Saturday, 1 July 2017

EPIC Canadian 5k 2017

Whoa.....that was a wet one!!!  It brought back memories of the very first Epic Canadian so many years ago when the rain was sideways!!  This year Canada celebrates 150 years so this Epic was sure to be special. 

I woke early and got all tattoo'd up.
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I made sure to fuel properly the night before....a muffin and a Hersey almond chocolate bar...yum yum.  LOL
 
I met Jill at 8:15 and we were off.  I had checked out the weather radar before leaving and saw some heavy rains headed our way and made sure to pack a garbage bag for protection.
 
We arrived early and found a wicked parking spot across from the race start.  And that is when the heavens opened up....I mean it poured HARD!!  With about 15 minutes to the start, we put our bags on and walked to the start...literally walking through tiny rivers running down the parking lot/road with the amount of rain coming down.
Nate and I at the start
By this point, everyone was soaked, through and through.  As the race started...wouldn't you know the rain started to let up to a drizzle as we ran through puddles that covered our sneakers.  Jill thought it was funny at the beginning to splash me but as I tried to get her back, I think I may have splashed spectators....sorry!  The first 1.5k are pretty much flat, then there is 1.5k of uphill.  You go up, level out for like 10 meters, and then up again.  I kept telling myself that at the 3k mark, it was all downhill!  And what a glorious downhill it was!    I remembered it well from last years half.  As you begin to run around lake Banook....it's so pretty and you know the finish line is less than a kilometer away.
 
You have to run over a suspension bridge close to the finish and Jill mentioned that it bounced a lot as she ran over it....I felt nothing..LOL...I think I was just set on the finish line.
 
My chip time was 28.06 - giving me 16/129 in my age group, and 153/701 overall.  This is was my first race this year...coming back from stress fractures is hard!  I'm wondering how I ever ran in the 26's as taking 2 minutes off my time seems impossible!
A little rain never hurt anyone and runners came out and ran their hearts out today.  It just made the day even more EPIC that it happened in a down pour. Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers that stood in that rain for hours to make sure the runners stayed safe!!
 
Up next for me is the Windsor 5k at the end of the month.  So glad to be back on the racing scene cause the energy is always so positive and I get to see people I haven't seen in ages!!


Friday, 23 June 2017

And......I'm back

Hello faithful readers!

I have realized something over the last few months, when you aren't running and your blog is mostly about running....you really don't have much to chat about!

Let me catch you up!  12 weeks after my double stress fracture diagnosis, I tried running 1km...yup...1km.  It was a gorgeous sunny day here in NS and I couldn't resist.  I was so happy at the end when there was no pain and the next day...minimal pain.

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Don't let the snow fool you...it was warmish out
The hardest part about stress fractures is that there is no time frame...zip...zero...none.  It's all about how you feel.  I am now over 6 months post diagnosis and still 'healing'.  When I did start back, I started back slowly.  My fitness level had dropped a lot given I wasn't allowed to run or jump or do anything impact.  I have had to change my mental outlook on running and really just enjoy the fact that I am running again...is my speed or distance there?  No...but I am running.

At the beginning of June, I wanted a follow up bone scan to see where my healing was at so off I went to be injected with dye once again.  The results?  My left leg is completely healed (YAY), and my right leg shows signs of a 'healing' stress fracture.  Again my doctor's advice was "take it easy, alter your activities if you can, but only you will know if you are pushing it too much".  Great....leave a runner to their own devices....LOL. 

So what am I doing?  I have slowly increased my distance...I'm sticking to only 2 runs per week at this point, and throwing workouts in some of the other days.  I usually run 5k mid week, and have started to increase my weekend distance to about 8km.  I'm signed up for a 15k race in September and am hoping that I'll be able to do it if I train smart!  Now that summer is here, I am planning on getting some more biking in.  I'm super lucky to live not far from work and can bike if I choose (I've only done it once so far).

One thing that a running injury does is humble you so fast....you watch other runners in complete envy.  The minute you lace up those sneakers and hit the ground is like heaven...until you realize that it is HARD coming back!  Physically, mentally, and emotionally it is HARD.  I am thinking of this as my rebuilding year...you know...professional sports teams have them....I'm going to have one too.  I'm going to run for the complete fun of it...no PB's...no pressure....just to be out there!
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So that's where I am now....rebuilding and just enjoying being out there...putting one step in front of the other.  If any readers have any thoughts on coming back from injury, please feel free to reach out...I love hearing from you!