Cobble Hill 10k Race Recap!

So this is exciting- we had a new start/finish line this year! Previously we had to jog about 700m to the start/finish, from the staging area. Not a big deal but also kind of a pain in the ass, haha.

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Heading to the finish! Photo courtesy of Joseph Camilleri.

Apparently this would also make the course flatter/faster?! Would it?? Time would tell for me 🙂

I was fresh off of feeling super irritated about my efforts at the Harriers 8k. It just…sucked. I did get proactive about it, and sought treatment for my asthma (now I am the proud owner of two inhalers- 1 rescue inhaler to use before/after racing, and 1 daily inhaler for maintenance), plus this race I made sure to take an extra half dose of my daily allergy medication just in case (wow, I sound super high maintenance these days…). So I was all set!

I also did not have great expectations. Lately my legs have felt super flat, dead, achy left knee, bad lungs/breathing…Yeah, you got the idea.

I was talking with my friend’s husband about the Harriers race and he too had a tough race- though he is VERY fast. So, it wasn’t just me riding the struggle-bus. That made me feel slightly better.

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A few of the winners- I am the shortest by a head, again. HAh!

The morning of the 10k dawned nice and warm, and what’s that? SUn? It was crazy warm for us! I was regretting wearing my long-sleeved run shirt. Now, I never regret dressing warmly, ha. It was just a gorgeous weekend! We warmed up, I took my inhaler, and we were off to the start! It was a very congested start- only half the road, so everyone was crammed to the left. I left 5 seconds on the table with that start, yikes.

We were off, and I was kind of struggling. It felt hard, definitely not easy, my legs felt tired immediately and heavy, and my breathing- despite my multiple efforts- wanted to seize. But you know what? I felt like, oh ok well this is how it is going to be then…A repeat of the 8k…And I just grimly kept running.

And it kept kind of sucking, up until about 5k. Something just CLICKED! In my body!

I felt solidified, I felt energized, I was doing it, by god!!  I gathered together my energy, and I started really running, and I mean it. I was actively racing! I honestly haven’t felt that kind of ‘try’ in my body for over a year. It was really exciting 🙂

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This photo is courtesy of Lois D’Ell. 

And I ran, and I ran. I was finally doing it!

I was running a race, rather than being run off my feet by it. I quite literally found my stride. It felt so good, I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I felt to be running a race that I felt like I could actually run, rather than struggling or suffering.

I wrapped up and my time was fine- I got the same time last year and was mad, but this year, I have been trying to manage so many other health issues that to be quite honest, it made me happy! Am I back?? Maybe too soon to tell, but I felt good about it.

Chip time was 43:32, gate time was 43:37, good for 5th in my AG and 14th woman. YEah!!  A lovely day with some AMAZING food- pretzels from True Grain!!

MEC Race 1 of 2018: The Tape Breaker~

Boy we got LUCKY this year. The morning couldn’t have been nicer! Sun shining, warm, just an overall fabulous day for a run.

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Photo courtesy of MEC Victoria photographers.

Compared with last weekend (which was absolutely horrible) I was feeling downright happy to be getting up early for yet another race. I wasn’t going to race this one, as I am attempting to be strategic (ha right, I know) in my race efforts.

This means last week I:

Ran my legs into the ground, and boy do I MEAN it. Running to work, treadmill work, hills on Saturday and then my MEC ‘race’ on Sunday (10k at medium effort, still relaxed to talk).

And during the race I had a great time actually! My quads felt pretty trashed- thanks hills- but my cardiovascular was going fine. Psychologically I thought it was going to be hard to not want to ‘race’ race it…But my legs were tired so I didn’t mind too much.

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Feeling good! Photo courtesy of MEC Victoria photographers.

We wrapped up with a 49:?? which is a fine effort to practice at. And as I said, the weather was so awesome that I was smiling, the volunteers made me laugh so hard and it was a nice day. My friends ran fantastic races too, both meeting their goals of achieving a personal best in the 5k and 10k. Whoop!!! We even met at the barn after and rode together briefly. Who has friends that you can run with and then meet later at the barn? It’s the best 🙂

The only thing that I found annoying was the silly lineup to get nutrition after (bananas, granola bars, etc.) people were in a lineup that wrapped around the entire gym. WTF? Just go in, grab, and gtfo. Which is what I did, ha.

Also Muscle Mlk wasn’t there and I was sad. I missed them!

But a great day and a fun race. What a perfect time to run.

Race recap: The first annual Mt. Doug Ascent!

Aka the beer mile race uphill! Hahahah.

Of course, I noticed my last post was- how do you follow up the trip of a lifetime? By moving houses, of course. Now, how do you follow up a moving week? By racing Saturday and Sunday, of course! (I fully realize this is insane, and kind of a bad idea, but hey…I had already signed up so no wussing out!).

Without further ado, race recap 1. Mt. Doug Ascent.

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Grueling grind.

This was a very small race, just a lot of us regulars from the track series that runs over the summer run by the Christie- Phoenix Victoria Run Series, and they offer some fun extras too in the fall- the new ascent, and two x-c runs at Elk/Beaver Lake. This race was sponsored by a new brewery, Caledonian Brewery, and had a bunch of awesome growlers to give away as draw prizes!

I had practiced running up Mt. Doug the weekend prior, doing it twice- again not something I really recommend, and it is extremely challenging and doing it twice made me legs hurt all week! ha! But, I’m also glad I tried it out so I had a very good idea of what to expect–and no joke, it was rough.

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Phew!!

We started at 11am right from the bottom and people zipped up so fast! I didn’t get tempted to start too quickly- I knew too much from my experience last week…So I held my pace (slow) and chugged up the mountain road. I passed a few people, and we huffed and puffed our way up. I was neck and neck with some other girls once we got to the top, and then I kind of faded in the steeper climb to the rocks. They passed me, and I finished around fifth I think?

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A great view

My official time was marked at 11:00, but I think that was incorrect as my Garmin read closer to 10:40? I ran into a fellow runner, Gary Duncan, at the MEC race the next day and he was saying he thought the times all got bumped down, so I had to look at the time above mine for a more accurate reading- which was 10:35, seems about right to me!

Rounded off the great challenge with draw prizes and after losing out all season, I WON one! YEAH!!!! A growler and a bag of special rice from Level Ground Trading. YES!!

I’d say do this run, and enjoy the toughness. Dig in, let the sweat run down your face, relish the pain, and the slowness of it. It’s worth it!