Around the Bay – 30km!

hell’s yes baby! you have no idea how excited I am about this post! :o)

Around the Bay 30K road race in Hamilton
distance: 30km
time: 3:16:05 (chip)
pace: 6:40/km
place: 3614/4924
category placing: 74/102
gender placing: 1457/2299
splits: 10km 1:07:45; 15km 1:40:59; 20km 2:13:01
bib: 3794

notes: oh my god I am pumped about this run! this is the furthest I’ve to date and it was my very first euphoric runner’s high moment! I literally almost kissed the woman in the chute telling me “Slow down hun, are you ok? Good job! You finished!” it was like I was floating I was so giddy! I get a runners high from regular runs where I feel really good after the run but this was much more euphoric. ME and I both pushed hard in the last km but he clearly could have kicked my ass. instead he beat me on gun time but I beat him on chip time. I am so happy la la lala!

first 10K – felt really good; caught a bunch of relay people that went out too fast. had a gel (powerade chocolate) some water and gatorade. stomach felt a bit bloated after that so I tried to drink more water than gatorade after that but the water cups never seemed to be as full as the gatorade cups. raining. soaked most of the way through. saw a guy dressed as a rocket run by me. too funny.

second 10K – felt good through to the about the 17K mark, after that my legs but mostly my feet were starting to get sore, esp. on downhills. there was a really funny quote on the 18K marker – something like “The pain reaches a point and doesn’t get any worse. You might as well run like hell and get it over with.” it was fitting for my mindset for the race although, as you can see from my time, I was nowhere near running like hell. was eating sport beans (fruit punch flavour) and more water and gatorade.

last 10K – feet were really killing now as there were 2 really long downhills. there were three long climbs as well but those were easy in comparison to the downhills. saw superman, the grim reaper and mini-grim reaper. somewhere in the first few kms of this third of the race I had my last gel (caffeinated chocolate flavour). the last km ME and I picked it up a lot. haven’t checked garmy yet but it felt like a really quick km. we ran down the ramp and into Copps Coliseum and I shouted to ME to go but he tossed a “No! C’mon!” over his shoulder and we sprinted the last 20m down the finish chute, streaking past other runners. can’t wait for the pictures b/c I had the most ridiculous grin on my face!

I’ll post a picture of me in my around the bay shirt and finishers medal and links to the race pics as soon as they are available.

so considering that I hadn’t run for 2.5 weeks prior because of this cold, I’m pretty impressed with myself. good on you hoodie!

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26 days to marathon
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