Thursday, August 30, 2012

Getting the Antsies Out

All morning, I was on edge.  I couldn't concentrate.  I was nervous and anxious and antsy.  In general, let's just say it was a good thing I am alone in the office this week or it might have been hell for an office mate.

and then I had an epiphany.  There is a whole world outside of my office door...one that I can WALK in.  So, come lunch - I grabbed my phone and my access card and headed out into it.

4k later..I was feeling much better.  Next time, I'll make sure I have proper shoes here since my TOMS aren't great for distance walking.


And - thank goodness for the Nike+ App...I was even able to log it in a way that made it easy to upload to Daily Mile...

Then...later that same day....

It was officially time to get my run on.   On went the shoes and out the door I flew...well, flew might be exaggerating. But at some points it felt like it.  After the first 2k, I decided to pump my arms and push it...and it didn't feel as hard as I thought it would.  My legs seemed to remember what to do.  It wasn't as fast as I might have gone at one point, but it was a marked improvement over other recent runs.   Felt good. 

and sweaty...
I only look sour because I can never
get a normal expression on the
self portrait camera on my phone
without feeling like a royal dorkus.


I got in another 5k and cleared my head even more.




All in all - a good day for getting active!  Now, I sleep...

Three Things Thursday - Nothing about Something

1)  I am very excited for the weekend to get here.  My former TNT mentor (and good friend), Kim, is coming to town for her Calgary baby shower.  I just miss that girl too much and text messages are not the same as having her here.

Plus, then I'll be able to get a better sense on what she's having...since she refuses to find out...and I can help prepare her for the arrival of her little Scorpio-Dragon girl (because, y'know, it takes one to really understand what they are like ;) )


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2) I'm glad I did my little Mojo rant yesterday. (and the day before...and the day before that).  Misery loves company and I think a couple of bloggers can help each other out of the slump with a little shake up.  Looking forward to embarking on some adventures in running with Nikki from Slow is the New Fast starting next week :)

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3)  I was feeling anxious and antsy all morning so decided to just get away from the office at lunch..and I did a 4k walk in about 38 mins.   Totally needed it and it gave me a chance to stretch afterwards, which might help me for my run this evening.   It also gave me a chance to think through some goals for September so I am now really looking forward to September getting here...my goals update will go up Saturday morning so you can check them out!

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Wow - I am being very vague today, am I not?   Guess that's just the kind of mood I am in this week. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Treadmill and Friends

Am home today, fighting of some sort of bug that caught me.   To make things easier commute-wise, I kept the twinners home too so, while they napped, decided to go for a walk on the treadmill.

5k done in 47 mins. 

2 episodes for Friends, Season 1.  I forgot how truly funny it is.  I'm so glad I have the seasons!


Did I mention that my workout room TV died?  Hubby thinks he can fix it but whie we wait for the part, I have been perching my macbook in the windowsill to watch my shows...not ideal, but it works in a pinch.






Now to have a quick nap before the girls wake up...which means they will likely be awake by the time I reach to top of the stairs...

Workout Wednesday: Missing. One Mojo

Last seen sometime around Spring.  Seeing my smile when it returns should be reward enough.

Ok - yes.  My running mojo is missing...and has been for a while now.  Surprise. Surprise.   I probably packed it in the giant storage box on my driveway along with a bunch of other stuff I am missing.  BUT - I am not content to just stand by and watch this absence suck the life out of me.  I need that sucker back and I need it back fast.

So, I'm getting back to basics.  I have a HUGE event to train for and I am doing it for an incredible cause.   I need to eject the drama from my life and focus on the prize.    In just over 4 months time, I will be running in DisneyWorld.  Running A LOT.  39.3 miles of Goofy and another 5k for good measure.   This means that not training is NOT an option.

I just need to start infusing that reality into the world around me in subtle ways.   Obviously, with my house being up for sale, I can't put up big posters of Goofy all over the place.   I decided to start small...and that got me thinking creatively.

