Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The tricks the scale, pictures, bad lighting and fleshy white bellies play on us

First day of Piyo, an "easy 9km" run, and lower and upper body piyo

I like keeping it real on my blog, sharing the real in and outs, the flabby under arm skin, the marathon sharts and all.  It's an on going journey/battle to feel good about yourself, to feel good in your skin.  I find I am constantly checking in and seeing if I need to tweak things to maintain my own happy balance.  By happy balance, I mean looking and feeling good in my body, enjoying life in this fit body and having my wine and choc! All while running and sweating up a storm because that's what I like to do.

Recently I purchased Beachbody's PIYO program.  I am certified to teach the LIVE class but haven't really followed through with that.  I do love the workouts though and thought this would be a great option for my strength work during the summer while the kids are home.  I don't like dragging the WHINE TRAIN to the gym.   My plan is to do PIYO for my strength for a month and see how it goes.  I had been getting in 2-3, 20-30 min strength sessions a week and I hope that PIYO will up that commitment to strength training, while balancing and strengthening my RUNNING and BIKING Machine.  I don't know if I can pull of 6 days a week with all the other stuff I do but 4 would be nice.

I'm hoping to see some changes in my body with the PIYO, as many indulgent weekends away are catching up on me and I need to tweak that "balance" again.  (note: not following the nutrition part of the program as it's not enough for my training)

So as part of the PIYO program they have this thing where if you send in your BEFORE and AFTER pics you can get a sweet free TEE.  I like FREE.  So I took the pics.

OMG! Those pictures are sooooo not flattering!! Now most of you know I take a lot of pics of myself in my workout gear.  I've been doing it since day one at the gym.  I had even given up using the scale for a bit and was using the pictures as my guide.  I feel good when I see my fit self in my workout gear.  I don't always feel good when I step on the scale.  So I didn't expect to be horrified by these pics.  I will admit I wasn't holding my core at all, didn't use my usual "good pose" etc.  So these are not flattering! Want to see? LOL

These were taken on a Monday after a weekend camping! nuff said :) 
They aren't that bad, mostly I see a flabby middle aka the wine belly :) So shirt back on and away I go with my usual routine.  Training as I usually do except with the addition of PIYO, eating as I normally do (about 2100-2300 cal, only a lot "cleaner" during the week then the weekend) and 2 days later took these pics.

Fully admit the "core is on" but not sucking in for dear life :) wink 
I look at these pics, and think man I lost 10 pounds! I must have done a cleanse or pill or took a huge poo! NOPE.  2 days later, SAME WEIGHT!  But I'm in my favourite workout clothes, that flatter my body.  I'm feeling good, and it shows.  I don't walk around with my white belly showing :) maybe if I did and it got some sun I would feel better about it.  My point is that, we are all bombarded with BEFORE and AFTER IMAGES.  We see adds for quick fixes.  We see programs that promise results.  Not to say that doing those (and I fully do expect PIYO to help change my body a bit, certainly to strengthen it and make it more flexible) won't deliver some sort of result.  But before you leap into buying that promise.  Before you let your pictures, or mental picture of yourself make you feel badly.  Truly take stock of your strengths.  Strong legs, blue eyes, endurance runner...whatever it is about yourself that makes you FEEL GOOD!  Take a "Selfie" in good light, in flattering clothes, and smile :)  Feel good in YOUR skin.  Your before and your after is uniquely yours and will not match the ads seen on TV.  Then if you want to add some strength or a nutritional program to your regime go for it.  Do what feels right for you, but don't be mislead.  Make it your own, modify it and make it fit your unique self.

Happy Hump Day :) 

My happy place, in my happy clothes, getting sweaty 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

To race or not to race?

For the first time since I started running and signing up for “races”  I am actually thinking about maybe not going through with one.  Part of me wonders whether I have the muster to do the Half Iron Du.  I know I can do the 2km run, and the 90km bike.   But the half marathon after? I know it would be HARD, really hard, and I likely could do it with a lot of mental will power.  But for the first time in a long time I’m truly questioning whether I want to.  

