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15k in 1:53 and still alive

August 23rd, 2009

Bib tag and medal

Well folks, I did it. I completed the 15k Midsummer Night’s Run in 1:53, with an average pace of just about 7.5 minutes per kilometer. My usual running pace is just a little under 6.5, so apparently, I ran all but about 20 minutes of the course.

I have two words for that.

Kick. Ass.

The course itself was gorgeous. We started right at 6:30 in a park near Lakeshore and Carlaw, and ran out through Tommy Thompson park. The lighthouse at the end of the spit marked the halfway point.

To our right as we ran out, we were treated to gorgeous views of the sun setting behind the Toronto skyline. To our left, views of the bird sanctuary, community gardens, and Lake Ontario. The path was wide, and varied between concrete (ick), dirt (yay but ew) and gravel (scary).

The whole gang

These are the folks who roped me into this crazy goal. We all survived and stuck together until the last 1.5km, when I had to run it in or I thought I’d never make it. Moira, Darren and I shouted out at every route marker. “Only 14 left!” “13 to go!” “12 more kilometers!” I realized so soon how important those markers are to keep your energy up and keep you motivated. Just a little further til the next marker, I kept reminding myself.

Not surprisingly, we built in a lot of our walk breaks immediately after a marker or water station.

If you follow me on twitter, you might know that I twisted my ankle walking around Bloor West last weekend. I spent the week resting it entirely, icing, elevating, and taking advil to keep the swelling down. By race day, I was feeling almost normal, but I was still worried that the running would be hard, if not impossible.

Turns out, all the rest did me a lot of good. My ankle didn’t bug me any more than any other of my many body parts. (Today, however, I’m doing a lot of icing and whining. Everything hurts!! Everything!) My gear worked out well too. Great shoes, awesome wicking tee from Lululemon, and a nike run skirt.

Because at Chez Indigirl, we’re all about the bling…

Front of the Medal

That’s the front of the medal. (It’s so heavy!!!!)

Back of the medal.

And this is the back.

In case you’re curious how I felt when crossing the finish line, I believe the following photo sums it up perfectly.

Wharrgarbl

Next up? The Scotiabank Half-Marathon (21k) on September 27. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far! Every little bit helps support Epilepsy Toronto. I’m $35 short of my goal of $250.

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