Kingston General Hospital Trauma Unit 10km Race

As a kid, I never enjoyed running. I dragged running the 6 laps in school, never quite developed the coordination to enjoy sprinting and always catching my breath when we had to do any physical exercise.

But I have developed a love for running in recent years.  It doesn’t take a lot to put on a pair of running shoes and go for a run. I started running at my own pace, rather slow pace but I would take mini steps, make mini goals and day after day, I have come to be able to run for a long enough distance to complete a 10 K. So I decided to sign up for the Limestone Weekend Race – Kingston General Hospital Trauma Unit 10 K Race.

But as I started running in the race, the scene with elite runners, many with muscular calves and impressive biceps have instilled some anxiety in me, distracted me a bit and at times lost focus on my own goal of running.  As the crowd started running, I became lost in the midst of the motion. I thought I was very realistic with my time, my goal and my ability to finish the course. Yet as I saw myself distancing from the crowd in front of me and more runners passing by me, I started to panic.

It also didn’t help as I was swallowing many of the irritating black flies coming in my direction as well as the strong wind that was constantly hitting my face.

Then it reached a point where I was running alone, didn’t see any runners in front of me, nor behind me.  The view around the waterfront was so calm, I became excited again about running, storming through the path ahead and running at my own pace. I was once again enjoying the motion, the scene and the very fact that I was on my way of reaching my goal.  As I saw the finishing line, I knew I could do it. I continued to run without concern for who were ahead of me nor who else were behind me. I wanted to do this race for myself, not anyone else.

My finishing time was an hour and 12 minutes, not impressive by any athletic standards. Someone asked me if I did it in less than an hour – I said hell no. But it was the time I had expected. During my training times, that was the time  I needed to complete my 10 k. So it was no surprise to me.  What was surprising was that I actually didn’t enjoy running in a race, running among all the runners who were pumped up with the adrenaline.  I didn’t quite run with the same mind set.  I enjoyed running alone, perhaps liking the peacefulness of solo running.

I think I will still sign up for some other races this year and the same race again next year. Because by signing up the races, I will be more motivated to keep running, something to look forward to, some goals to work towards.

Who knows? Maybe I will be able to run a half marathon in a year or two and a marathon down the road. As long as I keep it realistic and run at my own time, my own pace, I think I will do fine.


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My name is Cynthia Leung and I am a practicing pharmacist in Kingston Ontario, Canada. This blog is for me to share my ideas, opinions and perspectives on how medications are used in our health care system. Note that these posts are my own opinions and do not represent the opinions of my current or former employers and / or organizations that I may belong to. Any possible case scenarios described in my posts would be modified to maintain patient confidentiality. This blog is not a platform for professional advise for patients or health care providers and the content is not meant to support any clinical decisions or replace professional opinions. Also the images are either taken or created by the author, or adapted with permission. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts!

5 thoughts on “Kingston General Hospital Trauma Unit 10km Race”

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I think I will run for a 5K in the summer and aim for a 10 k in Nov. That will definitely keep me running for the rest of the year. 🙂 Thanks for all your encouragement!

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