I’ve had this need to push myself to achieve big scary goals, to go long distances, and to up the ante so to speak over the last 2 years.  A full Marathon was amazing, but doing 3 in a 9 month period was even better!  If Im honest, I really craved pushing myself hard.  I also at the time needed the “big goals” to make sure that I took care of myself and treated my body well.  There was no way I was going to be ale to run a marathon if I was "dieting and being restrictive".  The marathons were my way of taking care of myself, in my own crazy extreme way.  Last year I “only” did three half marathons and a full marathon.  I focused on training for the May half and PR’d and then trained hard for the Full.  I had hoped to PR, but did break my downward spiral time wise and finished with one of my happiest finishes when I saw my kids at the finish line.  

This year I chose to not run a FULL marathon, something I struggled with, would I still be a marathoner if I didn’t run one this year? Instead I decided to try something new, the Duathlon.  In doing so I was taking a lot of pressure off myself, and getting back to the fun.  I can’t even begin to describe how much I love biking.  I did a 72km bike ride today and there is no way I would have enjoyed a 2.5 hr run as much as that!!  It was still challenging and hard, but when you get that downhill ride, the wind whistling in your ears, and your flying! Oh man what a feeling! or when your DRILLING It down the road, legs a fluid machine, the bike an extension of you, so AMAZING!  I do belief I even like panting out of breath at the top of the hill!  I did my first Duathlon event at the beginning of the month and loved it.  But man oh man that 10km run at the end was hard.  

So here’s the thing, we have a busy busy summer.  We aren’t even home 5 weekends in a row! The kids are home all summer so getting away to train means getting up early most mornings.  There is so much fun to be had and things to do with family and friends.   I’m worried I’m not going to be able to get all the training in to be able to do the Half Iron Du at the end of Aug.  I told myself this would be a “JUST TO FINISH” race.  So I’m ok if I have to modify some of the training to fit our summer plans.  I am ok with not having a “perfect training plan”.  

But even with that, with taking that pressure off, I find myself still questioning do I want to do this?  I’m totally serious, I don’t feel the USUAL drive to make this happen.  So I’m not making any decisions right now.  I’m going to wait and see how things go.  I have to say so far I am actually enjoying the training.  Last weekend we went on our first camping weekend of the summer.  I got up at 5am on the Friday to do my BRICK workout before Kasey’s Kinder concert.  Then I did my 2.5hr bike Sunday when we got home from camping, in the FULL HEAT of the late afternoon.  I tell you my motivation to do that one after a weekend of camping treats and wobbly pops was pretty low! But I did it.  This weekend we were in Norland with my sisters and crew.  I got up Friday am and did my Brick before we hit the boat for a day of sun and fun.  I rested all day Sat on the boat, soaking up the sun and sangria while watching my family kill the waves!  I started rehydrating after dinner and went to bed early so I could get up this am and bike 72KM!! It was a little rough getting up but once up all went well.  It was an amazing ride.  I”m really proud of myself for getting all that in while still having a lot of fun and enjoying myself.  

72km bike!!! Longest Distance yet by 2km :) 

Sangria girl!! 

So far so good, but what about when it get’s tough? How will next weekend at Sandbanks go? I do know I love endurance sports and running and biking are my “Happy Thing”.  I’m not likely to be taking any weekends off completely from working out.  I need my fix :) But somehow the thought  of taking a long run/bike at Sandbanks simply because I want to and going as far as I please seems more appealing then following a plan right now.  

Maybe I am being a baby and looking for excuses to not try?  Maybe I am just tired of always having a damn training plan or goal (which I do to myself).  Maybe I am JUST FREAKING SCARED? Maybe I’m scared of failing and it’s easier to just quit before hand?  I don’t know.  But this where I am right now.  

So I’m just going to keep going for now, do what I can, and see what happens.   

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I did it!!! OMG I did it!  I ran 5m, biked 44.4km, and ran 10km!

