The Courage to Start – MIMM



Marvelous is – My very first 10k race! The KRRA Anniversary Run.

The morning started clear and cold. -4C (25F) with the windchill. Dressing for the race would be challenging for me, I had never run in cold weather before. Too many layers and I would be sweating in the first 500 meters, too little and I would freeze. I thought the best course of action would be to stick with my Under Armour ColdGear pants along with my bra, t-shirt and top off with my Saucony Siberious … if I was on the cold side I could run faster to keep warm. It was the perfect choice, not too hot and not too cold. Wearing new running socks on the other hand was NOT my best selection as the raging blister on my right foot can tell you today.

The Mister and I headed out on the 9am ferry to the mainland and reached the race location 45 minutes later. I was still qustioning my decision to run a 10k race when the Mister said “Babe, it’s just 10k you can do this. You know you’ve run farther and longer, you got this.”

Kim met us at the cozy clubhouse and we filled the time chatting about races, kids, sheep, and the Army. Before I knew it they were calling us to the Start line. Popped a couple of PowerBar Gel Blasts and headed outside into the cold.

11am and we’re off. The first kilometer goes by fairly fast, I’m at a 6:27/km pace, much faster than my usual pace and feeling good. Coming into the second kilometer we are headed up hill … a long hill that doesn’t end until the 2k marker. At this point I was feeling some tightness in my leg, took a minute to walk and I was thinking to myself “this is fucked“. Before I even started I was battling that voice inside my head. Again. 


After walking for a minute I was ready to run, this time I kept my pace a bit slower than my start and dropped to an average of 7:30/km for the next 3k. Closing in on the 5k mark I took another walk break for a minute of so, I didn’t know it at the time but it was my last walk break of the entire run.I also didn’t realize it at the time but Kim had been keeping tabs on the pace band and noticed my slow down around the 4/5k mark and wanted me to pick it up a bit so she started talking to me, distracting me from the Voice, and picked the pace up without me even noticing! We (she) talked about anything and everything, giving me a guided tour of the neighbourhoods we were running in. I would answer in short sentences and kept running.

6k has us running downhill and along Lake Ontario for half a kilometer only to send us back uphill for the next point five but my pace is steady, averaging 7:21/km for the 6 and 7k mark. Moving from the 7k into the 8k mark it’s all uphill AGAIN.

Seriously, how did they find a course that seemed to be entirely UPHILL?!? 

8k marker comes into my line of sight and I haven’t looked at my Garmin but Kim has kept me updated throughout and I know we’re on pace to hit 1:15:00 with a little time to spare. I turn up the speed and close out the 8th kilometer in 7:06 minutes. Around the 8.5k mark I turned on my Walkman and The Ramones come on. It’s like my legs have a mind of there own at this point and they want to start reeling people in. I finish the 9th k in 6:38 and can see the finish line. It takes me 6:25 to get there.

Just like that my first 10k race is over and I succeeded in coming in under my goal time of 1:15:00.

Marvelous is – Beating your goal time by 3:20 and Crushing your personal best by 7:50!


Marvelous is – A great friend offering to pace you to your goal time of 1:15:00 on the morning of your first 10k and then heading home to host her daughter’s birthday party that includes 15 eight year olds! Even without a cape she’s SuperWoman.


Kim, I can not begin to thank you enough for running with me yesterday. I know you said I was easy to pace, not once complaining but if you could have been inside my head at times you would have heard some serious whining! Your kind and gentle encouragement throughout those 10 kilometers was exactly what I needed to beat my goal time and for that I will be forever grateful. YaYa!


QOTD – “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running


Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

18 Thoughts on “The Courage to Start – MIMM

  1. Way to go Anita! It’s funny, you and I run the end of the race the exact opposite… I don’t listen to music at all in 5k and 10k races, but I will for the first half of a half marathon. Then when it’s time to get down to business and finish fast, I turn my music off. That’s when you turned yours on and picked up the pace by about a minute per kilometre! I noticed you included a quote from John Bingham. I met him a few years ago at Ottawa Race Weekend. He told me to “just have fun out there” I have used that as one of my mantras during every race since. I hope you had fun out there and enjoyed every minute of your first 10k.

    • Funny how we’re opposites like that 😀 I usually listen to music throughout all of my runs but being in a crowd and seeing everyone out cheering keeps me moving without it … I want to take it all in without the distraction of tunes.

  2. Great job crushing your goals! And it is awesome to have a friend like that to run with you!

    • She is an awesome friend … I can’t imagine running a race then heading home to host a birthday party. :)

  3. Yay!! Well done on your first 10K and also well done on meeting your time goal too that is just so awesome!!

    • I have to admit it felt pretty freakin’ awesome to come in under my goal time. Now to work on a PR for next years anniversary run.

  4. Great job achieving your goal. And that’s a great friend to pace you, hosting a bday party is an exhausting task!

    • I agree, she is a Super Woman. I couldn’t imagine running 10k that morning and heading home to host a party. I came home and had a nap 😀

  5. Congrats! How exciting — especially to kill it in cold weather :)

    • Thanks Courtney, I’m really happy with my time and can’t wait to start working on next year’s PR. :)

  6. Congrats on crushing your goal & getting a PR!! That is the best feeling. Good job! :)

  7. Congrats on your PR!! Amazing job!

  8. Awesome job on completing your first 10k and getting a PR! It is such an amazing feeling to finish in under your expected time. I have a 1/2 on Saturday and hoping to come in under the 2 hour mark. I haven’t hit that number on a training run but came really close so hopefully I can make it.
    Love reading race recaps, they are so much fun!

    • Thanks Lacy. I noticed my racing runs and my training runs differ by almost a minute per kilometer. Must be something to do with having people looking at me:) Good luck with your half, I’m looking forward to your recap!

  9. Fantastic job!! I’m just starting (again) Couch-to-5K. Finished it once, life happened, starting again, gonna finish again! 5K, here I come!
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