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Toronto Women’s Half Marathon – Race Recap

Training

Sunday’s Half Marathon was my first race since running the Scotiabank Marathon in 2007. After having my second baby in January, I decided I needed a little motivation to get back in shape and though it would be fun? to get back into running. So, I texted my sister and asked her if she wanted to do a half marathon with me. She said yes! That day, we signed up for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon.

And, on March 5th, I went for my first run in a VERY long time. It felt great, I was so excited to be running again, and was super pumped to have a race planned. Thirteen weeks of training all worked out…3 runs a week, one long, one interval, and one plain ole run. Throw in a few BodyAttack classes each week as cross training and I was all set to go!

Well, after signing up to take my BodyAttack Instructor Course and making that a priority, I soon was down to running only once or twice a week. I also ended up missing a few of the long runs towards the end my my training. Both of which are not so great when your race goal is sub 2 hours.

So, about 3 weeks away from the race, knowing there wasn’t much of a chance of me finishing the half in under 2 hours, I decided I would run this race with my sister Cathy and try to help her reach her goal of a sub 2:30 half. I was super excited to be running with my sister, because, although we have ran many races together, we’ve never actually ran together in a race.

Race Day Preparation

Because it had been forever since I’d last ran a race, my Garmin was dead, super dead, like not even chargeable dead! I had done most of my training runs just using the fitness app on my iPod, but I wanted more info about my running on race day, and figured if I was going to get back into it, I needed a watch. Hehehe! So, after humming and hawing, I decided I would treat myself to a new Garmin.

Four days before the race I picked up a Garmin 410 from Costco. After charging it up, I went for a run and played around with it a little in hopes of figuring it out before race day.

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It took my a while, but I finally figured it out and was totally shocked at all the info it gathered during my run! I LOVE my GARMIN 410!

In the spirit of Carb Loading we had my sister and her family over for a pasta dinner the night before the race. I made a delicious recipe – Eat Clean Sausage and Pepper Penne from Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods 2012.

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It was awesome! The recipe made enough to feed 7 of us, and the guys even had seconds. It took a lot of time to make, but was definitely worth it! So good!

After shooing everyone out around 9pm, I was time to get my stuff together for the morning.

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Race Day

I set my alarm for 6:00 am since my sister, brother-in-law (Rory) and nephew (Jack) were coming to pick me up at 6:45. I grabbed a quick shower, got dressed, made a yummo oatmeal pancake, and it was time to go! Despite having a great sleep, my brother-in-laws first comment upon seeing me was “wow, she looks tired!” Yikes!

The boys dropped us off at Sunnybrook Park so Cathy and I had a bit of time to visit with some friends, pee, and stretch before the race. An hour and a bit later, and I’m still looking pretty tired!!

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There were over 1150 women running this years race. We were divided into three groups according to finishing time. Cathy and I started in coral 2.

The gun went off to start the race at exactly 8:00, and the first group of runner (the fast ones) we’re off!

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3 minutes later, our gun sounded and we were off! Our plan was to run a mile then take a one minute rest break for water and eventually cliff energy gels.

I was surprised at how jam packed the first bit of the course was. Off and on for the first kilometer or so we were running on a narrow path, shoulder to shoulder about 8 wide. It was awful! Cathy and I struggled to find our pace and get in our groove, but eventually we started running for the gaps and things got better. It wasn’t until the 3K point where the group started to spread out a bit and we were able to run our pace and not feel like we were going to get trampled on!

The next 5K went pretty well and things looked good for a 2:30 finish!

Rory and Jack were waiting to cheer us on at about the 9km mark, it was great to see them and even better that they snapped a picture of us in action!

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Up to this point we had been sticking to the mile and one plan, but the clouds started to disperse and it got hot! From about the 2 hour mark on, ended up walking more often, which resulted in our muscles having a chance to tighten up, which caused more walking, and it sort of became a viscous cycle!

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We didn’t really got back into a groove again, but managed to pull it out for the final 400m and run in strong to the finish line!

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Woohoo! 21.1km DONE!

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And don’t you just LOVE the bling! Yep, that necklace was the finishing ‘medal’! Cool, eh!

We finished in 2:40, which was a bit longer than we had hoped, but all things considered, not a bad run! We’re already trying to decide what our fall half marathon will be!

Here is the breakdown of our run, straight from my Garmin!

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I love that thing! Can you believe the detail?

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Clean Eating Challenge: Day 6

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Day 6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Oatmeal Pancake with Chocolate Chips

Post Race Snack – Breakfast Pita and a Banana, 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Lunch – Nachos

Afternoon Snack – This afternoon we went over to my sisters house to chill in the backyard and have a few post-race Coronas. We also had a few snacks too…Bits and Bites, Cucumber and Baby Carrots with Veggie Dip Here is a picture of me enjoying my first of 3 Coronas!

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Dinner – 4 Mint Oreo cookies and a Coke Brutal! After eating all that crap and drinking a few beers, I really didn’t feel much like eating dinner!

Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
7 hours, almost uninterrupted as my husband got up with our son in the night…such a treat!

So ya, today was NOT a clean eating day AT ALL, but when I started this challenge, I knew that today – race day- would be my only cheat day in all of the 40 day challenge. I definitely had my fill of non-clean foods, and I’m actually really looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow…and so is my stomach! Isn’t is crazy how quickly out body adjusts to eating clean, and then how much it punishes us when we don’t! I’m feeling like total crap this evening…tired (I’m guessing that’s because I ran 13 miles – 21,1 kilometers – today), full, bloated…just plain yuck, and I know it’s because I ate like crap today.

