10km Forzani Mother’s Day Race Recap

What a race! Minus the rain, it was awesome!

I couldn’t believe the sheer amount of people…

The group warm up had to have been the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile. It was so amazing to look behind me and see thousands of hands in the air while we danced to Daft Punk [great music selection!

or, how cold it was.



I thought I was going to die… just kidding. It wasn’t THAT bad once I got going.

We waited forever to start, so I played around with my Garmin.

Since this was my first 10km, my goal was to keep my pace and finish. I just wanted to complete 10km, no matter how long it took me.

Thankfully, I wasn’t nearly as nervous as my last race, so it was easy for me to maintain a steady heart rate, I think. It was pouring like crazy so any type of readings from my Garmin were pretty much impossible. The screen kept shifting back and forth between displays.

Water resistant? I think not.

I had to count half of my intervals. That was fun :|

But, my Garmin isn’t broken! I think I would have a heart attack if something happened to that thing.


at how fast the time went. There was no point in the race where I felt like I couldn’t continue. It was smooth sailing. My ankles and knees were really tight at the end of the race but loosened up after a couple of minutes.


Yes, those are my glasses in my hand. Never run with my glasses on when it’s raining – get contacts for my next race.

Keep my feet hip distance apart and hit the pavement at the midfoot. I did it for the whole race, like my old coach said and it was pretty effective!

After trying each location, I decided that wearing my race tag at front of my belt was the best decision ever.

Other lessons:

  • Writing intervals on my hand was a great idea
  • Buy a good rain sweater
  • Find a pace buddy and stick to them. I had to find a new one with each interval, but it really helped me stay focused
  • Buy a water resistant case for my iPod
  • Keep Garmin screen locked for my next race


I finished at 1:08:51 [according to my Garmin] and an average pace of 6:51.

I ran at an interval set of 8 minutes and rested for 1 minute. All in all, I had to stop to walk a total of 7 times or, 7 minutes.

I started off the race perfectly, km 4 was when I realized that my Garmin wasn’t working so I slowed down to fix it. Then again at km 6 and 7. At km 8 I said to hell with it and got back into the zone.

Looking at my pace from this race and comparing it to before my patella injury, I’m at the exact same level. I’m not sure if this is discouraging because I’ve been working so hard, or if it’s promising because my injury may finally be behind me.

Either way, I’m proud of myself for finishing.

Things I need to work on

  • focus – get into the zone
  • keeping hips square instead of bending into them
  • pushing feet hip distance apart
  • landing on midfoot
  • positive affirmations
  • relaxing upper body

Afterward, my parents met up with Kevin and I so we could take them out for some brunch at The Coup for Mother’s Day.

That place never lets me down.

I had green eggs no ham – 3 eggs, pumpkin pesto, spinach, topped with basil & pine nuts, served with rice tortilla and organic hash. I also add carrot + apple juice and about 6 glasses of water while we waited for our food.

I know I had planned to have a salad, but this was way better.

Then we jumped in the car for the long ride home…

I slept the whoooooole way.

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  1. This is awesome and so inspiring!!! Congratulations! I’m finding myself going through similar pains and anticipations because I just signed up for my first 10k! Its memorial day and I’m running it with a friend. I’m really excited but was wondering what I should do nutrition wise to really step up my game. Following you was really helpful and inspiring! Well done you!

  2. Congrats Leanne! Super well done. What a kick ass performance! You are totally the best! And, erm, is that a PINK vest I see? Very nice! :)

    • I couldn’t find pink + white, so had to settle on black haha

  3. Congrats on your race! Such a HUGE accomplishment!!

    Btw, I LOVE my Cuisinart. It has held up like a champ so far :) Definitely recommend it!

    • hmmm I need to get one! Thanks for letting me know :)

  4. Congratulations! It sounds like you learned a lot along the way. I used to live in Calgary so I was pretty excited to see that you went for a post-race meal at my favourite spot, The Coup!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! I love your recap and your lessons learned vs what you need to work on! And I like the thought of the pace as an “injury is behind you thing”…just think how much stronger you are now and how much stronger you will become!

    • That’s a great way to look at it Heather, thank you!

  6. Great job! Love love love the recap from the race! The photos of you are classic. How fun. Glad you were more prepared this time. You did amazing. Sorry it was cold. I feel like it’s aaaaaalways cold for races. ;)