Monday, May 17, 2010

Blood, Sweat and Root Beer

First I want to start with what an awesome time I had at the Kingston 5 Peaks race last Saturday. It's been a while since I've signed up for a short race, and the Enduro course, which was just a little over 10K was a lot of fun. I haven't run 'fast' in a looong time and I wasn't quite sure how to go about this, other than to, well, run fast. I ended up finishing 1:06 and change which I am VERY happy with seeing as my 10k trail runs usually come up at around 1:15-1:30 or so. Some advice to me from a friend from "Head down, teeth gritted, arms pumping...GIVE 'ER!!!" and I did this but definitely ran out of steam with about 4k left. I knew this short race thing was tricky :).

My run today in Frontenac Park inspired this song:

There was blood...


...and not just my own. While crawling over a log, I didn't look where I put my hand and I totally squished a big millipede. Not long after, I inadvertently ran through some tent caterpillars, and I'm afraid some of them didn't make it either.

There's always sweat.

Luckily there were no tears, just root beer.

I ran out of water about 30-45 minutes before I was finished the run, and MAN was I thirsty. It was a hot one out there and I totally made a boo-boo by not bringing my handheld on top of my hydration pack. At the end of the run, I skipped the stretch, hopped into my car and drove to the Trail Centre and there was the most wonderful sight I have ever seen:

A vending machine.

With Root Beer.

The end.


  1. Hey. Nice trophy on your knee at Frontenac. Ouch!! Root Beer always makes the world a better place.

  2. OK I thought I saw you there talking with Derrick but didn't think you were coming to the race so figured it wasn't you as I continued on to the porta potty. It was a fun race although I was dizzy by 4km. Unlike you I am accustomed to running fast for short distances(btw 10km is long not short) in straight lines on even surfaces. You and I are exact opposites. Also I don't drink beer; )

  3. Ouch!!

    It was great to see you on Saturday. Congrats on doing so well at your short race. (They are painful, aren't they?)

  4. quoted me....I've never been quoted before. Yaaaaaaay!!! LOL!!!