I've been revamping my medal rack a bit (I'll post pics once it's all done) and I have an assortment of running decals that I am decorating it with.   I wanted to put Goofy on there but then Little Miss Negativity said "You can't put Goofy on there - you haven't RUN Goofy yet"

A valid point.

But I mentally bitch-slapped her back and said "Nope - but I am going to run it...so I am putting the sticker on now to help me remember that"

And on went the sticker.

Now I am on the hunt for something else to do to surround myself with motivation.   It was on my quest that I found this great blog post about "Gearing Up"

The guy who wrote it has a great philosophy about playing the part to help you reach the point where you have actually played it.  Wear the shirt.  Be reminded.  Git 'er done.  I love that.

Whatever it takes.

Mojos can come in waves and I think mine has just recently crested and the undertow is messing with me.  I just need to take a deep breath and remember why I am running at this point in my life and I am sure I'll see the momentum gather until I am surfing atop the wave again!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Just Goofy - Week 8

Training Update:

This week was much better. I got in my weekday runs and fit in a cross training walk.  Tuesday's run was difficult but Thursdays was somewhat nicer as I took an old favourite route.  Wednesday, I dusted off my treadmill and went for a walk.  Then came Saturday and the MEC Summer Classic 10k followed by a 5k walk with my Runner Girl, JS

Fundraising Update:

In reality, I am actually at $1727 since my personal page doesn't account for my portion of the group fundraising.  38% of the way there!


I also sent out my fundraising letters this week so I hope to see this take a significant jump in the coming weeks...especially once combined with some of the amazing fundraisers I am announcing in the next sections!!!!
Fundraising in Action:

This weekend, we announced some new fundraiser events! These are open across Canada so anyone can participate!
  • Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challengehttp://www.facebook.com/events/194276450705349/
    Registration fee is $20 and the winners are those who have lost the largest percentage of their body weight.  We have amazing prizes for the winners - we'll be announcing them soon!  You have until Sept 10 to register!
  • Magazine Fundraiser - Ongoing.
    http://www.magfundraising.ca/runformiracles
    Total raised for the team to date: $300
    This fundraiser will keep going until the end of January, so you will have plenty of time to treat your loved ones to gift subscriptions over the holidays.  And the subscriptions have been starting to arrive pretty quickly!  I already got my first issue of Canadian Running! 
Upcoming Events:
  • Norwex Party Fundraiser - Sept 9 to 30
    http://www.facebook.com/events/354775754602633/
    My friend, Heather, is a Norwex rep and she offered to have a Norwex party for us where her entire commission is donated to the cause!  Items will be shipped across Canada!
  • WestJet Raffle
    We have two round-trip vouchers for anywhere WestJet flies up for grabs.  We are just waiting on our raffle license and the printing of the tickets, but I will keep you all posted when I have the tickets ready to go...they will be $25 each!
  • Make sure you head over to http://www.rungoofy.com and "Like" us to stay informed about any fundraiser events we are putting on!
My Personal Fundraisers:
  • Bottle Drive - ongoing
    Let me know if you have any bottles you would like to donate.  If you're in the Calgary area, I will happily pick them up from you :)  If you are out of town, you can always pledge your own bottle money to my fundraising
    Raised so far: $5
  • Bookmarks of Hope - ongoing
    I am selling handmade beaded bookmarks (made by me).  These elastic bookmarks will ensure you never lose your page again and work on both traditional paper books and with eReader cases.   $5 each.  There are pictures of the available styles on the Facebook page. I do sell them at my work and, starting next week, these will be available at Naughty Nelly on Northmount Drive and 40th Ave NW.  I will post other locations as I secure them.  I will also be creating several new designs shortly as I have just picked up more supplies.
    Raised so far in August: $15
  • Looking for Corporate Donors 
    If you own a company and would like to make a donation of $1500 or more, Team in Training will print your logo on the back of our race shirts for this season!  I will also happily post your logo on my Team in Training page for the whole world to see.  Don't have a logo but still want to take part?  I am a graphic designer and am happy to see if I can come up with something for you as an added perk to the program! Email me for details if you're interested!
  • Workout Challenge
    For every workout I complete, I pledged to put $2 in a jar.  If I skip a run on my training plan and don't make it up the same week - it's gonna cost me $5. (this month has been alot of $5 due to the heat and house selling. boo)
    Raised so far: $36

Now for a Donor Incentive!

