Sunday, 5 May 2013

Half Marathon, #Fitfluential Family, and Tutus

Today I dipped my toe back into distance running. I ran the Goodlife Toronto Half Marathon.
And had a whole weekend jam packed with Fitness Friends and Fun.

Was I expecting big things?
No. This is my first distance race since my last surgery. And today I am exactly 12 weeks post-op, with approximately 3 weeks of distance training under my belt. Definitely not the most prepared. And definitely not exactly in the best shape either.
Did I think I would PR?
Nope. But it would have been nice... I wish I could PR every race, but today was not about that.
But did I plan to have fun?
Heck Yes!

That is what this race is all about. Just Fun. I was sporting a tutu (<-- yeah you read that right! It was a crowd pleaser!), some sparkles, taking pics for instagram, rocking out to my girlie-pop-music, and just enjoying being back.

This past year has been full of ups and downs, but running has seen me through it all. It is 3 surgeries later, so I know that I am still very much in the recovery/rebuilding stage. And I also know what a gift it is to be back and running - slow but strong. I crossed the finish line 2:19:30. Nothing spectacular. No PR. Kinda Slow. But I crossed that finish line!

Today's run was a reminder how precious Health is. And how grateful I am to have mine.
Every Run is a Gift, and one I do not take for granted 

**Special Thanks to Stephano who paced me for the final 10km. He helped keep me up beat and grounded out there**

This weekend was also a celebration of the this amazing running community - a community that has supported me all the way along. They have picked me up when I was down. Celebrated the good times. Guided me through training. Sympathized with me when I had those tough runs. And now finally we had the chance to meet and run together.



So this weekend wasn't about time or being competitive. It is about spending the weekend with some of my Favourite Running Buddies and basking in the amazing-ness of this fabulous running and fitness community.

We Train Hard. We Run Strong. We stand together as a community. 
That is what Running is all about.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

**PS stay tuned this week more weekend fun and recaps of our whole epic adventure**

24 comments:

  1. Congrats! It was such a pleasure meeting you last night. I love all the pics! I'm so glad you had a fun day and for what it's worth 2:19 on 3 weeks training is pretty freaking awesome!!!

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  2. Aw congrats on an epicly awesomesauce weekend!! I wish I could have been there to enjoy some of the fun and sport a tu-tu with you amazing ladies...and gent. Can't wait to read more about all the happenings!

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  3. Awesome job girl! The Toronto weekend looked fAbulous and I'm so happy you all had tons of fun!

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  4. Love this Krysten!! Congrats on your race. That is a huge accomplishment. And can I tell you how jealous I was of seeing all your fun pictures from the weekend??? xoxo

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  5. I am so amazed that you did this so soon after your surgery! You are an INSPIRATION!!!

    OMG, love the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!! So fun & people I see in the blog world & the tutus - LOVE!!!!!

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  6. I just found your blog. Congratulations on your return to racing! I also have a heart condition, although different to yours, and so it makes me so happy to see other heart condition girls out running and being healthy!! Looks like you had an amazing race!!

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  7. Way to go girl, that is awesome! You're such an inspiration!

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  8. You are such a rockstar and an inspiration!!

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  9. Congrats! Epic comeback for you. And LOVE the pics...PR in a tutu!

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  10. Congrats to you!!!! This weekend was so FUn!!! Can't wait to see you next xoxo

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  11. I stalked all this on facebook and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

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  12. oh my gosh, and celebrate you did!! LOVE IT! such a wonderful community to share it with too! PR WHOOP!

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  13. Girl - you rock! Congrats!! That's not a horrible time at all. And the best part is just enjoying it. That's what it's all about right? And then to meet up with all of those fantastic friends? Icing on the cake!

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  14. some seriously awesome photos...especially you and pavement runner in tutus. i LOVE IT!

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  15. How could you not have fun in a tutu? ;) Looks like a blast!

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  16. Just found your blog through Twitter. Congrats on a GREAT race. I ran it for the first time myself. Love all the pictures. Way to GO!!

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  17. greats pics! congrats on finishing the half lady, you looked super cute in your tutu!! 2:19 is a great time especially post op! sorry i couldnt make the meet up on sat, my in laws are visit from australia. hope it was EPIC! xox

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  18. Love love LOVE this! Wish I lived closer to TO!

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  19. Congrats on getting back out there! I can't wait to read the recap, but I do love the tutu photos!

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  20. I love tutus for races - it's really the best way to make sure you have fun!! It's my mental cue that a race is for fun, not for serious. You know what I mean? So proud of you - so glad you had a fun race!!

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  21. Nice run on Sunday! The tutus looked great! Thanks also for organizing such a great get-together.

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  22. The picture of you and Pavement Runner in your matching tutus is fabulous. I think your time is pretty amazing for only 3 week straining. Great job and so freaking fun!

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