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From the Beach to the COLD!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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! emoticon
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!!! emoticon
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. emoticon

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?
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    CONGRATULATIONS Julie on your amazing finish! Your time was super speedy too!

    As for the cold - it stinks, I had trouble with my lungs last year and ended up with pneumonia, I have been told now to make sure to cover my face when I run in cold conditions.
    1884 days ago
    emoticon You are fast! Congrats on winning first for your age division.... that is AWESOME!!!

    Cold air really does hurt your lungs. I hope you can make it to the doctor to get that checked out. Hope everything is alright.

    1886 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Awesome job and great blog - thank you for sharing. I wish I was faster and your races always inspire me emoticon
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    1888 days ago
    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    1888 days ago
    I live in Colorado, and though I am not much for exercising outside any time of the year, my youngest son is a Sprinter and did this in College at Adam's State in Alamosa, Colorado for two ears. It gets VERY COLD there, and he use to have problems with his lungs sometimes when it was really cold. The coaches there actually had them run indoors sometimes because it was too cold to run outdoors.
    1888 days ago
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