After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt. I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time. It never fails to be hilly and hard. Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park. I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'. I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west. I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills. That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes. After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver. Reward: White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.
Run – 42.2kms – 5:11:09 The run was slow and basically went as planned. The first 3kms of the run are in and around the finish line. When I was at about the 2km mark, I could hear Jordon Rapp, the race winner giving his victory interview with Steve King. How crazy is that??!! I have 40kms to go on the run and the winner has finished. As I headed out of town and down Main Street I saw www.twitter.com/kelownagurl and her husband Erik cheering me on. Not more than 50 feet later I saw www.twitter.com/trifunster and her husband. I was running slowly but had a smile on my face and felt pretty good. I was not really concerned about the distance I had to cover still. I was pretty excited that I had now finished the swim and the bike and was now on the run. It was like being in a dream how quickly the time had passed during the day. Around 9kms into the run I started to feel the distinct tightness of my right IT Band. I had ITB 10 years ago when I first started to run marathons
As many of you have already heard on Twitter, I ROCKED the Victoria Half Iron on Sunday June 21, 2009. Check out my race photos here . Did I win the race? No Did I place in my age group? No Did I finish in the top half of my age group? No, still secure as a below average age grouper Did I finish the swim faster than the top 2 women finishers? YES! Did I feel GREAT in the WHOLE race? YES! Was all the training worth it? H*LL YAH ! Am I confident that I am well on my way to a great Ironman Canada? YES! Ok , here is how it all unfolded... Thursday June 18 th I spoke with Coach Kevin on the phone to review my nutrition plan for the race as well as pre -race. After some fancy calculations, this was what we decided on: Bike Nutrition - estimated 3:30 hour bike time 16oz of Orange GU2O and 3 Shot Bloks per hour (spread out throughout the hour for hour 1 and hour 2) 16oz of Gatorade and 1 shot block for the last hour 500ml of water in my Aero Bottle I only have 2 water bottle