This week, for a minimum $5 donation, you will receive a Bookmark of Hope!  EVERYBODY WINS!!!!



These handy little bookmarks have been very popular as a fundraiser so I would like to offer them up once more as a donor incentive!   You'll never lose your place in a paper book again...or you can totally bling up the cover on your ereader!

I will mail the prize anywhere so don't let geographical restrictions hold you back.  Every dollar counts and every dollar supports TNT and the important work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

A note to the winners of all of the past weeks - your prizes are in the mail (I know many of you already received them).  Thank you for your support and i hope you will enjoy your prizes!



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Post-Race 5k Walk

After the race, JS and I added another 5k to my mileage via walking...with coffee

The idea was that we were going to walk from Edworthy to Tri-It to do some shopping and then walk back with any scores we made.

It was so good to spend time with a Runner Girl again.  I have spent so much of this summer ailing with aches and alone because house prep has kept me closer to home for my 5k "long runs"...it's taken a toll on me both mentally and emotionally.   I really love having a sounding board every week and have missed coffee and running and chatting so very very much.  

She helped me think about a few things in a different light.  I need to shake up my training because I am starting to lose my passion for running. My sanity depends on the running so I can't stop.  No other workout gives me that release.  So something has to change.  I'm hoping that the move back to the city will help it.   I just need our house to sell - and soon.

Anyway - long story short - Tri-it ended up being closed so we walked back. 




The 5K took us 54 minutes.  This is all at 10 and 11 min kilometres.  It made me think very long and hard about my 5k times.   Why does it take me 32 mins to RUN a 5k, yet I can walk it, slowly with a coffee, in 54?  it doesn't make sense.  Something about the 5k distance is eluding me and I need to figure that out.  It's got to be more than my over-comfort with the 5k distance.   My "5k is a Tuesday" mentality. 

JS mentioned that, no matter how much I loathe it, I need speed training.  That it will make a big difference.  That it will make my long runs feel more effortless and shake things up.  I think she is right.  Langdon doesn't have a track, but I have a pathway.  I think I am going to go out and mark out a 400m section of it tomorrow.   I'll need to do it in a non-obtrusive way...but once it's marked, I can use it until winter to do some speed work.   One of my weekday workouts needs to become repeats.

Operation: Get My Passion Back is soon to be underway.   Wish me luck.

Race Report: MEC Summer Classic 10k

Today was the MEC Summer Classic 10k.  While I was looking forward to it, I knew the instant I woke up that my heart was not there.   I was up late at Global Fest last night and then the carrying of my toddler and a heavy backpack had left me stiff and sore and longing for extra minutes in bed.

But I decided to go anyway - I needed to have the mileage so might as well do it surrounded by people.

I only wish I had done little things like laying my clothes out the night before and packing my backpack...but I ended up dressed and out the door anyway so I guess that's a win.

I didn't want my blisters to bug me on the run...and I knew bandaids just wouldn't cut it so I improvised...I cut some pieces of gauze and then strapped it to my heel with a piece of KT Tape. PERFECT!  It held the gauze securely, had enough give to move with each stride and prevented any rubbing.  I didn't feel the blisters at all!!!


I really only knew of one person who would be running this race - Leigh...so I was super happy when I saw her in the parking lot right away.


Leigh is much swifter than I am so I knew I'd be running it alone...my goal for the day?  Just git 'er done...

