March 22, 2018

Chilly Half-Marathon 2018 Race Report

by pyrad
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It has been a LONG time since I posted on this blog. But, I guess it’s a good time to get back into the habit.

On Sunday, March 4, I ran the Chilly Half-Marathon in Burlington for the 8th year in a row! Here are my previous race reports from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (this blog didn’t exist in 2011 so no race report from the first time…)


I had a pretty disappointing race in 2017, and this year I’m carrying 5 pounds more fat, so I wasn’t expecting to do much better. I was co-instructing a half-marathon clinic at the Running Room, and that was keeping me more motivated and honest about getting out there to do all the runs. But, with a lousy diet, and no strength training, I knew that I was going to struggle badly.

I wasn’t quite sure how to dress for this race. It was supposed to be above zero with a strong wind. I usually overdress for Chilly. I was looking at what other people had posted on social media for their ‘flat runners’ to see their gear choices. I wound up going with two light layers. Wearing shorts over tights and a t-shirt over a longer shirt is becoming my go-to. I had trouble finding a shirt that would nicely over another shirt. It looks like I have gained a lot of weight. But, I was happy to wear bright yellow, and I felt I was representing Mississauga.


My flat runner laid out the night before the race

I carpooled to Burlington with a couple of other runners from the Square One Running Room. There were also a couple of people from Square One coming for the Frosty 5k too.

It was nice to see so many familiar faces before and during the race. I knew Nicole would be there, but didn’t see her. I saw Patty as the pacer a couple of times on course. And had a chance to chat with soon-to-be IronWoMAN Emma! She did a 3.5 hours bike ride the day before the half-marathon and accidentally got a huge split negative! Wow!

Right before the starting line I saw Bruce, who I paced through the Mississauga Half-Marathon in the spring. He sent me a really nice thank you message after that race.

Group Photo before the race
With the big Chilly!


Another nice group photo. Photo from Brigida Quinlan’s camera, shared on Nav Buber’s Facebook


The race itself was quite a bust for me.

I started back behind the 2:45 pacer. I ran with her for about 1km but her walk breaks were at a rather spirited pace and I fell behind during the walk break!

Shortly after that, I started getting some really bad shin splints. That has NEVER happened to me during a race before. And when that seemed to be easing off, my feet started hurting and tingling.

The back of the pack for this race was pretty sparse and quiet. I was glad I had my iPod and headphones on to keep me from going nuts with the silence. I tried sticking to 10-and-1’s, but I couldn’t quite muster the energy to go too much.

It was nice seeing so many people because of the out-and-back course design. Especially cool to see was Reid Coolsaet who I cheered on as he passed. I commented on his race report whether he liked other racers cheering him on, and he replied that it was a nice, welcome distraction.

Close to the 13k turn around I caught up with Emily from my clinic. We passed each other on-and-off for the rest of the race.

I remember “running” into Bryan who I ran with during the 2015 Oakville Half. He was power-walking quite effectively. In fact, I was running to keep up with his walking, and when I took a walk break he pulled away!

I think I finally got some willpower and spirit in the last 2km. I tried really hard not to take extra breakers in the last stretch. I finished to cheers from Anita and Glenda from my group! It was a beautiful day, but not quite a beautiful run.


Date Event Goal Time Chip Time Gun Time
2018/03/04 Chilly Half-Marathon Finish 2:51:21.6 2:54:32.2


The Chilly Half-Marathon 2018 medal, and shirt. The shirt is really nice this year! Canadian Running Magazine says it’s one of the best!



I’ll be honest, I’m pretty embarrassed by my time. I’m one of the last to finish. I was struggling to keep going. And when running I couldn’t keep up with 60-year-old race-walkers! For someone who supposedly trained for 4 months for this race, to be almost last feels embarrassing.



Results Screenshot


Chilly Half-Marathon 2018 Finisher’s Certificate


I had thoughts about doing the Around The Bay 30k, but if 21k was such a struggle, 30k would be much worse. I’ve decided to focus on health and a better performance at the Mississauga Half-Marathon and 5k in May. I am fundraising again for the Trillium Health Partners Foundation and would appreciate any and all donations! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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