- Gloves – nothing fancy, just got these at Dollarama.
The day of the race wasn’t that cold, and I was a little overdressed, but I’d rather be a little too warm than too cold. And I was glad I had the layers after the race was over and I wasn’t generating as much heat.
9:00am – drove to the race.
9:20am – 9:40am – checked in and picked up my race kit. Inside was a long sleeve shirt, a Clif Bar, a single serving packet of hemp protein powder from the brand Manitoba Harvest and a variety of coupons (free tea from David’s Tea, free class at a nearby yoga studio, etc.)
9:40am – went for a slow jog to warm up, did some leg swings, high knees, and calf stretches.
10:00am – the race started! I took the first 5K at a slow pace because I didn’t want to burn out. I tried to keep an eye on the “pace elves” ahead of me that were holding signs with their time on them, and worked towards catching up to them. My legs started to get a little tired around the 5K mark, but once I pushed through that I got going at a faster pace. I worked on looking at people ahead of me and slowly catching up. I wasn’t really treating it too much like a race because I was just in it for the challenge of running a 10K, but I still wanted to push myself.
Just before 11:00am – finished the race! My time was a little over 58 minutes. I ran the first 5K in a little over 30 mins, and the second 5K in just over 27 mins. When I crossed the finish line I got a medal for finishing, and I headed to the re-fueling station, where I had a banana and some water.
While I was standing in line waiting to check my time, one of the race volunteers came up to me and said I’d been selected to win a prize! I got to choose from a table of prizes, and got a little bag with the name of the race on it. Here’s a picture of the long sleeve shirt I got, my medal, my race bib, and the bag I won:
I spent the rest of the day relaxing and EATING LOTS OF FOOD (which I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of). Before I took the bus home I stopped at a nearby grocery store and found these Pressed by KIND Fruit Bars. I’d never had one before, but it was delicious! The only ingredients are pineapple, banana, apple, kale and spinach, so they’re Whole30 compliant.
Honestly, I didn’t do any specific 10K training for this race. I signed up on a bit of a whim because running a 10K has been one of my goals for a while. I usually run 2-3 times a week for about 30-45 minutes, so I didn’t actually run the race distance during training. But in addition to my runs, I also go out and play basketball for an hour or two once a week, which is a TON of running, and I use HIIT training when I go to the gym, which definitely helped me develop my endurance. When I started the race, I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to make it through the whole thing without taking a walking break. But I had an awesome playlist that I made the night before, and once I started, I just wanted to keep pushing myself.
Now that I’ve run one 10K, I really want to do more! In 2018 I definitely want to run another one and try to improve my time. Every aspect of the Tannenbaum 10K was an amazing experience – it was really well organized, the volunteers and the other runners were so kind, and the route was fairly flat, with a nice view. So if you’re in the Toronto area I definitely recommend trying it out next year!
If you’re a runner, what’s your fave pre-run meal? What about a post-run snack?