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by ratherawkward
Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: MCM - First Full marathon
Replies: 23
Views: 1930

Re: MCM - First Full marathon

Well done!! I can totally relate to this:

and my body did not feel tired or like it had to slow down other than the pain which was horrid and growing every time I pushed the pace
by ratherawkward
Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon
Replies: 36
Views: 3216

Re: STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon

I did notice that today was the first time I was able to go downstairs without consciously thinking about my quads. I'm still finding activity (brisk walking, multiple sets of stairs... haven't tried running yet) weirdly taxing, though - it's like when you're getting over being sick and you feel 100...
by ratherawkward
Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: SL10k Gets new Race Director!
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Re: SL10k Gets new Race Director!

I've run the TO Women's Half the last two years and been very impressed with how they run things. Will be interesting to see how it translates to the much larger scale.
by ratherawkward
Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Buzzfeed - things non-runners don't get about runners
Replies: 15
Views: 746

Re: Buzzfeed - things non-runners don't get about runners

I have totally done the "running shoe selfie", I admit.
by ratherawkward
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon
Replies: 36
Views: 3216

Re: STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon

I don't *totally* rule out perhaps doing another one in the future, but definitely not in the short term. Maybe in a few years I'll feel ready for a rematch, we'll see. One thing I learned from the whole process of training and running the marathon is how much I love the half!
by ratherawkward
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon
Replies: 36
Views: 3216

STWM: My first (and last?) full marathon

I signed up on Christmas Day 2013 for yesterday's marathon, and it became the focus of my year, even before the 'official' training plan started. I was pretty sure I was punching above my weight in attempting a marathon after only two years of (relatively) low-mileage running, but I told myself that...
by ratherawkward
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: Lisa P's Scotia Surprise!
Replies: 30
Views: 2576

Re: Lisa P's Scotia Surprise!

Fantastic result! The conditions were so nice yesterday, I found myself wishing I was doing the half so I could have run faster (not as fast as you, though!)
by ratherawkward
Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Scotia Sunday!
Replies: 29
Views: 704

Re: Scotia Sunday!

Survived my first marathon! Detailed report to follow, but my IT band - on the left side, which has never troubled me before - suddenly decided it wanted to pack up and go home at around the 26-27k mark. I had been doing 10 and 1's, but had to shorten the run segments as my knee would start to seize...
by ratherawkward
Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Scotia Sunday!
Replies: 29
Views: 704

Re: Scotia Sunday!

Goodness, and I thought I'd be the first one to start the thread! Had my traditional race day Lucky Charms, now off to get dressed and do this thing.
by ratherawkward
Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: STWM roll call?
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

Re: STWM roll call?

Getting all my gear ready and trying to avoid the last-minute jitters. Black-and-white shirt, skull headband & matching arm sleeves. Now just sorting out the 'keep warm in the start corral' throwaway stuff. I took a 5-hour pace band at the expo - not sure if breaking that mark will be realistic ...
by ratherawkward
Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Racing Sunday
Replies: 39
Views: 1220

Re: Racing Sunday

6k today, just before the downpour. My first run in about a week, since I was fighting off a cold and trying not to let myself get *really* sick with STWM next weekend.
by ratherawkward
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course
Replies: 16
Views: 980

Re: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course

I've got no issues with 8:45! I appreciate not having to wake up at 4am to get there, and also being able to start in daylight.
by ratherawkward
Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course
Replies: 16
Views: 980

Re: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course

rambo999 wrote:Start time this year is 8:30. Isn't this kind of late?


It's actually 8:45 now.
by ratherawkward
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: STWM roll call?
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

STWM roll call?

I see the initial list of bib numbers and corral assignments is up. Who's in?

Marathon:

ratherawkward (#4531, purple corral)

Half:


5k:
by ratherawkward
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: October 2013 Training Goals
Replies: 20
Views: 2741

Re: October 2013 Training Goals

Complete the marathon on October 20 in one piece, before they close the course, and hopefully with a smile on my face. That's it.
by ratherawkward
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course
Replies: 16
Views: 980

Re: Scotia Toronto Marathon-New Marathon Course

This will be my first full, and I share the worry about the Bayview thing being demoralizing near the end. Going up to Danforth or something would be much more interesting, but then I guess that would take away some of their "flat and fast" thing, so with all the construction I do understa...
by ratherawkward
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Race Day Sunday
Replies: 25
Views: 764

Re: Race Day Sunday

33k this morning, and I am now officially in taper mode.
by ratherawkward
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Resting Friday?
Replies: 14
Views: 491

Re: Resting Friday?

7.5k before sunrise, then did the Terry Fox Walk with my son's grade 1 class.
by ratherawkward
Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Early morning runs
Replies: 15
Views: 564

Re: Early morning runs

Generally if I'm running longer than 10-12km, I'll have a small (dessert-bowl-sized) bowl of a low-fibre cereal with milk - I kind of use it as an excuse to eat Lucky Charms, but for me it works well as a pre-run top-up.
by ratherawkward
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Off to the races Sunday
Replies: 31
Views: 1479

Re: Off to the races Sunday

22k today after a week of rest and a massage; used the foam roller liberally afterwards. Feeling reasonably good!
by ratherawkward
Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Injuries and Recovery
Topic: Niggling issues on the home stretch of training
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Re: Niggling issues on the home stretch of training

Definitely no 'ball', and nothing feels weird to the touch. It's not really what I'd call painful, and I don't notice it when running, but it's just tender enough after runs to let me know that I'd better back off, if that makes sense. So I'm hoping that if I keep things very conservative, I'll be o...
by ratherawkward
Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: SATURDAY Racing and Flying
Replies: 28
Views: 1307

Re: SATURDAY Racing and Flying

Beautiful crisp morning, perfect for a run, but it's a rest day for me after a really sucky 4.5k yesterday morning. Five weeks out from the marathon and my right ankle (and, consequently, also the knee and hip on that side) is complaining, so I'm taking the "just get me to the start line in one...
by ratherawkward
Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Injuries and Recovery
Topic: Niggling issues on the home stretch of training
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Niggling issues on the home stretch of training

I'm running STWM on October 20, my first full, and the last week or so my right ankle/Achilles area has been 'off'... I wouldn't say it's an injury, but at the point where I know I need to back off and take some rest or else it'll turn into one. No running this weekend for me. Now, that just leaves ...
by ratherawkward
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 1180

Re: Monday!

Managed to haul myself out of bed at 5:10 to get 12k in before work. The early-morning views of downtown from the viaduct and Riverdale Park were stunning. And starting tomorrow, DS (grade 1) is joining the school cross-country team, so now I'll have to get up even earlier if I want to get my run in...
by ratherawkward
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Labour Day (yeah,with a 'U')
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Re: Labour Day (yeah,with a 'U')

Got it done - 12 muggy kilometers. Next on today's agenda: spend a couple of hours moving landscaping bricks from the front yard to the back yard.

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