Last Saturday, I participated in the Royal Road Race for the first time. It's a 10 km race around the RCMP barracks in Regina and it was an awesome family experience. As soon as we got there, we were greeted by the RCMP bagpipers and the kids had a chance to meet Safety Bear which they loved.
I wasn't super excited for the running part because it's been a tough spring for training and I had just run a half marathon less than two weeks prior. I was ready for the distance aspect but not so much for the speed. I pushed myself and ended up with a painful side stitch which rarely happens to me. I ran through it even though it felt like my appendix was going to explode. There was no imagining it as I still felt sore for the next couple of days but it's all better now. Yeah, I'm tough...or stupid. In the end, I finished in 52:27...a solid time considering my limited outdoor running and the hours I substituted thesis writing for training. Somehow, reading and researching in libraries doesn't provide quite the same training benefits as hitting the pavement (or snow and ice as was the case in Saskatchewan this "spring").
I really wanted to post about this race because it was fantastic and possibly the best brunch I've ever had post-race. There was way too much food to choose from and the service was fantastic. Also, where else do you have RCMP officers saluting you while finishing a race? It was absolutely wonderful all around and even the weather co-operated for once. Also, thanks to Sawatzky Studios for the lovely memories of a fun day!