Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

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Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby IronGoddess » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:17 pm

I had been doing some great training in the weeks leading up to the race. I felt very strong and speedy. So I asked my ironfriend if she would pace me to that sub 2 I have been chasing for a while. Then I made a huge mistake, ignoring a hamstring that needed to rest. Instead of easing back I pushed and it became an injury with a week to go before race day. So in a panic I had 2 massages, a couple of physio visits, spent alot of time with ice packs and the foam roller. This all helped but what I needed most was more time and I did not have it. On Thursday my physio dude asked me nicely not to push to hard on race day. He told me I was at the crest of a hill and if I pushed to hard i was going down a long hill and it would take a lot of hard climbing to get back up. So be smart.
Race morning was awesome not to cold and no chance of rain. So I wore my shorts, my "I Run To Be Sexy" lucky Nike shirt and sleeves. Met up with my group and planned our races. Ironfriends were pacing me, my other friends were all chasing other times so we agreed to meet at the finish and have a great race day. So we lined up in the completely wrong spot 2:15, way to many walks and plodders so we lost alot of time there. Once things spread out we found our pace and things started to get interesting.
This is a tricky course it looks flatish but there are false flats that take their toll after a while. First gel went down at 8k with my first gulps of water. 8k is also a nice down hill stretch but with that is soon turns into a nice climb. At 10k we were 57 min and change. I knew that was because of the start line mess and we were going to have to pick it up. Around 14k is the turn around and my legs were starting to feel heavy and I was losing my pace bunnies. I was ok with this but Kirk was not so he would pace Steph for a bit then come back and pull me up. I was now in the puke zone and we were headed to the 2 km climb I had been dreading. So I had one more gel at 15k and grabbed some more water and got in the zone for the climb. Kirk stayed with me for the this nasty part and I really needed him or I might have stopped. He pushed me when my legs were screaming, encouraged me to pass people when I didn't think I had it in me. I really hated him!!! So we made it to Mile Zero but lost some time so I knew Sub 2 was not going to happen, but Kirk never gave up he continued to push me, I continued to push back. We got to the 1Km sign and he told me to go hard so I did, there was not much left but I ran hard and it hurt like HELL, I wanted to cry and puke. So my time was 2:02 same as San Deigo in June. This was lot harder, I do not know why. Yes my hamstring hurt but it was not to bad.

After thinking this race through I still do not know why it was so hard. My legs are thrashed today and I spent most of the day yesterday feeling like I was going to vomit. I raced yesterday and left everything out there, so I am pleased with myself for that. I do not think I have ever raced like that before. I was thinking about many of my fellow maniacs yesterday. Karla, Lesley, JoJo, Spirit and Jen how they always put it on the line and do not back down to the challenge, this help pull me up many times. Thank you. One saying stayed with me most of the race, " Suck it up Princess" so I tried to suck it up and I think I did. Will I be back here next year to try for that sub 2, maybe. Rock N Roll Marathon in Montreal is a real possibility and if that is the case then Victoria would have to be for fun. Next year will be my sub 2 year without a doubt maybe Vancouver in the Spring. Next up Vegas 1/2 and the Bear Mtn 10k in November.

Splits according to my Garmin:
Lap 1: 6:07
Lap 2: 6:02
Lap 3: 5:49
Lap 4: 5:28
Lap 5: 5:43
Lap 6: 5:35
Lap 7: 5:40
Lap 8: 5:26 gel
Lap 9: 5:42
Lap 10: 5:28
Lap 11: 5:36
lap 12: 5:43
Lap 13: 5:41
Lap 14: 5:49 gel
lap 15: 5:39
Lap 16: 5:51
Lap 17: 5:56
Lap 18: 6:11
Lap 19: 5:38
Lap 20: 5:49
Lap 21: 5:45
Lap 22: 2:02
Summary: 2:02:59 Distance: 21.43 Avg Pace: 5:44
Do I have what it takes for a sub 2????
Why do i feel so bad today for letting my pace bunny down? :oops: :oops:
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby CinC » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:27 pm

if you raced as hard as you can, then it's a success. Don't dismiss that. Well done!

As for your last questions:

- yes, I think you have a sub 2 in you - it's not going to be a 'gimme', but keep working - it'll be there!
- re the pace bunny - again, you worked as hard as you could. no bunny is going to be upset with that!! :D

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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:36 pm

that puke feeling!!! :D
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby trixiee » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:44 pm

OOOHHH SO Close! :shock: Next time, for sure! Get the hamstring fixed first though!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:50 pm

way to push yourself! that 2 hr barrier is in reach!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby HCcD » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:55 pm

Way to push through the pain, Running Goddess ...

Recover well and come to Ottawa next Mah and we'll get you that sub 2 hour, fur sure ... :shifty: :wink:
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby PinkLady » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:00 pm

TexasSpirit wrote:that puke feeling!!! :D


+1!! You left it all out there today, RG. Great job on the race, and you gave it all you had considering your injury. You definitely have sub-2 in you!! Congrats on the race, even if it wasn't quite your A-goal. You'll get it next time!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby richie-rich » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:42 pm

you take what the day gives you. way to tough it out. i'm sure you'll get sub 2 next time.

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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Jump145 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:07 pm

Sounds like a pretty tough day, and you still posted great numbers!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Half-Mary » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:28 pm

Awesome job out there, given you were pretty much injured while running the race. That sub-2 will come - and I'm right there with you aiming for it.

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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby mas_runner » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:00 pm

When you do it, you will smash it!! Good luck!

Oh and way to gut out a 21.1 with a sore hammy, that IS tough!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:19 am

You definitely have that sub 2:00 in you! For sure....so close. Well done on this race.

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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby SuperboB » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:57 am

Still a great performance, considering. Good on ya!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Hammie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:12 am

It sounds like you worked as hard as you could this time, but I have no doubt that the sub-2 is out there somewhere for you. Congrats!
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby RobW » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:41 am

Nicely done gutting it out right to the end and not backing down! You will get that sub 2.

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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Habs4ever » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:11 pm

You ran you heart out, and came soooooo close.
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Re: Good Life Victoria 1/2 Marathon: Running in the Puke Zone

Postby Jwolf » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:20 pm

Nicely done, Kendra! Congratulations.
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