Sunday, 19 August 2012

MidSummer's Night Run Race Recap

Friday morning I took a break from studying to venture downtown and pickup my Race Kit for this weekend's long distance adventure. I was excited, but I was also incredibly nervous. My palms was sweating as I collected my bib number and sovereign shirt.


I knew I had been training. And I had also done a couple of races recently. But running and training alone is different. And running an obstacle race with a couple of girlfriends is not the same as running a distance race. There was some extra pressure this time around.

I was jumping back into distance racing, and this was the first step on my Marathon journey.

Despite my nerves, I told myself that I would run My Race at My Pace and that I would enjoy myself. The competitive little runner that lives inside my head said that I also had a secret time goal of 1:30.


A MidSummer's Night Run, is a whimsical night time race held to benefit Sick Kids. The grounds were energized, spirits were high, and lots of runners were sporting everything from tutus, wings, wigs, even leaves and ivy. It was easy to get excited with a crowd like this.
 
I was rocking my new oiselle gear and was feeling good, as I lined up with the 1:30 Pace Fairy. The horn sounded and before I knew it I was off and running.

It was a lake front course, following the trails in and along the Leslie Street spit. The view of the city from there was gorgeous. And the breeze coming off the water helped make the conditions ideal for racing. I stuck close with the my Pace Fairy for the first 5km, but I was struggling to find my happy heart rate. So I told myself to relax and fall back. I could see the 1:30 sign bobbing just up ahead, but by scaling back a little I was able to hit my ideal BPM.


As I rocked out to my Pop-Fabulous Playlist I found my rhythm. My heart rate stayed happily in between 175-185bpm, and I was enjoying my run. Before I knew it I could see the lighthouse, and the halfway point had arrived.

The terrain around the lighthouse switched from the smooth paved path we had been running on to one that was very rough and uneven. The race organizer had made a point of warning runners about this. But in true klutzy Krysten fashion, my toes caught one of the rocks the wrong way, and I was down for the count. OUCH! I was dusty, a little scrapped up, slight embarrassed, but otherwise okay.
(**DAMN THOSE ROCKS**)


I dusted myself off and popped back up just as Kelly Clarkson was belting out "I'd fall a thousand times 'fore I let you drag me down" (**Sometimes life is just too funny! I swear!**) So I took that as a sign - and said "DAMN RIGHT!". I was meant to rock this run and I was going to push hard during the second half to make up the time and momentum I lost during my tumble. 

I embraced race day mantra and told myself I was going for it.


I pushed hard. I even started chanting this out loud during the last few kilometers. I felt strong. I felt happy. And I finished the race on a serious runner's high at 1:34! 



I missed my goal time by a couple minutes, but I think without my tumble I would have hit my time. So I will take that! Because more importantly I crossed the finish line feeling strong. I had energy left in the tank. And all of that told me that my training is actually WORKING! My hard work and long hours in the trails are starting to pay off. And if I stay focused, and if I keep plugging, than my Marathon dream could really become a reality!

So Let's Make It Happen!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

18 comments:

  1. DAMN WOMAN.
    You are hardcorebadass AND you get up from tumbles and shake it all off.
    so so impressed and inspired by how far youve come and where youre going.


    xo

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  2. Ditto to what Carla said!!! So awesome!

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  3. Love your new Oiselle gear. Tumbles are never fun, especially during races. Way to go for picking yourself up and dusting yourself off!

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  4. Congrats! Way to bounce back from the spill!

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  5. Congrats on meeting your goal- you ran so well! That is too funny those lyrics spoke directly to you- glad you're okay!

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  6. Nice job!!! I'm always so nervous before any race. I'm a major klutz too - hope the scrapes heal up quickly.

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  7. I'm glad to see another k is as clumsy as me!!! Awesome job you are a speedy lady and I LOVE the oiselle shirt so cute!!!

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  8. Great job! Way to take the tumble in stride and still rock the race!

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  9. Great job! Way to get back up and continue on! You rock!

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  10. Niice! With or without a fall, that's an incredible time. Sounds like you were focused and it paid off. Enjoy that runner's high!

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  11. I am so jealous of that race shirt. I have never seen such a pretty race shirt. And congrats on an awesome time for what seems like a really cool race.

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  12. Wow girl you are fast. I have a permanent scar on my left ankle from a run fall. We my be clumsy sometimes, but at least we are doing it! Great race!

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  13. You.are.awesome!! Congrats on a great race!

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  14. You are so inspiring! So awesome! I really hope I can meet you one day! :)

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  15. You are too cute in that video! Congrats on pushing through even after that fall!! Younare a rockstar and your training really IS paying off! I really want to do that race...maybe next year! ;)

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    1. AWW JEEZE! Yes let's run it together next year?! And I am definitely planning to wear a tutu! Its a MUST!

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  16. Great run even with the fall. I agree that area was a hard run, heck I ran teh 30K and I felt the whole race was hard. Sorry I missed you but again congrats on a great race!

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