I checked into Delta the day before on Saturday with George and had a light dinner at IQ Food Co. near Harbourfront. I was pleasantly surprised with their food options. Overall, a great vibe with the expected typical “plant-based vegan” decor you get from healthy food shops. I decided not to overload the night before and ordered an apricot smoothie and had some dates while George got a coco verde smoothie with a salad bowl.
This brings me to the topic of race day nutrition. I generally don’t change much of my diet before a race since I already follow a high carb vegan diet. My daily macronutrient ratios are usually 60-85% carbs, 20% protein, and 10-20% fat. The only thing I do pay attention to is to make sure I eat enough carbohydrates 2-3 days before a race to ensure my glycogen stores are filled. However, I like to keep it light with easily digestible foods the day before a race to prevent the feeling of being sluggish at the start line. For this race, I ate mostly fruit either whole or in the form of smoothies. I also avoid highly fibrous leafy vegetables the day before so I don’t have to be running to the washroom pre-race. Ooops!
There’s an interesting way my body reacts to races. I set my alarm at 5AM the night before, but I woke up naturally on my own at 4:45AM on June 14th on RACE DAY!! It was a chilly and damp morning. For once, the weather forecast was right and I was out of luck. It was destined to be cloudy and rainy the morning at Toronto Islands for the Nike Women’s 15k race. Despite the ‘dreadful’ forecast, I was too excited about my first race of the year to let that rain on my parade (literally).
I quickly took my morning shower, threw on my clothes and boarded the ferry onto Toronto Islands!I had a pre-race breakfast of 1L of coconut water, 2 bananas, and a tropical smoothie of bananas, strawberries, sweet potatoes, and kiwis. There were tons of runners already on the ferry and it was estimated there were over 10,000 runners who will be crossing the finishing line. Not bad for their first race in Canada, Nike!
It started raining right when we were lining up into the corral to start. I was too smug to take one of the body warmers they were handing out and was drenched before the gun went off. 😦 Not to complain, as it did stop raining right at the 10k mark to life my spirits.
I crossed the finish line with my last gasp of air and was satisfied with my PR. Looking back at the experience, one thing I learned for next time is not to be so caught up with the start pace. I was too excited by the adrenaline and started too fast to soon and before I knew it, my goal of negative splits was down the drain. I also got a fancy finisher’s pendant from Tiffany & Co.! Here’s the race results:
I’ll definitely be back for more Nike races next year! Kudos to the organizing team and way to go all runners! I’m super impressed with how well the event was executed and thanks for the awesome photos!