On New Year’s Eve Day, at -10 celsius (14 F) I met a few friends for the Wolfville Resolution Run/Walk/Stroll. There were around 140 people who came out on such a cold afternoon! Instead of paying a registration fee you could donate money or food – all of which was being donated to the local food bank. They raised just under $700 and 300 pounds of food for our local food bank – pretty awesome!
We met and got registered inside the Farmer’s Market and got to hang out for a bit before the run started at 2pm. Everyone went outside and it started just like that….pretty relaxed and cautious as there was snow and ice under foot. For some reason I thought being one of the last to leave the building would be a great idea – really, I just wanted to stay warm longer. In the end we had to make our way through the crowd of people on ice.
Once we got through my running buddy and I kept a good pace as we slowly passed people and were
passed cut off by kids too. The run was open to everyone which was great but it was really hard running on the sidewalk (ice and snow) with a few kids literally cutting you off. It made me think about my own girls and teaching them manners and being aware of others in their surroundings.
We decided to pick up the pace a bit and did so as we started on a little incline, again snow and ice under foot. We ran to the man who was marking the turn around point, gave him a high-five and turned around. There was two option for the run –> 3.5 k or 5k. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to do the 5k but as we got going I was ready for it.
We made it back into the Town and then carried on with the remainder of our distance. Usually between 4-5k I start to hit a wall. Krystol and I talked the majority of the run which isn’t something I usually do since I mainly run on my own. Just around the 4k I started to get a little tired and slowed down on the conversation. I’m not sure if Krystol noticed but I was trying to just maintain the running and keep focused on the conversation with just enough in me to say a few words here and there.
We hit the next turn around point and I was really pushing it at this point but we were SO close to finishing. At one point I said that I needed to walk. We literally took 5 seconds, walked and then I was good to go. We ran to the end.
Personally, it was a great run for me. I managed to get through the last 5k and not suffer too much. I’m really enjoying running with Krystol and feel motivated to keep going with her. It was a great little event, a little snowy and icy but really, what can you expect in Nova Scotia on Dec 31st ?
We met up with our friends and had some warm apple cider – oh man, did that ever taste good. When I got in my car to go home, I ate my favourite Cliff bar (Chocolate Mint) and drank some water. I won the water bottle from Suzi a while back after she did her Nike 1/2 Marathon…I guessed her time right! The bottle is awesome.
Resolution Run 2013 done and ready for what 2014 will bring. I just need to sit down now and figure out what my running year will look like. Which races to run? Which races to think about running? And of course, how to pay for all those race entry fees 😉
Did you do a Resolution Run or New Year’s Day Run/Race?
Do you have your race/running list for 2014 started?
What’s the cheapest / most expensive race you’ve ever done?
16 thoughts on “Resolution Run Recap – 5k”
Ugh, those race entry fees! I ALWAYS go over my race budget every year!
I have my races picked and paid up to April and then I’ll scope out summer/fall then 🙂
They are so expensive!!! Good for you, I haven’t got that far yet!
love the idea of paying for a race in canned goods
It’s such a great idea AND all the money goes to a good cause!
Great job pushing through! Mmm apple cider sounds great after a cold run
It made me want to go buy a whole jug of cider 🙂 (I didn’t but it’s on my grocery list now).
Yes, race prices are getting out of control. It’s really frustrating. That apple cider sounds/looks amazing!
Sometimes I wonder how much profit races make on registration fees….would be interesting to see a budget for a major run that’s for sure!
Great job on your run! Mint chocolate Clifs are my favorite too! 🙂
The registration fees are the pits. :-\ I have all my big races planned (but not yet paid for) for the year and my wallet is going to cry. Most expensive will be the Maryland Double which is really two races, but it’s going to cost me $200. Gr.
Wow, $200 – that’s serious! I thought $70 was bad for 1 race 😉
Nice job! Really pushing through that endurance wall takes a lot of heart. Nice day at the office.
Thanks John! I’m feeling like I am on the right track to improving my running and pushing through that last 1km really gave me some confidence.
OMG I LOVE the donations for registration fees idea!!! And I definitely know what you mean about getting cut off by kids. When I went running with my little cousins on Christmas, I taught them about proper passing and when you need to move to the side. I will not have naughty behavior on my watch! 😉
It’s such a great idea! And to be honest, I don’t need another race t-shirt, medal or bib number to make the run special or important. I just like to run. It’s easy for them to organize and a group benefits financially from all the donations. Win-win!
ha ha…glad you are teaching your cousins well 🙂
I should look for races like that around here!
Warren and I did the Cinnamon Bun Fun run December 1st and the registration fee was to donate 6 cans of food each and you predicted your race time. You weren’t able to wear watches or have an app going that told you your pace and time. It was fun.
As for races I am doing the island series that is 8 races every two weeks starting this Sunday. Marathon in May and not sure what else.