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Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
24C / 75F
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 14m 15s
Overall Rank = 5776/9107
Age Group = Women 20-24
Age Group Rank = 249/443
Pre-race routine:

Damn. Got up at 5am, went to a friend's for 5:30am. We drove down there, found parking, got our race bibs, went to the washroom, checked our gear in and got ready, and then had maybe 2 minutes before the actual race. I have never been in a race with SO many people (over 9000!!!).
I didn't have much to eat this morning. A smoothie, and then a banana a couple hours later, with lots of water and juice. I can't handle heavy things in the summer.
Event warmup:

Not much, just a couple knee lifts and kicks.
Run
  • 2h 14m 15s
  • 21.08 kms
  • 06m 22s  min/km
Comments:

It was a HOT, sunny day. I was good for the first 9km, and kept a pretty steady pace (enough to beat my previous half-mary time by quite a few minutes) at which I was comfortable. However, by 12 or so km, everything started to go haywire. I couldn't stomach any more of my gel even though I felt I needed more energy, my fuel belt was pressing too much on my abdomen and my stomach hurt so much, and my knee literally felt like it would explode with the intense amount of internal pressure and pain I was feeling. On top of that, I had taken an advil (to combat inflammation) and a tylenol (to combat pain), but both were taken on a pretty empty stomach so that caused me great stomach pain. I actually felt like I would just die. But I plodded along, never once stopping. The biggest thing for me was my knee pain. Wow, did it ever blow me away. So intense, I felt like I had torn my ligaments and meniscus all over again. Now, it feels fine, and I don't even feel too sore.
What would you do differently?:

I know now that I have to practice being comfortable with longer distances. I don't mean aerobically, I mean just getting the long distances into my legs and getting my knee okay. I think it just needs consistent practice (but not so regular I'm in constant pain). I also need to work on sprints and getting accustomed to going at faster speeds for longer and longer distances. It really just needs practice and time. A couple years from now, I will be MUCH more comfortable running.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around, stretching a tiny bit. Eating. Finally eating some bread and solid food. Went to a friend's brother's for a shower, some downtime and some good conversation.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, MY KNEE!!!! I can't stress how incapacitated I am by it. I think I have to reconsider also taking my fuel belt. The one thing is, I like drinking on my own schedule, not every 3km at a gatorade/water station. I will have to try different belts or perhaps different clothing or... I don't even know...

Event comments:

Everything was just pitch-perfectly organized. It was such a huge event but nothing took a long time, not even the woman's bathroom lines. I would really like to see water stations at every 1km, perhaps not as big as the one's at every 3km's. There were sprinklers and sponges soaked in water at key points, too. So many people were cheering and encouraging us on. The tshirt they gave us is high quality, we were able to get our medals engraved with our name and time. One of the best races I've ever gone to.




Last updated: 2009-02-27 12:00 AM
Running
02:14:15 | 21.08 kms | 06m 22s  min/km
Age Group: 249/443
Overall: 5776/9107
Performance: Average
Place: 5776/9107 (63%) Gender Place: 2646/5192 (51%) Category W20-24: 249/443 (56%) I like these numbers. I would have liked to see myself higher up in my category and gender place, but overall, I am happy with these numbers. I didn't beat my damn PR of 2:12:14.8, which sucks. My split at 9km was 53:59, i.e. 5.99min/km.
Course: Gorgeous course. From Ontario into Quebec, and then back. Over 2 bridges, with wide open roads completely closed off from traffic. Beautiful. And so many people that you were always surrounded by runners and those encouraging them. There was so much positivity!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-05-24 6:01 PM

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2009-05-24 7:06 PM
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Awesome job Krystyna

Don't be too hard on yourself, you had a Triathlon, hmm let me remember, oh yeah yesterday! I think you did great with overall a really hard week end

I am sure that your knee will keep getting better, and eventually you'll run soo fast it won't even be funny anymore for the rest of us

You are a rock star, you did a really great job out there! Woot!! 
2009-05-24 10:02 PM
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Great job Krystyna!!! Do you think your knee played up because you'd done a tri the day before??? It sounds like you were in an awful amount of pain, great job getting through it, a lot of people would have just quit! Does the Fuelbelt normally bother you when you run? It could have been that you were just on edge from the knee pain so anything extra was going to annoy you.

Well done again! Now make sure you take this week a little easier and allow your body to recover

2009-05-25 8:52 AM
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Way to go! Ottawa can be tough - i've definitely melted down in the heat and I didn't do a tri the day before!  Great work! I hope some rest is on the schedule for you! :D

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eurydice79 - 2009-05-24 11:02 PM

Great job Krystyna!!! Do you think your knee played up because you'd done a tri the day before??? It sounds like you were in an awful amount of pain, great job getting through it, a lot of people would have just quit! Does the Fuelbelt normally bother you when you run? It could have been that you were just on edge from the knee pain so anything extra was going to annoy you.

Well done again! Now make sure you take this week a little easier and allow your body to recover



Thanks Magda. I'm not sure whether part of my knee pain could be attributed to the tri the day before. Perhaps... I'm trying to get an appt with my orthopedic surgeon (the one that performed the surgery on me in March 2008) to see if there is anything I can do to lessen knee pain during long distance runs. I hope he can help!!
As for the fuel belt, yes it has been bugging me on long distance runs, but never so much as yesterday. Yesterday, however, was boiling hot, and so many things went wrong! I'm just glad I finished, though, without stopping once!
Thanks so much for your encouragement!
2009-05-25 7:06 PM
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juniperjen - 2009-05-25 9:52 AM Way to go! Ottawa can be tough - i've definitely melted down in the heat and I didn't do a tri the day before!  Great work! I hope some rest is on the schedule for you! :D



Yeah, I did *not* expect it to be so hot! Now it's all about rest, recovery, and a good quality massage!


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rlejeune - 2009-05-24 8:06 PM Awesome job Krystyna

Don't be too hard on yourself, you had a Triathlon, hmm let me remember, oh yeah yesterday! I think you did great with overall a really hard week end

I am sure that your knee will keep getting better, and eventually you'll run soo fast it won't even be funny anymore for the rest of us

You are a rock star, you did a really great job out there! Woot!! 


Thanks, I hope I will one day be Boston marathon qualifying, like you!
2009-05-25 7:31 PM
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it was 24C..i tought it was 16C and that i was just a wuss for feeling hot...Congrats for a great race, and the day after a tri...wow, you rock girl!!!
2009-05-26 4:48 AM
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Awesome first word of a race report!

2009-05-26 10:15 AM
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chipit muffin - 2009-05-25 8:31 PM it was 24C..i tought it was 16C and that i was just a wuss for feeling hot...Congrats for a great race, and the day after a tri...wow, you rock girl!!!


I think it was 16C verrrrry early on in the morning, but it heated up quite quickly!! I'm just impressed with how many people were there. Absolutely breathtaking!
2009-05-26 10:16 AM
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prof40 - 2009-05-26 5:48 AM

Awesome first word of a race report!



Hah, yeah, that basically sums it up... :P


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