I went into this race with the attitude of giving it my best, and enjoying the experience.  I had signed up for the DU to change things up, to try something new, to get the FUN back.  I didn't put the usual pressure on myself like I do when running a race.  It was refreshing to say the least.

The morning started off with the girls running the 1km Wylie Ryan Race.  This was their first race running without mom and dad.  They loved that!  We took them to the start line and they promptly shooed us away.  I love that my race was late enough that I got to see my girls run, it was just the boost I needed.

My big girl, she ran with just ahead of her sister most of the time, and kept looking back to make sure she was ok

Curly kid just on the heels of her big sis 
I love this pic! Kasey in the finishers chute, drinking her Gatorade, and asking if she can eat a bagel (like she just ran a marathon lol). I love that they got to experience this race yesterday and soak up all the inspiration from all the athletes. It was so neat seeing people swim, paddle, bike and run. The girls even went out for breaky after their race with Daddy. They got the full race experience lol!

After the girls race I was left on my own, to set up my transition area and find my partner in crime Rachael.  Our race didn't start till 9:45 so we had lots of time to kill, and I'm thankful that we kept each other laughing instead of being nervous. 


The race breakdown

5km Run

The 5km was an out and back X2 with lots of grassy areas.  This part of the race was crowded as we were running with a 5km race and also meeting up with people on the run portion of their Tri's.  The running path was narrow which was a little annoying with so many people, but you make do.  My plan for the 5km was to run it easy maybe a 26-28min 5km.  Well, that didn't happen, I got caught up in the excitement and was chasing my friend Rachael's heels and did it in 24:20 (would have been a smidge faster too if I hadn't stopped and stood still asking for clarification on where to go at the end before crossing the mats lol).  

My friend Allyson snapped this pic :)  I look much stronger here then I do in the 10km run I bet :) LOL

44.4km Bike

I headed into the bike still high from such a fast 5km, I was both stoked and also praying it wouldn't come back to bite me in the bum.  I was lucky though, as this bike course had a 2km untimed portion in and back.  So I had time to recover before putting pedal to the metal!  In true Katie fashion I got lost going into the bike and missed the start line continuing on the path, only to double back and ask for help.  There was a moment there were I got really pissed thinking I had messed it all up and almost said FARK IT I'm quitting and going home.  Thankfully I didn't and since I hadn't crossed the timing mats yet, my bike portion was fine...I just started later.  I loved the bike part!  Lots of space to ride hard and fly.  The course was 4 loops, so 8 turnarounds.  The first two I unclipped and was really slow going around.  Then I told myself to grow a pair and BALLS UP! I stayed clipped in for the rest, and I'm really proud of that.  The bike went well until the last loop when my butt started to really hurt, my back started to ache, and my hamstring started to act up.  I thought I was done in, wouldn't be able to run.  I love how my mind goes to worst case scenario right away!  I came up to ride easy position to rest a bit, kept pushing the pedals, and pushed my way to the finish.  Luckily there was that 2km untimed piece again to recover before the 10km.  I took it easy and took some extra energy jubes and E-Load.  
10Km Run

This part was hard! It didn't take long for my legs to lose the wobbly feeling off the bike, usually about 400m, but my legs were heavy and tired.  I felt  like a lumbering elephant running.  I wasn't in any kind of pain, just really tired.  The 4 out and back loops were mental draining.  Each turnaround made me slow down and I felt it hard to pick my pace back up again.  Doing a turnaround by the finish line was a tease each time.  I swear if it was not for my kids high fiving me at each turnaround I would have quit.  I felt like quitting at 5km, I actually really thought about it!  

I did it!  My first Olympic Duathlon!!! 

Got to love to small races where you can place THIRD!! 

