I hope you are all doing well and by the way, Happy Spring!
On Sunday a large group of runners from the region participated in the annual Moose Run 25k. Each year I've run it it's never actually been 25k, but by that point I never care because I'm so exhausted and just want to be done! ;)
This race is a great prep for the Boston Marathon, as a physical test. The course is quite challenging and each year I've run it there's been wind in one direction or the other. Getting to the finish line is a feat in itself.
Because of the point the race arrives in marathon training I usually run this "race" with caution since my body is at that fine point between peaking and injury. I've suffered achilles issues in the past after running this race too hard.
This year Coach Lee suggested I aim for sub 5:00 minute pace (around 4:58 ish), since my Boston Goal is not to PB this year but to simply crack the sub 3:30 barrier along the course. I've yet to do that coming in at 3:31 in 2015!!! Let's hope this is my year! ;)
On Sunday morning it was nice not to get up while it was still dark and get ready at my own pace. The Moose Run begins at 10:00, but is quite a far drive for us who live where I do. Even with distance to destination in mind we were still good to roll at 8:00. I hitched a ride with Craig, Stacey, Rachael, Marg and we picked up Charlotte along the way.
|Some BLT Runners pre-race hanging out. Ugh, sorry it's blurry!|
Before the race a bunch of us headed out for a 4k-ish warm up. I felt so tired and heavy...dreading the run coming up. I was hoping that adrenaline a maybe a good tailwind would help. ;)
|Rachael, Stacey, Charlotte and I. Marg where did you go?|
It was a gorgeous sunny day running along Eastern Passage and Cow Bay! I was grateful for this. So many indecision's beforehand on what to wear! LOL.
I started out with Sarah, Corinne, Charlotte and Rachael who were running faster than I was supposed to so I decided to scale it back. The first bit felt easy since there was a good portion of downhill.
Christy, Natasha and Natalia were cheering at the famous Moose 4k in! They were so motivating. I saw them again at 10k with Coach Lee and I was getting tired already at that point. Uh oh.
Ugh, since recovering from bronchitis I'm having great difficulty running into cool headwinds. I know that's normal but it's also super frustrating. I slowed many times even walking up a couple of the big hills just to catch my breath.
Having Rachael with me was amazing. She's so positive and STRONG! Also recovering from a cold she was still able to pull me along. She's going to destroy Boston! OH! And at 6ish kms, Rachael actually FELL down on the ground, ever so gracefully but she fell! And like a total trooper she hopped back on up and kept running! #aintnothingonnabreakmystride
Sarah W. and Jillian got some great shots of us! Thanks guys!!!
At 12k we turn around and head back. Rami yelled, "There's a nice tailwind going this way!" This helped me so much mentally after fighting a headwind for 12k!!!
Each time I saw the splits that were slower with inclines or wind I decided that as long as the effort was being put in I'd be happy with the fact that I worked hard.
Rachael and I put down a couple of fast kms in the second half and by 20k my legs felt like noodles.
This run brings out so many strong runners. The majority were aiming to hit marathon pace that day and it was amazing to see all the runners as you hit the turn around point ahead and behind you. I love that!
Check out these hills!!!!
I knew the race wouldn't be 25k and I really used that as a mental strategy when I was fading in the end.
Rachael and I finished in 2:01..nearly 2:02 lol. And I was happy to be done!
Marathon training and built up fatigue really isn't a joke. Man, I was zonked! Of course super strong Charlotte was gearing to get our cool down in lol. So we did. Corinne, Charlotte and I did 3.5km to make 32km for the day and then it was time for chilli!
The volunteers are so great to feed us!!!!
I saw speedy Janet who I train with and she was so strong!
And here are the awesome BLT Runners!
It was a great run even though I was feeling sub par. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers!
Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading GGR!