Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Tely 10: 2017 Version!

I'm back home in Nova Scotia and boy was the Tely 10 amazing this year!

Here's my version of the story ;) 

Race eve and Trudy asked what we should have for dinner. She has a very cool mixer so I suggested a Pizza!!! I used to shy away from pizza the night before a race but now it's like the more the better, you know? 

That night I laid out Flat Heather at Carla's house because she lives much closer to the start and in the morning she would drop me off. 

I was so worried about wearing my compression socks and being hot but in the morning when I checked the weather I was pleasantly surprised!

So it was decided!

I ate some oatmeal for breakfast and I was later reacquainted with it at the finish line, but we'll get to that later. Be thankful-you're just getting the verbal version. A group of not so fortunate volunteers got the up close and personal one, LOL.

Carla dropped me off far enough from the start line at around 6:45a.m. that I was able to get in a good 5k warm up. That may seem like a lot but I do best at shorter distance races once I've had a really good slow warm up. I tend to get a serious side stitch when I neglect this part.

I was only in the starting area for a minute or two when I saw the BLT Runners!
Darlene, Elizabeth, Scott, Craig, Stacey and I
We all headed up to the start and then I saw Greg G. and later Christine! My nerves had settled a bit and then when we sang the Ode to Newfoundland I was ready to go!

During the first mile I was cautiously running around a 7:05-7:10 minute mile. My race last year was an average of 7:16 per/mile and my strategy was to run each mile slightly faster than that, but go by feel as well so I didn't crash in the end.

I had serious self-doubt heading into this race. I don't know exactly why but I feared not being able to run as solid of a race as I did the previous year. I had not changed training plans and I had a sub par Boston Marathon and Ottawa 1/2, both because of heat. So I had basically lost a lot of confidence. Matt told me that I was being silly and he knew I'd do well. He always predicts my race times but doesn't tell me until it's done! When It comes to racing I am my own worst enemy.

As in previous years my family was at the two mile marker. I always zoom when I see them partially from adrenaline and wanting to look strong and fast for them and also because of the first stretch of downhill. Oops, 6:46 mile!

The air was much cooler than I'd trained in and it felt wonderful!

If there was one word to describe this race it would be "focus." I kept telling myself to concentrate on my stride, form and pace. I was feeling really good and there was no reason I couldn't have a great race today. And quite possibly a PB?

I LOVE the huge downhill between miles 4-5!!! At halfway I was at 34:47 and was like whoa, that's fast for me! I'll probably pay for that later.

Craig had mentioned the greatest elevation loss kms at the start and mentally I was keeping track as I cashed in on them. I knew miles 7-9.1 would offer some change of elevation but for now I was focusing on the mile I was in.

Again there were bunches of spectators offering praise and encouragement to the runners. At each hydration station I'd sip on water only. Not too much because a lot of liquid combined with fast downhill running ALWAYS gives me a side stitch.

When Mile 7-8 arrived I predicted a sea of runners pulling ahead of me. But that wasn't the case. We all took the incline as a cohesive unit and it was actually pretty cool. There were messages of encouragement for runners written in sidewalk chalk and it made me think of how much my students this past year loved using that stuff. :) Mile 8- 7:24 (20 seconds faster than that mile last year).

The fire stations had their hoses out along with some neighbourhood residents. I watched runners seek a brief moment of sanctuary under the cool water. I was shockingly comfortable still.

As the miles ticked off I continued to run by feel and had run 5 of the first 7 at a sub 7:00min/pace!!! Then I started crunching numbers, which is probably what I was doing in the below photo taken by Tim Chesnutt, lol.

At mile 9 you crest the inclines and I took one last water, which turned out to be yellow Gatorade. It was a nice surprise to find that sugary liquid in the cup at that point in the race.

I had one mile to go and I was going to gun it! I gave it my all blazing down that steep hill at the end...glancing down I saw the Garmin reading "5:38/mile!" LOL...yeah that was crazy. I caught a glimpse of my family to the right where they were last year and my legs felt like noodles. I felt puke coming and as I made the sharp left towards the finish I started dry heaving. My pace slowed to a crawl but when I looked up I saw 1:09:XX and was stunned that a sub 70 minute Tely was in reach. I fought to get in under 1:10 as I tried to ward off puke.

