Thursday, 9 May 2013

Full Race Report - Goodlife Half Marathon

Sunday was my return to Distance Running. At 12 weeks post-op and with just 3 weeks of training I threw on my tutu and set out for my first Half Marathon of 2013.


I had no real expectations going into this race, so I slept like a baby the night before. I would be lying if I said I didn't want to run well. Secretly I always want to PR. But I knew that running this race at all was a bit of a long shot. After 2 full months off, I gradually started running again in late March. But my focus had been on rebuilding, and very little distance running had been done. I did manage to get about 3 longs runs in before the race, but nothing longer than 16km. I decided I would just go out and see how I felt. If I felt strong I would push it in the second half. If not, well it just wasn't my day.

I woke up at 6am and fueled up with my favourite long run fuel - Oat Pancakes. I grabbed a water bottle and my favourite CLIF Bar fuel and head out the door I have never been great at fueling on the run, but I was determined to get that part of my race right. I took the CLIF Shot 20 minutes before the start and planned to eat one CLIF Block every 3-4km to keep my blood sugar levels even on the run.

The race kicked of at exactly 8:30 and off we went. There were 2041 runners running the Half Marathon. I saw lots of people I knew from the Running Room during the first half of course. They were out cheering along the course, and several Running Room friends were also running. I had accidently set my Polar to miles so I was slightly confused by my pace for a little while, but eventually settled in to a comfortable rhythm.

My friend Stefano had offered to run the second half of the race with me. So we met up at kilometer 10 and set out together. I was feeling good, but not amazing. The heat was throwing me for a loop, and I was kicking myself for choosing not to run with my Camelbak. The water stations were busier than usual so my water stops definitely slowed me down. I knew a PR was not gonna happen. So we agreed we would just have fun with it.

At 16.5km mark I felt myself fading...this was actually the longest I had run since November. I was starting to feel tired. Stefano kept me upbeat and cheered me on. And we just kept plugging along. I tried not to get frustrated with my slower pace, and just enjoy the run.

We crossed the finish line at 2:19:30. Nothing spectacular, but under the circumstances I am okay with that. I ran an average 6:23 km and I felt good when I finished. I know with hard work and proper training I can reach my goal this year. I will be pushing hard to get my half time down to sub-2 and my full time to 4:30. This is just the beginning!

I stretched. Drank lots of water. And then met up with my family and Fitfluential Buddies. Lots of them were running the 5km. So I spent the rest of the morning cheering and just enjoying being back!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

PS Congrats to my Hubby on his 5km PR 20:52. I think he officially has the running bug now!

11 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of you for this race! Huge smile on your face and 13.1 miles down the hatch! xo

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  2. Awesome job my dear. Seriously! You look so happy! And congrats to your hubby too.

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  3. So awesome and amazing when you consider you were laid up from major surgery just a few months ago! Congrats.

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  4. So so awesome and I'm so proud of you too! I love the smiles. And congrats to your hubby!

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  5. Amazing my friend!!! Proud of you xoxox

    And, the hubs totally caught the bug. Same with his Dad :)

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  6. Congrats girl on your first race back!!! LOVE the tutu!

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  7. Congratulations!! You are doing an amazing job coming back and conquering these races. Go girl! :)

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  8. Way to go pretty lady! That is a fantastic time for your first race back at it - you're on the up and up! I'm also super impressed with your organizational skills - Looks like a fabulous time ;)

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  9. I have never run a race with my CamelBak because it is so new, but I think I am going to have to steal a page from your book and do it, way easier than water stations. I still think you did amazing and came back so quickly with not much time to train.

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  10. That's absolutely awesome! Way to go girl - your strength is so beautiful!

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  11. So stinking proud of you. You rocked the course 12 weeks post and on 3 weeks of training... seriously? That is rock star... 13.1 miles (21km?) is a beast at any time and you did it with a smile. Incredible to experience it with you.

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