2016 from injury to injury

So post marathon phase was interesting. I spent some time resting and resetting, and of course looking forward to my next marathon or should I say torture date. It just so happens to be May 28 2017. You see before I even signed up for Hamilton’s Marathon I had this bright idea to “up my race” after getting an email from the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend people.  They said hey if you move up to the next distance for next year, we will charge you this years rate. Geee OK.   You see Ottawa was my first Half Marathon in 2015. That was to date my best year and I think its because of the training I was doing for that firs half.

2016 started out with injury carried over from the fall so I had decided to run the 5k and the 10k in Ottawa but didn’t think I had the time to get back up to the half distance.  Well about two weeks out from the race I decided I could do it! I sighed up as a charity running (again since I never sign up for these things on time).  That put me in for three races within about 15 hours. I started with the 5k at 4 pm. the 10k 6:30pm and then the half the following morning at 7:30am.  Sounds nuts doesn’t it, but I really did have a good time, despite the sweltering 41 degrees Celsius heat with full sun.   I had completed a few other runs through out the year as well, and missed a half marathon due to a bad chest cold.  Anyway after my marathon in November I took a break…perhaps to long of one really.  But I was back on the injury list again, so it was for the better.

The day after my marathon I had a pain in my right foot. I was smart about it and tried not to do too much. I did make it out for two 5k runs eventually, but found the pain was just not going away.  This brings me to today Dec 3o 2016. My year starting and ending with injury, training spotty at best but yet major accomplishments made. I am happy but not happy about it all.  I want to see something different for 2017. I want to do more, be more accomplish more in terms of my times and perhaps some physical changes too (aka I may have taken the eat what you want after a marathon a little to far). I will see a podiatrist on Jan 2 to discuss my foot, and the possibility I have been dealing with a stress fracture. That is my self diagnosis and have been treating it as such, which is not a bad thing. But I don’t know enough about that area of the foot so perhaps its a tendon or ligament. What I do know is that its been 8 full weeks since I ran the marathon, and it still hurts, although it is significantly better than when it started.

I am feeling a little sad that I can not participate in the New Years Day Resolution Run which the Running Room puts on all over Canada. I had signed up hoping to start the year off on a good foot….little did I know I would have a bad foot…. Since I will not see the DR until the next day  I have decided that to do the run would not be in my best interest.  It is my hope that this will clear soon and I will be well on my way to training for my next big race! Good bye 2016 year of accomplishment, and WELCOME 2017 year of success!

 

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Laurier Loop Sept 28 2014

After sustaining an ankle/foot injury early in September its time to run the Laruier Loop my second 5K race. Its start and end was at the same location as the Waterloo Classic, but the route is different. This time its two loops around and through the park. I arrive on race morning less nervous than the previous time. I am alone but know where to go and what to expect. I arrive early to ensure a good parking spot before they close the roads. How early is too early for a race? Well and hour is good for parking, but that’s about it. So I relax in my car watching participants arrive. Its homecoming weekend in Waterloo so there was lots of school spirit.

About 20 min before the race I make my second or third trip to the ladies room. I head to the in field and start a light stretch. Runners are called to line up, and I find myself alone but not nervous. I lined up somewhere between the font of the line and the middle of the pack. I get my phone app open and ready to start, I get my music set, not too loud not too quiet. When the gun sounded I started off slow, there is no real running when there are this many people pushing off at the same time. Once we leave the stadium I start to break away from the crowd. I maintained a fast pace, perhaps a little faster than anticipated. As we reached the park I charged up the small hill passing several other runners, heading through the water stating. My pace is fast but good. As I head into the second loop I continue to pass other runners. I charge up the hill again, and this time I take some water on my way through. I had not realized how difficult it is to try to drink the water when running that fast. While some of it hit my mouth, most of it poured down my chin but I didn’t slow down. I have a race to win!

Coming out of the park heading in to the last half kilometer I found myself stuck behind a pack of football players. They were walking several men wide, and were difficult to get around. After a quick shoulder check I head a little further out into the road and blow past them. I’m in the home stretch and I feel good. The pace is hard to maintain but I push on. As I round the track and get into the last 100 meters I try to catch up to and pass another runner. Its her and I racing the clock. She hears me coming and speeds up. I tried very hard to catch her but she crossed the line first. I push strong through the finish line, and thankfully its over.

WOW I can’t believe how hard I ran, I was hurting but kept pushing, and it felt great. After a stretch, massage and some food I check the results. I am excited to find I placed 9th in my age category, no wonder there wasn’t much of a line for the massage therapist.

My ankle is sore but not bad, and I’m excited I have a new PR!! 00:29:14 WOW.

Dirty Dash-4K July 6 2014

Do you like to run? Do you like mud? Then the Dirty Dash is the one for you. This was my second race and I hadn’t expected to be competitive at this race. I went with a couple of friends and we had decided we would run together. There were times when they waited for me, and times when I waited for them.

The race started out much like any other cross-country run. We were running in a park, and so it started out on a nice grassy section, eventually leading to the pavement. Following long the pavement we started up a hill, what a hill ugh… That hill was nothing as we soon found out. Back to the grass and up we go, then down then up again. Grassy hills but no mud? Eventually we wind into a wooded section along a creek, eventually into the creek…twice! There was some mud, many of us getting stuck in it trying hard to get out of the creek. The mud was yet to come. After trekking through the hills and the woods and the creek we could hear the crowd cheering, the end is near. The end a big mud pit a mud pit with rules. To maximize your mud experience ropes were strung across the pit, the rule, you must go under not over. After some play in the mud we make our way to the end and cross the finish line and head for the showers.

