|Thrilled and blessed with P.B. 72:27 and 2013 CDN Half Marathon Champion.|
What a great weekend!
The Banque Scotia de Montreal Half Marathon, which also serves as the CDN Half Marathon Championship was my first race of the season with a proper taper after completing 150 km last week. I did two workouts on the track but they weren't terribly demanding, and it was nice to have a bit of a decrease in the km's to feel fresh in the week leading up to the race.
Friday morning, after getting the kids' lunches and backpacks loaded, my husband took the boys to school and Leah to my good friend Britanie's for the day. Fortunately my husband is often able to adjust his work schedule to meet my racing needs when given the time ahead to plan. I drove to the gotrain in Burlington then boarded the train at Union for Montreal. I sat with Rejean Chiasson, which was great because we got to chat about running, nutrition, and his recent training trip to Ethiopia and also get some work done. I've been getting a lot of interview and presentation requests lately, which has been great but require time to complete. I knew I'd have long periods of time in my traveling for races this spring so planned to use the time wisely. Thankfully via had wifi so I could go between my phone and laptop.
Friday evening I had dinner with Rachel Hannah and her boyfriend/coach Dave. It was great that they let me tag along as third wheel to a lovely Indian restaurant. Yes, Indian but we chose wisely, ate small portions and took the leftovers with us! A few others were going out later but we didn't connect. Saturday, Rachel and I went for an easy 35 min run, which included a few strides. Felt good. Then I got myself a Starbucks and headed back to the hotel for a bit more work, rest and relaxation. For lunch, Erin Burrett, Marilyn Arsenault and I enjoyed wraps at a local cafe downtown then I grabbed another Starbucks before going back to the room. I had my quick 20 min power nap then did a bit more work. The technical meeting was at 4 pm, which went well then a group of us headed out for a lovely dinner. Great pick, Kerri! I enjoyed a salad and some pizza (yes, I ate gluten and all was well). Marilyn and I were back in our hotel and in our pj's by 7:00 pm. Had a great sleep again that night.
Race day was bright and sunny with great temperatures. After relaxing on the cots for a while, Erin, Marilyn and I did a 20 min warmup together then got to the line for the 10am start. I was feeling good and ready to go. There was a 1 minute moment of silence in honor of the Boston Marathon events, which was very meaningful. Starting out, Dayna and I were together for a few km. I wasn't sure what she was going for, due to a nagging knee issue, but knew my plan and stuck to it. The first 2 km were 3:20/km exactly and I was 17:00 at 5km and 34:00 at 10 km. New PB for the 10 km! Shortly after that, I hooked up with a few guys, including fellow Saucony teammate, Terry Gehl. Then around the 15 km mark, I was ahead of them and on my own. A few times I wasn't sure where to go - I've had directional problems my entire life, and there were some fairly sharp turns but for the most part, the course was pretty good with just a bit of wind because of its location on the Ste-Helene Island & Notre-Dame Island. I faded perhaps a bit around 15-18 km but got another (3rd) gel going to fuel the tank. Coming through the finish was again, very special, like every other win. I just love hearing the people cheer and come together as a community. When asked about Tara Quinn-Smith's 72:09 Cdn record, I knew it was something that could possibly happen but to be honest, I am glad it didn't happen today. Rick and I are being very cautious with my training and racing after returning from injury, and know that there's still a lot of work to be done before Moscow, when I want to ultimately peak.
After a quick celebration, hug to Alan Brooks, a few photos, a 20 min cool down, and straightforward pee for doping before the awards we were back to the hotel for a quick shower and check out. My great roomie, Marilyn had to leave at 2pm for her flight and a group of us went for lunch on the way to the train. I got myself a large coffee, then got the laptop and phone going again once in my seat.
Rick was super pleased with my performance and has emailed me my plan for the week. We'll have a few heavy weeks then take it down again before the Ottawa Race Weekend 10 km. I'm already looking forward to it, especially because I've been asked do the colour commentating for the Marathon. I think I know what I'll be spending my time on when travelling by train in a few weeks. My pronunciation of Africa names is certainly not up to par.
We're getting close to home and I look forward to seeing my husband and kids.
Jan. Houston Half Marathon 1:14:26 1st Canadian/17th Overall
Feb. Vancouver First Half Marathon, 1:16:20, 2nd Woman
Mar. Chilly Half Marathon Burlington, 1:16:35, 2nd Woman
Apr. Around the Bay 30 km, 1:47:47, 2nd Woman
Apr. Scotiabank Montreal Half Marathon, 1:12:30, 1st Woman
May Calgary/CDN Champs Half Marathon, 1:16:35, 2nd Woman.
June Toronto Waterfront 10 km, 33:50, 1st Woman.
August Olympic Games Marathon, 2:35:29, 35th Woman.
September Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon/CDN Champs, 2:33:59, 5th Woman/1st Canadian.
Robbie Burns 8 km 27:48 Second Woman.
Chilly Half Marathon 74:01 First Woman.
Rotterdam Marathon 2:29:38 Third Woman.
Ottawa 10 km 35:29 13th Woman.
Fergus Highland Games 10 km 36:11 First Woman.
Tannenbaum 10 km 35:57 First Woman.
Hamilton Boxing Day 10 miler 58:29 Second Woman.
Athletics Ontario 3,000 m, 2nd Woman.
Waterloo Re-Fridgee-Eighter 8 miles, 1st Woman.
New York City Half Marathon, 12th Woman.
Around the Bay 30 km, 1st Woman.
Harry's Spring Run Off 8 km, 1st Woman.
Yonge St. 10 km, 2nd Woman.
Montreal Half Marathon CDN Champs, 3rd Woman.
Around the Bay 30 km
Harry's Spring Run Off 8 km
Montreal Half Marathon, Cdn Champs 1st Woman.
Ottawa 10 km 7th Woman.
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon 1st Woman.
July. Downtown Dash 5 km, 1st Woman.
August. IAAF World Championships Marathon, DNF.
September. Oasis Zoo Run/10 km Cdn Road Champs, 2nd Woman.
October. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, 4th Woman & 2nd Canadian Woman.
Oct. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, 4th Overall Woman and 1st Canadian Woman.
Sept. Oasis Zoo Run/10 km Cdn Champs, 5th Woman.
Sept. Rock n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, 4th Woman.
Aug. London Rock the Road 10 km, 1st Woman.
July. Burlington Downtown Dash 5km, 1st Woman.
June. Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, 1st Woman.
June. Ancaster Old Mill 10 km, 1st Woman.
May. Ottawa 10 km, 7th Woman.
Apr. Rotterdam Marathon, 7th Woman.
Mar. Around the Bay 30 km, 1st Woman.
Mar. Chilly Half Marathon, 1st Woman.
Jan. Brantford New Year's 10 km, 1st Woman.
Jan. Robbie Burns 8 km, 1st Woman.
Nov. Casablanca 8 km, 2nd Woman.
Oct. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon, 4th Woman.
Oct. Run for the Toad 25 km, 2nd Woman.
Aug. Rock the Road 10 km, 5th Woman.
May. Alvinston to Watford 16 km, 1st Woman.
May. Brantford Classic 10 km, 1st Woman.
Marathon 2:28:32 October 2013. 2nd Fastest Canadian!
Half Marathon 70:52 June 2013.
30 km 1:47:03 Mar 2012.
10 mile 57:30 Dec 2014.
10 km 32:52 May 2013.
8 km 26:59 Apr 2013
5 km 15:58 July 2013.