Sunday, 16 March 2014

Moose Run 25k Recap!

Girl Went Running again. :)

And it was great! 

This was my first ever Moose Run, or any race distance of 25k for that matter.  


Pre-race meal:Chicken, Sweet potato and Garden Salad. :) I know, I have the appetite of a Titan. ;)

My "I Moose Wake Up" mug just seemed fitting for this morning's pre-run breakfast.
As I ate, I wondered: "Is it true what they say?"  "If the hills don't make you gasp, then the scenery definitely will." (from their blog site). 

One of the reasons I signed up for this run was the word I'd gotten from marathon friends of mine who used it as a true testament to training for Boston. Sort of like a check in to see how your fitness has conditioned for the Marathon. And boy was this ever a 'good' training run!

Sam and I headed over bright and early so that we could secure one of the spots to get a t-shirt in our size. :D 

When we got called to the start area I freaked!!! Like Big Time. I hit 'play' on my iPod and it was Dead. As a doornail. :( whomp whomp.

Sam said "Go to your car and get your phone!!!" I was not convinced this was a great idea, but I did. And it was! It fit perfectly in my side thigh pocket and in the other side pocket I stashed my gels. I'm loving these tights more and more every day. :)

GO!

A few hundred runners headed down towards Cow Bay. Bee-u-ti-ful!
We had glorious scenes along the way and some mighty tough hills. But, we got over it. ;) You see what I did there? LOL.

The race route had super duper awesome volunteers handing out water along the way. They were doubly awesome since we encountered every type of weather possible: Rain, Sun, Wind, Snow and Hail. Not in that particular order. The rain/snow came quite early on with the hail at 5.5 miles. I had to put keep my sunglasses on so that I would not be blinded by the stuff, lol. Then at about 10 ish miles, the sun came out a-blazing. It was beautiful.

I ran my first two miles too fast. There was a huge downhill at the start so it was easy to quicken the pace without knowing. After I checked in at 2 miles, I held back a bit and ran at a more comfortable relaxed pace.
John Clevett's photo.

In the above photos you can see my pockets stashed with Gu and my phone. I was amazed at how daunting some of the hills were. That coupled with a mega head-wind made some miles feel like I was running in reverse, lol. 

Check out these cool action shots from Tim Chesnutt! 





My body and cardio felt strong today, but I think I'll pay dearly tomorrow for the hills.
I'm not quite sure what happened at 1 hr 6 min, lol. Actually, never mind. It was a water stop! And I stopped. :)
I clocked my 25k (15.5.miles) at 2 hrs 3 min and 41 seconds. A new race distance PR. :D

Funny how Sam, Steve and I all won a draw prize and we all got a Moose mug, hehe. :)

We also got some nice warm coffee, beans, bananas and cookies post race! Great post-race fuel. 


Of course we had to get a photo with the Moose.


After we made a quick stop to Starbucks I headed home to ice, heat and foam roll. Now I'm doing some compressing and resting!

Sunday is always super when you visit GGR. Thanks again!
Tell me something awesome about your weekend! 
 
Happy Running,
Heather :)
Boston is in 35 days!

33 comments:

  1. Those are awesome action run shots! Sounds like a really difficult course and you killed it....great job girl!!!

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    1. Thanks! Those were some darn tough hills!!!

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  2. Those are fabulous photos! I wish I had pictures of myself like those! I guess in order to do that, I have to run a race longer than 5k... LOL

    It looks like a really fun run, even with the hills. Great running!

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    1. Or come to Nova Scotia where the photographers seem to hang out ;)

      Thanks Erin!

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  3. We Survived! thanks so much for everything today. It was a great day and a crazy run that's for sure :) Next year ? lol

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    1. Definitely next year! I hope you like those shades. :D

      Great run Sam!

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  4. Awesome job!! Sounds like a fun (but hilly) race!!
    P.S. I love your blue tights!

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    1. Thanks Kris!

      Lulu always steps it up in running gear :)

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  5. Congratulations on a great race! Looks super, duper hilly! You are always amazing.

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    1. Thank you! It was super duper hilly!!!!! /\

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  6. Great report! I can't believe you had time to go back and get your phone...I would've been freaking out!! Way to play it safe and eat those hills for breakfast. I seriously love those tights, too!

    OMG Boston is right around the corner!!

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    1. Thanks Ali!
      Boston IS right around the corner! :0

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  7. Great pics! Congrats on the new PR & distance. The elevation looks intense. You're going to rock Boston! You are so ready! (Yes I love the tights too!)

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    1. Thanks Crystal! There were some pretty nasty hills throughout the course.

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  8. Congratulations on a great race! The race got some awesome shots of you too

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    1. Thanks Leigh! We are lucky to have photographers who like to hang out along race routes here in Nova Scotia. :)

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  9. Great job! You always look so in control and poised in your race photos, those are great shots! Congrats on a PR ;)

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    1. Thanks Emmeline! I'm glad the photos didn't show the 'hurt' I was really feeling, lol. Such a challenging, but beautiful course!

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  10. Congrats on a great race! You look so strong in all of your pictures. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Meg! You rocked your weekend runs as well!!!

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  11. Awesome performance on a tough course! You looked really strong and comfortable, well done.

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    1. Thank you Enrique! I was pretty relaxed for the most part and I wasn't pressured to go fast with the distance. This is definitely a run I'll do in the future.

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  12. Congrats!! Love the pictures, you did a great job, especially with that crazy weather going on!

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  13. That weather sounds insane! But the pictures are amazing. Way to push through on the tough course!

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    1. The weather was pretty crazy! Thanks Cassie :)

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  14. Those are some awesome running shots of you! I am mighty concerned by how close those cars are to the runners. Did they not close down the roads? I can't believe you ran through hail! You are a running machine!

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    1. Thanks! lol. They did not close the roads but they had many course marshals along the way.

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  15. Awesome race photos! Way to rock that race, tough conditions and all!

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  16. Tks for sharing! Sounds like it was a great event and loved all the action shots! ;) The weather sure gave you a bit of fun. lol

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    1. The weather did prove to be quite interesting for sure! lol.

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  17. I'm just reading this - CONGRATS!!!!!! Despite all the weather it looks like you had an awesome run! 15.5 miles in 2 hours???!?!? I did my half marathons in 2 hours and 23 minutes! You are rockin' it girlfriend!!!! I hope your body healed nicely this week :)

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