Eye on the prize!
1:09:37!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever accomplish that! And as soon as I crossed the mat and hit stop on my garmin I hurled everywhere!!!!!!! The medics wanted me to go to the medial tent but I assured them this wasn't my first puke rodeo and I'd be okay. ;)

Craig was waiting by the medals and shortly after we were met by Christine, Stacey and Scott. Everyone did amazing!!!!!!

I had my annual photo with Janice-my running friend from NL.

And Leon who I hadn't seen in forever!

This guy ran the Tely 10 in a tux for his 45th Tely 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BLT Selfie!

The splits:
I managed 18 seconds per mile faster than last year with a 3 minute PB to the very second. :D

Carla, Trudy, Dad and I headed to Signal Hill for some photos before heading home.

Gotta love that PB smile!


Still in disbelief that this is MY time!

Post race celebrations with the sisters and running friends at Jack Astor's on the Water Front.

BLT runs The Rock!

This was such a great race for me. I love when the stars align and go beyond your expectations. It doesn't happen often so when it does it's truly amazing.

Here's a look at all 8 of my Tely 10 times:
2010 1:17:15
2011 1:18:26
2012 1:15:55
2013 1:17:28
2014 1:14:52
2015 1:13:49
2016 1:12:37
2017 1:09:37 PB

A HUGE thank you to Mizuno and tiux for decking me out in top of the line gear! I am truly grateful!!!!

Thanks so much to my family for trucking me all over the place on the weekend and feeding me delicious food! Thanks so much to Matt for taking care of Lola while I went home and offering moral support. <3

Congratulations to ALL the finishers and another huge thanks to the volunteers!

I hope you stayed tuned until the end and if you did, Bravo, because that was long! Thanks guys, I love when you stop by the GGR blog. :)

Happy Running,
Heather :)

GGR Weekly Rundown Pre-Tely 10!

Hello everyone!

This weekly rundown is definitely late but I am a little OCD about recording my training so here it is in the week leading up to my best Tely 10 yet!

Monday: Nothing at all. I can't even remember much about this day and on my paper copy training plan I wrote a big fat 0 with a line through it. I guess I needed some REST. ;) I did pack that day though.

Tuesday: Because I was racing on Sunday I did my Thursday speed work on Tuesday, (This is what Greg suggested I do last year so I followed it again this year). This workout included a 3 mile warm up which I did very conservatively since my legs were still feeling Sunday's 18 miler. Then there were 6 miles at Marathon pace (7:30-7:49....I know, I know, but to be fair the fastest mile was going down the Post Office hill and the slowest was going up the same hill. I didn't take this hill into account on the super humid day when I headed out to do this workout). Then I chugged my Gatorade at mile 9 and headed home with a one mile warm down. 10 miles total in 1:20:54.
I need to find a new spot to prop the phone for self-timed pics lol. 

Wednesday: So Wednesday was my flight to Newfoundland and it was early afternoon so I thought I had tons of time to get things done-even a quick unexpected vet visit to get Lola's eyes checked. I'm a crazy dog mom by the way. After that I squeezed in a short 5 mile recovery run and it was close to lunch then so let's just say it was hot! 5 sluggish miles at 8:25 pace/mile. Lola and Matt drove me to the airport after that. <3

Thursday: Running in Newfoundland!!!!! If you see my sister who I was staying with please tell her I am not happy she bought her house on the top of a mountain. Thank you. ;) I had 11 miles to run on Thursday and I had no clue where I was going but most of the run went up up up UP! I just kept telling myself that this was making me stronger and my dad had made some out of this world "Snowball cookies" that I used as motivation to finish, LOL. 11 miles at 8:36 pace.

 So happy to be done I didn't even take a clear photo!

Seriously. He puts a secret ingredient in them that makes them soooooo delicious!

Friday: Rest day!
Trudy took me down to the Remax Centre to get my bib and I got soooooo nervous lol.

Ready for my 8th Tely 10!
I posted this photo with me having my hair pinned up and everyone thought I cut it all off lol.

