8 km Swim for My Prostate

This morning I ran Harry’s Spring Run Off 8k to fight Prostate Cancer, but it felt more like an 8km swim. I was completely soaked before the race even began. Nothing like running with swimming pools in your shoes.

I just signed up for the race yesterday, after being coerced by a few friends from my Sunday running group. I figured it would be a good benchmark for the 10km Sun Run next month. My goal for the 10k is 40 minutes (ambitious, but I’ve done it before). So, I figured today a 36 minute 8km would be good. Not quite the pace I want for the 10k, but a good starting point.

My strategy was to take it easy for the first 4km and then slowly pick it up if I felt good. I ran the first 4 km in 17:30 which was right on pace, but I felt like I was holding back. So at every kilometre marker after that I picked up my pace. I pretty much sprinted in the last 500 meters. I felt great. In the end, I ended up running a 33:48, which was a lot better than I expected. I super pumped now.

The best part is how much free stuff I got. My $50 entry fee was a bit more expensive because I entered late, but I got 2 shirts, a pair of socks, and an energy bar. Then I finished 3rd place (they screwed up the results at the race and gave me second) in my age category so I won a prize. I figured it would be a cheesy medal, but I ended up with a $75 gift certificate for the Running Room, so I’m going to buy myself a new pair of shoes this week. I’ve been meaning to for a while, so this is perfect. Race Results

I’m really pumped about running and training now. I ran most of the race with Scott, and our pace is pretty close, so maybe I’ll have a running partner for the half marathon this summer.


  1. Blistering time!
    Great time. The Running Room prize is a nice touch. Guess your getting too fast to run with the old turtle Mom. Better get my training geared up. My goal is to complete the half in twice your time!


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