Monday, 21 August 2017

Navy 5k Recap

Holy Humid Batman!!!  Over the last few weeks, I haven't done any running.  I did a 5k two weeks ago on uneven turf and it seemed to have tweaked my stress fracture a bit.  Given that, and the fact that I have the Maritime Race Weekend twosome next month, I decided to downgrade to the 5k.  This year, the race offered an added bit of swag in a drinking glass if you did a run at Epic.  Yay to more swag!!!
Jillian and I went early enough to do our prerace self and stretches before lining up.  In past years, the race went counter clockwise, which meant a long slow incline for about 2k, before switching to more of a decline to the finish.  This year, and a few in the past, had the route going in the opposite direction.  This meant a bit of a bottle neck at the beginning as there are a few corner turns right at the start that hold people up.  I'm actually not sure which way is better.  I do know that I didn't like seeing the finish line as long as I did.  I like not seeing it until the very end...LOL.
Prerace selfie
I honestly didn't look at my garmin for 90% of the race, not until I felt a side stitch and wondered how it was affecting me, as I knew I had to slow down to make it go away.  I was surprised to see 5.25 when I looked down.  Other than that, I ran by feel.  It was humid....really humid.  I would have loved to have had a light sprinkle of rain....and I never say that. 
There were volunteers and police along the route, 2 water stops (more than other 5ks I have run), and some great post race food.  This year, the race had great finisher medals as well.  Past years, I've only received a t-shirt...and I shouldn't say that is more than enough...but the medal was fantastic!! 
I was surprised by my finishing time given my lack of running.  Races always give me a renewed sense of commitment to my fitness.  It reminds me that I can push myself when I need to.  Had I not had the stitch, I know I could have crossed under 27.  I didn't think I'd see that this year given that I'm still building speed/distance from the stress fractures.
Another thing I like about races is seeing people that I haven't seen in a year because I haven't been racing.  People coming up and wishing you well, welcoming you back to the race scene, and inspiring you.  The running community is one of the most encouraging ones you can find!!
This was Marissa and Glen's first race ever!
Glen is my boss!
Everyone that saw me, asked if my new fur baby was on site....nope...not at this race.  But this face will be seen at races in the future if I can swing it...I want him to get used to being around others.
Watson...a sheepadoodle that will be 60-70lbs when full grown, and my new
running buddy once able.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

EPIC Canadian 5k 2017

Whoa.....that was a wet one!!!  It brought back memories of the very first Epic Canadian so many years ago when the rain was sideways!!  This year Canada celebrates 150 years so this Epic was sure to be special. 

I woke early and got all tattoo'd up.
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I made sure to fuel properly the night before....a muffin and a Hersey almond chocolate bar...yum yum.  LOL
I met Jill at 8:15 and we were off.  I had checked out the weather radar before leaving and saw some heavy rains headed our way and made sure to pack a garbage bag for protection.
We arrived early and found a wicked parking spot across from the race start.  And that is when the heavens opened up....I mean it poured HARD!!  With about 15 minutes to the start, we put our bags on and walked to the start...literally walking through tiny rivers running down the parking lot/road with the amount of rain coming down.
Nate and I at the start
By this point, everyone was soaked, through and through.  As the race started...wouldn't you know the rain started to let up to a drizzle as we ran through puddles that covered our sneakers.  Jill thought it was funny at the beginning to splash me but as I tried to get her back, I think I may have splashed spectators....sorry!  The first 1.5k are pretty much flat, then there is 1.5k of uphill.  You go up, level out for like 10 meters, and then up again.  I kept telling myself that at the 3k mark, it was all downhill!  And what a glorious downhill it was!    I remembered it well from last years half.  As you begin to run around lake's so pretty and you know the finish line is less than a kilometer away.
You have to run over a suspension bridge close to the finish and Jill mentioned that it bounced a lot as she ran over it....I felt nothing..LOL...I think I was just set on the finish line.
My chip time was 28.06 - giving me 16/129 in my age group, and 153/701 overall.  This is was my first race this year...coming back from stress fractures is hard!  I'm wondering how I ever ran in the 26's as taking 2 minutes off my time seems impossible!
A little rain never hurt anyone and runners came out and ran their hearts out today.  It just made the day even more EPIC that it happened in a down pour. Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers that stood in that rain for hours to make sure the runners stayed safe!!
Up next for me is the Windsor 5k at the end of the month.  So glad to be back on the racing scene cause the energy is always so positive and I get to see people I haven't seen in ages!!