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sleeping at the finish

sleeping at the finish

It amazes me just how much has changed since I ran the 5K Ford Race to End Diabetes a year ago. It was my first race and I recall how daunting the distance seemed. Now, 5K is simply a fitness run for me. That said, I still like to support the JDRF and my coach agreed that we could work this one into my schedule even though my first half marathon would be the following weekend, after all, it was just a 5K race.  I never thought I’d look at 5K this way, that is for sure.

What a bright sunshiny day for reuniting with friends and meeting new ones. Mandi, Carla, Fred, Bryan, Tobias, Kaia, and I all met before the race. I also connected with a sweet lady named Mari that I had been in contact with through dailymile.com.  Mandi and I ran together which was nice and reminded me of the year before.  Carla ran with Fred because it was his first race. Bryan pushed Kaia in the stroller.

The results…

Mari placed 1st in her age categorie. Congrats!

after the race

after the race

Bryan finished with a time of 27:05 and was in 121st place overall.

Tobias, finished with a time of 29:40 and was 168th place overall. Not bad considering he was having issues with allergies and could barely breathe.

And me…

My final time was 39:19. That’s almost 5 minutes off of last years finish of 44:13.

I placed 254 out 325. I was 15 out of 18 in my age group. In 2012 I was dead last in my age category.

And… I forgot to hug the volunteer this year! Last year I was so excited to cross my first finish line that I hugged the lady that was trying to remove the timing chip.

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Wow! I haven’t written in much longer than I thought. Perhaps this is because life has been very busy between being a Mom, working on my latest book, spending time with family and friends, and leading an active lifestyle. Sometimes I find it hard to maintain balance and usually it is writing here that gets put on the back-burner.  So, here is an update…  grab your warm beverage of choice, get comfy, and settle in for a few minutes of reading.

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was sharing my plans to run a half marathon. The reality is that almost eight months have passed since making that declaration and here I am just over a week from the big day.

Training is going well—better than I could have imagined. I’ve worked hard even though I did miss a few of my smaller runs because life got in the way. It happens. Despite that I managed to keep on track for my long distance runs. The worst of those was a 17K that I decided to run at an indoor track. It was just over 80 laps and more mentally grueling that I could have ever imagined. But I persevered and got it done. Then I went home and iced my calves.

The best of all my long distance runs was last weekend. Of course, I am basing this on how I felt mentally and physically. It wasn’t easy physically but I was in a very positive frame of mind.  I ran from downtown Brantford to the other side of Scotland, Ontario. It was 19.5K and I also walked 1.5K warming up and cooling down. This made my total distance 21K—a mere 100 metres shy of my race distance. Proud can’t begin to describe how completing that run felt. When Bryan pulled up with the Jeep and we drove almost 25 minutes back to the house, the realization hit that I had just run a considerable way.

It took a lot of trial and error to get fueling and hydration down pat. I learned just how badly low blood sugar made me feel on a long run and how dehydration coupled with low sodium, made my calves hurt. With the support of two friends who are registered dietitians, my own experience, and with some awesome ideas from my coach, I managed to get a system that works well for me.

What’s next…

Well, I’ll be starting my taper this Sunday but first on Saturday I run the Ford Race to End Diabetes in Oakville. This is the same 5K event I ran last year and it was the first race I ever ran. I’m excited to be running it again. That said, I have to add another substantial run in after the race in order to complete my last long distance run before the half marathon. It’s a bit of a pain having to split the run but this race means a lot to me so it’s worth it. It will be a day full of running and it looks like the weather is going to be favorable as well. The taper will be interesting. I don’t know if I’m going to feel strange because I won’t be running as much or if I will be relieved to have a little break. I guess we will see next week.

The following Sunday is that first half marathon. The big day! I’ve booked a hotel about 5K from where we will park near the start line. That way I won’t have to get up so early. It’s not like I’ll sleep much anyway because I will be totally consumed with nervous excitement but not having to deal with a long drive before the race will be helpful.

My goal is to cross the finish line at Mississauga upright and smiling before they sweep the course. I feel like I’ve totally got this and my darling running coach tells me that I’m ready too. He’s a badass ultra running guy, who at one time I thought might be trying to kill me – lol. It doesn’t hurt that I have the best support system ever. My family and friends are awesome!

10 More Sleeps! Go me!

Now the big dilemma… what cute running outfit and shoes am I going to wear?

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