Maritime Race Weekend Sunrise 5k Tartan Twosome Recap 2016

One of the fun parts about Maritime Race Weekend is that you can run two races if you want to and it’s called the “Tartan Twosome”. You get a medal for each run plus one more medal for completing the Tartan Twosome duo!

If you missed my Sunset 5k recap check it out here. That was the Friday night run and this is about Saturday morning’s Sunrise 5k, which was supposed to be my half marathon. Though I was really wanting to run the half I’m so glad I made the decision to change over to the 5k.

Saï and I got up at 5:30 AM and left the house around 6:20. The race started at 8 am but we wanted to get there before 7am to get a decent parking spot which was about 1km away from the start area. It was cool enough to need a long sleeved shirt and I even saw some people with gloves on! We hit up the porta-potties cause you never know on race day, right! Then made our way to the start and waited for the crowd to fill in.

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Eventually, Krystol met up with us. Somehow she always finds me in the start area in time for a selfie and good luck wishes. Both her and Saï were running the half and thought they’d probably run together.

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As the gun went off to start the race, I wished them both good luck and that I’d see them later on. My ankle was a little stiff but after the Sunset 5k the night before, I was expecting it. This run would be an easy run, take in the scenery and just be present. I quickly lost Saï and Krystol and just tried to focus on a comfortable pace for my ankle.

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A house was blasting Michael Jackson from their home stereo, the small waves were crashing on the rocks, lots of chatter and excitement between runners and the most beautiful view you’d want to see at 8am on a Saturday morning was off to our right. Kilometre 1 hit, 6:35 and I thought, perfect…just where I need to be. As I kept running my ankle loosened up a bit and it felt good.

Kilometre two hit, 6:10…apparently I picked up my pace a little. At the 2.5km mark, all the 10k runners, half and full marathoners kept running straight while we turned around and headed back to the start. There was a massive sea of red shirts on my right and the ocean on my left. I took a number of glances to the ocean as the sun was just hitting it right. If I wasn’t running a race, I would have stopped to really admire the view but instead I just glanced back three or four times.

Kilometre 3 hit and I saw 6:07. Part of me got a little excited and though maybe I could run a negative split! However, reality of no training for four weeks hit and I had to slow down and take a short walking break at a water station. I was back at it as kilometre 4 hit and 6:22 came across my Garmin. Dang…no negative split but hey I’m running pain free – win win win!

I started to pick up my pace again and my last kilometre was 6:01. I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face in 32:18. No complaints, no regrets, nothing but happiness. It was the run that I needed.

My booty!

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After I finished I managed to find a number of RunATCan {Running Atlantic Canada} folks and hung out with them for a while. I used the foam rolling station *loved this* and ate an amazing bagel. I saw family friends and spent a short time with them, then found Krystol’s husband Casey and kids.

We waiting on the side of the road for them to finish and I saw Saï coming in the distance and jumped up to take some photos. Casey took some great shots of us running!

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It was then that I had tears in my eyes. I was so proud of him. He was looking so comfortable, like he was out for an easy Sunday shuffle and gliding across the pavement with ease. I knew he was going to finish under two hours as we smiled at each other and high-fived as tears fell down my face. I was truly excited for him. However, it was the first time that I was really sad that I didn’t get to run my half marathon. I honestly had the half distance out of my head and was so focus on getting through 5k that it kinda just hit me. By the time he finished and came out to the road for us to see Krystol finish, I was all done with my pity party.

Finished!

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Saï finished in 1:54:45 and Krystol in 2:03:xx. We all had great runs, loved the views and just had a great weekend of running. Maritime Race Weekend is such a great event and we didn’t even take in all the events; race-kit pick up, fireworks, temptation station on the half route (candies and Adirondack chairs to take in the amazing view), a Captain’s bell you can ring if you PB and the kids parade to name a few. We did go to the candy shop and bought our girls some treats…which I may or may not have taste tested.

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I had some issues post run with my chip time not showing up in the stats which didn’t really bother me until I had three people tell me I wasn’t in the stats. I contacted Atlantic Chip timing and they shorted it out quickly. They were so easy to work with..

My ankle held up amazingly! No pain, no aches, no problems. It feels stronger but I know it’s not close to being better. The good news is that I see my PT tomorrow!!!!!!!!

