Weekend Recap

We had a fantastic weekend at the cottage.

We arrived late Friday and pretty much went straight to bed once we had unpacked. Hubs and I got up early Saturday for a long(ish) run of just over 10 miles. We ran a simple out and back on the main road, where fortunately traffic was pretty light. We enjoyed the cottage country roadkill scenery and even ran past a deer who was standing in tall grass at the side of the road and barely blinked as we ran by. Juliana joined us for the tail end of the run – she was running a half marathon the following day.

It was overcast morning, but still very muggy so a dip in the lake seemed like an excellent idea post-run. We went straight in wearing our running gear and it was perfect.

By the time we got out and dried off it was mid-morning and we were all feeling pretty lazy. We took a long nap and woke up to see that the sun had finally come out. It turned out to be a hot and sunny day, and we spend the remainder of the afternoon on the deck and by the lake.

Hubs decided to tackle his first official open water swim. I paddled along beside him in the kayak as he swam all the way across the lake and back, about 500 metres each way!

We enjoyed some fruity drinks, a delicious pasta dinner and plenty of relaxation before eventually crawling into bed.

Sunday was an early morning with a departure time of 5:45AM for the 1.5 hour drive into Ottawa. We had some time to kill before J started her half marathon so we wandered around and snapped some touristy pics.

After seeing J off at 9AM, hubs and I made our way to the finish line to watch for the winners of the marathon (which had started 2 hours earlier). Japan’s Arata Fujiwara won in 2:09:33, a course record by more than 2 minutes!

After watching the top finishers, we started running backwards along the course. The route followed the picturesque Rideau Canal and we were able to run on the popular bike path and stay out of the way. Hubs eventually turned back to wait for us in the finishing area as I made my way to the 35K marker to pick up my friends.

They came along right on schedule looking strong and I was so excited to see them. I snapped a pic and jumped in with them. We chatted away and I kept telling them that they were looking much better that I felt at this point in the race two weeks earlier. I ran ahead a couple times to snap pics and we had a great time as those final miles ticked by. Before we knew it, the crowds were thickening and we were on the home stretch. At the 41K marker, I took their fuel belts (I know how nice it is to ditch that extra weight at the end of a race) and gave them as much encouragement as I could for that final kilometre. I must have been quite a sight running along wearing/carrying two fuel belts plus my Nathan Hydration Pack. They absolutely killed it and went on to reach their goal of 4 hours.

Congrats Kevin & Kelly!!!

I quickly eased my way through the spectators and make my way back to find one more from our group who I knew would be coming in shortly. Sure enough, I spotted Greta less than a kilometre from the finish and jumped in with her til the end. Greta achieved a new PR in Ottawa after running the Mississauga Marathon just two weeks before!

(Turns out we were wearing the same top!)

Congrats Greta!!!

Group shot after the race… check out my Multi-Hydration System.

Most of us met for lunch at the Byward Market before hitting the road for the 5+ hour drive home.

Many thanks to Juliana and her hubby for hosting us the cottage… and driving so I could snooze most of the way home. ;)

All in all, an excellent weekend! I had so much fun being immersed in that marathon atmosphere again. I’ve been dragging on all of my runs lately, but felt that runners’ high and finally got some pep back in my step. Hopefully I can feed off that all week!

I hope all of my friends to the south are having a great Memorial Day!

Three Things Thursday

1. Three runs in the early evening heat/humidity this week and I’m not ready to quit complaining just yet. I’m determined to adjust and it will not stop me from getting out there, but HOLY, there is a lot of sweat involved!

2. After what seemed like a week long binge on junk food after the marathon, it has been a bit of a struggle getting back on track this week. Why is it so easy to pick up bad habits and so difficult to ditch them? (Un)fortunately I took a peak at the scale this morning and that number has given me some much-needed motivation. Eat like an athlete!

3. Tomorrow after work, hubs and I are hitting the road with Juliana and her husband for a weekend at the cottage including a trip into Ottawa on Sunday for the marathon. I am not participating in the race this year, but will be out there supporting some friends who are running and potentially jumping in for the tail end of the race.

Have a great weekend!