Next up....Half Iron Du training!  Which I am seriously beginning to question but I'm going to do my best and still find balance this summer to have fun.  I will keep you posted on how that goes :) 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

3 days till my first Duathalon

Seriously loving running in this new buff from Pelee Island, makes me feel bad ass

3 days till my first ever Duathalon and I am surprisingly calm about it.  No taper crazies, no second guessing my plan, not even freaking out about the potential of a tire blowing and I still don't know how to change it.  I think I feel calm about it because it's my FIRST and I really don't have any expectations.  I am truly going out to do my best and see what happens.  The bike part is a little bit out of my control.  I know people blow tires or chains come off.  My bike is in the shop right now getting a tune up to make sure it's in great condition.   But if I pop a tire I am screwed. As I still have not learned how to change it.  So if it happens, so be it.  My plan is to DNF and do my own Olympic the next weekend in Norland.  See no biggie :) Totally Zen Katie.  

I've trained for this event, and even did a smaller version of the race distance in Norland a few weeks back so I know I can do this!  I ran a hotter the HADES half marathon almost 2 weeks ago so I know I can manage the heat (just have to slow down).  But still it's a bit daunting when I put it all together.  In my mind it's a wee 5km run (no sweat), a 44km bike (been there done that many times and further), and a 10 km run (no probs) but add all that up and I will be on course for a least 3 hrs!  That's an hour more then a Hotter then Hades Half Marathon!  

What I am a bit nervous about is the idea of being on the bike with loads of other bikers around.  I'm really glad I did that 70km Cheo Ride before this.  Worst case I go slower because I am nervous, and well so be it.  I'm a little unsure how the transitions work but I will figure it out.  I'm really trying to embrace the idea of this "race" being an experience.  I have a fuelling plan and hope that helps with the empty tank feeling I have experienced of late.  I'm as ready as I can be at this point and I'm going to go and give it my best.  Truthfully, I think part of the reason I am so calm is that training for the half-iron distance doesn't get "real" till this race is over.  Now that is something that makes my tummy flutter, so much so that I have recently questioned my sanity.  

run, bike, run

let's do this! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Catch up Thursday

It's been awhile since I've blogged, so much training and sweating and LIVING this sweet sweaty life going on.  I leave bright and early tomorrow morning for an EPIC 4 day weekend away with 7 other girlfriends and NO HUBS, and NO KIDS!  Oh and I'm running my first Half Marathon of the year at a WINERY!  Going to be good.

So I thought I would do a little catch up post.

While my first half marathon is this weekend, the big heart pumper is that I do my first DUathalon in 3 weeks! On the May long weekend I did a practice mini "OLY" Du to see how it would feel.  I geared up and even put on my new bike jersey, which is really fitted and not like my usual bubble tops I like to work out in.  Looks great standing up, but bent over on a so much.  But hopefully I will be a blur and no one will notice :) I joke but it's a big deal for me to put on something like this and feel fairly confident and you know what I do feel fairly confident.  Do you know why? It's because I feel confident in what my body can do! vs. what it looks like, something I need to embrace more.

I ran 3.2km, biked 44.4,km and ran 6.4km and it was AWESOME!! I almost died on the hills but I did it!  My legs felt like rubber the last km of my run but I did it!  It was important for me to do this workout so I could have a good idea of what the actual Olympic will feel like. I think I'm ready. The best part is that there is no pressure for this race.  It's about getting used to the DU transitions in a race setting and trying something new.  

I'm enjoying biking a lot.  I actually look forward to my bike rides.  I can't say I look forward to a run and yet I love running.  But when running I am looking at my Garmin constantly and worried about my pace and pushing myself.  When I bike, I just ride.  It's freeing and fun, kind of like being a kid again.  Biking is challenging in a different way for me.  It's making me push past my comfort, exploring new routes and not sticking to the same old same old safe things.  Then there are the HILLS!  Biking is challenging me physically.  I get out of breath at the top of the hills gasping for air.  I don't gasp when I run, even when doing speed work (mmm maybe I should lol).  I can't dial my tension back on the hill like I can in a spin class.  I have had moments of panic approaching a hill where I have thought I can't do it, what if I slow down and fall?  I've come close to giving up before I start.  But I have always made it up, and sometimes I have cried after because I DID IT!!  