So we lined up together at the start and listened to the pre-race speech by the MEC people.   And then we were off...






The thing I like best about these MEC races is how low-key they are.  Old school timing and nobody takes it too seriously.  They are really and truly fun...and for $15 they can't be beat.

This time, the race headed out from Edworthy toward Shouldice, under the bridge and then up the hill to Bowmont park.   There were some nasty uphills and glorious downhills.   At around the 5k turnaround, my IT band tightened up and I had to stop to stretch...it was then that I saw Tina pass me.  I thought I had seen her earlier, but thought that was impossible because she had just run a marathon last weekend - surely she wasn't in a 10k this week! So, I ran to catch up...

and it was definitely her...and I was happy to see her because it meant I had someone to run and chat with.

As we came into the finish line - JS was waiting to cheer me in!  Yay for Runner Girls!

Here Tina and I are, at the finish line:

I finished in around 1:07.  The time they recorded should be posted in the next day or so.

Am I happy with that time?  Not really, but without my heart in it - I knew I couldn't expect much better.  I was hoping for 1:04.   At least I didn't cramp and my knee and ankle were a-ok throughout.  The IT band would have been if I would just learn to stretch regularly...I think it's time I incorporate more stretching into my week.  

The Garmin Geekery:





Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Reads: Artemis Fowl - The Last Guardian by Eion Colfer

Normally, I wouldn't have reviewed this one - except in the light of it being the final book in a series...but I feel like I need to talk about the last Artemis Fowl book.

For those of you who aren't familiar - Artemis Fowl is a boy genius criminal mastermind who encounters the faerie underworld and tries to exploit it - eventually being changed by his experiences and becoming friends and allies with them.   The series is YA and is quite entertaining.

Of note in this is that Colfer was the write chosen to continue Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy".  The last Artemis book (The Atlantis Complex) was released close to when "And Another Thing" was unleashed.  The similarities in writing styles to Adams were not as pronounced as they are in The Last Guardian.  Much of the tongue in cheek humour that is littered throughout the Hitchhiker's series is highly in play in this final Artemis book.

While Colfer has always had a similar style of writing to Adams (let's face it - it was no real surprise that he was the one writing a Hitchhiker book), they styles also had their differences.  In this final book - the gap between them is considerably narrowed and. while still enjoyable to read, this book ends up having a much more mature feeling to it.  It doesn't feel like YA fiction.

Did I like how the series was wrapped up?  Well, I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I can say that it would be just like Artemis to get out of that mess in that manner.  In many ways, I preferred the simpler style of the earlier books to this more mature humour.  But I'll take it for what it was.  A great wrap to a fun series

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Running Along an Old Friend

Now that the blackbirds have flown the coop, I can go back to some of my favourite routes in Langdon.  So tonight, I headed out to run the path and then through the field and up railway ave.  My intention was to do an out and back, but the bugs were a little thick in the grasses so I came back up centre street and looped back to the path again.  It was nice.


Funny thing about that elevation chart - I started my Garmin at the top of my stairs and now I know that my verandah is officially the highest point in Langdon. LOL.

I pulled out a new pair of runners for this one to see if it made a difference on my knee and ankle.  And I immediately noticed how worn my old pair is...the cushion in them is almost gone compared to the new pair.  Guess it's time to retire them...

The blisters from last night were sore but not unbearable.  If I take tomorrow night off and rest, they will probably be healed by Saturday. 

Three Things Thursday

1) Picked up my race package today for the MEC Summer Classic 10k on Saturday.  While I was there, I figured I should pick up some more of my favourite socks..and then I hit the clearance rack...and scored a couple of deals!
 They had more Skirt Sports stuff on clearance as well and part of me wishes I'd nabbed some more pieces, but I didn't really want to blow the bank today and needed to hurry back to work. Honestly - it was  better deals than were at the Edmonton Marathon Expo last weekend.   I love MEC!  Can't wait for the race this weekend!


