Sunday, 15 October 2017

2017 Valley Harvest 10k Review

My last race of the season...and my first 10k race.

I really do love the Valley Harvest...it's usually a perfect time of year...crisp and cool...the colors and the scenery are beautiful. 

The night before I laid out flat Courteney....
the blanket was in the race kit this year
It was supposed to be 19 degrees by 8am by the time the race started...with humidity!  I guess crisp and cool was out this year!!!  I woke up way too early....5:30am the alarm went off and 6:15 I was out the door. 

I met Jill at the race....when I got to her she was already pacing...not hard to tell it was her first 1/2!
At 8am we lined up and were off.  I was aiming for 58 minutes which would make for a comfortable run.  The first part of the course is pretty much flat...then at 1.5k there is a downhill and subsequent uphill...a little valley...and then flat again.  The course runs along the dykes and is very pretty...at one point a cow actually mow'd at me.  LOL  And then you have to climb the 'irving' ramp on the return...that blasted hill is looonnnnggggg....and yes....I walked it!!!  The final 3k pass quickly...and yes...that little valley jumps in at 9k...and then you are upon the track at the university.  You can see/hear the finish line...but you still have to run around the track.
I'm actually watching a mom encourage
her daughter to finish the 5k
I finished in 57.20...so basically where I wanted to be. 
I walked around and found Jill's boyfriend and then we waited!  It was a beautiful day in the valley and a great morning to relax and enjoy everyone finishing their race.  Jill came in strong!!  She crossed that finish line at 2:16 and officially became a 1/2 marathoner!!! 
she doesn't even look like she ran
The Valley never disappoints....but I do have to say that I wish there were more photographers on the course.  I know it has to be difficult/expensive to find someone to stay on a course for numerous hours to capture pics but I also know how much runners really like seeing their pictures!!

Unless I suddenly sign up for a last minute race, my racing season is now over.  Time to just run to run and cross train for next year!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Ocean Breeze Gale 5k

My next race was supposed to by the Valley 10k but Jill wanted to try and hit a PB so off we went to Lawrencetown Beach this morning to try and get her one.
Gorgeous views on the beach.  There were numerous surfers in the water today.
The race had a 5k, 10k run, and a 5k walk option.  Race kit pickup was held over two days giving folks lots of time to pick them up.
I've never run this race before so I was excited to see what it offered.  It was a chilly morning...we've kind of been thrown into fall temperatures all of a sudden!  I knew my lungs would not be happy being pushed today. 
Pre-race selfie.  Beautiful scenery....even if it was a tad chilly!
There were 61 runners doing the 5k run.  There was a brief warmup where the leader actually had the runners doing static stretches.....it always surprises me when this happens (as fitness professionals should know better)!  I positioned myself in between the 25 and 30 minute pace bunny hoping I could keep the 25 minute bunny in my sights.  The trail was crusher dust...but not packed crusher dust like the BLT trail that I frequently run on...but rather a bit loser.  This made me think of Jill and her PB as I knew her footing wouldn't be as good as if she were on pavement. 

Even with the number of runners/walker, there seemed to be ample space on the trail to accommodate us all.  At the turn around point, I could tell that I was first female.  Now let me clarify....Rum Runners (a very popular relay race) was also happening today...and that took many quick runners!!!  I was still excited and tried to maintain pace on my way back.  We had a bit of a head wind after the turn around and I had to stop to walk to catch my breath for about 30 seconds. I pushed myself to continue, knowing that I had less than 2km to go.    The one downside of a straight, flat trail is that I could see that darn finish line forever...well maybe not forever...but for at least 500 meters.

Here are how my splits turned out.


You can see at 4k mark that I walked.
And Atlantic Chip Results.....

One and only time that I'll see 1st female and 1st in my age group!!
There were lots of after race treats including chocolate milk, bananas, mini crispies, granola bars, water, and even frizbees from a local radio station!

This was a great local, small race that supports an independent school in the area.  I might put this on my list again next year.  I did see some of the runners doing the 10k and boy...they had quite the uphill to climb...I don't think I'll do that one. :-)

For now...I'm sure my next race is the valley harvest 10k...can't wait for that one as it's a beautiful time of year AND Jillian is running her first ever 1/2 marathon!! Oh....and Jill totally got her 5k PB today...crossing the line 3rd female and 1st in her age group!!!