Today is Thursday, my first half marathon was Sunday. I know I want to recap it but it’s so weird putting in to words something that I worked so hard on for so many weeks. It’s hard to capture the insane confidence burst that this race gave me. It’s hard to really understand what over coming the back injury and laying down this comeback meant. I’ve been asked a lot of questions both leading into and since I finished my race so I figured that I’d share those q and a’s and the accompanying details.
Q: What was your goal time?
- My reasonable goal time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- If something went wrong goal time (being realistic with my back injury and the last minute IT band issues): 2 hours 45 mins
- My dream goal time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Q: Are you happy with your finishing time?
HELL YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I set out the morning of my race to hit between the 2:15 and 2:20 mark. I felt like all things considered, it could be done. The truth is, I would have gotten under the 2:15 mark if it wasn’t for a porto-potty stop. But, when you’re dealing with a back injury the absolute most important thing is to keep your core engaged. It’s just impossible to keep the core engaged and hold your pee, especially for my fellow lady runners.
Q: How did the weather affect your race?
Well I freaked out about the cold for 48 hours leading up to the start. I had 5 billion outfit versions in my head. From a physical stand point, the cold weather (around -1 degrees Celsius at race time I believe) was not a big hurdle. Mentally, I wish I had expended less energy thinking about it. Also, I over dressed. I’m thankful that Brad was at the 7km mark to take my jacket and gloves.
Q: What was your longest run before your race?
Two weeks before my race I planned for my longest run. The plan was for 18km, but due to a miscalculation I ran 20.7km. I don’t recommend going off training plan, but for me the mental test this gave me was helpful. I knew when it was going to get hard. When I hit the 15km mark in the race I went to town with positive self talk.
Two Raz Clif gels (at 8km and 15km) plus water and Gatorade on the course. I had trained with the Clif gels and lemon lime Gatorade for about 5 weeks leading up to the race.
My back is a bit sore, and my hip (due to the IT band issue) is tender but the worst of it all was some toenail issues. I won’t go on, it’s gross.
Mizuno Wave Rider 18
Q: How did you like the course?
I loved it! Doing this race in my own city was awesome. The cheering crowds were far too good for words. The best part was heading east after the turnaround. Running down Lakeshore, towards the CN Tower was a truly amazing experience.
Q: You taught bootcamp the day after the race?
Yes, yes I did. I’ve been asked this so many times since Monday. I teach two classes on Mondays and Wednesdays AFTER working an 8 hour day in the office. I did not, under any circumstances want to finish the race in such bad shape that I would have to skip either of my jobs, but especially not bootcamp. See, I just don’t see the point of killing yourself to THAT extent. I’m an adult, with adult responsibilities, such as two jobs. Running means so so so much to me, but, it’s also just a hobby. I happily finished the race with nothing, not a damn thing left in my tank. Maybe my tune will be different if I get to a full marathon but for something that takes around 2 hours, I don’t let it beat me up.
Q: Are you going to do a full marathon next?
I should have put this Q on top because it’s the number one question. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll attempt a full marathon. Next? Probably not. I have so much rebuilding to do after this season and know that I can take a good chunk of time off my half marathon. That will be my next goal. And as my friend Krysten (@darwinianfail) reminded me, perhaps it’s not the best idea to do a full marathon and have a wedding the same year. I think she might be right!