My second day in Ottawa was just as fabulous as the first! This trip is flying by SO QUICKLY!
This morning I ran my very first 5K with Anais and her boyfriend! I know, I know, I’ve ran a marathon and a few half-marathons but NEVER a 5K!
Side note: 5K’s are hard!
Side note #2: Anais boyfriend WON this race. It wasn’t an official race with a “timing chip” or anything but he was the first runner in around 18 minutes!
I’m so glad we decided to do this race. It was such an awesome way to see more of the city! I actually forgot my Garmin at home (boo!) so don’t have mile splits for this race – my time is just from a normal watch. The race was along the canal and SO pretty!
Anais boyfriend coming back the other way:
Anais and I ran together until the turnaround point and then I walked to get some water and sent her up ahead of me. I was feeling pretty tired at that point actually – running fast is HARD! Coming back was a little more uphill than on the way out so I just told myself that I could “jog” but no walking, even though I really wanted to.
I kept thinking about what my running coach says when we’re doing intervals, “is it your legs or your lungs?” usually it’s my lungs that are tired and my legs are fine! So I remembered that and forced myself to push on! Since the race was for the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ there were posters at the end that had children’s wishes on it. Reading those was really motivating and I pushed hard at the end and even sprinted through the finish line!
Running 5K fast was hard. I definitely felt kind of sick and nauseous towards the end from pushing myself.
I crossed the finish line in 26:18, which is an 8:29 pace. I was really happy with that for my first 5K! Eventually I would love to do one in under 25 minutes.
Sweaty and red-faced (me):
After the race we went to this ADORABLE restaurant called the Sconewitch for brunch! We had to wait a bit for a table but it was 110% worth it. Best brunch I’ve ever had!
Obviously they specialize in scones (I had a vanilla cream one) but you also get scrambled eggs with your choice of topping and fresh fruit on the side! SO GOOD!
After brunch we went back to Anais’ and showered before heading out for more sightseeing and fun. I’m obsessed with all the brick houses in downtown Ottawa!
After a bit of walking around we went for CUPCAKES! These were soooo good! We had a chocolate chip twist and a lemon cupcake (we each had half). They were insanely delicious. Very light and fluffy. I am 99% sure I want cupcakes at our wedding instead of a cake-cake 🙂
After that we did more walking along the canal and saw some of the pretty Ottawa tulips! We also did a bit of window shopping and visited a stationery store, a fun kitchen store and a store devoted entirely to selling loose-leaf tea! I bought a tea infuser so I can start making loose-leaf tea at home.
After walking along the canal and sitting on a bench reading our books for a bit we went for appies and caesars at a restaurant right along the canal! Good food, great view and amazing conversation! Anyone who has met another blogger knows what I mean – it’s like hanging out with an old friend!
This pizza seriously reminded me of pizza I had in Italy – it was that good!
Pizza + blondies + wine = GREAT night!
We are watching Run Fat Boy Run tonight before heading to bed – I’ve never seen it but it’s really funny so far!
Tomorrow morning we are going for one more brunch and then it’s time for me to change into work-mode (the real reason I’m in Ottawa!) for Sunday night and all day Monday!
Hope your having a great weekend!
Have you ever ran a 5K? Did you think it was hard?
PS: I’ve been bugging Anais ALL weekend about blogging and she posted tonight after a bit of a hiatus. So go check it out!