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Course des 2 Chateaux 17km race

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wow, it's been almost 2 months since my last blog! I have a lot of catching up to do...later.

A few months ago I signed up for this race through the activities committee at work. 17km is about 10.5 miles, at the time I expected it to be no big deal. After all, I've done 8 or so HMs and I was starting to train again.

Then August happened...I just stopped running. No real physical reason, it just didn't appeal to me so I found excuses. Then came September and I knew I needed to start getting ready...and didn't. The last time I ran at all was August 8...until last Sunday's 4.6 miles. I did another 4.5 on Wednesday and 6 on Friday.

So I knew I could do 10 and finish but that I would also be doing a bit of walking and would have a 2+ hour time.

Since the activities committee registered us I never actually looked at the race details other than the distance. I knew it was between 2 Chateaux but assumed it was a back & forth.

Yeah...well, I was wrong, discovered that this morning as I was getting the address & walking out the door 15 minutes late.

This is where we started, in Pierrefonds :

The weather report had been calling for completely cloudy & 80% chance of rain. I'm happy to say that the weather reports was completely wrong. It was a beautiful day.

At mile 1.86 my Garmin lost the satellite signal and therefor decided to stop timing as well. It was a few minutes before I realized it and never did get it to start up again. Finally got the timing working at least, so I could track my run/walk intervals later on, but had to rely on the km markers along the course.

Just past the 4km marker a lady asked if I wanted to run along with her, since she was going slower because she was recovering from an injury. We ran together for 5 km and then I told her I had to walk for a bit and to go on ahead. I'm am very happy I was able to run with Bernillle for a time because it pushed me a little harder than I would have done on my own.

I kept her in sight the rest of the distance and caught up as we ran the last km to the finish.

2 hours & 10 minutes.

Not great, but not bad for no training and given I am a slow runner even when trained. So I'll take it.

I had intended to take a taxi back to Pierrfonds, to get my car. So after some minutes realized both that the taxi stand was far from the finish and that in my rush I had left my wallet at home. So no money to pay for a taxi.

Let me just say the forest of Compiegne is HUGE. There are multiple trails heading off in multiple directions andtrail cross-roads where you can change directions. SO I am extremely grateful that at the last second I decided to put my phone in my fanny pack because without the GPS I would still be wandering about the forest 8 hours later.

AND...bonus...the GPS cut a whole mile off of my return trip! WooHoo! Only 9.5 miles back to the car, not the full 10.5! And a new distance PR (even if I wasn't actually planning on it).

Saw lots of different kinds of mushrooms...and several mushroom hunters, in the forest. Apparently this is mushroom season. There is a "class" on mushroom hunting next Saturday I am going to try to take, if it is not already filled.

And next Sunday is race #2, the 11km race in Compiegne that I did last year. This year - thankfully! - I am doing the relay with a French coworker so I only have to run 5.5km. We had to choose a team name...we are not creative people so we came up with Franglish (for French English).
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    Love your name! And your blog is so interesting. And funny!!! Can't wait to read your other ones. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1624 days ago
    You DID it....that's the spirit! With no training and you still DID it! emoticon I love your name for the next race...I think it's VERY inspiring as you are too my friend!

    I used to go mushroom hunting in Iowa and LOVED it! Just being in the woods was the BEST thing ever. We used to gather 'sponge mushrooms'..they were SOOOO yummy!

    Finding them (mostly near newly fallen dead trees) was like finding GOLD!

    We'd take them home, wash them well, cut them in half, dip in egg, then flour and fry them up in butter.

    Eh...the butter part...this was years ago...when I was thin and didn't think a THING about my weight...but OH so good.

    What types of mushrooms are found in France?

    Should be relaxing and fun for you...just being in the woods is glorious!

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    1624 days ago
    "Franglish" was both creative and inspired. It was much better then the alternative - Englirench (that sounds like some sort of skin disease - yuck!).
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    And you were outside all day on a very glorious day -- win/win.
    1628 days ago
    That's sure one good way to rack up the miles. Glad you were able to complete the run without pain.

    Technology....gotta love it & hate it. It screwed you on the way out, but saved you on the way back home!
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    You're a winner in my book, any day! I think you did great, and I look forward to reading about your next race.

    The mushroom hunting class sounds so interesting. Go for it!

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    1629 days ago
    That totally sounds like me! Signing up for a race way in advance and losing a bit of gusto about it when I'm supposed to be training. The important thing is you still did it!!! So glad the weather was great AND you had your cell to efficiently find your way back to your car.

    That mushroom class sounds like fun! You'll have to give us the abbreviated version of what you learn!

    Have Fun!!! Go Team FRANGLISH!
    1629 days ago
    Great story....and great job to push ahead with it even without the normal training and prep. It would have been really easy to make an excuse to just not run the event, so kudos to you for sticking with it.

    I had to laugh about needing a taxi and no sounds like something I'd do!

    Have fun in the next one!
    1629 days ago
    This is so great! Good job, and I love the travelogue!
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