Monday, 18 August 2014

30km MidSummer's Night Run

Saturday night was the Midsummer Night's 30km, and my first race since my vacation. Admittedly, 30km was slightly ambitious, especially after several training weeks that were not exactly on point.

I have eased back into training, but I must confess I have been pretty lax about things. We have been busy with family. And I have been busy with work. Plus there is part of me has just been enjoying coasting. So I have been slacking a bit on the training side, missing a workout here and there, mostly my bike workouts. And I have really relaxed about my diet. Some of it has been stress-related, last week marked one year since losing my Dad. And some of it has just been summer-yummy-barbeque related. Either way, I went into Saturday's race knowing that it would end one of 2 ways...
1. I would run strong, and know that with more training I could seriously revise my Marathon goal pace, or
2. I would run average, and know that I have more work to do and the slacking had to end
Obviously the second option seemed most likely. But either way was fine with me. 

The race started at 5:30pm, so the timing was a little wonky. The race was starting when I usually get ready to have dinner, making fueling interesting. I spent most of day puttering around the house, eating carbs, and playing board games with the hubby. The weather was also a little wonky for an August evening. Saturday ended up being cold, windy, and rainy - making the course conditions less than ideal. But the race was all to raise funds for Sick Kids, so the energy was pretty high to start.

I started out next to the 3 hour pace group. I was hoping for 3 hours-ish, but was really planning to treat this like a really long race pace workout.

The first few kilometers flew by. I was hitting my goal pace, which was 5:50-6:00/km (or 9:23-9:39/mile).

My stomach started to feel a little off around kilometer 15. So I switched from my gels to water and gatorade. At kilometer 20km I ran off course and I was sick to my stomach. I got sick one more time at kilometer 23, and my pace really started to deteriorate. I kept pushing, but after being sick my electrolytes were out of whack, and my legs really started to shut down at 26km. I shuffled to the finish line at 3:19:58. Not exactly the time I had hoped, but considering the circumstances I was okay with it.

I met up with Jamie, who ran an amazing race finishing at 2:32:57, but he looked a little worse for wear. We had passed each other at one of the turn around points, and he had mentioned not feeling well. He had also gotten sick on the course, and was actually in much worst shape than I was.

After the race, I heard that a lot of people had gotten sick. I am not sure if that has to do with the weird timing of this event, or if the race rumor is true. Rumor has it, that the race used water from the fire hydrants/garden maintenance hose to provide water and mix up the gatorade, and that water is not purified for drinking. It would explain why so many us had stomach problems on course, but really sucks if it is true...

Ignoring the tummy troubles, I think this result still says that the slacking has to end. I definitely have work to do before the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, but I think with a little more motivation and consistency a PR might just be within my grasp.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. I'm sorry you had an uncomfortable race with your GI issues, but sounds like you ran well considering everything that was going on with your body. The rumor about unclean water is seriously freaky. Hope you feel better soon and congrats on a solid race!

  2. oh i'm sorry about the GI issues, but you finished!!! you are amazing. let me know if you need any help with the tummy woes. you know we can relate

  3. I'm sorry to hear about the tummy troubles, Krysten! I definitely know what that feels like but I admire you for doing this race. My body gets so confused if I even train in the evenings - let alone race! Congrats on the finish though - you should be so proud of yourself! :)

  4. Boooo! Stomach issues are the worst, literally. I am sorry to hear that, but I agree that I think with those issues being solved, I think a PR should be within grasp. You are doing well, and I am glad you are not being tooooo hard on yourself. Consistency is key, it will come with time :)

  5. Stupid stomach problems ALWAYS getting in the WAY! Mine are bugging me right now - OH WELL! At least you DID IT THOUGH :D

  6. Oh yucky girl. I hate to hear that you felt so sick. Not good. Evening races are certainly tricky though. Trying to figure out that timing is difficult for sure.

  7. First! Thanks for saying HI! That was lovely for sure! Second: Egggh on the tummy problems. I had only one cup of Gatorade and then stuck to water as it was so STRONG. Yuck! I had no tummy problems (thank goodness as I was leading a group). You probably would have been quite a bit stronger if you weren't sick. The night races are hard for sure, but I do love this one. Congrats to you! FYI, I ran a 3:18 ATB and still managed a 4:05 marathon, so don't count yourself out yet!

  8. YIKES. I've heard of races doing the "water" thing and it's never a good thing. Up until earlier this year, it was part of the reason I always carried my own hydration... it scares me to think, now that I am relying on course hydration, that something like that could happen. It's the down side of trying to go faster and run stronger... you have to rely on a race to do the right (and safe) thing.

  9. I had no idea about the water thing. That is CRAZY! So sorry to hear about the tummy troubles. You are a rock star.

  10. OMG that is freaking sorry if its true-man oh man - disgusting!!! Well you finished and smiling in the selfie. so good work you warrior you!!!

    xoxo from London

  11. That is not a good sign for a race if so many people are getting sick. I'm sorry you had to deal with stomach issues (the worst!) but congrats on pushing through. Sometimes we need races like that to fan the flame a bit with our training and get us in gear (I know I have had that before). Either way you are doing awesome, and this race does not define how the marathon will go. Enjoy training!

  12. Wow, I'm so impressed you finished! Way to pull through to the end! (That would be really messed up if they use non-potable water for the drinks) Overall i would consider this race a success just for finishing!!