As you know, yesterday I ran the Rock the Road 10k.Let me first start off by saying, What a great event and for a great charity/foundation - Bethany's Hope. A local home for children. This event has the making of a Canadian version of Crim where it is sponsored by Michelob Ultra - yep, FREE beer at end. Live music from start, throughout course and finish line. Great flat, yes flat course in London. Start at the top of Richmond, 500 metres from Fanshawe Park Rd (Masonville mall) downhill on Richmond to Regent (beautiful homes and great support) to Adelaide (a little crazy with exhaust and cars) to Fanshawe Park Rd and ending in parking lot of SilverCity which is attached to the mall. $1000 up for grabs in each race category and guaranteed the fastest 10k in London. I hope you all consider doing it next year.
Anyway back to my story, Back in February, my youngest sister (who is not a runner) approached my oldest sister and I (who are runners) to do this event with her as her boyfriend is a volunteer for Rock the Park which also benefits Bethany's Hope and since he was there why not we 3 run it. I jumped all over it, I told her I would pace her as she was coming off a hamstring injury and I was coming off my injury. Fast forward to yesterday - 9:30 am start time, the 3 of us start out in the midst of about 700 runners (dble from last yr), the sun is shining and cool breeze, music playing, people cheering and of course people passing us as they are coming off the downhill, never saying a word except, "Easy, Steady". We have started at a 6/6:15 pace, at the 5k, my younger sister turns to me and says, "when do you think we are picking up the pace", I chuckled and said, "we will start slowly know and continue to about 7 and then pick it up again to finish", "ok", she says. I asked her how she was feeling, she said good. She drank some water at both 3 and 5k waterstation's. My older sister was running behind with a friend of mine and she came up to me and said, "you have picked up the pace", Now - you know me, don't run with a watch, ever, I always run how I feel and I was feeling great, fantastic actually. I said, "I know". She said "5:30s", I told her, "why did you have to tell me that", she drops back to our friend and I looked at my sister and she says her hamstring is feeling a bit tight but she was alright. So I kept pushing. I can see the 7k and the turn up ahead and I am gunning for under that hour for her when all of a sudden a girl in front of me goes down and everyone is running by her but there are 2 young girls around her. Split second decision - do I go around and get my sister to that end she so wanted to cross with us or do I stop make her go on and help. I stopped , giving up my first 10k with my sister who has never run and also my first race back to the land of running and stayed with the fallen runner as I directed orders to runners with the phones to call 911 and grab whatever water was available to bring the body temperature down of this lady. Yes she ran without water, she was not properly hydrated, heat stroke/exhaustion, and a list of other stuff that happen to her and as she came around she also confessed she knew she should have not run this race because she was not well in the first place. As medical/ambulance came to drive her to hospital and my older sister and I resumed the last 2.3k to finished, I wondered how in the world that could have happened. I felt bad for both my sister (as she did not get what she wanted for all 3 sisters to cross under that hour together, she did get 58mins but we have committed to doing it again next year) and for that girl (which it was her 1st 10k also) who did not get to complete her race.
In telling you this story, I wanted you all to remember that we, your coaches, do want to help you in giving you the best advice in all aspects of running but not only that, really take stock in what your body is telling you and if it says STOP, do it. The benefits will far out weigh in the end.
This weekend two races are happening, which means tapering so please run the training logs. CRIM on Saturday and Wine Trail Half on Sunday. Good luck, enjoy it, have fun with it, trust all your training and never doubt that you can't.
Enjoy the beautiful week
Stefania for FoF