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2) Being back on the wagon is going really well so far.  I've been diligent about recording everything I eat again and am shutting off the munch drive at 7pm every night.  So far, the scale is saying I've shed 3lbs...I love the first week of a "diet" for that reason.  I know it won't last, but I'll enjoy the rewards while they are coming.  More importantly, I am focusing on being smarter and getting my workouts in.


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3) I was on Daily Mile this afternoon to respond to comments and made a funny observation...my Treadmill walk last night was at a faster pace than my 5k run outside was the night before.  Funny, but sad.   In other news - I do think those treadmill walks are going to be here to stay.   I loved watching Friends while getting my workout in.   It's all about getting back to what works for me...


Are you doing the MEC race this weekend?   Have you scored any awesome deals lately?  Do you have any special tricks for staying on track?  Share in the comments!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Walking it off

Ok - now that I am back on the wagon again, I am going to try really hard to supplement my running with other workouts.  With my bike packed in the storage unit on the driveway until the house sells, I decided tonight would be a walk on my treadmill.

Discoveries:
  • I cannot seem to get through a workout on the 'mill without accidentally yanking the magnet safety thingamabob.  and deleting the workout to that point :(
  • Walking on the 'mill does not irritate my IT band.  At all.    In fact - it really loosened up my ankle.  #win
  • Throlo socks are not for me.  I rubbed blisters onto the back of both of my heels.  Those should be fun for my race on Saturday.  I think the Thorlos I have (a gift) are just too low cut for me.  I like my Fox River triathlon socks because they come up higher on my ankle.
  • my workout room TV is dead.  I am hoping it is just an operator issue and that when hubby comes home, he'll discover a loose cable that I didn't find.  Here's hoping.   It came close to derailing me but I persevered and watched an episode of Friends on my Macbook instead 
  • If my daughters sense I am trying to get a workout in, they will inevitably dissolve into hysterics until I stop the 'mill, accidentally yank the magnet and come running upstairs...to snuggle for 2 mins.  Mad props to the single moms out there who do get their workouts in.  I don't know how you do it and I am always so appreciative of my hubby when he is here so I can sneak away...

So, that is 3.5k done in around 30 mins. This was the last half of the workout:

Next time, I'm taping that magnet thing in place!  The data whore in me hates not having all my numbers...maybe I should just buy the foot pod for my Garmin...

Now off to bed with me.  I've been having trouble catching up on my sleep since Edmonton.  Not that I am going to go right to sleep anyway...the latest Terry Brooks Shannara book came out yesterday...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bye bye Birdies

In my attempt to climb back up on the wagon, I had a day of setbacks...food wise.   But at least I got out for my run tonight.

I also had a really odd occurrence...I woke up looking about 4 months pregnant.  I'm definitely not 4 months pregnant (or any moths pregnant, for that matter.  EVER again).  It was quite an uncomfortable day.   So, with the discomfort in mind, I nearly skipped my run.  But then I said to myself:

"Self - you've gotta suck it up cupcake and just get out there and do it.  you're in training after all and the people with the cancer you are running to beat don't get to decide to take a day off of chemo when they don't want it"

So, on went the shoes and out the door me and my garmin went.

I started cramping immediately.  So I took it pretty easy.  Ran til I cramped. Walked till it eased.  Lather Rinse Repeat.

Unfortunately, my whole body hated me - tender ankle, naggy knee, tight IT Band. 

But as a silver lining on the run, I realized that the lack of red winged blackbirds I've seen lately means I can run on the path near my house again...and that means an extra 0.5k on my loop.  Yay!  It also means that I don't need to run on the sloped edge of the road anymore for at least part of my run...which may be what's causing some of the issues I have right now.   I can't wait until i can run on sidewalks and paths always...(c'mon house...sell)

I arrived back home at 4.95k so looped my driveway until it beeped for 5k...

