Sunday, 1 October 2017

A GGR RUNdown That Involves 2 Races!

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!! My last RUNdown before the Chicago Marathon! (wide-eyed and having a mini panic attack as I type this sentence).

I really do not know how time zooms by so quickly when I'm marathon training....seriously, where does it go???

This week was a little interesting with training and racing. I usually don't 'race' in the week leading up to my marathon so I can't say I full on gave it my all. But I did participate in two races this weekend.

Here's how the week looked:

Monday: A lot of resting! Lola 'rested' ON me as I watched tv.

Tuesday: 7 easy miles along the trail and the main road. It was so HUMID! We were all wishing the fall air would arrive soon at work and other running friends of mine said the same thing.

 Wednesday: It was like a tapering miracle when I checked my training plan and it said "Rest or easy cross train," !!!!!!!!! I was so so so happy. :D I did lift some weights for an easy short upper body workout but that was it!

Thursday: Well, Thursday was like a rain storm that just would not quit. It poured from the heavens all day. When I left for my run that evening it had finally cleared and the sky had an amazing rainbow....still humid, but pretty rainbow. You get the drift. Usually on Thursdays I do my speed workout but I had plans on running fast at the Rum Runner's Relay so I just ran slow instead.

I also had leg/foot work done at Nova Physiotherapy with Jillian and it was AMAZING!

Friday: Friday was a PD day at school AND a rest day so I was thrilled! I prepped for an early morning run at Rum Runner's and hit the sack early.

Saturday: This year I was filling in for someone on Christine's team "It Seemed Like A Good Idea," and I was covering the second leg of the relay. It was a pretty easy leg that ran along the Lakeside/Timberlea area (where I live) so I knew it well. 8.3 km and the air was actually chilly!!!! Runners were so happy!

I left home around 7:00 and headed to Lakeside where the start was for a easy warm up run of 5km.

I saw so many running friends and everyone was race-chatty. :) 

Dave (fellow BLT'er) and I were going head to head on our neighbourhood leg. ;)

What I love about Rum Runner's:

Everyone cheers everyone. No matter what team you are on you are all supporting each other. The atmosphere is so positive and you can totally feel the buzz. For many, this is also an opportunity to showcase all the hard summer training you've put in in the heat and humidity. But not me-Chicago is in one week!

My plan after chatting with Ian was to run around 10k pace. Unfortunately I don't know what that is these days. I haven't raced a ten k race in FOREVER. I decided anywhere from 7-7:15 per mile would be okay without hurting myself too bad before the marathon???

Well as it turns out the race buzz made me run my first two miles waaaaaaay too sub 7 minute pace. I also knew the last half of my flat leg did have some climbing...not significant at all but I knew it was there from my weekly Sunday long runs. So I pulled in a bit on the reigns.

Jennie cheering and Stacey/Tom snapping pics. :)

Heading into the finish!
 I ran the 5.1 miles at 7:08 pace/ 8.3km at 4:23. No runners or feet were puked on during this race. You're welcome. :D

Shots of our team! We were actually the second place all female team!!!!!!! Thanks so much to my team captain Christine, the organizers and volunteers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing event!
I really wish I stayed the entire day but I knew it would exhaust me and being out in the chilly air would definitely make this cold a lot worse!

After the leg I jogged home along the trail alone without music and it was quite nice. I had to rest up for the next morning's gig as a Pace Bunny!

But not before I checked the September mileage stats of course:
201 miles 
321 km

Sunday: 25 minute pace bunny for the all women's 5k race at Sole Sisters! 

Sam, Marg and I headed over to Dartmouth where the race was held on yet another actual Fall feel morning. There was FROST on my car!!!

The chill was welcomed among the runners and White Rabbit Pacing was ready to roll!

I've raced Sole Sisters before but have never paced the event. It was AWESOME! I really liked it! I sat my watch to km because a 25 minute 5k is easy to calculate...except when your Garmin randomly pauses!!! But why though?! Anyway I still finished the race at 25:16 chip time and my runners all ran ahead of me.

Bruce takes the best photos! I'm hoping he'll show up in know, to be my own race photographer. ;)

Sherry was an awesome Bunny Support! Her and Durwin came out bright and early after relaying all day the day before to make sure us Bunnies had all our gear AND she got personal finish photos of us. Thanks!
I HIGHLY recommend this race! You have the option to be timed or not in the 5, quarter and half marathon, and they have excellent swag! Oh, and hello bling:
Weekly miles: 29.6!!!! Adios high mileage and Hello Taper!

Well thanks so much for being a part of my Chicago marathon training journey! This week there will be a lot of resting and prepping for the trip...and not a lot of running. ;)

Happy Running,
Heather :)

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