For the first time, I honestly didn’t think I would finish the marathon. Friday and Saturday I was having some stomach issues……running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, or so it seemed. Yet I felt fine.
I went to bed early on Saturday and because it was going to be another scorcher, I set the alarm for 3:00 in order to get in one of those really early starts. When the alarm went off, I simply couldn’t get out of bed, I was so tired. I set the alarm for another 45 minutes and by then I was ok to get going. Even though I was tired, I felt fine.
During the first 24km of the run, I had to make multiple bathroom stops, yet it wasn’t until I was back at my car waiting for the 8:00am group, that I suddenly felt I had to sit down and take a break. I sat for a few minutes and gradually started to feel better.
Once we all started running, I felt better but not 100%. At 26km, I simply wanted to stop, walk back to my car and go home and go to bed…..but I had a marathon to finish.
I told the group to go ahead, that I was going to go even slower than usual and take walk breaks in order to just get through the day. I managed to stay with a couple of people to the NAC . We split up at that point because I thought a nice cold Starbucks lemonade would help. And it did, it was very refreshing and gave me a boost of energy (likely from the sugar).
I did get through this marathon and if this is the “sickest” I’ll be, well then I am truly blessed!
Marathon 32….I like the sound of that number! Only 20 more to go. I now feel as though I am really over the hump and the end is in sight.
Today’s marathon marked another special occassion. I had company the whole time. My brother Jim who lives in Vancouver with Jessie (his wife) and daughter Maya was in town for our annual family BBQ. Jim has run a few marathons and he is fast…his last one was 3:23.
When Jim said he wanted to run the whole distance with me I cautioned him on two things….1) I start at 5:00 am and 2) I run slow these days . He said he was fine with both…yay!
We had a great time running those first 24 km. It gave us time to catch up because I knew I wouldn’t have much time at the BBQ as I was hosting.
As we were running, we talked about things we wanted to do vis a vis running. Now maybe because it was early in the run and we were both feeling great, Jim said he might like to try an Ironman and I told him that I really do want to do one more and we should think about doing one in 2014? Jim has to learn to swim first, but a race in 2014 would give him enough time to learn to swim Besides, his wife could probably coach him as she is a fantastic swimmer – although, it might be better for him to take lessons. It’s like teaching your kids to drive – better somebody else does it :) Who knows, maybe Jessie will take up the challenge as she has become quite the athlete herself over the past few years.
Another race to contemplate
Today I am running in Saint John, New Brunswick and that was enough to get me enthused again about my marathons. I had to be in Shediac, NB for a meeting on Monday so I thought I would spend the weekend (at my own expense) in New Brunswick as I had never been there before.
I was thrilled to find out there was a race taking place in the trails of Rockwood Park in Saint John. There were a number of distances, 2.5 mile, 7.5 mile and 11.2 mile. I opted for the 11.2 mile and running the remaining distance both before and after the race.
The run was challenging. The first 20km I ran on the road. Luckily I found a road that was very long because I knew I would get lost if I had to remember more than one or two street names :) The road though was very hilly and even though I haven’t run any hills, I felt great.
The race was a lot of fun. The people were really friendly and I ended up running with Paulette who had lost over 200lbs. What an inspiration! She decided to loose weight and was convinced by a friend of hers that she could run and starting of slowly (walk/run) she became a runner.
Next week she will be running her first marathon and I wish her the best of luck!
After the race there was an awards ceremony and it was great to see all the folks honoured for their accomplishments and for their volunteer efforts.
This marathon really was no different than most of the 29 that preceded this one, exept it was the first time I felt that I wanted it to be my last one!
To be here at week 30 and with another 22 weeks, I just wanted it to be over so I could start planning my next adventures!
But then I also got to thinking about my new goal which is actually in 2 years and although you can be sure there will be challenging goals next year (just haven’t figured them out yet) I realized that I was going to have to run many 42km and many 42+ runs well into next year and the year after. But and here’s the difference….I could easily miss a Sunday or two along the way and it wouldn’t really matter.
I think really though, I was just tired and wanted a Sunday off. I knew that getting through this run was going to be hard, but that I would be sure to bounce back from this feeling as well.
One thing is for sure…..I am so happy I have people who come out to run with me at 8:00 and today this was what kept me motivated.
Happy Canada Day!
The day got off to a very early start and although I tried to go to sleep early, it didn’t quite work as planned. I knew I would have to get up at 3:00am in order to run 32km before running the Canada Day 10km (www.runottawaclub.ca). I did go to bet at 8:00, but really who is tired at 8:00 especially when you’ve gotten up later than usual and didn’t really do anything taxing. Of course being a beautiful day, the kids in the neighbourhood were still out playing. I went to bed, turned on the radio and tossed and turned for the next 45 minutes or so. I then closed my bedroom window knowing full well it was going to be even hotter in my room, but at least it muffled the noises from outside. I fell asleep at some point and then woke up around 11:00pm….I got up and opened the window and fell asleep again. But when the alarm went off, I did not want to get up at all! What motivated me was knowing that I didn’t want to have any more kilometres to run after the 10km. I arrived in Kanata around 4:10 and by 4:15, I was off. My first loop was a big circle and then the second loop was an out and back as I didn’t want to be late for the race.
By the time I arrived back at the Earl of March High School, I had put in 31km which meant there was only one km to run after the race.
The venue for the race was great – lots of room and lots going on. It was great seeing so many Ottawa Run Club members and others whom I know.
This was by far the slowest 10km I have run (1:04), but it didn’t matter, I was out there having a great time and enjoying Canada Day.
Upon arriving home I iced my left heel as it seems I might be developing some planter faciatis:)) …..I am seeking help for this though. Seeing as the weather was so great, I decided to head downtown to walk around and soak up the atmosphere of all the Canada Day revellers. It was fun just walking around for a couple of hours. Here are a few pictures I took. I missed what would have been the most awesome pictures of the snowbirds. I was jsut in front of the Westin and there is a space between buildings where the snowbirds flew by and it was awesome….it was just to fast for me to get a picture.