Oh the wonderful showers, cold, cold water so cold it took my breath away. After getting as clean as we can its time for food and prizes. Checking the results I realize I had placed 4th in my weight category. It was now that I learned that had I not stopped to play, I could very well have won a medal. In fact one of my friends DID win a medal, she took 3rd place in her category, and her husband who had started the race with us also took home a medal.

It was a fun day but I learned something very important. I don’t like getting dirty, and don’t like to play in the mud. From here on its straight road races for me!

Results: 4K 00:30:34 4th place in weight category.

RACE STATS

RACES 2014
Waterloo Classic June 15 2014- BIB # 1347 (Class-Age)
Distance: 5KM Total Finishers: 434 Total Female Finishers: 232 Overall Place: 296 Gender Class Place: 15/25 Gender Place: 136
Gun Time: 33:13 Chip Time: 32:21 Avg Pace: 6:39 min/km

The Dirty Dash July 6 2017- BIB # 724 (Class-Weight Category)
Distance: 4KM Total Finishers: 263 Total Female Finishers: 147
Overall Place: 150 Gender Class Place: 4/13 Gender Place: 71
Gun Time: 34:30 Avg Pace: 8:38 min/km

Laurier Loop Sept 28 2014 BIB# 467 (Class-Age)
Distance: 5KM Total Finishers: 186 Total Female Finishers: 95
Overall Place: 80 Gender Class Place: 9/19 Gender Place: 24
Gun Time: 29:22 Chip Time: 29:14 Avg Pace: 5:51 min/km

Oktoberfest Run Oct 2014 -BIB# 497 (Class-Weight Category)
Distance: 5KM Total Finishers: 651 Total Female Finishers: 371
Overall Place: 266 Gender Class Place: 3/13 Gender Place:94
Gun Time: 28:22 Chip Time: 28:16 Avg Pace: 5:41 min/km

Remember Run Nov 8 2014 -BIB# 213 (Class-Weight Category)
Distance: 5KM Total Finishers: 266 Total Female Finishers: 157
Overall Place: 107 Gender Class Place: 2/11 Gender Place: 44
Gun Time: 27:53 Chip Time: 27:25 Avg Pace: 5:35 min/km

Waterloo Classic 5km June 15 2014

An after the fact writing of the 5km Waterloo Classic June 15 2014.

Well here I am at University Stadium Waterloo Ontario. I am extra early and brought along my husband and kids. Today I will run in my first 5k race, and I am nervous. It is not long before the crowd starts to gather. Runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities are lingering around some warming up, some not. I make a couple of trips to the bathroom. Don’t want to race with a full bladder. I know that my friend from Field Hockey is going to be here, but where? Will I spot her in all these people?

About 5 minutes to start time and I head to the track. I was told to make sure I leave the area closes to the start line for the good runners… the fast runners. So I find my way to the back, and there is my friend. We chatted a while and she introduced me to a couple of her friends there. Then she leaves… she heads up closer to the start line. My husband and kids in the stands waiting for things to get started. They were cold and the bleachers wet from the cool night before. Finally its time.

When the gun went off it was like thinking I had been in before. Several hundred people all pushing forward trying to run, but unable to. I started to weave myself through the crowd trying not to get pushed and stepped on. But there was no running yet. As I passed over the starting mats my chip recorded and I heard the beep. Great I thought I better start running. But I couldn’t, I walked the whole way out of the stadium. Once I was off the track and headed out on the course I started to run. I hadn’t run here before, I don’t know the area and 5k still felt like a really long distance.

I ran with my music on as I had always done, keeping it low to be able to hear others around me. As I headed along the course I no longer felt nervous, and it didn’t matter that I was alone. I was having fun. I passed runner after runner, some would comeback and pass me some would not. At about the 2km mark there was hill like no other I had run before. It was long and steep, and we had to climb all the way up. Close to the top I saw my friend pass me on the return side, yup there she goes… I crested the hill only to find out we had to go down it, turn around and come back up. Really the same hill twice, I wasn’t ready for this kind of hill work. I grabbed a water and poured it over my head and face, instead of drinking it.

I couldn’t understand why this 5k felt so much longer than the route I usually run. I started to burn out a little on the return trip, but fell into a consistent pace along side another lady. There we were headphones in, side by side, strangers running together. We exchanged smiles, and a quick comment about the finish line coming soon. We returned to our silent side by side stride until I could see the entrance to the stadium parking lot. At this point I removed one of my ear buds and said to her, there the finish line congrats we did it. She looked at me with smile and said, we sill have to run the track. We entered the stadium together and slowly started to separate. In the final 100m she pulled a head and it was all I could do to stay on her heals.  My first race was over and I was done, I had the finishers medal to prove it!

Post race there was a BBQ and prize draws. They handed out medals to those who qualified. The was an enjoyable end to the race. My family was with me, the sun was shining, and I had just completed my first race. I was experiencing my first runners high. Something I very quickly came to love. The runners high lasted about two solid weeks. Later that night I signed myself up for four more races. I was completely hooked on racing.

RACE RESULTS

Distance: 5km, Gun Time: 33:13, Chip Time: 32:21, Overall Place: 296, Gender Class Place: 15/25, Gender Place:136, Average Pace: 6:39 min/km.