This weekend I spent my Saturday doing my fourth 5 Peaks race at Albion Hills Conservation Area. I had an amazing day. I rented a zipcar to get myself up there. They now have cars in my neighbourhood so I no longer have to take the subway one station over to grab one. This was epic for me.
I arrived with an hour of time to register, grab my bib and swag & say hi to a few fellow trail racers. The highlight of my morning was getting a high five from my friend Axel’s son Kian. His nickname on social media is the Lightning Kid and he steals my heart every time I see him. You can check out his Dad’s race recap here!
I played paparazzi for their family and got some great shots of the kids finishing their 1K race. Lukas, Axel’s oldest son finished strong and Kian had to wave at all his fans on his way to the finish line.
I absolutely loved this course. It was nicknamed a roller coaster and the twists and turns were perfect for the nickname. At the beginning of the course we were warned that the single track trail started fairly soon but it still created a backlog of walking for a bit. I breathed in patience and just told myself this would help me pace myself. I definitely could’ve had a faster time if I had seeded myself at the beginning of the wave but I’m still happy with how I felt during my race. I didn’t wear my Garmin so I could just enjoy the course and focus on my breathing.
I finished in 41:53 (7:21 avg page & 15th in my gender/age group). It’s neat to see how I’ve been improving over the summer at Terra Cotta (no avg time posted but I think it was around 7:11 (16th division place), at Heart Lake I had an avg pace of 6:55 (16th division place) and at Rattlesnake Point I had an avg pace of 7:38 (27th division place). After I chugged water I found my friend Michelle so we could re-enact epic race finish photos. I had to do my standard leaping & we grabbed pictures in front of the wall of sponsor logos.
What I wore: Sunski sunglasses, Mizuno harmony tank, Lululemon run shorts, Mizuno BioGear compression socks & Mizuno Kazan trail runners. Finally, I taught Axel how to do a #theface photo and we headed off to start the rest of our day!
The next Ontario race is Sept 6th at the Kortright Centre!