Last weekend I randomly entered a 5km road race, my first real road race of 2012. Each year I shoot to run one race and a good friend kindly asked me to enter this race with him in Charletown, PEI.. The race was put on by the local high school Colonol Gray. All race proceeds went to the school's cross country team as they pursue a series of competitive races in Maine.
The morning of the race was warm but the island air was crisp as my friend and I entered the small race field of only 36. While warming up, I bumped into another good friend and future pharmacist who decided to run alongside us with his girlfriend.
Now, your probably thinking, "Ryan, what is the point of this long story?". The point is that the run was phenomenal. When we started out running downhill I soon realized that there was no other place in the world I would rather be than right there running alongside great friends on PEI. The first km was fast but easy as it was mostly downhill then I settled in nicely. I stayed with the middle of the pack passing runners when I could while trying to stick to my own pace. At the 2.5km mark I was trailing the pharmacist by 50m but I was closing. Catching him by the 3km we ran side by side and occasionally chatted about life. However, by the 4th km my stride began to fade. I was getting tired and grappling with my thoughts.
Having trained for health benefits and not for performance benefits I was quite impressed with how the run went. I finished in 8th place out of 36 runners on a new course I had never run before. Everything set aside, the race was a ton of fun and I was glad to have such good company for the event. It was a great way to cap off the summer and to remind myself of why I love being a teacher and trainer. I love immersing myself into physical adversity and exerting myself to my personal limits in order to keep the wellness wheel turning.