Our two 2013 target races (to date) are now consigned to history. Two weeks ago – Mother’s Day weekend – we traveled to Toronto for the Sporting Life 10K. Eight of our family members joined 27,000 others in running down Yonge Street. At one point from near the back of the pack it looked like Yonge Street was filled with runners all the way to Lake Ontario. Amazing sight. With that large crowd, hopefully they raised lots of money for their charity, a camp for Kids with Cancer.
Then this past weekend we traveled to Ottawa for our third consecutive annual Ottawa Race Weekend. This event in Canada’s national capital includes every conceivable race over two days, from a 2K race for kids (and older friends) to a full marathon, with 40,000 participants entered in one or more race, including 5 of our family members. It is a fabulous venue. I recommend it to anyone.
What lessons did I take away from these experiences:
- Getting together with family, using a race event as an instigator, is really special.
- Planning a race-motivated family gathering over the Mother’s Day weekend is an excellent strategy; we ended with 6 mothers all together, being celebrated by 14 kids, grandkids and spouses. Perfect.
- Downhill races are a real treat compared to hilly courses – or even flat ones, although flat courses are a treat too.
- In Ottawa, the young set did the 10K, while the older set did the half marathon. Something about having other responsibilities. I was reminded that 21.1K is a lot longer than 10K.
- Races where it’s easy to get to the start line and easy to get back from the finish line (Ottawa, not Toronto) get extra marks in my book. Those where the start line and finish line are near each other and also near hotels are real stars. When getting to or from the start or finish is a nightmare it makes for a good story afterwards, but the story isn’t worth the aggravation.
- Both my brother and my daughter-in-law set personal bests in Ottawa after not having had time to train during the previous two weeks. Amazing and awesome. Maybe that was my problem; I should have laid low after Toronto? No, probably not.
We didn’t have any future target races identified because we weren’t sure if we would keep this up or not. But everyone in Ottawa (except me, who represented the status quo) had results that were so encouraging that I think we’re going to have to spend some time looking for one or more new destination runs. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know. We’re looking for a nice setting, with lots of people running (so that we’re not the last ones to finish, which is really lonely). And we’re looking for races where the weather won’t be too hot. That’s a critical consideration. 🙂
Meanwhile, the mention of hiatus in the title of this post relates to Robby Robin’s Journey, not running. His journey isn’t taking a break, but his (and my) blog will be taking a breather for a few months while I try to make some headway with other writing projects. So for those of you who are kind enough to read my posts, thank you so much for being there. Have a wonderful summer!