So here it is.  5k done in 43 mins.


Overheated Goofy Gal - Week 7

Training Update:

Not so great.  But I took it easy this week to allow my ankle to heal after it was adjusted so I could feel good for my 5k Race on Saturday in Edmonton! Seems to have worked because I ran pain free for the race!  This week, I am going to be walking on alternate days to help me get back on the wagon diet and exercise wise...I am also back to tracking my diet and exercise on My Fitness Pal so I will be able to be a lean, mean running machine come race day!!!

Team in Training sent out our training plan for Goofy this past week and I nearly laughed my ass off when I saw it.  Compared to the Jeff Galloway program I have been following - I don't think there is a less mom-friendly plan out there.  On the other hand - I am finding the Galloway program to be far too gentle.  So I think i will spend some time making a hybrid of the two so I can a) fit it into my life and b) feel like I have put in decent mileage during training.  In the end - I know I will cross all of the finish lines.  I just need to make sure I don't die on the journey!

And all of the medals have been revealed for Walt Disney World Marathon weekend...
 

These will make all of the training so worthwhile...

Fundraising Update:

In reality, I am actually at $1718 since my personal page doesn't account for my portion of the group fundraising.  That means I am at 38% already!!!


Fundraising in Action:
  • Magazine Fundraiser - Ongoing.
    http://www.magfundraising.ca/runformiracles
    Total raised for the team to date: $260
    This fundraiser will keep going until the end of January, so you will have plenty of time to treat your loved ones to gift subscriptions over the holidays.  And the subscriptions have been starting to arrive pretty quickly!  I already got my first issue of Canadian Running!
Upcoming Events:
  • TBA - make sure you head over to http://www.rungoofy.com and "Like" us to stay informed about any fundraiser events we are putting on!
My Personal Fundraisers:
  • Bottle Drive - ongoing
    Let me know if you have any bottles you would like to donate.  If you're in the Calgary area, I will happily pick them up from you :)  If you are out of town, you can always pledge your own bottle money to my fundraising
    Raised so far: $5
  • Bookmarks of Hope - ongoing
    I am selling handmade beaded bookmarks (made by me).  These elastic bookmarks will ensure you never lose your page again and work on both traditional paper books and with eReader cases.   $5 each.  There are pictures of the available styles on the Facebook page. I do sell them at my work and, starting next week, these will be available at Naughty Nelly on Northmount Drive and 40th Ave NW.  I will post other locations as I secure them.  I will also be creating several new designs shortly as I have just picked up more supplies.
    Raised so far in August: $15
  • Looking for Corporate Donors 
    If you own a company and would like to make a donation of $1500 or more, Team in Training will print your logo on the back of our race shirts for this season!  I will also happily post your logo on my Team in Training page for the whole world to see.  Don't have a logo but still want to take part?  I am a graphic designer and am happy to see if I can come up with something for you as an added perk to the program! Email me for details if you're interested!
  • Workout Challenge
    For every workout I complete, I pledged to put $2 in a jar.  If I skip a run on my training plan and don't make it up the same week - it's gonna cost me $5. (this month has been alot of $5 due to the heat and house selling. boo)
    Raised so far: $28

Now for a Donor Incentive!

This week, for every $5 you donate, you will win one entry for this great prize:
A Team in Training Teddy bear!!!


So cute and I need to get him out of my house before my daughters claim him to add to their ginormous teeny stuffie collection! LOL

I will mail the prize anywhere so don't let geographical restrictions hold you back.  If you donate just $5, you might still win.  Every dollar counts and every dollar supports TNT and the important work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

A note to the winners of all of the past weeks - your prizes are in the mail (I know many of you already received them).  Thank you for your support and i hope you will enjoy your prizes!



