Remember Run 5K!

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Robert Brouillette

On Saturday November 2nd 2013, I ran the Remember Run 5K road race of the Waterloo Running Series in Cambridge starting and finishing at the Preston Legion. This was my 3rd time participating in the Remember Run and will be my first road race in Canada since I left to train in Kenya for July/August and have been running cross-country for Conestoga College for September/October. It was almost 5 months since I raced on the road so I was very excited, especially with being one of the winners from last years Remember Run 5K. This race was very last-minute but worth it as I used it as a way to get some speed in my legs before CCAA Canada College XC Nationals in Toronto the following Saturday. I was fortunate to have my good friend, Yves Sikubwabo, who is a top runner for Guelph University, and racing his CIS Nationals next weekend, come support me by watching my race to cheer me on. Once I got to the race site, I rushed to get registered, did an easy warm up, and then headed to the start line for some quick sprints. It was a cold morning and very wet as well due to the rain but that wasn’t going to stop me and 300 other participants in the 5K/8K. I had only my Conestoga College singlet, gloves, my short shorts, and New Balance 1600 shoes on, freezing at the start line but once that horn went off nothing else mattered but making it back to the finish line as fast as I could. The race started out quick with me taking the early lead and a group just behind but by 1K there was maybe two guys following me and then at 2K it was just me and another guy side by side. Up to this point the race was all on the city streets before turning into a park where it was mostly paved road with a small section of trail which was still wet, muddy, and slippery from the rain. At this point I had created a sizable gap and knew I would be running the last 3K all on my own. As I was running along the trail in the park, the lead biker and I noticed that I train was going to cut right through the race course but thankfully I made it across the railroad tracks in time. by 4K I was back on the main roads and was escorted to the finish line by a police car and knowing the rest of the course was flat with a slight downhill finish, I put myself in gear and hammered to the finish in an almost new PB of 16:50 minutes. I took the win in the 5K and from my understanding set a new course record of 5th annual event by 10 seconds from 17:00 minutes which I ran the year before. I crossed the line feeling great, almost a minute ahead of the next runner, and having no pains in my body at all. I stuck around at the finish line for a few minutes to congratulate some of my competitors and friends as they finished their 5K race. All in all, I am pleased with how my race went, loved getting the win, and even though the weather wasn’t the best and I had to run solo for most of the race, I’ll get that PB next time. I went home with a cool Remember Run technical t-shirt, a 1st place finishers medal, and now motivated to hopefully come back out again next year.

SUMMARY
Race = Remember Run

Distance = 5K
Time = 16:50 min.
Pace = 3:22/K
Overall Place = 1st/291

SOCIAL MEDIA
Photo album of my race = https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151973872838874.1073741850.511403873&type=1&l=ffb82b3ed9
My race finish video = https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152000291798735
Race results = http://chiptimeresults.com/resultsreader.php?y=2013&r=rememberrunS.htm
Race website = http://runwaterloo.com/
My Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/RunnerRob4Life
My Twitter = https://twitter.com/RunnerRob4Life

The mixed 5K & 8K start with me taking the early lead!

The mixed 5K & 8K start with me taking the early lead!

My 5K finish win celebration!

My 5K win finish celebration!

Posing with my Remember Run t-shirt and medal!

Posing with my Remember Run t-shirt and medal!

– Robert Brouillette

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