Half Marathon, 2011 Version

Am I the only one having bloggy writer’s block at the moment? Is it the rain? The busy-ness of the end of the school year? The general weariness that comes when there hasn’t been a vacation in a while? The battle with lice? The solo-parenting stint? I’m not sure, but there hasn’t been a lot of inspiration flowing around here for a while. Anyhow…at least I can tell you about race weekend.

Race Weekend rocked. My half-marathon chip time was 2:12:55, which is 4 minutes and 40 seconds faster than last year’s time, and also under my goal of 2:15. I also raised almost $400, which isn’t too bad for a shy girl who hates to ask people for money. Thank you so much, all of you who sponsored me. Happy me.

The half-marathon had a new route this year, and I loved that it made its way through my neighbourhood. Seeing friends and neighbours out cheering most definitely made me speed up so much that I’m sure I took at least a minute or two off of my time; it was so energizing to see friendly faces. Awesome to see Joanne, Celine, Vicky, Scott, Fiona, Frank, Ashley, Jeff, Nancy, Jennifer, and likely more who I am forgetting now.

At the 17K mark, my iPod blew up; I think it just got too wet from the rain, because all of a sudden there was a loud pop through my headphones, and then silence. Thank goodness I only had 4K left to go by then, and it was also at that point that I saw my neighbours Lisa and Shari running too. Lisa was kind enough to run with me for a while even though she could have, and eventually did, leave me in her dust with less than 1K to go. The iPod is now working after being left out to dry thoroughly. My play list will play another day.

Speaking of which, just how random is shuffle mode? I went back to my last year’s blog post about the half-marathon, and I had written that Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) was the first song that came on as I started running. Again this year, the same one started me off. Funny, no?

So the big question: will I run it again? In the last few weeks prior to the race, both this year and last, I felt like training was too much and that I would revert back to doing the 10K the following year. But then when I was out on the course, with the people and the crowds, and the smiles, well yes, I just loved it so much that I will do it again. Plus the defined calf muscles and smaller a** are a nice bonus too!

Happy Trails. You have all been so supportive. Thank you so much.

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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5 Responses to Half Marathon, 2011 Version

  1. Donna says:

    congrats finola – it's such a rush, isn't it??

  2. Sara says:

    Wow what an amazing time!!! Great job for running it again this year. I say next year is 'third time's the charm' 🙂

  3. Capital Mom says:

    Awesome! I am so impressed with you runners.

    And yes to having trouble blogging.

  4. Eileen says:

    Great run Finola; I'm so proud of you. Tony had an excellent run too, as did N and B.

    What a family!

  5. Finola
    Hey shy girl, I totally hear you about asking for money. But I didn't even know there was money raising involved, so feel free to ask next time :). 

    That is funny about Green Day, I have no idea about the randomness of a shuffle, but I'm pretty sure my play list usually starts somewhere different! Was fated I guess. 

    Good for you on deciding to run again. I ended up walking through a Tri today, and boy was it ever motivating seeing those folks go. Now I wish even more that I had come out to cheer you guys on for Race Weekend!!

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