Beautiful Norland Road 
I'm enjoying life, I love training hard for a goal and I give it my all.  I am loving the time spent with my family and friends.  I'm really quite happy.  Part of that involves eating good food and drinking wine and celebrating with my family and friends.  My husband and I had a chat recently about weight and we both agreed.  We both work out really hard but we also really enjoy our wine and beer.  I know we could have "flatter, tighter" middles if we cleaned up our diet.  (note: we eat very healthy most of the time certainly that 80%) But we are happy and enjoying ourselves and don't want to change things.  We have made that decision.  So why oh why, did I step on the scale recently and and feel so utterly awful over a few pounds difference?  STUPID! 

I got mad at myself for feeling that way!  Just that week I had felt great about my body in my workout clothes, seeing my reflection in the gym mirror.  I have had some great accomplishments of recent in my training.  All that to say that a number on the scale almost crushed that! WHY? You would think I would have learned by now.  So I had a chat with myself.  What is important to me right now?  Training is important, meeting my race goals and enjoying and living my life with my family.  When my body is "less fluffily" and I am more focused on "clean eating" quite frankly I am grumpy, lack patience, much of my thoughts are focused on food.  I don't want that now.  So what if my middle is fluffy.  I'm ok with that.  So there it is, I need to to truly be ok with that and my choices and get back to feeling AWESOME! 

These peeps right here are what matter 
Speaking of awesome, this weekend I'm running my first Half Marathon of the year.  It's in Pelee Island and I am going on a road trip with 7 other girlfriends!!!!  Did I mention the race is being held by a winery???  So what's the plan?  HAVE FUN!  ENJOY myself!  I plan on running my best race that day what ever it may be, and then drinking a boat load of wine and celebrating with my friends.  Two of whom are running their FIRST HM's and two of whom have just run their first FULL marathons.  Plus there's a birthday in there too :)  So friendship, running, and wine :)  BRING IT ON!. 

So on that note I leave you with:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

70km weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I found this label in my cycle t-shirt getting dressed Sunday am

I'm still riding the high from Sunday's 70km ride for Cheo.  What an experience!  I am so so so glad that I didn't back out on this.  I had thought about backing out so many times and just riding the 70km on my own here at home.  I was so nervous about driving myself and my bike to the ride (sort of downtown), finding parking, riding in a group, basically all of the unknown new stuff.  I'm a creature of habit with anxiety and new things freak me out.  But I have great friends that talked me off the ledge and helped me come up with a plan.  Friday, my friend Melissa did a little ride with me and showed me lots of stuff about riding in a group.  It's amazing how every time I get on the bike I get so much more confident.  I actually got out of the Haven without getting off my bike to walk across the intersections (still refuse to turn left though lol).  Saturday I drove to the event site with the family and found parking options, which calmed my biggest anxiety.  I also had my friend Kelly meeting me at my house to drive together, so even we got lost or messed up I knew we would be laughing while doing it!

Sunday morning I woke up without any nerves, and was EXCITED to conquer 70KM!  So 70KM let me talk to you about that for a second.  When I signed up for this ride I had no idea how long it would take me to ride that.  I knew that I needed to ride 90km for the half iron in Aug so it seemed like a good idea to do this ride.  I had written up a little plan on my fridge, and on it I had written in a 2, 2.5 and 3 hr training rides.  I only ever biked 2hrs.  I think I was a little overzealous in thinking what I needed to do lol.  My longest training ride was in Norland (hilly) and I did 58km in about 2hrs.  I felt great on the ride (minus the giant hills) which made me feel much more confident about the 70km.  My biggest concern was the group of people and being around so many other riders and the fact that I can't drink or eat on the bike (I can barely wipe the snot from my nose!).  

So Kelly arrived bright an early at 6:30am and we were off with laughter!  Got close to the venue and OH CRAP ROAD CLOSURE!!! Why had I not thought of that and my GPS was in my other car! Cue Panic!  That's when Kelly saw the car in front of us with 2 bikes on the back and said FOLLOW! So the chase began, chase because they were driving so fast! 80 in a 50! I tried to keep up but wasn't going to get in accident doing so.  We lost them but made it and found parking on our own.

