Well Hello, again

I realize it’s been some time since I posted a blog.  Last we met, I was whining commenting about not being able to run and show-and-telling my battle bruises.  I am happy to report, I have spent most of June and July reporting to physio therapy.  My arm is almost back to full extension.  I’d say I’m about 80% there in terms of recovery.

I was also given the go ahead to run in early July from my doctor, so I’ve been back at chasing pavement.  No trails for this girl though. (for now). 🙂

It’s funny how much I missed running when I knew that I couldn’t.  It’s different than just not running because I don’t feel like it.  Because I couldn’t, or at least shouldn’t, I missed it everyday.  It just reinforces to me, how much I can take for granted what I can do as a person; because I am fortunate enough to be healthy and fit.  It reminds me to take advantage of these gifts, and push forward with my running goals.

Speaking of which, I had lofty goals this summer.  Prior to my running accident, I was concentrating on my speed.  I had started to pick up the pace back in May, and then the accident occurred, so I’ve had to re-adjust my running goals this summer.  July has been spent getting my cardio back so that I can concentrate on my training for a handful of races I have coming up in the late summer, early fall.  The first race is on August 16th called the Midsummer’s Night Run.  I’ve run this race in the past, and it’s a really great time.  It was originally going to be my ‘A’ race, to test out my speed progress over the summer, however, now it will just be a fun run.

I’m looking forward to this race, as well as two other half marathons in September.  I may also register for another half in October, although, I haven’t yet decided where that race will be .

I know I’ve mentioned I will be running in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2015, however, I haven’t yet mentioned that we have also signed up for the Disneyland Star Wars Weekend the following weekend in January.  So excited for this race!

All things considered, I’m glad to be back.

Happy Running.

A Midsummer’s Night Run

I’m a little late with this race report.  The joys of starting a business, and doing all things business related, can get in the way of writing a blog.  Although, this blog is partly business.  I should be blogging more.

Onto the report….

Race – Midsummer’s Night Run

Date – August 18, 2012

Benefits Sick Kids Hospital

Perks-More-tal Pins given to participants who run consecutive years showing kilometer milestones, Awards for best costume, Beer Garden and BBQ after the run.

The Midsummer’s Night Run took place on the evening of August 18th.  It’s a 5K, 15K or 30K race.  I had registered for the 15K.  The temperature for the evening was perfect.  I had been worried about this, leading up to the weekend as we’ve had a very hot and humid summer.  I’m not a fan of running in the heat and humidity.  I was once fine with it; however, I’m finding as I get older, the humidity really humbles me.

Of course this race is named after Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so participants are encouraged to dress up as fairies.  There were several fairies on the run.  Some were pretty, and a few, not so much. (But most were pretty)  During the race, I was running behind a couple that had made their costumes together.  The female’s tutu was clearly made with care; with purple taffeta and little flowers placed around various points on the skirt.  The man’s tutu was made of the same material, however lacked that female touch.  I could tell he wasn’t much of a sewer, so it was thrown together most likely by hand.  Perhaps staples?  Good thing he had shorts on, as I wasn’t sure it was going to stay on his body. 😉  The costumes (both good and bad) were lots of fun to see along the course.

The 15K is a fairly flat course along a few streets in Toronto, until about the 3K mark where it goes into Tommy Thomson Park, which is a man-made peninsula, known to many locals as the Spit.  While running the Spit, there are some great views over the water of downtown Toronto.  It’s also run in the evening, so the sunsets can be fabulous.

I started out a little fast, but immediately slowed my pace within 10 minutes.  I wanted to have reasonably even splits throughout the race.  It wasn’t until the 11K mark I started to feel fatigued, but of course, I kept chugging along.  I’ve never been an overly fast runner, however, I’ve always been a finisher.  My goal time was to finish in 1:45, and I ended up finishing 145:53.  I think I would have finished closer to my goal time; however, I missed one of my Garmin interval beeps, during a walk break.   I finished with a strong sprint in the end.  I heard someone on the side comment, “Look at her go, that’s awesome” as I passed the 30K runners with the 3 hour pace bunny running into the finish.  I looked at some of the pics that Sport Stats had of me from the finish.  Quite frankly, I looked like I was going to blow up!  (Mouth open, cheeks puffy, arms flailing like Usain Bolt)  Just not pretty.  Lol

Finishers receive an awesome (and heavy) medal.  As well, we were given aluminum water bottles and the typical bagel, bananas fare.

A very enjoyable race.