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Vancouver, British Columbia
Energizer Night Race
13C / 55F
Total Time = 1h 07m 55s
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Pre-race routine:

Got to the park about an hour early. We got parked, used the rest room, then just hung around.
Event warmup:

Some dynamic stretches were led to music.
  • 1h 07m 55s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 47s  min/km

This is such a fun race. The route changed from last year (for the better I think). It is so cool to be running and look ahead on the seawall and see the snake of lights.

My SIL said from the get go, that we might have to leave her. She did great and was able to keep up. I let my nephew set the pace. The first 2km it is so crowded, that you can't go faster than the rest of the crowd anyway, so we just used it as a bit of a warm up. At one point, nephew speeds up a bit; SIL says "you realize it is YOUR job to keep up with him". LOL. Yep, I knew it!!

Around 2.5km, the path widens, and the crowd thins out some. Stanley Park is a beautiful park surrounded right on the ocean, so you are basically running along the water the whole way. Flat too :). As we came along the corner at Brockton Point, you could look ahead and see all the other runners' headlamps lighting up the path. You can actually see 2.5km ahead on the seawall, so that is pretty cool---a 2.5km snake slinking along. We cruised along to the 5km water station, grabbed some water there with a rest just long enough to drink, then kept going. At 7km, I heard a volunteer say that my nephew was the youngest they had seen--there were several comments to him along the way "way to go, little buddy" "wow, look at the young boy". I was thinking "what about his mom and I, we are the ones having to keep up with him!" :)

Around 8km, I asked my SIL how she was doing, and she said she was starting to hurt, but ok. I said that this was the longest she had been; this was when she told me that they had actually taken walk breaks on their recent 8km! I was so impressed that she was still running, and didn't want to take a walk break. My nephew said that he wanted to have a good kick at the end. So, at 9km he speeds up a bit. SIL says go, I'll meet you at the end. I tell her not to walk, she can do it.

I tell nephew to be careful, he doesn't want to go too fast. So, I am calling out every 100 meters. 500m--he speeds up a little. 400m--speeds up a little more. 300m--a little more. Are you kidding me? I am struggling to keep up. 150 to go, one more turn and the finish line is in sight. And he really kicks it up. Holy shit, this kid can run! I barely kept up to him to the finish. SIL came in about :40 after us-really great!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was so fun to do as a family, and I think I will 'give' it to my nephew every year for his birthday (at least as long as he wants to continue!). I really think Noah could do this in under an hour. I don't know anything about young runners, but he seems fast to me!
Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching and some eating.

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Last updated: 2012-08-13 12:00 AM
01:07:55 | 10 kms | 06m 47s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: One lap around Stanley Park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2012-10-14 1:19 AM

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Subject: Energizer Night Race 10K

2012-10-14 2:21 AM
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What fun!  I was watching the 5.7km run at the Melbourne Marathon today - lots of little kids around 6-8 years old just flying along coz they don't hurt, they have no concept of pacing, no concept of distance they just run - so refreshing to see!  They were smiling and having a blast!

2012-10-14 1:01 PM
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How cool!!  I love, love, love that you were able to do this race with your family and that they both had such a good time to boot!  The pic of the 3 of you is awesome.  And wow, it sounds like such a beautiful race with the water nearby for so much of it.  Great job!!  And yeah, keeping the tradition going of doing this race with your nephew sounds like such a super idea. Kudos!
2012-10-14 1:42 PM
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Central Kansas
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Very nice. What a fun run, and through Stanley Park. Wow. Congratulations to all of you. The three of you look so cute and excited.
2012-10-14 4:25 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Kirsten, how awesome is this race? Stanley Park is a beautiful area and you did a great job. How much fun to run with family? And a big smile for your SIL as well, she did great.
2012-10-15 12:03 PM
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Great job on the race!

This sounds like so much fun! I ruv Stanley park!! And I ruv running in the dark!! So cool

But most important, you helped get others out to run and THAT is amazing!

2012-10-15 1:28 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Sounds like a great time! Running with kids is a blast then add in the water and running in the dark.  That's one for the memory books! And good on you for continuing to encourage both your nephew and SIL!
2012-10-15 2:50 PM
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Melon Presser
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Keepin' it in the family. Great job on keeping up with your nephew, love the pics, and it does look like a blast!
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