MEC Vancouver 10k Race Report

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Happy Monday! I’m back with another race report – after last weekend’s 10k (my first in a while) I was looking forward to seeing if I could produce some consistent results. The two races and days couldn’t have been more different, although the times are pretty similar.

Last weekend, there were tons of crowds, a big group of friends, terrible weather and a hilly course I didn’t know. Today, I had cool sunshine, a small local race with few people, and a flat course that I drove to calmly on my own. On paper, it sounds like I should have had an awesome day today.

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When I got to the race start, I picked up my bib (no time yesterday!) and relaxed for a bit before getting warmed up. I know I haven’t ever been great about warming up, but I was wearing shorts and a singlet and just too darn cold not to! haha

Pretty soon it was time to line up at the start. I didn’t want to go too crazy, so I placed myself a few rows back. When the front runners took off, I had to dodge a bunch of traffic to stay with them.


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So the first mile was too fast for me, and from the beginning of the third mile on, you can see me starting to blow up. My stomach has felt a bit off all week, and this was the last it was going to put up with. I crossed the finish line fighting major urges to throw up, and ultimately I did a little bit (after the line and into the garbage, thank goodness). I finished as the 5th girl and 11th person overall.

I don’t have much to say about this day other than I felt awful and I pushed through – I think to about my maximum effort. My heart rate was over 170 for almost 6 minutes (it’s 42 at rest, so that’s super uncomfortable).

Afterwards, I drove home and settled down. I was reminded of this quote from a spin class earlier in the week – I definitely would not have been strong enough to push to the same level at this time last year.

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Around noon, I met my sweet running friend at a spinning studio and we had a great 45 minute ride to help get my mind off the race while I flushed my legs a bit. My stomach held up, so we spent the sunny afternoon walking around downtown and then I was finally ready to eat around 4.30. I’m super grateful that she cheered me up so well :) I’m feeling a lot better now and looking SO forward to going to bed. On to the next, right?

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve got some news that I’m pretty excited about to share today. Those of you who have been reading this little blog throughout 2015 might have already noticed that it’s been a big year for me. I turned 25, graduated from medical school, competed for Canada at the ITU long course world championships, and moved across the country. Today, I have one more thing to add to the list: I started a business!

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RUNLOVEBOX is a subscription box that delivers all kinds of awesome running stuff every month. It’s available in the US and Canada, and I’ve been having such a good time finding cool new things to put in each month’s box. If you’re curious, you can check out the website, www.runlovebox.com!

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The first box included a few samples of GoMacro vegan nutrition bars, Nuun hydration, Burt’s Bees lip balm, Origin’s coffee, and Paper shower, all products I really love.

If you have any ideas for the box, you’d like to receive one, or you just want to learn more, feel free to leave a comment here or head over to the website for contact info. Stay tuned – I’m sure I’ll have lots more updates soon.

xo

 

 

East Side 10k Race Report (44:57)

Hey! I’m having a pretty great weekend over here, even though it is pretty rainy in Vancouver. This morning I ran the East Side 10k through downtown Vancouver with a group of runners from the Fraser St. Run Club. The short version: it was a super rainy day, and I surprised myself with a 10k PB! The long version:

I woke up around 6.30 and had some time to spare. Since I usually get up early for work and I’d gone to bed early the night before, I just felt like I was in the habit of waking up pretty early. I ate some oatmeal with almond butter and honey for the extra energy and got dressed in shorts and a singlet. When I saw the pouring rain outside, I added arm warmers and a disposable jacket (like this one), which I planned to toss at the start line.

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Pretty soon it was time to line up at the start. I had run from my place to the race, so I figured I was as warmed up as I was going to get and left it at that. I was in the first corral, so I headed over with most of the other runners from Fraser (holy fast people, batman).

True to my usual form, I hadn’t really researched the course. I’d heard rumblings that it was hilly, and it was still coming down in sheets, so I placed myself just behind the 45:00 pace bunny and figured I see what happened. The gun went off, and I soon found myself in some serious traffic. We jockeyed for position for the first 700 m or so, and then things settled down. At around 1.5km I ditched the jacket and settled in.

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It seemed like the pace bunny was flying. I suffered through the second mile and found myself dropped halfway through the third, but I was pretty confused because my Garmin was flashing reasonably fast splits. I decided not to worry about the pacer and focus on my own running instead. Miles 1 and 3 were ok, but 2 and 4 just kind of sucked (mile 4 maybe because I randomly decided to run fast?). By mile 5 I was counting down the minutes, and I just kind of hung on for mile 6 + 0.2.

