I have written a race report in a long time, so here we go! Continue reading “9Run Run and Kitchissippi Run”
When I first started running, I didn’t know anything about fueling for my longer runs. I would do a whole marathon or long run without anything but water. It wasn’t until maybe 5 years ago that I started to take anything. Continue reading “Fueling for Long Runs – Product Review”
Today I raced the 9Run Run Half-Marathon in Stittsville. I only signed up for it a week ago as I’ve never heard of it before. The race supports Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedics services. They have a 2k, 10k and half-marathon. Continue reading “9 Run Run Race Recap”
The last day! The marathon. It was much better weather compared to the hot and humid weather we had been having all week.
The marathon is usually one of my strongest races because I’m good at maintaining a consistent pace. Today, was no different. I managed equal splits, with my last split being at a slightly quicker pace if you consider that I stopped to fill up my water bottle after the half-way mark and stopped at 27 km to check how much the newly formed blister on my ankle was bleeding. My goal today was to get under 3:30 to keep first place, and I ran 3:29:22. I wanted to enjoy the marathon this year so I kept it at a comfortable pace and pretended in my head that I was just out for a training run. Although, this run was a bit better than a training run because there were popsicles along the way!
I finished the week in first place, and also won the Trail Queen, Mountain Queen, and Sprint Queen award. Rob came in first again this year, and smashed his time from last year. He also won the same 3 awards as King of each.
What was really great about the last day is how much the family atmosphere of the race came out. Former participants came out the cheer others on, pace others, volunteer, or race as a guest. Partners of those racing came out too, along with kids and other family members. It was really hard to keep in the tears as people gave small speeches as they went out the receive their medals. If you are first or last, it doesn’t really matter because not many people can finish this race. Everyone supports everyone until the last runner is in.
As I said in my first post about this race, if you are looking for good food, come to this race. But, I also want to say, if you are looking for a fun event and an event where you feel a part of something, come to this one, even if you are volunteering. The volunteers are a big part of the racing family and really make the event even more special.
Since it’s only been one day after the race, I can’t say if I will do it again. I’m a little sore, blistered, and tired.
Today was day 6, which is our 5th stage. Yesterday was our rest day. Stage 5 is the one that I look forward to the least. It’s 25.6km up, down and around a ski hill. There are also sections of single track So, combining the hills with the technical components makes it very difficult for me since I train primarily on a treadmill. Continue reading “ENDURRUN DAY 6 (Stage 5)”
Day four was an evening race. It was a hilly 10 mile run that ended with a big climb. It was very hot out, even at 6pm, so most people were taking it more conservatively than they normally would. The support on the course was amazing. People were handing out sponges, baggies of ice, water bottles and others were chasing you down with spray bottles. Continue reading “ENDURrun Day 4”