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Monday, April 26, 2010

10K Race Results

I did it! I walked ten kilometres yesterday morning. I've been training for this since January and my goal was to complete the race in under an hour and forty-five minutes. My actual time was 1:27:59 at a pace of 8.49 per kilometre, so I have to say I'm pretty darned proud of myself. Last month I walked in a 5K race with a time of 45:22 (pace 9:02) so as of yesterday I have a new personal best. It helped that yesterday’s course was less hilly.

More than 13,000 runners and walkers took part in the race, which is a fundraiser for literacy and the heart and stroke foundation. The elite runners finished the race in under 30 minutes. I know . . . inconceivable . . . but as many of you know, my participation in this race has been part of my journey back to good health and I feel every bit as accomplished.

The day itself was pretty much perfect. It started out cloudy and cool with very little wind, and then the sun came out. Much of the course is along the ocean, so the views were spectacular for anyone who looked up long enough to appreciate them.

The energy was amazing, and I think that’s partly what kept me moving. Spectators along the route rang bells and shouted encouragement. Every kilometre or so there was a band playing. And of course there were the most-welcome water stations. And one of the highlights was a hug from my dear friend Anita around kilometre seven.

I truly appreciate all the encouragement I’ve received from family, especially my daughter who ran the race in 1:06:18, friends, and the everyone who took part in the training clinic, especially our coaches, Doug and Elaine.

Today, in spite of a few muscles that seem intent on reminding that I really did walk 10K in under an hour and a half, I feel great, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

Until next time,
Lee

22 comments:

Sheryll said...

Wow, Lee, that is awesome! Congratulations! And how lovely that Anita was there to cheer you on.

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Lee! What a great accomplishment!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Sheryll and Rachel! I'm still pumped!

Shereen Vedam said...

Congratulations, Lee.

Well done.

Shereen

Jessie B. Tyson said...

CONGRATULATIONS Lee! Yes, you have every right to be proud of yourself. Well done!

Nice to hear a good friend was there to give you an encouraging hug too.

Phyllis said...

Congratulations! I remember walking in Miles for Millions a long time ago. Like you, I hurt afterwards but the satisfaction made it worthwhile.

Angela said...

Congratulations, Lee! That's awesome!

Anita Birt said...

Lee, I was thrilled to bits when you ran up and hugged me. You were the second person who surprised me. The first hug came from Joanne Yates, daughter of my old hiking pal, Joyce Spear (deceased last year) Joanne was running. She is 62.Then along came Solveig, in the Walk section.

Congratulations on finishing the 10K, a fabulous achievement.

Marin Thomas said...

Yeah, Lee! Congrats on your walk. What a neat accomplishemnt!

Marin Thomas
Dexter: Honorable Cowboy
July 2010

Mimi Barbour said...

Lee,
What an amazing accomplishment? No wonder you feel so high all those happy endorphins are partying it up inside you..
Congratulations!
Mimi

EileenCharlie said...

That's great Lee, you should be proud of yourself!

Gillian Layne said...

That's awesome, Lee. Way to go!

Lee McKenzie said...

Shereen, Jessie, Angela ~

Thank you so much!

Lee McKenzie said...

Hi, Phyllis! I remember Miles for Millions but I never walked in it.

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Angela!

Lee McKenzie said...

That hug was just what I needed, Anita! I wasn't running, though. Just walking as fast as I could. I knew Solveig was there, too, but I think she was behind me.

Lee McKenzie said...

Marin, EileenCharlie, Gillian ~

Thanks a bunch!

Lee McKenzie said...

LOL, Mimi! I don't know seriously those endorpins were partying. I had a nice long nap in the afternoon!

Jodie Esch said...

What an excellent accomplishment!

Well done!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Jodie!

Beverly Carstensen said...

Brilliant, Lee, Brilliant! You are inspiring me to get healthy!! Great job!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Beverly. If I can do this, anyone can.