Energizer Night Race

13 Nov

Okay so it’s been a while since I posted but I was up to all sorts of cool kid stuff so I won’t apologize.

One of the cool kid things I was doing was the Energizer Night Race, which, hello, was mega-awesome. You can tell by the name. This race was held last night after sundown in Stanley Park (a giganto park next to downtown Vancouver) and was sponsored by Energizer batteries. Not only did we get these stylish neon shirts:

I've always found neon green to be flattering.

But they also gave us headlamps! To wear! It was mandatory to wear the headlamp, which I didn’t mind because as we know, I’m already quite fond of them. Here’s the headlamp:

No unicorns were harmed in the making of this headlamp.

Please notice that it bears no resemblance to a unicorn horn. This I’m both pleased and slightly disappointed by.

Also, here’s me with the Energizer bunny:

There is a man inside that bunny.

That smile is a tad forced. I had an epiphany one day when I realized that there are actual people inside mascot uniforms… and now they just creep me right out. Also:

Stranger Danger!

You’re welcome.

So I organized a group of kids from my Commerce club at school to run the race with me, although… I didn’t really stick with them. But it was nice to get there and back together.

Now for the race. It was just a 5k; I’d wanted to sign up for the 10k but it was full. The route followed the seawall, starting at Second Beach and heading towards Denman and on, then doubling back on itself.

The race went well, although very quickly. I’m used to longer distances where you sort of settle into your pace and join a group that roughly matches you. I had a feeling that many of my fellow runners were first-timers, given that I was passing everyone (unusual, see title of this blog) and that NO ONE would stick to the right hand side. I spent the entire race dodging around people who were going too slowly. Which meant landing in about eighty thousand puddles.

Oh wait I didn’t mention the rain? IT WAS POURING. Like full-on Vancouver downpour. I’m pretty sure I saw some drowned woodland animals but I didn’t look too closely. Now I don’t mind the rain one bit. I don’t even mind puddles. But when I’m forced to slosh through one after the other… I get a little angry.

Of course, the race planners cannot be blamed for the weather. However, I do wish that they had made an effort to make sure everyone understood basic race etiquette. But the headlamp kind of makes up for it.

I checked the results this morning and I beat my PR by 1:15, bringing me below the 30-minute mark to 29:33. Although not very fast, it did land me in the top 100 of 600 racers and 19th (of 86) in my divison, so, uhhhh… suck it.

Cool kids always do thumbs up right?

The only other running-related cool kid thing I’ve been up to? Only starting my marathon pre-training this morning with a nice 7k! HOLY BATMAN. I’m nervous but so excited! It has begun!

Happy trails everybody!

8 Responses to “Energizer Night Race”

  1. Nel November 13, 2011 at 8:31 PM #

    I love your tights! =)

    • thetortoiseruns November 13, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

      Thank you! They’re new and from Lululemon… so expensive it hurts me to remember handing over my money. But worth it they’re perfect!

  2. snapshotsofhappiness November 14, 2011 at 7:53 AM #

    I love the headlamps. I’d run that just for the headlamps! =] Sounds like a freaking awesome race! Congratulations on beating your personal record and getting under 30 minutes! That’s awesome!

  3. Running For Today November 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM #

    I’ve always wanted to do a night race! Sounds like it was a blast despite the rain 🙂

  4. jobo November 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM #

    That is so cool! I love the headlamp and running a short race outside at night sounds like a fun thing to do…since I’d feel safe with other runners there, vs. normal nights running alone, ya know?

    • thetortoiseruns November 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

      It was really fun but it’s a lot harder to dodge around people when you can’t really see much!

  5. Erica Roberts Malerby November 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM #

    I enjoyed your blog. I too was at the Energizer run, making a rain for headlamp trade was enough to pacify me also. Sorry you missed the 1000 extra puddles in the 10Km event. I “luckily” registered in time to run the 10k and I don’t remember ever running purposely in that much sloggy weather. Good luck in your marathon training.

    • thetortoiseruns November 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM #

      Thanks so much! I agree I’ve never gotten so wet. I don’t know about you 10kers but they misdirected us fivers and we ended up sloshing through a LAKE of rainwater. Could have been a bit better organized but I still had fun!

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