We met up with the rest of our awesome team! Muriel, Donna, Josee, Nadia, and Allyson :)  We walked our bikes to the start line and chose to hang back near the back to avoid the crush of people.  Next time I will go closer to the front so I don't have to fight the pack.  We waited a long time to start.  Did I mention it was raining and cold?  I know this was a charity event but standing there listening to "speeches" in the cold drizzle shaking, was really annoying (I'm a horrible person).

Muriel taking Team Selfies while we wait to start :) We look good! 
So the ride starts and it took me a bit to feel ok in the crowd of people, to find my "line".  After a bit, as I gained some confidence I started trying to work my way through the crowd.  I had lost sight of my friend Muriel and wanted to catch up.  My first OOPSIE came at a tight turn, I'm not used to that (this was like my 5-6th time on the bike).  The lady next to me yelled TURN!! I yelled back "sorry I'm a newbie, doing my best."  She was actually pretty nice.  I focused the first half of the ride on trying to catch up, I was pushing hard when I could and trying to get through the pods of people.  I was a mix of to scared to push through the crowds and then would get some balls and call "on your left!" and go!  I played back and forthsies with a few people too.  I missed two of the turns and had to unclip and turn around (go figure me taking a wrong turn lol).  Just over half way I started to worry about the fact that I hadn't had anything to drink yet.  I didn't want to stop, it wasn't hot out.  In fact it was cold and wet.  My feet were ice. But I knew I should at least take the gel or risk hitting a wall in the second half.  So I stopped, unclipped both feet and had a little to drink and a gel.  When I stopped I struggled getting my right foot clipped back in because I put my foot down in the wet mud and my clips were caked with mud.  So I tried to balance and clean it, and almost fell over.  Back on the bike and away I went.

The second part of the ride was my favourite.  I was past the crowds of people for the most part, and we were much more spaced out now.  There were long smooth stretches where my legs felt so fluid and strong.  Mentally I started to think holy crap I still have a long long way to go but I just focused on the bike and the ride and the time passed really quickly.  I had a little nervous moment where I got stuck in a pod of people on the right, I was used to being on the left.  Being a newbie, tired, and a little disoriented from the rain. I edged out to the left without checking a couple times only to quickly realize oh shit NO you can't do that.  I got out of the pod and was back on my own.  There were long moments were I felt totally isolated and on my own, and then for some reason would look back and there would be someone right behind me.  Totally unnerving I tell you.

The turn around was coming into sights, I once again missed the turn and had to unclip and right myself.   I headed back out and into the last stretch I think I had about 16km or something like that to go.  My butt was starting to hurt.  My lady parts were very very sore.  I saw my friend Josee on the turnaround and I yelled out "My ass is killing me!" I actually panicked a little and thought how am I going to make it back this is awful.  I shifted around a little and wouldn't you know the discomfort went away.  I felt good overall, other then my feet feeling ice!  I tried to wiggle my toes but it just made it worse, better for them to be numb.  I also started to get some nerve pain in my hands, I really need to get bike gloves.  I ride with my hands in the down bars as I feel more stable there, but it is a lot of pressure on my hands.  So I again shifted about and tried to get comfy. I was worried my hands would stop "working".  But everything was fine, especially when I rode up behind a lady and heard there were only 8km left.  8km I can do that!  5km I've got this. 2km almost there.  I have to admit the finish line was kind of anti climatic.  I just rode 70 freaking km!!! There was no crossing the Sportsstats Mat.  I got of the bike and was disoriented and cold.  Didn't really know what to do with my bike.  It was really just an odd cold all by myself feeling.  I smartened up though and went back to the car to change out of my soaking wet clothes and ditch my bike. I felt so good in my running shoes and warm sweater.  After that the happy endorphins started to flow, I found my friends and we began celebrating an amazing ride and everyones accomplishments.  Oh boy did we laugh hard celebrating, when out for lunch.

