March 22, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!