With the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon about a month away, I decided to throw a speedy, long-ish distance race into my training plan at the last minute. The MEC Race #4 event, which happened on Sunday, September 7, offered three race distances (a 5K, 10K and 15K) along a route I’m very familiar with, as it’s just steps from my front door. I signed up for the 15K race, and decided to run it at my tempo run pace (about 4:30) for as long as I could as a pre-marathon tune-up.
The MEC races are fairly small in terms of the number of participants, which is great if you’re looking to run fast. I found myself trying to keep up with the speedy women in the front, whereas at a larger race I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard. The price is also incredibility reasonable: For only $15, you get a timed race, post-race snacks, a free 15-minute massage, David’s Tea, coffee and medals for the top three men and women overall.
The route set out along the Selkirk Trestle and down the Galloping Goose trail, looped Swan Lake twice, and headed out down the Goose towards Tillicum Mall to a turnaround point before heading back over the Selkirk Trestle and back to the start/finish line on Harbour Road. The course was very well marked and marshalled along the entire route.
I set out at a decent pace and kept it up for the majority of the race. The undulating trails around Swan Lake left me feeling winded and slowed my pace a bit, but I caught my breath once I got back out on the flat Goose trail again. I finished in a time of 1:08:51 at a 4:32 pace. I think I was the 5th female overall — the race results have yet to be posted so I’m not entirely sure how I did or how many women were racing.
This was my first MEC race and it definitely won’t be my last. I enjoyed some tea, got a great massage from Acacia Health afterward and only had a 10 minute walk home! The next MEC race in the series is Race #5 at Elk Lake on October 26, 2014. There is a 5K, 10K and half marathon distance.
Bri’s Race Rating (out of five stars)
MEC Race #4
My Garmin route map of the race (for more information about the elevation, distance, route, etc.)
Post-race food: ★★★
Race Garment: N/A
Race Expo: ★★