I'm back at home in Halifax, Nova Scotia now. We arrived here early this afternoon after driving for 9 hours yesterday, a 7 hour ferry crossing and 5 hours of driving today. :D When I was all done shovelling out from the mountain of laundry we had accumulated, I headed over to Costco and the Grocery Store to pick up some things.
I just got in from a 5 mile Recovery Run.
Nothing makes me want to run more than sitting in a car for 2 days following a not-so-spectacular race. :S Oh well, I finished with a pretty decent time though. Now, back to the race..........
I got all my gear set out the night before, very unsure of what to wear. Hence the two pairs of socks and singlets/bra tops.
Signage on Topsail Road to alert motorists of road closure for us crazy runners! ;)
I am not sure if you can see the triangular shaped mile marker reading 'Mile 5' here by the pole but, I tried real hard to snap a pic while Matt was driving. Each mile has one of these markers which is awesome. I have to admit that I distinctly only remember seeing 6, 7, and 9 during the race.....lol.
I got Carla to snap this shot as we went to grab some bananas on Tely 10 eve at the nearby grocery store....lol. I bet Matt is not thinking I'm nuts at all.......... ;)
Matt and I headed over to the start line pretty early to avoid the ginormous detour they made us take two years ago. We were basically some of the first 10 or so runners there! I even got to use the port-a-john's before ANYONE else did! :D Trust me, that matters.
Runners are gathering now in herds about 30 minutes before start.
Here I am looking back second-guessing whether or not I want my singlet. :S Decisions decisions!
Ready, Set, Go!
At the start line I noticed I was sweating quite a bit from the warm up. I was really hoping the humidity would break and possibly it would start to flurry, sort of........I hate hot runs.....I really love Fall!
Here I am at mile 2 ish. Thanks Carla and Devin for being super cheerleaders and snapping this action shot. :D
Just after this picture, my iPod died. The battery was fully charged so I think it's actually 'gone' this time. :(
I remember seeing a McDonald's somewhere in between miles 4-6 on Topsail Road and I just had to walk the stitch out again, when a woman with braids and a blue singlet said, "Come on darling, you can do it." I said in a sorry voice, "Side stitch." She says, "Me too. It's in my right side. Apply pressure to the opposite side." Then she demonstrated how to push harder with your left foot if your right side is the one experiencing the stitch. We hobbled along the yellow line together pushing out our stitches. I know you're going to think I'm crazy, but it actually worked! I thanked her and headed off.
At 5.44 miles, I was grabbing a water for some hydration to replenish the insane amount of sweat that was dripping off my body, when I spotted my Dad, Trudy and Mark across the street. This is the first race my Dad has ever seen me run in. Thanks Photographer Trudy! ;)
It was hard to play catch up after slowing significantly for nearly 3 miles, but I decided to put the hammer down and give it what I could. It was not easy. I always crash in humid conditions. It is very frustrating, but it also motivates me for Fall races where runners usually peak............I'm looking forward to that.
I crossed the finish line in 1:17:12. I'm pleased with that time.
P.S. I am totally returning that new lime green Garmin I bought. I had a challenging time reading my run time and pace during the race. :S
Here are my four Tely 10 times in order of completion:
1:16, 1:18, 1:15, 1:17
Funny enough, the 1:18 is the other Tely 10 where a side stitch wreaked havoc. Grr!
The Tely 10 is a fantastic race. There are many spectators lining the streets on both sides. Sprinting around the corner of the finishing stretch felt amazing with all of the people cheering. There was ample water/Gatorade and awesome volunteers. Definitely a race I'd recommend!
Check out this sweet bling.
After I made my way through the runner's chute the family was there for some photo ops. Check us out:
Here's Devin. I'm telling you he has sprouted tremendously. Last summer I was taller and could beat him in an arm wrestle! ;)
My Dad.....all proud and checking out all the finishers to see if he recognized any familiar faces...Lol.
Matt and I post-race. Matt ran a spectacular 1:02!
Here I am with my sisters and my Aunt Brenda who just completed her 3rd Tely 10! Way to go!!! :)
Lastly, I just love this pic of my sisters, my dad and I. So basically it's just here in the blog for cosmetic reasons....lol. Plus, I'm not in running gear here ;)
Can you guess what Newfoundland thing found it's way back to Nova Scotia with Me??? :D
Well, I hope you enjoyed my Tely Recap. I hope next year is cooler and the side stitches take a hike!
I am not sure which race is next for me. Next weekend there is the MacPass Mile Bridge race and the Natal Day 6 miler. As of now my entry is up in the air...........stay tuned!