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Okanagan International Half Marathon

Friday, October 12, 2007

This was one of the best racing experiences I've ever had. The weather was 10-12 and cloudy/breezy enough to make it an enjoyable run.

We started "seeding" ourselves around quarter to eight. I picked the 2:15 bunny to hang out with. I figured if I stuck with her I'd do better than I did in NS and that's all I wanted from this run. When they said go, though, she took off like her tail was on fire. I did NOT have it in me to go below 6 mins/km for the entire time and dropped back a bit.
At around the 4 km mark, I noticed that I had put Miss Bunny in my dust. She continued to stay there until the very end. I finished in 2:09:33 (according to my Garmin).
I have to say, in the first few kilometres when we were making the "gradual climb" my shins were KILLING me and I started to doubt that I'd be finishing.... then I focussed on other things. Kelowna is a beautiful city. There are apple trees everywhere! I also ran past golf courses, horses and llamas. Once I was able to relax and enjoy the people and things around me, everything became possible again.
There were 13 of us from mine & Howard's clinic at Kelowna. We finished in times ranging from 1:44 to 2:33 and I couldn't be more proud of any of us. I feel so blessed to have had such a great bunch of people to run with these past four months. I know that I've made myself some life-long friends and I'm thankful.

*side note, I've not eaten that many apples in 2 days before in my life--so GOOD*
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CASSIOEPIA 10/15/2007 10:25PM

    Great run Penny! It's so good to read that others have "settling" problems as well, but that you were able to conquer. And I agree that an apple right off the tree -- well there isn't much else that's better. No wonder Adam got into trouble :)

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JUSTRUNNINGFOOL 10/13/2007 1:00AM

    Penny, congratulations. I'm glad to hear you have a great bunch of people to run with. That must make it somewhat easier to do runs like this one. I liked the part where you mentioned the 2:15 bunny...I probably would have picked the 2:30 bunny. ;) Anyway, congrats again. You and Trish and all the rest of our teammates at Rookie Runners are such inspirations to me. Thanks for being here at SparkPeople for us.

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KWASYLIW 10/13/2007 12:11AM

    You are a true inspiration, my friend.

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