My week of running – including the Mississauga Half Marathon and a sea of Trilliums

I had an adventurous week in running which started with the Mississauga Half Marathon at 7:30am Sunday morning. I’d been dreading this half all month. I ended up getting sick at the beginning of April with the cold/flu that has been going around, and that I had managed to avoid up until then. My coughing had almost subsided, but I still had a lot of chest congestion and a couple of weeks before the race I barely managed to finish a 13k. Anyway – I was quite worried how it would turn out.

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I’m the one in the pink socks – in case anyone was worried… 😉

Well, it ended up turning out pretty well. I decided to run with a friend who was getting over his own illness and that took the pressure off. Even if it was a terrible run, it wouldn’t be as bad because I had a running buddy with me. We ended up helping each other through (he pushed me faster through the first 17k and I got him through the last 4k) and finishing just under 2 hours (1:59:40), considerably better than we thought we’d do.

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Beautiful morning for a race – the empty start line early in the morning.

 

The day was beautiful. It wasn’t too cold to start and the sun didn’t come out until just before we finished.

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Off to a happy start.

 

This Mississauga Half might be my favorite Half Marathon. It is large, but not too crowded, well supported and well organized. I love starting in Mississaga and ending in Port Credit. The running Expo before the race is amazing too. Lots of freebies and an amazing goodie bag. I wish I had remembered to take a picture.

 

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After the race, grabbing my swag and filling my face.

 

I highly recommend it.

I wanted to get right back at it and use the excitement of the race to kick start my summer runs, so I ran a slow 3.5k on Monday, and a slow 8.5k (with 10 walking breaks – eek) on Wednesday. On Thursday I had a “back to normal” 5k that included this beautiful sea of Trilliums.

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Trilliums as far as the eye can see!

I’ve learned from my last 2 races that I have been taking it easy on myself. I’ve proved to myself that I have the ability push harder in a race than I thought I could. I also know I can push harder in training – at least the speedwork part. So, I’ve set a goal for next year’s Mississauga Half of 1:45…

What are your favorite training programs? Any special workouts that you’ve found increased your speed?

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you have a fun running weekend. If all goes well, I may just get a cottage run in on Saturday. (squeal)

Jackie

Jackie

I’M GOING TO MISS MY BLUE MIZUNOS!

So I’m a little bummed out because I just found out my running shoes aren’t available anymore. I have these great Muzuno Wave Inspire 9’s in blue – my second pair now. I started getting a little worried the other day when I was browsing for shoes and the online store I was checking out didn’t have my size. I spent about an hour the other night checking every online store I could find and they’re gone in my size. I even went far enough that today I went to a running store to try on a half size down to see if I could squeeze into them. I know – I’ve come to my senses.

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When I first made the switch to the Mizunos, I liked them the minute I put them on. They still offered me support, but they were noticeably lighter than my old shoes. I felt super-fast in them too.  But it was during the middle of my second marathon that I fell in love with them. I was running the Mississauga Marathon in the spring, and was in the part that I find really difficult – that mind numbing 10k stretch between the 22k and 32k mark. Running a marathon is often emotional anyway – and a lot of weird thoughts go through my head during that “blah” part – like when I tripped and caught myself so I didn’t fall, and then was disappointed because I thought, if I just fall and break my leg, the guy on the bike will get the ambulance and I’ll never have to run again. That’s how crazy that middle 10k gets for me. Anyway, I was running down a city street and since it was a busier road there wasn’t a lot of crowd support. I heard a noise and looked across the street to my left and there was a woman with her little boy in his buggy and he was pointing and saying something, she bent down to him, then yelled across the street “He likes your blue shoes”. I waved to him and that little emotional moment kept me going for a bit…and I fell in love with my shoes.

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(looking a little worse for wear after our muddy hill run)

I’m sure a lot of you know how I feel. You know that feeling when you find the brand of shoes that were just made for you. Of course I knew they wouldn’t make my shoes forever and I’ll have to move on, but I really loved my blue feet. I don’t like white and gray options that are available in December, but in January yellow and blue (but not the same…) will be available. My local Running Room store has the Wave Inspire 9 in pink, so I’ll get a pair, and then I’m sure I’ll (gulp) be able to deal with the new Wave Inspire 10’s.

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(the new Wave Inspire 10’s available in January, 2014)

But I’ll really miss my blue Mizunos.

Jackie
(ooo – but if you know a place that has them in a 8.5…)