Anyone run the Sunrise 5k, 10k, half or full?

Post race, what do you do right away? Water, food, stretch?

And yes, I’m signing up for the half marathon next year!

Ever done a double race?

 

 

Maritime Race Weekend Sunset 5k Recap

I don’t even know where to start! The weekend was great, just great in so many ways!

Friday actually started with 4 laps around Lilly’s school soccer field for the Terry Fox Run and then a drive to the city. We dropped off the girls to my parents and drove over to Cow Bay to find parking and make our way to Fisherman’s Cove. My gawd it’s beautiful there!

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This was one of the views on our runs! I taped my ankle in the car and then we walked just around 1km to the start area. This was nice as it gave my foot some time to settle into the tape job I did and this was the best one I’ve done so far this injury.

Just *some* of the race swag!

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We met up with my friend Tracey and then Krystol (my running buddy) and her family. As the race time approached we headed to the starting chute and waited. Garmins turning on and beeping, space getting limited, making friends with your neighbours you were standing by and the sun slowly setting behind us.

With a few minutes to go we were all jumping up and down doing a warm up. However, when the lady said to kick your butt, we all turned around to make sure we didn’t kick the person behind us. Everyone kinda laughed and just moved as they could – WE HAD NO ROOM TO MOVE.

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The gun went off and we slowly moved forward. It took us 1:17 to get to the starting mat and then we were dodging runners. It was expected with all 2000-2500+ people running all together. I was a little further back in the crowd then I wanted to be but my husband and I just started weaving around people when it was safe. There is literally people everywhere on the out and back course.

My watch hit the first kilometre and I saw 6:08 and I thought…nice, but that’s fast for me. We kept moving forward through the sea of mostly red shirts. My Garmin beeped kilometre 2 with a pace of 5:51 and I though oh shit this isn’t good, this is too fast for me. As we came close to the turn around the middle of my chest was painful, likely from breathing too fast. My fitness wasn’t there and this pace was too fast, the middle of my back started hurting too!

Shortly after this my husband said to breathe in twice – or at least what I thought he said. For some reason I took two breaths in and then two breaths out which actually relieved some pain. However, that is not what he said or meant but when your running sometimes you can’t always hear the person running beside you clearly. We had a laugh about this post race.

My husband wanted to pick up his pace so we wished each other good luck and we’d meet up at the finish. At kilometre 3, I hit 6:01 and wasn’t sure if I could keep this pace as my body wasn’t loving it so I slowed down and too a break walking and stretch my back out for a few seconds. I was trying to relieve the pain I was having in my back and it work.

I saw so many old and new friends running, I high-fived some I’ve met on twitter which was fun. As kilometre four hit and my Garmin beeped 6:22 and I was having no pain in my ankle still – yeah! As I approached Fisherman’s Cove where you run a semi-loop to the finish line I picked up my pace even more. Pushing my body forward, keeping my posture upright and trying to just enjoy the pain of finishing hard. I’m confident I had the ugly runner’s face on as I knew I was so close to a sub 30 – 5k.

I cross the finished line and paused my Garmin {30:14} and had to take a break on the side of the chute where I saw Krystol. Her face was looking like she was concerned for me but I assured her I was okay and that I just pushed it a little too much for my current fitness level.

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I was happy. My husband finished in 26:31 and Krystol in 25:08, she was just 8 seconds or so off a PB!! We grabbed a banana and met up with Krystol’s family, found Tracey and Saï. We took off after a few pictures in the long line of cars and made our way back to my parents house. Both girls were sound asleep when we got home but Saï got to snuggle with Hilary as she woke up for a short period of time.

I had no intentions of running so fast with my current fitness level and injury that I’ve been told “not to run on” but I have no regrets. It felt good minus the chest and back pain but I’ve done very limited upper body strength as well. You don’t just run with your legs! It was fun running with Saï, seeing friends, then finishing the race really strong. It was just great!

Race recap for Saturday’s Sunrise 5k to come next (provided I have time to write it).

Anyone race this past weekend?

MRW Runners: did you love Friday night’s Sunset 5k?

What’s the first thing you do after crossing the finishing of a race?

