>> Wednesday, May 30, 2012
|5K runners--I love this picture|
|All smiles after their first 5K|
|5K cookies yummy!|
Once they finished their race, we headed out to dinner. We were 10 people so you can imagine that it was a little tough to find a place to eat. After trying the third place we finally sat down at a pub. Those of us running the half in the morning (one guy was running his first marathon) wanted to carb load, but since it was a pub there was only one pasta choice. The meal took 2 hours to come. I was grumpy, tired and hungry. Finally the waitress comes over and tells us that 5 of the kitchen staff walked out that day and they are understaffed in the kitchen and we would be getting our meals 50% off.
We laid out all our clothes, placed our chip timer on our shoe, packed our drinks and gels, set about 3 alarms for the next morning.
|Considering this is 6:30 am I look so happy.|
Like a kid at Christmas, I was up at the crack of dawn, no alarms needed. I got dressed and we headed to the race. Surprisingly, parking wasn't so bad. I was so excited. We found some of our Running Room friends took a picture and we to the start line.
|Running Room Crew|
Because there were so many people running the half this year they had to start in two waves. One left at 9 am and the other left at 9:15. I was in wave number two and I placed myself in between the 2:30 pace bunny and the 2:45 pace bunny.
*****Side Note: A pace bunny is an individual who will finish the race in the time they are holding give or take a minute. If you want to finish the race in 2 hours and a half, run with 2:30 pace bunny.
The gun went off and it was a go. It took about 15 minutes for me to actually cross the start line. I saw my friends that had run the 5k yesterday cheering me on, it warmed my heart.
The first 10k was great. I hit the 10k mark at 1 hour and 12 minutes, I was doing great. Remember that I had only REALLY started training in the last month, because I had all kind of wrist issues as well as lack of motivation. The shit hit the fan at kilometre 14. My ankle started to hurt. Oh did I mention that it was 100,000 degrees, it was as hot as Satan's backyard? I was sweating like a heaux in chruch. This caused me to have a headache. I made sure to drink Gatorade at the the water stations, I also made sure to pour water on my head and face frequently to cool me down.
At kilometre 15 I had to walk for about 15 minutes and this got me a bit discouraged, to add to that I started to see marathoners who had finished their race (they stared at 7 am that morning) walking back to their cars. I actually said out loud, "I want to be them right now!". I started to feel better around kilometre 17 and continued with my 10 minutes of "running" and 1 minute walks. At 18 km, I heard my name. I looked up and there were my friends again. They literally breathed life into to me at that point. I was ecstatic to have someone cheering for me, I knew at that point taht I was going to finish. I was going so slow at this point the 2:45 pace bunny passed me, the 2:45 power WALKING pace bunny passed me (yes there were people power walking the half marathon). The final two km is a loop with the Rideau canal flowing in between. I could hear the finish line on the other side of the loop and I really wanted to be there. I pushed and kept telling myself that I could do this. I walked a bit so that I would run across the finish line. I did to a bombardment of congratulations from volunteers! My final time was 2:47, not too bad. You know that I am going to have to run another half just so that I can have a sub 2:30 time.
|I love you medal!|
|Wow, who would think that I just ran for almost 3 hours. I look so happy.|
|Blue Hawaiian? Blue Lagoon? Hypnotiq? No silly, blue Gatorade!|
There are always great signs at this race and my favorite this year was: