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Race Report: Canada Day Road Races 5 km

I have been struggling to find the time and motivation to post on here but I figured a recap of my latest race was as good a time as any to get back into it.

I’ve made a point of running a race on Canada Day most years since I started running. This year I registered for the 5 km race, hoping for a sub 20 minute time. For the first time my 3 daughters were also registered to run, 2 in the 1 km and 1 in the tot trot.

Most years the we have had hot weather for Canada Day races. This year might have been the hottest one so far. It was already 28 C (82 F) by the time we arrived at the race location for 8:00.

The course was an out and back course through a residential neighbourhood. Due to the heat there were misting stations set up along the course and I made a point of running under each one to try and cool off.

Despite the heat it looks like I was able to maintain a steady pace with mile splits of 6:20, 6:20 and 6:23 (just under 4:00 per km) to finish in 19:54.

Since the kids races started after the 5 and 10 km races I was able to hang around the finish line to wait for my daughters to finish their races. It was a perfect way to start our Canada Day.

Unexpected Long Run

My plan for today was to get in a 10-12 km run. However, my plan changed very early this morningand it worked for the better. What I ended up with was a long run and after three days of not running it was exactly what I needed.

At some point between 5:00-6:00 this morning my youngest daughter (1) decided that it was time to get up. Eventually it became apparent that there was not anything we could do to get her back to sleep. 

My wife came up with the idea that I should take for a run. Initially I thought it was a silly idea but then realized that I was not going to get back to sleep soon either and that if I did not go this morning it would be tougher to go later in the day because I would be exhausted from the early wake up call.

I quickly got ready for a run and loaded my daughter into the Chariot and headed out. Since I had the day off from work today I had the benefit of not having to worry about being on a deadline. My goal quickly became an 18-20 km run and I ended up with an 18.8 km run.

While my day did not get off to an ideal start a change in plans it worked out for the better in this case. I managed more mileage than expected and my daughter managed to get back to sleep over the course of our run.

Becoming a Running Family

I have managed to continue a regular running routine since running a half-marathon here at the end of May. Unfortunately I have not managed to post on here regularly nor have I registered for or run any races since then. I have been busy otherwise and have not had much time to focus on either.

Eventually I will get back into a routine of posting on here more often and I will commit to a fall race (that decision will likely come this week). For now neither has been a big priority. After running a marathon in April and a half in May it has been nice running without without a specific goal or target in mind. 

On the other hand my two oldest daughters (7 and 4) have been busy running races of their own. In May they both ran the Ottawa Race Weekend 2 km with their grandparents..


More recently, On Canada Day the oldest ran a 1 km race while her sister ran a 100m tot trot (it was only 100m despite her insistence that she ran 100 miles). The following weekend both ran a 1 km race..


Now clearly in addition to plotting out a race schedule for myself I have to find more races for my daughters. My oldest already has a 5 km as her next goal. I think that is totally a realistic goal in the near future and can’t wait to see the smile on her face when she finishes her first 5 km.