Last weekend hubs and I ran the Angus Glen Ten Miler. In our seven years of running, we have never taken the opportunity to check out this local race, although we had only heard good things. I had planned to run 10K ahead of time and use the 10-miler as a “glorified long run” as I like to call it. Unfortunately, I ended up coming down with a wicked chest cold the week of the event and didn’t know if I was going to be able to run at all. I managed three very short runs in the seven days before the race, and coughed my way through them feeling pretty whooped. Sunday morning I was definitely not 100% and still had a good cough going on, but I didn’t feel too rough so I figured I could take it easy and do the distance. I also knew that the route looped around the golf course, so there would be a few opportunities to stop early if needed. Of course, I nixed my plan to run any extra mileage.
Our friends K & E were kind enough to pick up and deliver our race kits the day before. There was some decent swag including a nice jacket.
It was drizzling as we arrived at the race site, so thankfully we were welcomed inside the clubhouse to stay warm and dry, and use indoor bathroom facilities (score!).
We headed outside, where fortunately it had stopped raining, just minutes before the start. There were wave starts for the 500-ish runners to help prevent crowding on the cart paths, and we started in wave 2. I had urged hubs to start in wave 1 so he wouldn’t have to do as much weaving, but he was content to hang back. I giggled as I watched him run ahead on the grass alongside the masses once we got started. It was really congested at first, but I took advantage of the excuse to go extra slow and just relaxed. After a kilometre or so it started to spread out and I was able to find my own pace. I really didn’t know what to expect given the challenging course and how I was feeling, but I seemed to be settling in just a bit faster than my long run pace and it felt alright.
The course took us up and down short, steep inclines as we wound our way all over the golf course. It was definitely tough, but very peaceful and scenic. I listened to music and plugged away, crawling up most of the hills since my energy level was just not there. Around 6K we ran passed the clubhouse and I had to duck into one of the port-o-potties set up outside. I glanced at my garmin and figure I only lost 40 or 50 seconds, which definitely wasn’t going to make a difference on this day.
I had a gel around the half way mark and skipped water stations in favour of my handheld – I brought it along in case of a coughing fit, which thankfully did not happen. I was feeling pretty tired almost the entire time. There was no kick in my legs, but I didn’t really feel any better when I slowed down either. So, I trucked along keeping my 5:40ish (/KM) pace and counted down the kilometres. At 11K, we ran by the clubhouse again and suddenly 5K to the finish seemed really long. The sun was trying to come out and it was getting really warm (at least compared to what we are used to these days). I enjoyed the headwind to cool off when we had it.
I had one of those moments of “I CAN NOT RUN ANY FARTHER” a couple of miles from the finish and allowed myself a brief walk break to get it together. It seemed manageable after 30 seconds or so when I started running again. Of course, this last portion of the course ended up being the toughest! Finally, I made my way to the finish – where they announced my name as “Jennifer.” Hmmm…
I ended up finishing a little faster than I expected, and my splits were actually pretty steady throughout the race. I was pleased, all things considered.
Chip time: 1:31:00
One of the best features of this race is the hot buffet-style lunch served inside the golf course.
Good runnin’ and good eatin’ make for a good day.
With dry roads and clear skies in the forecast and a three hour ride on my (non-)training schedule for this past weekend, there was no question that I would be taking my two wheels to the road.
The weather looked best for Friday and Saturday, so I decided to take advantage of those days for my long ride and long run, and then I could hide out for a lazy day and some family time on Sunday.
I should take my bike in for a full tune-up before the season is in full swing, but for now I just changed my wheels and tires and added a little grease. Everything seemed to be in good working order, and I was not sad to leave my trainer looking lonely in the corner.
I was able to rally up a friend to join me for at least part of the long ride. It was chilly (just above freezing) in the morning, but the sky was clear and the sun shining bright. I layered up in two pairs of socks (really need toe/shoe covers!), tights, bike shorts, three layers on top (thin race tee, thick fleece and light wind-breaker) plus a neck-warmer, a thin toque under my helmet, and my new Halti soft shell gloves (AM-AZ-ING – didn’t have cold fingers even once). I ended up being perfectly comfortable except for numb toes which lasted the whole 3+ hours. Like I said, REALLY need those shoe covers.
I thought I might be nervous on the road for the first time in several months, but I felt pretty comfortable right off the bat and it was nice to remember why I love to ride. I found my groove and took in the sights as I rode solo for the first 20 miles.
I met up with Paula as scheduled and stopped for a quick
nutrition pop-tart break before we headed out on a loop in farm country together. We both kept saying just how great it was to be riding outside. Nothing could wipe the grins off our faces.
After another hour or so, we stopped for another quick snack break before parting ways to head back to our respective homes. Before I knew it, I was rolling into the driveway after 3 hours and 10 minutes and still smiling.
I had heavy legs heading out for my long run on Saturday, which would be my first mostly-solo long run in quite a while. It was just gorgeous out, though, and I was happy to be running so I enjoyed being out there. My legs ended up waking up after the first half hour and it was a strong run afterall.
This turned out to be the kind of weekend that makes me enjoy training and look forward to the weeks ahead, which is exactly what I needed.
For an added mojo boost, I signed up for a few upcoming races – the Angus Glen Ten Miler and Uxbridge Half Marathon in April, and the Goodlife Toronto Half Marathon and Woodstock Sprint Tri in May!
And then it was time for some fun on the trails with hubs and the pooch.
All in all, a fantastic way to spend the long weekend. How was yours?
- tea, blueberry-banana muffin and tiny crustless quiches for brekkie
- greek yogurt (oikos lime = yum) and sliced apple for snacking
- big salad with chickpeas, feta and craisins for lunch
- nutrigrain bar, mixed fruit and fresca for afternoon snacking
- slice of toast with honey after work to hold me over til dinner (had an event to attend)
- greek orzo salad on a pile of greens, carrots with hummus and turkey burger with mustard for dinner
- sugar-free pudding snack before bed
What are you eating?