So it's almost a month since I finished my #STWM. It was a fantastic race and I did 2:17 on my garmin. I was lot more prepared for this race than any of my previous half marathon. I started really well and did my fastest 5k and 10k. At that point I was sure I was going to get my PB. Some where around 14k I lost it mostly mentally started to walk more especially on the small Hill on the way back. Tool one gel and it helped the physical side but I still had given up and was thinking of 2:30.
At that point the 2:15 pace bunny passed me.. Than the 2nd pace bunnies passed (10:1). That got me motivated again and I started to run with the pack. Without the pace bunny and the group I would have given up on time. The last stretch on Bay was hard and I got my first cramp. I slowed a bit but by than the end was so close a d there was no stopping.
I was really happy to finish and pb this time.
Last year I took a break in my running and it did cost me a lot during this half marathon training. At the same time I did pick a injury last year which forced me to stop for a month and I don't want to do that as well. I sighed up for the chilly half clinic like last year and the group is bigger than last time. For the race I bought wind shutter which was fluorescent green and it looks good. But I am not sure how I look in it and if will keep using it.
It's been a while since I blog'ed about how my training was going for #STWM 2015. My life got busy and sucked out all the free time I use to have. It did not stop the training though. I am still on target to run in #STWM 2015.
I missed my last few long run's - Mostly due to races that I had signed up. The Night race was really fun this year. The weather was opposite of last years cold and wet night. It was super hot and even at 8pm humid and hot. Luckily I was not running 10K this year and it was just 5K.
The other race that I ran this Sunday was the B&O Yorkville 5K. The swag this year was again really good, actually better because I can use everything from it already. This run was really memorable. I reached on time but for some reason I thought that race started at 10:00am. So I ignored all the people lined up for the run went inside and took a stroll. 5 mins later heard the noise of people running and only to find that they were removing the barricades put for the race.
Finally this Sunday I got back to my scheduled long run's and it was 18K. I was slow but I was lot better than I was at this stage last year. There is a slight pain in the calf muscle but this time it is mostly due to the long run and no injury. I also had a busy day after the run and over body is recovering faster. This time we went a bit more west for the long run. Normally we would do the loop around Bloor and Bathrust to keep the distance on west short. This time it was all along the scenic MTG trail. It was really fantastic morning to run, with cool breeze and sun in the sky. I even took a selfie when I turn'ed around.
The weather is not getting any better for running. Tuesday , Wednesday and today it was hot and humid. The shorter runs were ok as it was short but today's run was not that great. we went to Cherry beach loop and man I was almost done at the half way point. Luckliy there running half marathon race to they had a check point with water and that helped a lot.