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Surrey International World Music Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Surrey, British Columbia
Canada
15C / 59F
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 14m 44s
Overall Rank = 622/1183
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 58/97
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 6:45, had a cup of coffee and a banana. Drank some water. Went over to the park to do a lap warm up, then walked over to the start line.
Run
  • 2h 14m 44s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 23s  min/km
Comments:

Ouch. This was tough from the start. Yesterday afternoon, my left hamstring, which never gives me trouble, was sore. I massaged for a bit, tried to stretch it out, but was still sore this am.

Went out about 7:30 to the park between my house and the start line for a bit of a warm up. Just some slow running, then walked over to the start line. Did some dynamic stretches while waiting for the gun.

I had created a pace band, with both my 'stretch' goal and my goal times. I pretty much knew from the get go that both were going to be a stretch today. I was sore from the start--my left hamstring was just not happy. I just tried to get to a comfortable pace, which I managed. At 3km I realized that I was not going to be happy if I continued at that pace, so I picked it up a bit. I just kept telling myself, that even if I couldn't hit my goal time, I could at least get a PR. I was talking to myself the whole way, "just find that pain free place in your mind, you can do it".

Biggest uphill was at 10-11.5km. Relatively steep. Saw my friend Maggie from Masters swim cheering, she ran with me for a few hundred meters, that was a lift. By this point my right hip is yelling at me (MUST. DO. EXERCISES.) Top of the hill there was an aid station. Decided to walk it. Mistake. Hard to get going again. Mostly flat here, so was able to put it back in gear. We had to turn right at Fraser Hwy, go up a few hundred meters, then turn around. I hate that. Anyway, last bit of uphill up the greenway. I just pushed. Everything was screaming at me, but I was still aiming for a PR.

Now we are on a flat stretch of about 1km. I took a walk break along here, feeling a bit sorry for myself that I had no one cheering for me. Then I thought "F*&k that. I have a whole pod cheering me on. Find your strong girl". And that became my mantra. Find your strong. I took a couple more walk breaks in the last 5km, but when I was running, it was all in my head.

Turned the corner at 19km, and all of a sudden my left calf briefly seized--with my toes pointed down. Luckily it let go, because I was very close to tripping over my own feet! OMG I would have just lay there laughing. Happened a couple more times, luckily it let go just as quickly.

I took one more walk break just before 20km--I could see that I was going to be very close to a PR, but figured I could do it, so I just pushed as hard as I could for the last km. Ran my fast km of the race, and came in :58 under my best time.

I think I would have been really disappointed if I hadn't PR'd, but I would not have been disappointed in my performance. A lot of my training for this race has been training mental toughness. I give up too easy--I listen to that voice that says it's ok to stop. I wanted to prove to myself that I could be stronger than that voice. At one point I told myself "you've run with discomfort before, that's all this is".
What would you do differently?:

?? I have no idea why I was so sore. I guess because my pelvis had been out, muscles adjust, then when you move things, muscles rebel. I guess I need to have my back checked more regularly.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit to get some food etc, then walked home and stretched.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Soreness! My body just wasn't 100% today.

Event comments:

This was a good first year race. The expo was just ok. Volunteers on race day were great. The 'Cultural Music Miles' were pretty cool--some much better than others! The Korea, Jamaica and India miles were particularly great. China was also good. Other countries represented were Bolivia, South America, Phillipines, Palestine, Germany, the UK and Greece, each playing traditional music. I also really liked this for the fact that it started 5 min from my house, and ran through many of my 'neighborhoods'. Hope to see it back and improved next year!