So longest ride to date, 70km and in 2:27! YAHOOOOO!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Manotick Miler: Race Recap

I have to admit that my tummy  was a flutter with butterflies the week leading up to this race.  Perhaps because it was the first of the season and I was nervous about trying to push my pace in a race vs. out for a long run on my own.  Friday afternoon, Kasey and I went and picked up our kits, as the girls were doing the 1 mile race.  While we waited in the park, Kasey suggested we practice by running the hill! I think she could be a mini "Jay" in the making especially with her love of burpees. I wanted to feel good for the race so I took an "active rest" day Saturday and did a 1.5 hr hot yin class with my friends Liz and Janice.  It was a treat to hang out with them and also exactly what my body needed.  I walked out of the class with new hips I tell you.  When I got home from yoga, Kayeligh was waiting for me with her running shoes on, as I promised her that I would do a practice run. We did two laps of the block to practice pacing ourselves.  That night the family and I carb loaded at a new Italian Restaurant in the hood.  I told myself I could have 2 glasses of red (it's sat night for heaven's sake) well I had three, but switched to nuun right after and was toes up in bed by 9pm.

 I had no trouble waking up Saturday morning, and the butterflies were gone, I was READY! I have never felt that calm and ready to run a race ever!  I think part of it was the fact that it's a "smaller" race and I was running with so many of my friends.  We met up before the race to chat and keep warm.

Look at all that happy going on!!  Most of us here are running the Pelee Island Half Marathon together, can you say FUN!!!

The race went really well, this is one of my favourites to run.  I love being out on the country roads, for the most part I don't mind the rolling hills, it's the last one at the very finish that makes me grit my teeth.  I had a plan to run this race slower to start and finish strong (rather then my usual start to fast and die at the end) and for the most part I did that.  I loved the turn around on this race and was able to see my girlfriends running looking strong and cheered them on.   My favourite moment was seeing Jay and being her awesome self even in the midst of her own race was yelling GO GO GO!  As a bonus our babysitter Ais and a friend Caroline were working water stations.  It's amazing what seeing a familiar face will do to add pep to your step. I felt great on this race, found a comfortable push pace and stayed there.  My legs and hips felt quite happy, not heavy, not tight.  I will admit they did feel a little jelly like in the last two miles though.  I knew that Ryan and the kids would be at the finish line which brought back memories of the TO Marathon and I pushed to get there and see them.  I finished the race under my goal of 1:30 (my fastest 10 mile training run time) with a time of 1:25:58, and 7th in my category!  I love small races that make you feel like a super star.

With the kids after the race, next up the family 1 mile race

The girls warming up for their race.  Kasey was funny the morning of the race she was like "REALLY? I just want to enjoy myself on the couch it's Sunday!" but by the time the race stuff started they were back into being excited. 

Kay getting serious doing some last minute stretching in line
and Ryan just plain old being a weird cross fitter....funny story when he was doing the spring dog poop clean up he squatted around the backyard working on his "mobility" Weird no? I kind of wish he had fallen in the poop lol. 

Kay taking off ahead of her sister, Ryan stayed with her

I stayed with Kasey, I wasn't allowed to actually be with her and had to hang back.  She would bolt like lightening and then rest, whine, whine some more, do tree pose to catch her breathe and then BAM!!! off she went again.  #intervaltrainingkidstyle 

Proud girls with their medals 
I have to confess this is the part of the story where I tried to ditch my "mom hat" I was itching to hang with my run buddies and swap run stories with a beer.  Did I mention that Big Rig was there!  I lucked out and Ryan was an awesome hubby and dad and watched the kids and then took them to a birthday party, so I was free to hang at the "big kids table."  This is hands down my favourite part of a race, sitting around with beers rehashing the race and celebrating.  I think I ate the best burger of my life that day, correction make that TWO burgers :) 

I can not wait to take off on a girls weekend to Pelee Island with these same girls, in a month, to run our next race.  I have a feeling this will be the most fun Half Marathon I will ever run!  I'm also pretty excited two friends will be running their first half marathon's that weekend.