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Half marathon and weekend recap

7 Mar

Well, who knew that I could pull off a sub 2-hour half marathon? Not me, that’s for sure! But that’s what I managed to pull of on Sunday at the Chilly Half Marathon in Burlington. Really, my day did not start off with much confidence or high hopes. I was hoping for somewhere between 2 hours and 2hr 5min. The weather was also a factor. I’ve never waited in the cold at a start line. There was also the worry factors of wearing too many layers and getting too hot. Lastly, what would I do for hydration? I always race with a fuel belt but, in my vanity, decided not to wear one this time because it looks rather dorky with my coat. So I was hoping that there would be enough water stations along the route.

The race got started and I did not struggle to settle my heart rate to something steady (thanks to the warm up dance/jumping at the start line). I came to the first kilometer at 5:59. I knew I would have to cut off some seconds to get my two hour goal. I picked up my pace and met up with two girls who were sitting behind us on the bus to the start line. I asked if I could join them and they warmly welcomed me. We talked most of the way, distracting us from the many kilometers still ahead of us. The course was an out and back. At the turn around, one of the girls advised me that our pace was now 5:40km/hr – holy cow! Neither of us was hurting and we all felt good. However, I had to leave them at km 17. One of the girls was slowing and I did not want to sacrifice a personal best (and potential sub 2hour). I said my goodbyes and proceeded to sprint, sort of. At this point I was passing loads of people and kept an eye on my watch. I had 19 minutes to run 3km. Pfff, no big deal – that’s loads of time! As I came running in the final stretch, made a last turn towards the finish line this is the face that describes what I was feeling when I saw that finish clock and my surprised cheering team:

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“Look at the clock! Can you believe it?!” What I was thinking or yelling, I can’t remember.

My finish time was 1hr 58mins, a personal best and 13 minute gain on my previous time in 2011.

Mark and I spent Monday relaxing and cooking. We both had excellent times and wanted the day to do things at our own pace, which was slow compared to Sunday. Mark’s mom, who had come to spend the weekend with us, spent the day in Kitchener which gave us all afternoon to prepare a lovely meal.

DSC00936A three course meal was served with guacamole and tortillas for appetizers, mini spinach pies and Moroccan stew for main course and biscotti and tea for dessert.

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Winter running and race schedule

24 Jan

I’ve finally made a plan for the next six weeks for the half marathon. The plan includes lots of running but also a mix of swimming, biking, and strength training. I need to gain a base aerobic capacity when I start training 100% for the half ironman.

Despite a cold snap, I have not dropped a run all week. Except for this morning. In earnest, I tried to get out there. Heck, I even ran around the block but it was just too much. I had my foot warmers, 4 layers of tops, 2 layers of pants, hat, mitts and a scarf but the wind was just too cold on my face. I should have warn a balaclava!

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Love these foot warmers! They work so well!

Anyway, I’m not letting that get me down. I did a little living room workout instead. I’m also glad to report that I feel like a runner again. I’m no longer struggling with/against myself when I run. My body is letting me run and I no longer feel stiff. That was a beautiful realization last night!

Mark and I sincerely miss Ottawa but, damn, living in the GTA is convenient! Everything is so close. It’s allowing me to participate in so many races this winter and spring!

March 3: Chilly Half Marathon

April 14: Georgetown 5k
April 21: Yonge St. 10k

May 18: Early Bird Triathlon (ok, this one is in Ottawa but Mark and I are doing this race again because we had so much fun last year and we’re using it as a vacation too!)

June 1: Moon in June 10k (a race at night – cool!)

July 7: Peterborough half – tri (half ironman, but not Ironman brand)

So that is one half of the year’s races. After  a busy few months, we’ll see how I feel about summer/fall races. I’ll be preparing for another marathon so I might just take it easy and concentrate of training.

New year, new goals

8 Jan

Following my two month hiatus where I was totally consumed with work and Christmas shopping/preparation, I have some exciting news  to update you on!

First: Mark and I have committed to a vegetarian diet and mostly vegan diet. I have cut out most diary. I will only eat eggs that I buy from a co-worker who raises her own chickens. I am going to eat some cheese only if it is part of a recipe. Mark, on the other hand, cannot live without cheese or yogurt. He goes through a tub of yogurt every two days. So giving that up is a little harder for him. We’ve made that choice because of the health benefits stemming from a vegetarian diet. Along with that decision, we’ve also realized the environmental and ethical implications that come with being a vegetarian/vegan. Therefore we is also an eco-conscious effort to our diet change.

Second: at work, we are undergoing a location change. Our facility has been undergoing renovations in the last two years and we are now moving into our updated location. This means: A LOT of shelving books, shifting books, lifting boxes of books, and shelf reading Dewey decimal numbers. As a result, I come home exhausted. It’s been a little bit of a hindrance on this year’s training. So many nights I come home sore and not wanting to run, but I do and I’m proud of my motivation thus far (please don’t fail me now!)

Third: I am running a half marathon in eight weeks! I kind of lost track of time and assumed I had more time than I do but I don’t. So I threw myself back into training. I’m taking it slowly so I don’t risk an injury. I’ve got a long season up ahead and now is not the time to get injured. I’m looking forward to this run, we get a neat jacket in our race kit and a bowl of chili awaits all racers at the finish line. Yum!

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Once I get back into a regular schedule with work (when we open our doors to the public), I will come up with a training schedule for my Half Ironman in July. More information on that coming up also. I also plan on including successful vegetarian recipes. They will mostly be made  by Mark. He seems to have a knack for cooking!