MRW: Goals for an Injured Runner

Drum roll…….race day is TOMORROW!!!!!!!! The Tartan Twosome is a double race at Maritime Race Weekend and I’m supposed to be running 5k & a half marathon. Right now I would be freaking out, panicking a little about my upcoming hilly half marathon. I’d be questioning my training, double checking my fuel for race day, packing my clothing must haves and yes, butterflies of excitement in my stomach.

However, I’m just relax’ and maxin’, I’m freaking out because I have nothing packed and ready to go for my family (it’s a family trip to the city) and I don’t even know where my Garmin is. That’s a lie, I know where it is 🙂

Runner Plays Soccer: Get’s Hurt.

As I mentioned before, I made the decision to play soccer back in June knowing injuries can happen. It was training for soccer that got me into running. I hated it at first and I remember I was so slow at the beginning of our season. However, over the four months that I trained: speed work, fartleks, sprints in between power poles, puking occasionally at the soccer field, going for a long run, I eventually became one of the fastest forwards on my team. I was 15/16 years old.

Lucky for me, I continued to play soccer and run. Lucky for me, I get to still play both sports with a young family and husband that works shift work. Lucky for me, I get to make these decisions. Sometimes decisions have consequences and you have to live with the outcome. Getting injured during soccer was always something that “could” happen and it did to me.

Do I regret playing soccer this summer…ha ha, heck NO! I loved it and am waiting patiently (or trying to) until I can get back on the field too. Yes, I’m going back to playing soccer when my ankle is ready for it. My cleats aren’t ready to retire.

So, really…I’m just feeling happy and thankful. Thankful that I get to be at such a fun event, thankful that I get to see my family and so many friends running. Thankful that I’m going to run/walk two 5k’s, thankful I get to show my daughters that I have goals, passion and am not going to let anything stop me, and thankful that I have a supportive husband. I’m happy he is running HIS half and can’t wait to see him cross the finish line.

Life throws you lemons, so you make lemonade and ENJOY every last sip!

Me making lemonade at yoga Tuesday!

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Injured Runner Race Goals

My goals for both 5k races are to simply enjoy them; take in the gorgeous scenery, pose for selfies with friends, enjoy the atmosphere, cheer on other runners, wait for my husband and Krystol (my running buddy) to finish rocking their half marathons; and really JUST BE PRESENT.

I couldn’t run last year due to injury but was so lucky to be able to volunteer last minute. Though I feel my ankle is a minor injury, I’m still going to wait until next week to get an accurate diagnoses to figure out long term running. Why? Well, I signed up for another race in October….seriously! Lemons and lemonade folks!

Good luck to all those running Maritime Race Weekend Friday night and Saturday morning. May your feet feel light, the weather just right and finish your race with a fight.

You can see all the fun on Instagram!

Anyone else running Maritime Race Weekend? Say Hi if you see me!

Anyone racing this weekend?

Santa 5k Run Recap

I 100% didn’t even blog about this run. It was on my radar and I even printed out the registration form but just didn’t bother to share that I’d be running it this weekend! *bloggers gasp*

It was our local Santa 5k Run that goes to support local families for Christmas; be it food or presents. I ran it two years ago with my running buddy Krystol and she reminded me that was our first race ever together. Awww, it was  our 2 year Run-iversary 🙂

Saturday we had Hilary’s 3rd birthday party and a slightly late night so when I woke up up 7 AM, I just wanted to stay in bed. The girls were still asleep as was my husband. I eventually got out of bed as did the rest of the family and I was out the door quickly to the run. I was feeling miserable, like I was hungover but didn’t even consume any alcohol the night before.

I met up with some friends and hung out until the race started. It was very laid back with a few announcements and then we all headed outside for the “Ready, Set, Go”. I managed to get my Garmin to connect, something that I failed to do two years ago at this run.

As I started running I realised that this run wasn’t going to be an amazing run and to just get through the 5k for the distance. My Garmin was hiding under my sleeve and I only looked at it twice!

I slowly slipped away from two friends that were running faster then I and then had a few moments of “I should just walk”, “I don’t want to run”, “this sucks”. It was ugly. I took off my Santa hat and life got a little better as the heat from my head was able to escape. I clearly was dressed for Saturday’s colder weather as opposed to Sunday’s warmed of +9C!