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After the race I found out the pacer was running for a 45:00 gun time… but we’d started far enough back that he ended up running closer to a 43:00 chip time, which was too ambitious for me on a course that definitely did turn out to be hilly. Since I’d chased him for the first bit of the race, I paid for it with a pretty big positive split, but I’m still ok with it.

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Pretty instantly after crossing the line I was looking up at the clock trying to figure out the timing – at the end of the day, my chip time says 46:07, but because of the congestion before I crossed the start line, my Garmin says 44:57. I’m definitely choosing to take it as a PB :). Some of my friends also had fantastic days, so feel free to check out the race on Strava!

It was a great day! My next race will also be a 10k, so stay tuned to see if I can put up some consistent results :)

 

VanRace 2015 Race Report

Happy Labour Day! I was so happy to sleep in a bit this morning and enjoy a long weekend. I wanted to pop over here to write about the Van Race 15k! I ran it yesterday morning and I’m pretty happy with how it went overall. This Fall I’ve been focusing on getting back to running and it’s been really nice to only have one sport to worry about.

The race started pretty early – gun time was 7.30, so I had planned to wake up around 5 to eat something. Well, at 5 when my alarm went off I wasn’t having any of it, so I finally got my butt out of bed at 6.15. I hustled to eat some oatmeal, throw on a tank top, shorts, and a long sleeve top, and jump on my bike to get to the start line on time.

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I arrived in time to lock up my bike, bounce around for a bit (yes, I need to actually warm up instead of doing this), check my bag and head to the start line. I snapped a few pics of runners hanging around waiting for the start, above.

I wasn’t really sure how to place myself at the start for this race. It was a bit of a smaller local affair, but people in this city are fast. I kinda placed myself halfway through the field and figured I’d see what happened. That probably wasn’t the smartest idea, because it took me almost 700m to fight through the traffic, but once I settled into my own space it was fine.

I ran most of the race alternately behind and in front of the runner who finished in front of me (Sandy!). We briefly chatted near the turnaround point, probably at km 6.5, but I knew that if I wanted to negative split the race there wasn’t going to be much talking from me :)

The first few miles were uneventful. I chased Sandy, which pulled me along, and tried to focus on clearing my mind. I’m so used to triathlons that I didn’t bring headphones to this race, so I didn’t have anything to listen to. Sometimes when that happens my brain really gets stuck – for example, yesterday I spent kms 2 and 3 thinking about how I still had to run 13 and 12 more.

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The race was well organized and there were 4 opportunities to get water and sports drink (roughly km 3, 6, 8, and 12 if I remember right), but it was a cool morning and I didn’t feel thirsty, so I didn’t slow down to take any nutrition on the course.

I started to feel pretty fatigued around mile 7- just struggling to fill my lungs, and my stomach was a tiny bit off. It kind of felt like I either had eaten too much too close to the race start or not quite enough… weird and kind of hard to explain. I really didn’t fuel properly for this one though, so I can’t complain. I also didn’t have my typical pre-race coffee! I’m not sure about whether or not that made a difference.

I crossed the finish line in 1:09:43, well below my 1:15 goal, and also a 15k PR for me! (Have I ever even raced 15k before? I don’t think so.) I also (barely!) negative split the race and walked away injury-free, so that’s an A+ in my books! The result was good for 6th AG and 6th female overall. I’m curious about the AG breakdown, because this race lumped together everyone under 35. According to the garmin, I was through the 10k in 47:39, which makes me confident that I have a 45 min 10k within reach.
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I didn’t stick around after the race, because my friend Alyson was in town for the weekend with her boyfriend, and I had plans for brunch with them and Jordan (who also went to med school with us). The post-race food looked great though! I did down a half cup of black coffee and a cookie :).

After rehydrating with an adult beverage at brunch and then actually chugging a bottle of water when I realized how thirsty I was, the four of us decided to spend the afternoon hiking. We piled into the car and headed up Mount Seymour to do the Dog Mountain lookout hike. It was a really beautiful day, and cleared up just as we were reaching the lookout.

I had brought some snacks along, and we figured out that you can feed the birds in this spot, right out of your hand! A 15k PR and holding wild birds is a pretty ok day in my books! Around 6 we headed back down, and I made a quick dinner of wraps. I tried to do some work but I was so pooped that I just went to bed around 10.

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