There's nothing better than sitting down to your computer and writing up a race report. I'm still looking for a decent, free Mac blog app but until then I'll manage with Blogger. Anyhow, writing race reports is even better when there's a glass of wine involved...
This morning I woke up nice and early so that I had lots of time to figure out what I was going to wear and to make sure I had lots of time to drive to the race. We got about 8 inches of snow this weekend and I'd be lying if I said that didn't concern me - both from a racing and a driving perspective.
After breakfast and a shower, I settled on wearing my tall SmartWool socks, fleece-lined cold-weather running tights, a running skirt (to keep the tush warm and give me an extra pocket), a fleecy base layer, a mid-layer and then my outer jacket. I also wore fleece gloves over my running gloves and a fleece headband AND hat. I was layered to the max!
It was a very slow drive down to the race, but on the way two of my all-time favourite running songs played on the radio so I took that as a good omen. When I got there, I got out of the car and just about froze my buns off. Luckily my training plan called for 18km this morning, so I headed out for an easy 3km warmup run around the area. By the time I finished that, I was nice and toasty and felt incredibly comfortable considering the -3 degree temp!
I lost my warmth mojo thought because there was a 15min start delay while the City crews setup a change in the traffic lights on our course (lame). But eventually the gun went off and we got started.
Once we got going, I was happy to see that a good part of the main roads were plower and we would be running on wet pavement. Before the start I debated whether or not to wear spikes but was nervous using them for the first time at a race. I'm glad I opted not to, because I was totally fine. It didn't take long to find a comfortable rhythm and the km started to just fly by.
This was due in part to my new running playlist. I had to re-sync my iPod when I switched to the new Mac and whatever I put in my running playlist this time just totally rocked. I didn't skip through a single song. My favourite thing is when you're running along and the scenery is pretty and you're feeling good and the music rocks. Today was totally one of those days.
Before I knew it, I was nearing the 10km finish line and kinda wished I was turning off myself. I still had to go back do the 5km loop and I'll be honest, I was feeling pretty tired. My pace wasn't too bad, but I was going pretty slow just to make sure I didn't slip or fall or twist an ankle. Speaking of ankles, I didn't have any ankle problems during this entire run so yahoo.
The 5km loop was on pretty much snow-covered roads but it was really neat. The sun was shining so bright and there was a slightly slushy top layer on the road so it felt like I had a bit of traction. By the time I reached the water station at about 13km, I was kind of ready to be done. No pain, but I was feeling kind of pooped. With my 3km warmup, this was already like 16km for me.
The last stretch was back along the pavement on the main road so I tried to pick it up a little bit. Nothing felt better than passing my first half marathon clinic instructors who was Marshalling at the end of the course. Big high-fives and then it was off to the finish. The finish chute was totally snow covered so it was a bit tough to sprint, but I managed to pick it up a little.
So no records set today, but it was just a fantastic race all around. Beautiful day. I felt great, tired but great.
- Total Distance: 18.01 km
- Total time: 2:06:43
- Average Pace: 7:01/km
- Race Distance: 15km
- Official Race Time: 1:43:05
- Official Race Pace: 6:52/km
It's not my fastest, but given the ice and snow I'm pretty pleased. And, if I can keep it up then I should be able to finish my half marathon in February in under 2:30, which would be rad for me.
On a final note is Blogger ever crappy to use when you want to use pictures in your posts! Grr!