From the 2001 run stats I lift the following:
390 28:44.6 5:45 601 CHAPLIN, KENN TORONTO 282/330 56/63 Men 40 – 49
Translation: I placed 390th overall with a time of 28 minutes, 44.6 seconds, a 5:45 pace. My bib number was 601. There were 48 in my class behind me (at least I think that’s what that means) and I was 56th of 63 in something or other.
After training for a couple of months in the spring of 2001 I had the opportunity for a dry run “fun run” in New York’s Central Park (above) on Memorial Day weekend. I finished in under half an hour, exceeding my goal of just finishing.
I bested that in the Pride Run in Toronto and then set my sights on a 10 k. Did I incrementally increase my distance towards 10? No. I ran from one end of the Toronto Islands to the other and back. Having thus gone completely overboard I managed to flatten the arches of my feet and I haven’t run since. Breaking my femur when hit by a cab sealed that deal in 2003.
I think I did pretty damn well just to have entered the run, considering the state of my health – although I felt much more nimble back then, I must say.
So good luck to all Pride & Remembrance Run participants. I’d say I’ll be there to cheer you on but now just getting there on time may be too early a call for me!