But a PR is certainly worth it! ;)
Preparation for this year's Tely 10 involved a lot of early morning street runs. I wanted to simulate the course as much as possible in training since my Tely 10 record is somewhat less than stellar in my opinion. I've had a string of not-so-spectacular Tely's if you will. You can read about last year's run here. The course is flat and downhill in many sections. I have been cursed with the side stitch for two of the past three Tely 10s and it's ruined the experience. :( I had decided that this year's run was going to be great, no matter what. I wasn't going to let my Garmin control my feelings of the run. No way.
I put so much pressure on myself to do well since it's my home and it's the only race my family gets to see me run since I live in Nova Scotia. Even the outfit choice has to be just right, lol. I actually let my sisters pick my outfit this year. :)
I had arranged to get a ride with Janice since she's neighbours with my sister Carla. Carla snapped my pre-race pic before I headed out. Thanks Mike for the throw-away!
Janice and I met up with her friends and anxiously walked a mile from where we parked to the start line. It's sort of a blur since I was super duper nervous. I recall conversation about socks and that's about it! LOL. I am thankful for nature breaks along the way with friends who remember to bring TP! ;)
|Start line shot with pre-race jitters about as bad as they can get! And I'm not just talking about myself....lol.|
Colin, the man from my hometown gave me a great piece of advice: "Be careful in the first mile." And he was so right. I usually get pulled by the crowd's adrenaline and lose sight of my pace. Not this time! I was comfortably cruising along with fresh legs.
I knew to look around the two mile mark for Carla, Trudy and Dad (in other words: My camera crew...lol). My Dad was wearing bright orange so they were super easy to spot.
|Here I come! Can you spot me?|
I was hitting 7:11-7:15 paces for the first three miles and of course, like clockwork, I got a silly side stitch at 3.8 miles....sigh. I stopped and walked. Yes walked! I said I would just let it work out and then go again. I could see another lady stopping just ahead of me in neon orange and I wondered if she was having the same issue. It happened right after I gulped some water. :S
At mile 4.4, I actually remember the distance because I did a Garmin check, there was a large Terry Fox sign along the course. I sucked up my side stitch and thought "if Terry could run a marathon a day with one leg, I have nothing to complain about here!"
Then it dissipated....for a while....and I cautiously ran in the 7 30s -7 50s trying to ease myself back into my run. After THREE walk breaks it finally went away. Mile 5 had me at 36:58 and mile six at 45:XX. I was at mile 7 when I was finally feeling good....and strong. I decided that after seeing 52:50 for mile 7 I could PR. If I worked for it. So that's what I did.
I passed by my child hood phys ed teacher somewhere between mile 6-7 I believe and he yelled out my name. It was kind of cool. :) As I got closer to downtown there were way more spectators popping up. I remember running by 2 fire stations that had hoses out to run underneath, so that's just what I did and it was great. I managed a 7:11 and a 7:09 mile for 8 and 9. I was determined.
At mile 9 I got a scare when an older gentleman staggered across the street confusedly. People were rushing out to help him. So many people had heat exhaustion on Sunday, it was scary!
The crowds were insane under the blistering sun and my legs were burning! As I made the turn I did not expect to see anyone I knew when I saw my family! They had actually never been able to see me finish the Tely 10 before since it's always jam packed with people. I heard my dad yell "GO HEATHER!" and it gave me goosebumps!
Thumbs up if you smell a PR! ;)
Some real grinding going on here...trust me.
"Is that vomit I feel coming on???"
My tummy was burning going down this last stretch. The spectators were absolutely amazing! "I don't care if I barf everywhere! I'm getting a PR today!!!!"
Eyes on the prize here!
|I'm surprised there isn't smoke coming out of my legs...they were burning!|
Some random guy (as he walked by me at the medal chute) said, "Good run! You passed me like I was taped to the pavement!" LOL. I won't ever forget that one. ;)
The important stuff (The stats) ;)
Official time: 1:14:40, 7:30 pace/mile, 252/3774 finishers, 34/2224 females!
With the soaring temperatures and smothering humidity, there were ~400 DNSs & DNFs at this year's race! The medics said they'd not ever seen a Tely with so much illness brought on by the heat. Crazy!
As I looked for my sisters and Dad, they sort of snuck up behind me...lol.
Some sweaty photo ops are coming up.....Photo overload! LOL
I finally saw Janice after searching through the crowds for familiar faces! She rocked her run!!! I owe her thanks for my ride, T-shirt switch AND the toilet paper square...LOL.
Pretty much zonked and riding off my runner's high. :)
More familiar faces! Deborah got to witness my guts out finish first hand, lol.
I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate a PR than Froyo! ;)
Heaven in a cup....mmm.
I couldn't find my Aunt Brenda at the finish line due to crowd congestion so we decided that a post-run showered up picture would do just fine for 'The Blog.' ;) It's hard to believe her TM runs actually baffled me when I lived with her during University. I was about as inactive as you could imagine. I'm glad to say that now I finally 'get it.' :)
Well, I believe this about tops it off for the longest post ever in the history of GGR, lol. I was so impressed with the photos my Dad took with his new camera that I wanted to include them all! Thanks Dad. :D
The Tely 10 was awesome as usual and if you haven't done it, start training now for next year! You won't be sorry. Newfoundlanders know how to put on a great event!
Thanks for staying tuned in to read to the end, lol. You guys rock!