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,

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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 ;)

  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.

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

  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.