Leading up to the half way point was a l-o-n-g and s-l-o-w hill – rough! I hit the turn around point and started back down that hill and was flying fast…it felt great. Eventually I slowed down a bit but was able to catch up to my running buddy and another friend.

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After a few minutes of running with them my legs just want to go, so I slowly moved in front of them and just kept going. As I was approaching the finish area I looked at my Garmin and it read 5.25km – WHAT??? You mean, I already hit my 5k and I’m still pushing it at this point!

As I hit the finish area and stopped running, my Garmin read 5.40km in 33:11. Going from struggling and hating the run to picking up my pace and then running with friends only to have my legs want to go faster  made for a great run in the end.

Anyone else to a Santa Run/Shuffle this weekend?

Ever wear a Santa hat while running?

Are you running in warm weather or cold weather right now?

 

Remember When 5k Was….

Remember when running 5k was….

HARD! The hardest thing you think you could put your body through (minus giving birth). Then it got manageable and part of your weekly routine.

Five kilometres here, five kilometres there and by the end of the week you accumulated numerous 5k runs. You may even dabble in longer distances which then become your new struggle.

Remember when 5k was EASY. As you zoom pass your normal 5k loop and decide to continue on racking up the mileage, feeling strong and confident.

Then after a surprising (at the time) injury you can barely walk without pain, you can’t put your shoes on or place your child in their crib because your injury hurts too much. Five kilometres seems so long, whether you are running outside or trying to hit up a treadmill at home or gym, like GoodLife Fitness.

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Resume running 5k again

Remember when 5k became HARD AGAIN! You never thought you’d return to this point. You may have even taken those EASY 5k runs for granted. Thinking you can just pop them out when ever you want, no need to stretch, no need hydrate or fuel afterwards. You’ve got this, right? You used to do it before, right.

Eventually, you realise the mistakes you made with those EASY 5k runs as you struggle to get stronger again. Running 5k is HARD again and for some reason you are loving it. You are loving the fresh air, the (slow) speed, even the amount of dirty laundry you have accumulated. You love how it makes you feel; physically and mentally.

You remember when 5k was EASY and know you will get back there. It may take a while but you are thankful you are able to pound out those 5k runs again with little to no pain.

Do you remember when 5k was EASY for you?

Do you remember when 5k was HARD for you?

How often do you run 5k in a week? or 3 miles?

BLT 5k Recap

My last official “race” of the year has happened! I would like to run 1-2 more 5k’s but I’ve yet to register or commit 100%.

Saturday morning was the BLT 5K (Beechville – Lakeside – Timberlea) put on by the Timberlea Tundra Pounder’s founder, Courtney! She blogs at Runner Girl. Let’s just say, she thought of everything and put on a successful event!

Pre Race:

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It rained on the way to the run.

As I drove the 3 minutes from my parents place to my old school (yes, I actually attended this Elementary school when I was in Grade 6), I noticed the signs that we hand crafted. Nice touch! Then I parked at the school and took a moment to watch the Canadian flag flap around in the wind at half mast. Eventually I went inside the school where is was super warm and got my race kit… a personalized race kit.

“It may be hard now but someday this will be your warm up”

Cute, eh!

Cute, eh!

When I got my race kit, I was able to meet some runners/bloggers that I’ve been following and connecting with at recent events. I got to meet Heidi from Idle Hide.

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Heidi and I.

Race:

I ran most of the race with my long time friend Tracey. It was nice to run together and catch up. We both wore our Red/White Maritime Race Weekend shirt as we wanted to #raceredandwhite this weekend.

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Me and Tracey

I had no goals for this race other than to do it and have fun. We went out really fast and then let up a bit. It was nice to run on the trail which recently had four days of rain on it. The trail was in great condition but I sure was dreading that hill at the end.

I’m finally starting to trust my training but more specifically my hill training. I dread running up those hills but am always surprised after reaching the top of them how strong I am now. Must keep that in mind over the next  few cold months.

I wasn’t sure if I’d get a PB and actually couldn’t remember what my 5k PB was until after the race. No PB for me but it was a great run under 28 minutes (27:46 on my Garmin).

