Well, I did not blog in weeks because I have been just too busy (had too much to do at work before leaving for vacations and then trying to catch up since I came back...) - My recaps of my trip will come shortly, I need to do it: it helps to beat the winter blues!
So - Yesterday I did the Winterman 10k in Ottawa (Canada) under fabulous temperature of -22F (yes - -15C with wind factor - and it was windy!!! - it was about -30C)... I was a bit nervous because I have not been able to commit with my training plan. I started the Hall Higdon (I always do - I LOVE his programs!!!) to train for a full marathon and I should be on week 4 but did not manage to get the mileages so far - lack of time. I know - it is not an excuse, I want to do it... It is just that my job is really keeping me too busy! Honestly, I am a bit stressed out over it too - and running helps me ... (it keeps me from emotional eating!)
I did a pretty good week of training as away in Mexico (6 km twice and a 10k - very hot and plenty of hills!!!) ... Anyway, back on race day...this weekend, even with the best intentions, I could not visualized the beach!!! We arrived in Ottawa Saturday afternoon and went out for dinner. I ate too much and also had a beer - I would not advise you to do this as a prep for a race - especially if you are counting on it to be competitive! The good part, we were in bed early - did not sleep much... thinking kept me awake!
Sunday - 0720AM. Jeff drop me off at the starting point. After picking up my chip, I had to wait inside the war museum for about one hour before the start. So no warm up, beside the temperature , and you basically went from warm to COLD!!! The START lined up 1500 participants for the 5/10k/13.1 & 26.2... all running in circle on a return loop... all starting at the same time! A little bit crowded at first. I have to say that I am really impress by the 13.1 and 26.2 finishers! This 10k was more challenging than my last half-marathon.
I started my Forerunner but the GPS would not localize a satellite ... not in time for the start! So I ran about 500 m before I could get my watch to work!
My first 2k are always tough. I have to focus on my breathing and keeping the cadence. Becuse of the cold (and I trained outside recently), it felt like I could not take air in... and my hand were frozen - so bad that my fingers were hurting. I ran for at least 1 mile with my hands in my sleeves and in my pockets, then it kinda warmed up and I was okay. I actually had to remove my gloves because they were wet!
I was trying to keep the same pace (average of 4:40/km) but I really could not because of the wind and some faux-plats. I was running between 4.20 (going downhill)and some periods at 5:00... The road was fine for the most part. No snow... The turning point (2X) slows you down and the loop in front of the museum was on a sidewalk with icy patches and slow walkers/runners on the same track... Difficult to pass! The timing was perfect - Jeff drove by the museum to look for a parking spot just as I was running there! I was really happy to ear a to big "SWEETIE!" and see him - he could not take pictures (he has no talent for that anyway!).
This is when I know that my picture is getting taken - gotta smile for the camera and pretend it is easy!!!
Because of the turning point I was able to tell that, for the first loop, I was 3rd female overall... but around the 7km marker I shifted in 4th place! A beautiful blonde girl with a nice red jacket passed me - like in the movie!!! I tried to keep up with her but I really could not. She finished ahead of me by 13 seconds!
By the 8k marker you could see the finish ... I was pretty much a straight line with a crisp view of the Ottawa river and the museum as your final objective. My last few meters were extremely difficult, I kept looking at the girl in front of me, maintaining the distance betwen us and my mental dialogue was : "Almost done - go get it... almost done... don"t quit!"
Final time: 46.51. 8
Stats: 33/283 participants overall
4 Female overall (1st Female finished with 43 min and she is only 18yo!!! - 2/3 place were 25-29)
I got: 1st place Female Master and NEW record holder for the event!!! ... and 1st place for Female 40-44.
The best part is : I qualify to compete in the Canadian Forces Running Championship in May for the 10k Master Female... and I am going there to win it!
Lesson: I don't always need a PB to be happy/proud of my performance! This is not my PB but IT IS certainly a race that I will remember for a long time.. and I am not sure I will want to defend my title in the future!
As far as my running goals for 2013 - I think this event lead me to re-evaluate ... and be more realistic, so I will not occur injuries!
-April: Uxbridge HM
- May: CF Nationals 10km in Ottawa... I was going to run the 10k on the saturday then the 26.2 the next morning but I think this would be too much. I will save the Marathon for Fall!
- June: Relay for Life (12 hours of running/walking non stop, for Cancer)
... Summer is for training ...not competing! We will probably hike the West Coast Trail!!!
September: Army Run HM - Going for PB... our team want to win it again!
October: Syracuse Marathon! YES I will conquer a marathon this year.
Post race comments: I think I hurt my lungs!!! I was coughing so much after the race and, since then, I feel presure on my chest....I was gasping for air for hours after the race yesterday and I have not fully recovered since. I am still having trouble breathing even when I am watching a movie... (BTW I took Maggie to "Beautiful Creatures" today for family day and we enjoyed it! Not the best movie of the year but a great a daughter-mom activity. I am curious and I might have to read the sequence novels once I will get some free time - even better I received a kobo for x-mas, may as well use it!)
I will check in with the doctor in the morning. Anyone had to deal with this before - can the cold hurt you?