Heat Wave

There’s a common theme in the blogosphere these days: it’s gettin’ hot! Summer is here in full force this week with consecutive days of record-breaking temperatures over 30C (86F) and a humidex in the upper 30s (upper 90s). We are certainly feeling it here in Southern Ontario and many nearby cities have even issued an Extreme Heat Alert. (My friends to the south can go ahead and laugh now.) “Hot” is definitely a relative term, but this is about as hot as it gets around here.

I may not have chosen the best week to ease back into training. Yesterday’s 5K with hubs nearly left me in a steaming heap at the park and this evening’s 10K with the group is not looking promising.

True, I could be getting up early to run in the more tolerable pre-dawn temperatures. But I enjoy running with my group on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and part of me thinks I should just suck it up and get used to it.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… is Nuun available via IV??

Mississauga Photo Overload + Video

After a week of rest and relaxation to the max (though I did run twice, a 6K and a 12K) along with eating and drinking everything I had restricted from my diet leading up to the race, I’m ready to get back into training mode. I’ll still be taking it pretty easy for another week or two since I know I am still in recovery, but I do have a little race coming up soon and need to get myself back into marathon condition.

But first… another look at last weekend’s Mississauga Marathon. I actually purchased my official pics for a change since there were several good ones and I thought the $39 was worth it for the complete digital set.

Am I the only one who likes to look up results for people who show up in my race pics? #1871 finished with a chip time of 4:02:34. (I win.)

#1338 finished with a chip time of 4:01:48. (I win.)

#1338 finished with a chip time of 4:03:05. (I win.)

Check out this finish line video. Watch for me to the right and take note of my legs almost buckling after the mat.

High Five Friday

This is a special feature for Tall Mom‘s High Five Friday Contest!

HIGH FIVE RACES

May 21-23: Racing With Babes – “Rock Your Socks” Virtual 10K and Half Marathon

May 22-23: Dare to Tri – Fargo Marathon Challenge 5K + 10K

May 22: Steph’s 50 Marathon Challenge – Fargo Marathon

May 23: Cross Country Squared – CB Half Marathon (5K)

HIGH FIVE GIVEAWAYS

Strawesome glass straws @ RunToTheFinish **Ends today!**

B-natal Therapops @ Happy Runner

“Beer is Good” @ MCM Mama

RxSorbo Insoles @ Endurance Isn’t Only Physical

Fitness Mag Subscription @ Weight Loss Mama

CEP Compression Socks @ Barefoot Angie Bee

“Choose You Get Healthy” Gift Bag @ Shut Up and Run

Honoring Alex: Power of 10 Giveaway @ Running Off at the Mouth

HIGH FIVE INSPIRATION

After Thoughts and Lessons Learned @ Shut Up and Run

RunningLaur’s first marathon @ When I get a little, run run run…

ST30 Challenge @ Dietician on the Run

HIGH FIVE GOOD NEWS

The Happy Runner‘s gender reveal!

Worth a Tri‘s wedding recap!

Adventures in our Funny Farm had a baby!

Please let me know if you deserve a HIGH FIVE today!

HIGH FIVE TAG

Weight Loss Mama tagged me for The Versatile Blogger Award!

What does this mean? It means I get to name 7 random things about me and then tag 15 of you to do the same. Here goes:

1. I only like under-ripe bananas; they have to be green.

2. I have had a terrible habit of chewing my nails ever since I was a kid. I finally willed myself to stop a couple months ago and they are growing out beautifully! I think I should treat myself to a manicure soon.

3. I have worked at my current job as an Executive Assistant for more than eight years.

4. I have a very strong distaste for seafood. I want to like it, but I just can’t. Blech.

5. Hubs and I bought our current townhouse in 2008. We would love to upgrade in the next few years, and we hope to move into a “forever very long term home”.

6. After all the hype, I recently acquired a taste for green monsters. For weeks I have been enjoying almost-daily fruit & (greek) yogurt smoothies with a big ol’ handful of the green stuff. Yum!

7. Three of my favorite TV shows are ending this year (24, Lost, Flash Forward). What am I going to do with myself? (Run more…)

Tag! You’re it:

Jocelyn
Shelly
Sarah
Amanda
Kelly
Laura
Felice
Amy
Aneta
Lacey
Emz
Meg
Char
Tonia
Jill

Have a great weekend!