It's been a while, but that's okay. Better late than never right?
As a part of my annual travels home to Newfoundland I like to strategically plan the trip around the famous Newfoundland ten mile race. This year was my tenth consecutive Tely 10 - A race known very well in the running world for its net downhill route on the third Sunday in July. It usually hosts somewhere around 5000 runners give or take a bit.
This race never disappoints. Right from the very first time I ran it I knew it was pretty special. You see when I typically take part in road racing my family members can only 'watch' via social media. Well of course you could say that for me to do what I love with family present it's pretty special.
I even have relatives who run the race too which is cool! Aunt Brenda runs this race each year as well so we spent some pre-tely hours exploring and visiting her running friends.
This year the traditional start line was under construction so there would be a new start location. It was in the same area just on a different street so that now there would be no right turn during the first few hundred metres. I have to say now that the new start had a bit more of an incline than I had hoped, lol.
Another reason my visit to NL is sooooo awesome:
|These are Dad's snowballs. A recipe he has perfected but refuses to share. ;) These are like little drops of sugary creamy bliss. This year I had the job of adding sprinkles. I think I did okay, haha.|
This year's race was very different for me for a few reasons. At one point I considered not taking part but decided against it. Training had not gone smoothly since Cabot with a knee issue that has come up. Jeff, Jillian and I are working on it. ;) But also, my mom is dealing with cancer right now. This is a fairly recent challenge our family is facing so of course running was not on my mind for a good chunk of the last couple of months. She is tough, like real tough and I only hope to draw on her strength during my most challenging times.
I got up after literally only sleeping for 3-4 hours (I just could not sleep). I even called Matt at 11:30 and he said, "You should really get some rest!" I just laid there not tired thinking. The worst! But when the alarm went off, I knew it was GO time.
|I used this tie dye shirt I made at a PD day for my throwaway. It was pretty flashy.|
|The Tely 10 so graciously let me borrow this photo from their page, lol.|
At the start we sang Ode to Newfoundland which always gives me chills. When the horn went off I just ran. My body and legs felt really sluggish. Like each step forward was like trudging through water. I did not know what was going on but soon realized we were heading up...lol. Yes, it was only slight but my body noticed. ;) Also lack of sleep was definitely having its' impact now.
I ran with Scott planning to work with him and fuel off each other. He was fit. Like real fit. On Lee's advice I didn't want to go faster than 4:30/km for the first km. This was easy with the incline - 4:33. Then there came some downhill. Scott is blasting out 4:18/kms and I say, "this is too fast for me!" "I like to call this 'insurance!;" he so confidently tells me. I just love Scott's racing attitude. He's out there to work hard and show no mercy...not to mention his finishing kick!
My family was around the two mile mark where they know I'll spot them each year. They also know they've been nominated Race Photographers since I digitally document everything that is running, lol.
Scott and I are smooth here, we are chill. Stay chill Heather. And stay smooth.
I hit the 10km mark in 44:00 exactly. Another year that I could have a 10k PB, lol. But of course not officially!
I tried to take it all in. I loved the kids high fives. I loved the fire hoses and locals out offering support. I loved the lulu cheer station at mile 7. The only sign I was able to read said, "Fast finishes are not embarrassing today!" LOL! I laughed hard at that.
Scott and I drifted together back and forth for many miles. At least until mile 8. And then I had to let his teal shirt go. I could not keep up the push. I was not giving up but I was finding it tough now. I would not let myself stop. There were not many inclines at all but the slight ones were giving me a tad of knee pain so I really tried to push on the downhills.
I was getting so tired though!
I am grateful for this run. You've done much harder runs at Road Hammers practice! My mom is fighting cancer - if she can fight cancer, I can fight this race. I am healthy. That is a blessing. Work now and be tired later! Carla, Trudy and Dad are at the finish. Get to them!
I was exhausted, emotional and working hard. I am going to do this. I'm almost there!
Then at the early parts of mile 9 I spotted Greg Greening. He takes amazing running photos and I was thankful to see him then.
I also looked for Stacey but it is SO tough to see anyone during the last mile! It's a huge downhill and your mission is to get to the finish, upright without puking - that's usually my goal anyway lol.
Thanks so much for cheering and for the photos Stacey!
I knew my initial goal I set in the spring of a sub 70 minute run would not happen but I was pleased that I hit in 71 minutes with all things considered. I was very happy to see the clock knowing I gave it my all.
I crossed the mat and puked twice. Then of course had to convince the medics that I WAS okay and that this is normal for me lol. They were not really buying what I was selling but they let me go when I said my family was nearby.
|Thank you Tely 10 for having such great volunteers!|
|Robyn, Christy and I post run. They had amazing runs that day!!!!!!|
The fam jam cheer squad. <3
And I headed home to show Mom the bling. <3
And of course here are the digits:
|out of 4000 runners|
This was my second fastest Tely 10 and I am pretty pumped. We celebrated with tacos for lunch!
And the Halifax gang got together for dinner. :)
What a great race with great people! Go do it next year!!!!!!!
Thank you so much to my family, friends and Coach Lee! And of course to you guys for reading!
You rock <3