We went to The Big's for the nachos I crave 364 days of the year....mmm!

So this snapchat filter I used is annoying me a bit here but you get the idea.

Saturday: I had an early 5 miles plus 4 strides so I basically looped the neighbourhood to avoid hills. Total was 5.5 miles at 8:39 pace. I was sure to take it easy on race eve! Doug and Lilly thought I should have a rest day. He literally sat on me as I put my shoes on lol.

Representing BLT at the Pearlgate Track!

For the rest of the day I explored St. John's area with family.

Cape Spear has a lot of steps for race eve (cough) Carla! LOL.

We saw so many whales! It was cool.

Michael took this pano photo with my phone that we filtered! Isn't it cool?!

Carla and I. :)

We also went to see the amazing rocks of Middle Cove!

 Then we went home and race nerves set in big for the Tely!!!!!

Sunday: Tely 10! I'm going to do a full recap later today but the basics are:
-3 mile warm up
-10 mile race at a blazing fast pace for me that I still can't believe!!!!
-Family support and spectator support goes a long way!
-racing with friends adds so much excitement!
-big puke at the finish....did you expect anything less???
-3 minute PB!
-Smiles for days!
Weekly mileage total: 44.9...seriously. Why didn't I check earlier? I could have easily managed a 0.1 extra lol.

Thanks again guys! I love when you stop by. :)

Happy Running,
Heather :)

Monday, 17 July 2017

GGR Weekly Running Rundown!

Happy Monday!

Yesterday I actually had to stop and really think about what day it was. And then I realized that I did my long run in the morning so it must be Sunday! LOL. Summer vacation seriously messes with my already poor perception of time.

My workouts last week reminded me how marathon training is no joke. The mileage creeps up quickly and before you know it, BAM - the Sunday long run is up in the high teen miles!!!! But we'll get into that later.

Here's how the rest of the week went:

Monday: No running at all. Just some stretching post dry-needles and then I did a workout with the free weights while I watched some 90s movies on Netflix. Does anyone else love those old school movies??? Uncle Buck was my choice for the day. :)

Tuesday: An easy paced 10 miles. The weather was great for running! The sun stayed hidden behind the clouds and I was totally fine with that!

Wednesday: A very humid 5 mile run on the BLT trail. Yes I filtered this photo to the max but look how pretty the trail is, seriously!

Thursday: Speed work with Stacey!!! Before she arrived I ran 1.6 miles on the trail and was on guard for Bears. :0 Luckily there were none!

Then we did 2 miles together slowly followed by the VO2 Max workout I mentioned in my previous post!!! 5 x 1k at VO2 max with recovery time in between. This was tough but we gave ourselves mad props for surviving!
 After a nice sluggish warm down the total for the day was 8.5 miles.

Friday: REST Day! Oh right, I did go for a 21km bike ride...which I just remembered LOL!

Saturday: So my legs (mostly my quads) were super tight after the speed workout with Stacey on Thursday. This Saturday easy 5 mile run with 8 strides was tough! Probably because I left so late and it was as hot as heck outside! 

 Look who is back hiding under our shed!!!
Sunday: Oh my goodness my long run was scheduled to be 18 miles this week!!!!!!!! Mini freak out. 

I left my house and ran 4 miles to the Coke Plant to meet up with Stacey. She joined me for about 12 miles or so and we made the decision to run down the COLT trail which is a steady decline. Then when I hit the 9 mile mark we turned back and ran UP the COLT trail---oh my, tough. I really felt like dying a few times with the humidity. 
Seriously look at the elevation!

Battery life left post run for me and my Garmin--->

Weekly total: 48.5!

On Wednesday I'll be leaving for NL for my 8th Tely 10!!!!!! Check out the medals this year:
 And check out that nice chafe mark my Camelbak left me! Yikes...It was so hot on the run I ditched the shirt and my strap was rubbing. Isn't it great how the shower alerts you of all the areas you should have used Body Glide???

Okay, so have a great day and you probably won't hear from me until after the Tely 10!!!!! Thanks for checking in!

Are you running the Tely 10???

Happy Running,
Heather :)