I’m sooo looking forward to getting back on my 40 Day Clean Eating Challenge tomorrow!

How is YOUR Clean Eating Challenge going?

A Few Last Words Before Race Day!

So, tomorrow is THE BIG DAY! My first race since running my first (and only) marathon in September of 2007! I’m super excited…and a little nervous!

Originally I was training to run this race is under 2 hours – which would have been a PB for me…but, things got in the way and I did not get in as much running as I had hoped. That being said, the training I did do has more than prepared me for tomorrow’s run….but, a few weeks ago I decide to to change my whole race perspective and run with my sister to help her reach her goal of a sub 2:30 half. You see, my sister Cathy has trained really hard for this race (you can read all about it on her blog) and has SERIOUSLY improved in her running, but she still lacks a bit of the mental toughness required to compete a 21.1km race. She, (like pretty much everyone else) always runs better with someone…she just needs a little push sometimes, someone to get her running again after her one minute drink break towards the end of the race, someone to make her run up every hill, someone to distract her with mindless chatter…enter ME! I am super excited to run with my sister, we have done many races together, but have never actually run together. It’s going to be awesome!

So, here’s a little something to keep us both going as my sister I run the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon tomorrow…

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So, that’s it. Everything we have worked so hard for comes down to tomorrow. We’re ready! We can do this! We will reach our goal of a sub 2:30 half marathon!

Three Things Thursday – Ready For Race Day!

Only 3 days to go until The Toronto Women’s Half Marathon! I am SUPER EXCITED and READY TO RUN! This week’s Three Things Thursday is all about race day!

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Apparently I will be sporting a little Lululemon for this race…hehehe…its all so comfy and cool – I LOVE it!

Top – Lululemon Run Swiftly Tank
Shorts – Lululemon Run Speed Shorts
Bra – Lululemon Flow Y Bra
Hairband – Lululemon

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Cliff Shot Energy Gels – Vanilla –                                                                                 The plan is to take one of these 45 minutes into the race and then the other 45 minutes after that.
Honey Stinger Energy Chews – I will be eating a few of these every walk break (at each  mile) after the one hour mark. They are just so yummy, I can’t don’t want to run without them!! 

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Shoes – Asics Gel Nimbus 12 –                                                                                                      I have been running in Nimbus’ for a long time, and absolutely love them, they are so cushiony!
Watch – Garmin 410 – I just got this watch this week, it has one run in its history. I think I’ve got it figured out. I’m hoping to use the training partner to help my sister and I finish by her goal time!
Sunglasses – Ryder’s – These are also new…so much for not changing things up before race day! However, I may not need them, as the forecast is now calling for rain 😦 Refreshing but not so fun!
Waist Pack – FuelBelt – will be filled with water – sometimes the water stations just aren’t where you need them!

Let’s hope that is still the case AFTER the run!

 

Motivational Monday – Race Day Motto

The countdown is on…less than one week to go until I run The Toronto Women’s Half Marathon. Woohoo! Here is my race day motto!

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It’s Hump Day!

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday…this week has been so busy, it seams like it should definitely be the weekend by now!

Monday’s are workout days with my trainer and Skinny Jeans Challenge group, but after a morning stroller run with my son Tanner and our dog Clyde, I just didn’t have it in me to go for a workout 😦

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I think I’ve ALMOST reached my burnout point. I’m not sure I have actually had time to recover from my crazy busy week/weekend of the Women’s Sports School Conference and BodyAttack Training. In the last week and a half, I’ve been to 6 BodyAttack classes (and actually team taught in 4 of those), I’ve done a 20K long run and a 5K stroller run, and did 2 personal training workouts. I think that actually works out to 9 workouts in 10 days!

And I’m suppose to be tapering since my Half Marathon is in 11 days!

Definitely too much!

This week I have also put forth a better effort in terms of Clean Eating. Yesterday I made Hawaiian Pita Pizzas from the Clean Eating Magazine Classic Comfort Foods 2012 Issue..super easy and pretty yummy!

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Tonight we will be having Sausage and Pepper Penne (Thanks Kim!) also from the Clean Eating Magazine Classic Comfort Foods 2012 Issue. Looks delicious!

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On the menu for the rest of the week…

Kung Pao Chicken, Stuffed French Toast and Sticky Buns…YUMMO!

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Happy Hump Day everyone!
Only 2 more days until the long weekend!

Motivational Monday! 13 Days Til Race Day!

So, with just under two weeks to go, and my last long run out of the way, I’m starting to get excited about RACE DAY!

I have totally changed my race goal…from running a sub-two hour half…to helping my sister reach her goal of a sub 2:30 half.

Why?

Well, I really don’t feel as though I have run enough to meet my goal, and since my sister has improved so much in her running, but still lacks a bit of the mental strength necessary to meet her goal, i’m going to run with her and keep her moving…around every turn, past every mile, up every hill…she is going to finish this half marathon RUNNING!

So, with that in mind, here is this weeks Motivational Monday….

Doesn’t that just crack you up…OMG too funny – maybe cause it’s so true!

It’s time to start believing…

…believing in yourself

…your training

…your hard work

…your ability to succeed

You CAN, and WILL do this!