Official Photos: 2012 Edmonton Marathon 5k

Two observations - I don't look nearly as dead as I felt

and...my ifitness belt can double as additional bra support...apparently...









oh - and my purple sparkle skirt does NOT fit as well as my teal one - despite being the same size...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Race Report: 2012 Edmonton Marathon 5k

I decided to try something different with my hair to keep it off my neck in the heat...it was a bit wonkadoo, but felt like it would do the trick...I am so not a fancy hair gal, but this seemed to be easy enough for me, if not a bit tight.  Basically 2 braided pigails wrapped around each other in the middle and then secured with a ponytail elastic and a zillion clips. So not a hairdo gal...


The forecast was for hot...

The car said hot... 
 
This evening 5k was going to be a hot one.

The Expo:

I headed into the expo to get my stuff late Saturday afternoon.  I'm not a big fan of evening races so I figured I could hit the expo, grab dinner and then run...

The Expo was in a different location than past years and, if anything, I thin the new location made it less obvious how small the expo is for this event.

They even tried to make the entrance look special...



First thing I did was spin the wheel at the Running Room booth and won a prize...a lovely neon orange running hat.

 I decided to go through to the end and pick up my race stuff - bib, shirt etc.

The shirts are so much better this year...no more lame-oid horseshoe...

The bibs had the foamy chips again...annoying...what I wouldn't give for a shoe chip...

On the way back, I visited The Stick booth and bought myself a foot wheel to deal with my foot issues.  Then I went to the TNT booth and spun their wheel...and won a bear...


Then I had wasted all of the time I could at the few vendors so I figured it was time to grab dinner...when I got back to the car, I noticed this beside my wheel.  I figured it was the universe telling me I was nuts to race in this heat...


So I grabbed Subway for dinner and then went back to Northlands Park. 

I had an hour to gun time and I needed every second.  I discovered my hydration belt bottles were in the convenient location...of Langdon.  So I was suddenly going to need to race without water.   Then I was milling about the start area and realized I had to run to the car to get my garmin.  My brain was so not in race mode.  It was the heat.  I had been trying to hydrate for 3 days and was just not feeling hydrated.  I knew this was going to be trouble, but I wanted to try my best.  My legs felt good.  My feet felt good.  I figured if the stars aligned, I could come in under 31:30 and that would PB for me, even if it didn't meet my ultimate goal of sub-30.

I decided I had to sparkle it up...

 

Finally, with 15 mins to gun time - I had my garmin in place and I was as ready as I was ever going to be - so I lined up.

The Race:


John Stanton was there to send us off.   We sang the national anthem and then we were on out way.

As I started running, I felt like I was going slow.   But then I looked at my Garmin and it told me I was going about 5:15/k and it was feeling easy.  Really easy.  So I kept at it.  I passed the 1k mark in about 5:28 and then hit a shaded street and felt my body completely dehydrate...and I cramped.  Just like I did in Vancouver.  The heat got me.  So I walked a bit...and panted a bit...and ran and cramped and panted.

When I got to the turnaround and the one water stop, I grabbed 2 cups - one to guzzle and one to pour on my head and then I grabbed a third to pour on my head.  I had to cool down.

But the water was evaporating off of me too fast.  I needed my hydration belt but it was too late for that.

So I tried and tried to run again and again...always keeping up a quick pace when I was...but I ended up walking at least a third of this and finished in 32 minutes

Official time: 32:13

Not a PB, but not a PW either...and at least I got one of these...it's really nice...and the centre piece swivels.  My first spinner medal


The Garmin Geekery...



 

Reflections:
 

 I am melancholy on this race.  It is the third year I've raced it...I've done the 10k, the half and, now, the 5k.  It is always incredibly hot.  Always.   As nice as it is to have a race I can do while having a visit with family...I'm kind of done with this one.  On the other hand, I think this would be a fun one to have the kids do next year...I watched the kids race and it was so fun.  I think the twins would love it and we'd be going slow enough that the heat wouldn't matter for a 1k...and we could do it as a family...