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Last updated: 2012-08-02 12:00 AM
Running
02:14:44 | 21.1 kms | 06m 23s  min/km
Age Group: 58/97
Overall: 622/1183
Performance: Good
Course: First 1.5km relatively flat. Next 1.5 some rolling hills. KM 3-6.5 mostly flat. 6.5-8 uphill, then 8-10 downhill. Km 10-11.5 pretty steep uphill, then flat until 13.5, uphill for 1km. 14.5-finish downhill/flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2012-10-01 12:07 AM

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2012-10-01 6:16 AM
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Kirsten, you are one tough lady, great job! PR while fighting through the pain. You did indeed find your strong. I struggle with that same voice, and it is the focus of my training for this winter. It is nice to see someone else overcome "that voice". I say it again, Great Job!!!!
2012-10-01 6:49 AM
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When you start a marathon already injured and still get a PR you know you are mentally tough! Great job
2012-10-01 10:53 AM
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Nicely done Kirsten.  And yes, you had the whole POD cheering you on!.  Way to gut it out.
2012-10-01 11:08 AM
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Nice job getting the PR in spite of the pain!!!!!!! We were absolutely all with you. I thought of you while I was on my long ride, working out the soreness from my race.

Nice bling too!

I like your mantra, "find your strong girl".  I think I'm going to borrow that one for my OLY on Sunday!

Congrats, you ROCK!

2012-10-01 1:10 PM
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Tough, but you were tougher. Sometimes sore just happens, too. Gorgeous medal!!!

What's up with the Total Time?



2012-10-01 1:14 PM
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TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:10 AM

Tough, but you were tougher. Sometimes sore just happens, too. Gorgeous medal!!!

What's up with the Total Time?

Just me being goofy.  Fix'd.  And yes, the medals are quite impressive.

2012-10-01 1:16 PM
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bcraht - 2012-10-02 2:14 AM
TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:10 AM

Tough, but you were tougher. Sometimes sore just happens, too. Gorgeous medal!!!

What's up with the Total Time?

Just me being goofy.  Fix'd.  And yes, the medals are quite impressive.

Funny 'cos TJ's total time was messed up on her race, too.

2012-10-01 1:31 PM
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TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:16 AM
bcraht - 2012-10-02 2:14 AM
TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:10 AM

Tough, but you were tougher. Sometimes sore just happens, too. Gorgeous medal!!!

What's up with the Total Time?

Just me being goofy.  Fix'd.  And yes, the medals are quite impressive.

Funny 'cos TJ's total time was messed up on her race, too.

Well, when you are creating your RR, it asks for 'Race time'.  To me that means what time the race started, so I entered 8am...  Maybe TJ did the same?

2012-10-01 1:43 PM
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bcraht - 2012-10-01 12:31 PM
TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:16 AM
bcraht - 2012-10-02 2:14 AM
TriAya - 2012-10-01 11:10 AM

Tough, but you were tougher. Sometimes sore just happens, too. Gorgeous medal!!!

What's up with the Total Time?

Just me being goofy.  Fix'd.  And yes, the medals are quite impressive.

Funny 'cos TJ's total time was messed up on her race, too.

Well, when you are creating your RR, it asks for 'Race time'.  To me that means what time the race started, so I entered 8am...  Maybe TJ did the same?

That was exactly what I did. With a running race you don't think about total time because you dont have S+B+R+T1+T2.

2012-10-01 2:18 PM
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Excellent, STRONG job, Kirsten!!  Loved to hear your mental training both came into practice and was successful!  Sorry to hear your body decided to rebel against you and give you some quirky pain but you toughed it out and got a PR, WOW!  Sounds like a fun race with all the different types of music.


2012-10-02 1:07 AM
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Great job Kirsten! In truth it's hard to ever peak at the perfect time and race when you are 100% But that's why we do it. It's hard. Nice work embracing the pain and pushing through to the end!
2012-10-02 9:31 PM
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"Find your strong" - I LOVE IT!  You are so strong! (And I'm totally stealing that mantra ) Think about it, your body wasn't at 100% but you still PRd - that shows you're making gains, girl!  Congrats on a great race and using all that mental toughness you've been training with - super job, Manatee sister!!
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