March 13, 2017
It’s been a very quiet few months on my blog. I’m hoping this post is the start of a turnaround and revival!
I drove five of us from Mississauga to to Burlington. I didn’t really want to drive, but I figured it’s good race karma.
I saw many familiar faces: From dailymile/blogosphere Nicole, Sam, and JP, and Patty was pacing and did another perfect 2:15. And there were lots of Mississauga friends from various groups: Nobel, John B, Brigita, Lax, Viet, Nagini, Fil, Danny, Danielle, and Lee. And Doug who ran with my clinic last spring, but moved and trains with Royal York now.
And the group I carpooled with: Jorge, John L, Claudia, and clinic leader Anita.
I also ran into Bryan who I met during the Oakville Half in 2015. He said he’s trying to get his daughter hooked on fitness right after she’s back from university. He wishes he was more active in his youth because of his health problems now. Wow, that’s powerful!
I was surprised to see not one, but TWO 2:45 half-marathon pacers! When I paced Oakville at 2:45 it was because I was recovering from an injury. And I paced Scotia last fall at 2:45 was because demand was too great for the higher paces. But I guess this is a regular thing now.
felt rather cold when the wind was blowing during the run. At times I felt too warm, but not too often. I may have been wiser to go with a lighter shell rather than the fleece just for wind cutting.
I tried running just by feel, and resisted looking at my watch for pace. I was just using my watch for 10-and-1’s. I was pleasantly surprised my wonky ankle held it together. But, I got the “pins-and-needles” feeling I’ve been getting for years. I guess I need to warm up more next time.
Being just ahead of the 2:45 pacer was quite quiet and lonely in the late stretch. The crowd is pretty thin, and the course support becomes even more sparse. But, I stayed to what felt comfortable. I kept telling myself there was no where else I would want to be.
I didn’t start to struggle until about the 19km. The fatigue on my muscles was getting quite intense, especially in my arms which I thought was weird. I took a couple more walk breaks than I should have. I looked back one time and saw the 2:45 pacer. That encouraged me to keep pace. I wanted to beat my Scotia time at least!
I heard my name announced when I approached the finish line, and was happy to finish my 7th Chilly Half-Marathon in a row!
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I was pretty tired and stiff after the race. I met up with another Mississauga runner and we stumbled our way back to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. I found wall and sat down. I knew it would be hard to get up again. I was literally “not on my feet anymore.” In the recovery that followed I was pleasantly surprised I didn’t damage anything permanently. Just really sore.
But, you know what makes post-race better? Cupcakes! One of the gentleman that carpooled up with me brought cupcakes and left them in the trunk of my car! Okay, karma replenished!
I’m already considering registering for next year’s Chilly Half-Marathon and continuing my streak to make it 8 years in a row. Race Director Kelly Arnott says it will be quite different thematically next year….
So, what’s next for me? I’m running the Around The Bay 5k at the end of March. I’ve never done the 5k before, but I’ve done the full 30k four times, a two-person relay, and three-person relay. So, I’ve run Around The Bay 4 and 5/6 times, and after the 5k that will make it 4 and 11/12 times!
And, I recently found out that I will be the 2:30 half-marathon pacer at the Mississauga Half-marathon in May. I guess I have to keep training and bring up my speed a bit!