To say that I had a relaxing weekend would be such an adaptation of the truth! But fun, now that's a different story.
After last night's Sunset 5k I was running on adrenaline. Here are some late photos that Matt snapped at the race:
|No filter: This is the start of the race. What a glorious evening!|
|Thanks for the shots Matt!|
|Receiving my glow in the dark bling from Nick! He is such a loyal volunteer to this event. :)|
Feeling super sleep deprived when I got home I tried hard to catch some zzz's but alas, it was an epic fail. All night tossing and turning. Don't you just LOVE when that happens? ;) Especially when you are running a 1/2 Marathon in the morning! Never the less, the race was happening whether I was well-rested or not, lol.
The weather at the start line was chilly, and that of course was awesome for racing. I was feeling pretty strong and ready for a solid 1/2. No PB's were planned since I have a full in a month!!!!! But of course if I stumbled upon one, I'd learn to live with it. ;)
At the sound of gun, we were off! It was a super tight start, but manageable once you were out of the corral. During the very first mile I had stomach cramping.....Just lovely. Right away I was running far below goal pace. :( Marg who was running the 10km ran by and asked if I was okay. She is so kind! This lasted for a good 4.5 miles or so and only seemed to dissipate when I was going uphill. In a weird way I was happy to see Caldwell Road...the hill I dreaded last year.
It finally went away and I tried to make up time. I think we all know that's pretty much impossible after nearly 5 miles, but I was trying very hard!
The course was as hilly as I recalled from last year and many parts were on the same route as the hilly Moose Run. Uh oh! I have to admit that Cow Bay has some pretty spectacular views! I saw a field of tan coloured horses running and I thought how easy they made it look. A windmill spinning near the ocean and even though hilly, once you were up high looking down, it was amazing! I didn't see hardly any of this with the thick fog last year so this year's weather was pretty perfect!
I thought I could maybe possibly still get in under 1:40 after running my guts out, but I knew it would be close.
|Awesome Heidi captured my finish as she was cheering after her rockin' 10k! Way to go!!!|
|Once again I was 5th female and 2nd in my division...Exactly like last night! LOL.|
|Myself, Marg and Sam, Missing from the photo is sweet Katie who took our shot.|
|So here's one with Katie in it. :)|
Once again, Steve's wife Alison was able to capture my finish! I owe her dearly for all the races she's snapped my stride. Thanks Alison!
The lesson I learned at this race I guess would be no matter how hard you train, how healthy you have been eating, how awesome the weather is or how flat/hilly the route is, you can never predict what's going to happen. I was healthy, fit and fuelled well and the race still didn't go as expected. But being able to finish strong feels that much more awesome when it's a fight. Congrats to all who ran this weekend!
Check out my loot! Once again you received a 5k medal (the skull that glows!), 1/2 Marathon medal and the Tartan one for doing two events! Check out the treasure chest: It opens up and if you get the blue Brooks Run Happy Sneaker, you win free shoes! I got purple so no free shoes for me. :( But at least I like purple. :)
Shopping and an Americano. My type of afternoon. ;)
Matt and I celebrate with nachos and fajitas. No complaints here! :D
Thank you again for reading the racing rambles of GGR. I love when you read and leave your thoughts! Have an amazing day. :)
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