Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.7.16

12 Mar Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.7.16

Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.6.2016

chilly-hm-20th-anniversary-medalWhat a crazy Chilly Half Marathon prerace week, ups and downs, ending on a high note at the Burlington ON Chilly Half Marathon (01:52:29). Won 3rd in my age (17 seconds shy of 2nd). Thrilled with an 82.7% age-graded performance. Moral of the story? New training worked. Treadmill worked. And on Sunday, I worked!

Race Week in Review

Monday:  to HIIT or not to HIIT 7 days prerace? no probs today. Class was fitting mix of moderate strength and core. (Thanks Jason Tunks at HIIT It Fitness London) Advantage: Linda. Then move on down the road for Dad’s 96th Leap Year Birthday Celebrations. A well-timed tapernutties distraction of the first order.

Tuesday: Speed workout 3x1mile@T w/2’Rest. Fended off cold temps with an extra long warm up.

Wednesday: Easy 45 min on TM, aka Dreadmill. Too much ice and snow outside.

Thursday: Easy 30 min on TM. Hopped on the belt, hoped the the ice would melt, soon.

Friday: Easy 30 min on TM. A mind-numbing run but got ‘er done.

Saturday: Easy 30 min outside. Open Door policy reinstated at last.

Shower, eat, pack and go, Off to Burlington for the Sunday racing show.

Sunday: RACE DAY! Picture the perfect race day—0 deg C., sunny blue skies, crisp fresh air with a light breeze. (Our heads, arms, and legs would be as bare as the course today.) Wasn’t sure if I could get my head in the game. No getting up at the crack of dawn, a leisurely breakfast, and no-rush routine warmup—decadent for sure. That plus a few prerace tunes revved up my race mojo.

In the corral: ready | National Anthem: sung | Commit to My Best: declared | Gun: sounded | Race: STARTED!!!

Focus. Focus. Focus. Process not Outcome. Breathe, form relaxed, feet fast, Leith Drury’s Fatigue Management Plan when required.

Felt great. And then a halfway mark ephiphany popped up: Holey moley, this race isn’t going to hell in a handbag, hmmm. (You see the memory of finishing last season with 2 abysmal races was still imprinted in bold, all caps, 72 pt font…and not comic san serif) Run, Linda, run. 13K turnaround and time to hang out the ‘gone fishin’ sign. Eyed 2 runners ahead and started reeling them in one at a time. One fellow took 3 passes before he got my point…you are not going to finish ahead of me. Spotted a potential age-category competitor up ahead. Gradually closed the gap but alas she managed to hold me off by 17 seconds and take 2nd-place. Ah, always good to have a goal.

What beats the elation that comes from passing runners in the second half? feeling strong at the Finish? having put it all out on the course? Not much. Having a realistic race plan, fuelling properly, and running a negative split worked for me on Sunday. It can work for you too.chili_and_beer_celebration

Finish Line: What an amazing day. There was nothing Chilly about this one except perhaps the ‘chili and beer’ post race. Fun to collect a prize. Fun to win bling. Fun to run.

Cheerios, ~Linda



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