Tracey and I post race

Tracey and I post race

Post Race:

I also got to meet Heather – super-duper Boston Marathon runner 🙂 Not only does she know my buddy Hal Higdon (she was in his book 4:09:43) she blogs over at Girl Goes Running. We’ve tried to meet up at other runs but it just never worked out until now. She is super friendly and passionate about running. It was great to finally chat with her.

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Heather (right) and I.

I also got to chat with Samantha. She ran her second full marathon at the Valley Harvest so it was nice to chat about that run and her experience with FULL marathons. It’s something I want to do someday but not sure quite when it will all line up for me; training wise.

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Samantha and I.

I hung around and ate too much cake with Heather, Samantha and a few others 😉 What a great event! Courtney did an awesome job, as did the volunteers. I look forward to more runs with the TTPer’s when I’m in town and their event next year 🙂

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I came home to my girls out walking with “Grandad”. Lilly asked me “Did you win your race Mommy?” And I said, yes Lilly…I sure did 🙂 I don’t know if I’ll ever “win” a race but I will always win my race.

Last few days for the Runalicious contest/giveaway (Canada Only).

Anyone run the BLT 5k ?

Do you meet up with other bloggers at races?

Anyone race this weekend?

 

Ups, Downs of the Week and BLT 5k Run

I’m ready for the weekend.

Between traveling with work, a soccer game (ouch), traveling again for work to a Recreation Conference, the sad news from Montreal and Ottawa, a gun incident in Halifax yesterday morning … I am ready for the weekend. I’m ready for some up’s and to leave the down’s behind. I will of course keep the families affected in my thoughts along with our Canadian Military members; my brother and friends included.

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I took today off work (planned) and am looking forward to seeing our girls after a few days without them. I spent one night laying on my parents couch for 3 hours watching TV while my mother was at my house with the girls; Sai is away working. It was nice to relax but I felt uncomfortable with what felt hours of wasted time in front of the TV.

Last night I ran on my sisters treadmill that’s in miles not kilometers. It was a crappy run because I couldn’t figure out my pace and couldn’t hide the numbers (distance, time, incline). Miles just seem to take forever compared to kilometers. I got in 3.1 miles (or 5k) and felt really good afterwards.

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Sorry, I just had to repost this ecard again…I just love it.

Anyway….

Tomorrow I am running the “BLT 5k”. It’s the first run put on by the Timberlea Tundra Pounders running group that I semi-run with (when visiting my parents). I’m looking forward to this run for a few reasons.

1 – I get to run it with my friend Tracey; we go WAY back to High School/Soccer/University etc.

2 – It’s with a fun group of people who I got to know through their runs, their Facebook page and events around the Province (Maritime Race Weekend, Valley Harvest Marathon).

3 – The run is about 3 minutes from my parent’s house!

Some fun news (UPs): I participated in a RecreAuction (Recreation Auction) and won a Registration to the Bluenose Marathon in May for $30!!! Last years registration fee (for the half) was $65 – $85 depending on when you register…so I got a sweet deal on that! Guess I’ll be training for my 3rd half in the new year 🙂

Workouts this week (UPs):

  • Sunday – 5k Run on THE BEAST
  • Monday – Soccer Game
  • Tuesday: Lubed up the treadmill again. Trust me this was at least a 25 minute upper body workout – trying to squeeze out the silicone from the smallest tube in the world wasn’t fun and then I couldn’t get the belt to line up properly.
  • Wednesday: Nothing. Oh wait, I lifted my arm a few times to change the channel on the TV 😉
  • Thursday: 5k Treadmill Run
  • Friday – Walking, walking and more walking. Ran some errands…why do people say “I’m going to run some errands” when you are really walking?
  • Saturday – Running The BLT 5k
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Again!

OH! I have to wish my running buddy, Krystol GOOD LUCK – she’s running her 2nd half marathon this weekend (Legs for Literacy). And Molly from A Fresh Start For Molly, she’s running the 10k at Legs for Literacy too!

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

Krystol, my running buddy and I back in June (Epic Canadian)

LAST but not least – don’t forget about the Runalicious Contest & Giveaway! (Canadians only).

What are your weekend plans?

Up or Down from your week?

Do you feel like you waste time watching TV?