Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Half Marathon, An Olympian, and A Reality TV Show

Today was possibly one of the craziest days of my life

You know, just PRing a half marathon with Helen Upperton, an Olympic silver medalist, all while shooting a reality TV show. Just another day in the life of this Darwinian Fail. Just your average Sunday.

Needless to say, Sunday was completely bananas! So let's start at the beginning shall we?

Sunday started early - very early. I was up at 6am eating protein pancakes and sporting my Team Oiselle attire, and topped with some necessary sparkle from the girls at Sparkly Soul. An Olympian and a camera crew, from Shaw TV's Make It Happen, knocked on my door at 7 am. And they found a very nervous, bumbly, slightly nauseous Krysten. After some quick pre-race preperations and introductions, we were off to the Ajax Half Marathon.



This was going to be my second half marathon, and I was definitely hoping for PR. I was also rolling with a silver medalist and a camera crew, for a little added pressure. I am not going to lie, the idea of running with Helen was nerve racking. I am typically a lone runner - especially during distance - so I was nervous to have someone tag along. And I was especially nervous to run with a real legit olympic athlete! I mean a darwinian fail and olympian - what a pair?



So this odd couple lined up at the start and got ready to tackle 21.1km (13.1 miles) together. Even though I was hesitant about our pairing initially, Helen and I quickly fell into a good rhythem together. I really wanted to finish in 2:05 so we started out next to the 2 hour Pace Bunny. We were off. We were feeling good. And we were rocking a great pace.


I felt like the first 15km flew by. Running with someone really helped keep my mind off the distance. And our banter back and forth made the time pass quickly. Everything felt great until about kilometer 17. The course was down by the lake front, and there was some serious head winds on our way back. There were also some rolling hills, which we all know, does not bode well for the old ticker. So I found myself falling off the pace.

Kilometer 19 was hard. I saw 2:05 pass on my watch, and I still had 2km to go. I was feeling low, but Helen kept me up beat. I pushed hard during the final stretch, and crossed the finish line at 2:12:31.



I finished strong and that's still a PR. Not quite the the PR I wanted, but you can't frown at a PR, right? That was 5 minute improvement on my last half. And I think that puts me on track to for my upcoming marathon. This is it too, my last race before Marathon Glory. And I think with this new PR, that my marathon goal time of 4:30 is definitely in my sights.


Today was beyond AMAZING. I found myself regularly asking how this was my life. I mean really? Someone pinch me! 6 months ago I ran my first half marathon, toasted the ta-tas, and got myself a brand new shiny robot heart. And today here I am running half marathon #2, with an Olympian, shooting a TV show, and 3 weeks away from my first Full Marathon.

Pretty Crazy Right?!
What a day! What a race! What a life!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

39 comments:

  1. Wow! What an amazing experience! Proud of you for the PR but more proud of the look of pride on your face!!! You are amazing!!!

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  2. This all sounds awesome! Congrats on your race. You are definitely ready for your upcoming full! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  3. Definitely awesome! Congratulations on PR! ~laylaruns

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  4. Congrats on a wonderful day! You've accomplished so much this year :D

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  5. oh you know, no big deal for a Sunday ;-)
    Such an amazing day for you. Congrats on your PR!! What an incredible experience to run with Helen. Great job Krysten! So proud of you!

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  6. That's all you did on a Sunday? ;)

    Congrats! Any PR is awesome and you earned it. Use this day as fuel for your marathon. You just ran with an Olympian - you can do anything!!!!

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  7. pfft what a boring sunday ;)
    hahaaa. you're such a rock star!! Congrats lady, what an exciting day. so proud :D

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  8. What an awesome awesome day! Congrats girly!

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  9. Amazing day for you! Congrats on that PR! I'm really happy that this is where life has led you after all the adversity.

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  10. Way to be!!! That's awesome for your PR! :) Thanks for sharing the good things!

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  11. Wow what an experience. I have my 1st 1/2 coming up in 2 weeks and I have to say I'm pretty nervous about finishing. The issue is not my fitness level, it's that my legs seem to give out way before the rest of my body. It's frustrating when my heart is telling me to go ahead and run faster and my legs are holding me back. Wish I had an Olympian running next to me. :)

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  12. Congrats! That's an awesome day all around! And your pizza on instagram looked amazing too!

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  13. So proud!! And what an awesome experience for you to have. Your marathon is going to be KILLED. It doesn't stand a chance.

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  14. Congratulations on your PR!!!! That's fabulous! (And of course, so is having an Olympian "teammate"! :D) You looked like you had a blast...you can definitely see that you're in your glory!!!

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  15. Pretty cool day! Congrats on the PR

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  16. Congrats girl!!!!! What an awesome day! You rock...tha house! Tu es super ma belle!

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  17. So cool! Congrats on your PR and your amazing day.

    During this surreal time... remember to take some moments here and there to pause, take some deep breaths and savor your amazing journey.

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  18. A-MA-ZING! What an accomplishment!! You are positively GLOWING in your last picture. I am going to be running the Scotia Half so I may very well stick around to see you finish the marathon!

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  19. Love this post and these pictures. Way to go!

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  20. What a day!! Congratulations on your PR, that 4:30 is going to be all yours in 3 weeks, no doubt.

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  21. Beyond proud of you mama. Got chills reading this!

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  22. You. Rock.

    Congrats on the PR and good luck on your upcoming full!

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  23. Congrats on the PR. It sounds like a fabulous day. I could read the runner's high coming through!

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  24. Seriously an amazing day. Congrats. You are an inspiration and you deserve all good things that are coming your way!

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  25. Awesome story! And just like you said...just another Sunday ;)

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  26. Well congrats to you girl!! That is SO amazing!! I'm hoping I run into you at a future race one day!!! Awesome PR...I'll slowly be behind you ;) haha

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  27. Krysten - You are simply amazing! Congrats on your PR you will rock your full!!!

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  28. amazing girl!!! congrats on a huge pr, congrats on an amazing day and an experience you will never forget!!

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  29. ahhh yea! this makes me so happy! you did great. what an amazing day and experience. I can see it on your face. the excitement, the joy!

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  30. Congratulations beautiful girl!!! I am so happy for you and all that you have going on for you right now!! You ran such a great race - and so excited for you for the big marathon in a few weeks!! xoxo

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  31. Congrats! That's incredible!

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  32. Awesome job!!!! Such a wonderful opportunity too.

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  33. So cool. To run with an Olympian is awesome and in great time too. I am so proud of you girl.

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  34. Awesome all around! Congrats on your PR - you are so going to rock your marathon!!

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