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Surrey, British Columbia
CA
10C / 50F
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 10m 30s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 40-44
Age Group Rank = 31/103
Pre-race routine:

Woke up feeling ok, throat not sore like yesterday, a bit stuffy. 1/2 banana, cup of coffee, cup of yogurt. It was rainy and windy, so decided on a long sleeve shirt and a light jacket.
Event warmup:

I ran around the park once, then came back home--Vivian and Ivan were supposed to meet me at 7:30 and by this time it was 7:45. Called Sean--he had to drop them off a ways away because of road closures. I figured I would meet them at the start, so completed my warm up by running over to the start.

I had a look around at the back of the pack but didn't see them. Had a look near the 2:00 pace bunny but not there either. The whole season Viv even signed up was for us to run together/pace each other to a 2 hr finish, but if figured I would try and find her as the pack spread out a bit.
Run
  • 2h 10m 30s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 11s  min/km
Comments:

Well, having done all my training slow and easy, I didn't know how I was now going to run 'fast'. But it had worked for my HIM, so figured I would just trust. I have had a busy couple of weeks, and woke up yesterday with the start of a cold, so I just figured I would see what I could do. Since I wasn't totally sure I could run an entire HM at 2 hour pace, I told myself I was just going to run 2x10km. No problem.

I could feel in the warm up that the congestion might cause a bit of a problem, but I went out strong. The pace bunny seemed to be going out a bit fast, so I held back a bit. I was feeling pretty good, and was at a good pace until 7km. Any time we headed south, we were dealing with some gusty headwinds. I had wanted to take a gel at 7km, but there was no water station until 8.5km; I think this may have been a part of my walk at 9.5km

There was an uphill section from 7-10km. Nothing huge, but all uphill. I ended up having to take a walk break at 9.5km. I wasn't wearing my HRM, cause I knew it would just stress me out today, but I knew I was way up high. This section was an out and back, so I was looking for Viv as well. I walked about 200m, then got going again. I knew at this point I had to make a decision, give in and just take it easy, or do the best I could. I wanted to give in, but I knew that I would be so mad at myself if I did. So I decided to keep going.

About km 11, I had the conversation I always have with myself in the middle of a race. Maybe I am not cut out for this, maybe I should just race for fun, not for PRs, blah blah blah. And the whole time I am remembering an article I recently read about training your brain to not 'see' the pain. I gotta work harder at that...

So km 12-14 are again all uphill; got to km 14, and walked a bit again, partly to take another gel and get some water. Now we are in the park, past the lake and the wind is really up. People are hanging on to their hats...

Once out of the park, we are at 15km. Ok, I tell myself, I can run 6km let's get 'er done. I took a couple more walk breaks on uphills. The route passes by my street at 19km, and one of my neighbors had come out with her pup and her pompoms and was out there cheering me on, that was cool. One last steep-ish uphill and we are 1.5km from the finish. I was able to pick up the pace and finish pretty strong. Ended up with a 4min PR, so happy with that.
What would you do differently?:

Not have such a busy schedule in the 2 weeks before the race. I seem to need to get a gel in at about 7km , or I start to struggle a bit-either carry water, or know where the water stations are...
Post race
Warm down:

Some walking around and stretching. Found Sean and waited for Viv and Ivan. The wind was up pretty good and it was bloody cold! They finally came in about 30min later--turns out Viv was having some GI issues, and they ended up walking a lot. They headed off, and I walked home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather, germy people, my mind...

Event comments:

Lots of volunteers and they are great. It was ugly out and they were all out there in it. The music miles are great too--I live near the course, and they were out there til the course closed at 2pm; the weather never was nice. Last year there was one aid station that ran out of water, this year again. And there were still those coming through on the second lap for the full marathon, hopefully they got restocked.




Last updated: 2013-08-06 12:00 AM
Running
02:10:30 | 21.1 kms | 06m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 31/103
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: North to 108, west to 132, south to 92 ave greenway. Then west to 140, through neighborhood to 144, east on 92 to 148, little loop on Fraser Hwy, north on 148 to greenway. east to and on 96 ave to 148, north to last trail entry to Green Timbers Park, through park past lake, back out to 96 ave. Down greenway path to 140, south to 92, east to 134, to 132, north to 104 ave to university and in to finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-09-29 7:08 PM
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Woot! 4min PR!?!?!? That's awesome! Glad your day of couch and liquids did its job
2013-09-30 7:42 AM
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PR, Buddy!!!! Great job. I hear you on the mental part, so much training is not just physical, is it?
2013-09-30 9:05 AM
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Great job!  A 4 minute PR in windy conditions when you are congested?  Nice work!
2013-09-30 9:36 AM
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Those conditions sound nasty! Congrats on the PR!
2013-09-30 1:05 PM
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W00t, w00t!!! PR!!!!!! Nice work! How is everything feeling post race?


2013-09-30 1:26 PM
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A 4 minute PR is nothing to sneeze about (see what I did there? Tongue out)!  Sounds like a tough race in tough conditions and you totally PR'd it, so woot woot!
2013-09-30 1:54 PM
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Yay, a PR despite being sick!  The wind does NOT sound fun.  Ah, if only we could shut our brains off sometimes...way to find other mind tricks to get your thinking back on track.  Great job, Kirsten!
2013-09-30 2:43 PM
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Thanks all.  A little stiff today, stuffy nose, but not too bad.  Conditions were definitely not ideal, but glad it was not as windy as it was here overnight!
2013-09-30 6:41 PM
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Great job on the PR and even better when you aren't we'll and the weather sucks.
2013-09-30 7:35 PM
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Great job on the PR!!


2013-10-01 10:40 AM
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Congrats on the PR and staying tough through the mental battle!

2013-10-01 11:01 AM
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Super smokin' PR in supersuck cold with a serious snotface cold!

You rock.

2013-10-02 10:00 AM
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About km 11, I had the conversation I always have with myself in the middle of a race. Maybe I am not cut out for this, maybe I should just race for fun, not for PRs, blah blah blah. And the whole time I am remembering an article I recently read about training your brain to not 'see' the pain. I gotta work harder at that...

I loved this part.  Does everyone feel some version of this at some point in a race?  I sure do.

I think of this as a sign that you were pushing the right amount of hard, and a 4min PR surely speaks to that, especially with a cold.  Nice work

You're also helping me believe that doing all slow and steady in training can still mean you can race fast, so thanks for that!

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