Fitness Race Recaps

2016 Woody’s RV World Marathon – 10k

May 31, 2016

Last Sunday I woke up to pouring rain and a temperature of 2° and felt more like -3° with the windchill. All I wanted to do was roll over and forget about running a silly race. I’m proud to report that I didn’t go back to bed and ended up having a really strong race, despite everything.


I dragged myself out of bed in enough time to eat my typical breakfast (toast, peanut butter, and banana), have some coffee and dressed. Dressing for new running conditions stresses me out because I don’t want to end up being too hot or cold or wet or whatever. I did the best with what I had and made sure to add a waterproof shell to my list of needed running items (whoever said running was a free sport LIED!). before I knew it, Scott and Mary arrived and we were all off to the start line!

Jacket: Lorna Jane | Leggings: Old Navy Active | Hat & Shoes: Brooks | Bra: Panache |
Long Sleeve: Running Room 

IMG_5973I’m not sure why we’re all smiling

The Race

We arrived, got parked, and threw on the garbage bags I had brought along to stay drive before the race started. It’s really nice to be able to park on the residential streets so close to the start line so we really had no need to arrive too early. We made a quick porta-potty stop and lined up. Mary took off like a gazelle and Scott quickly followed so I just turned up my music and hoped for the best. IMG_5964More smiling…

IMG_6050 BILC3996Still smiling…

Since the conditions were so terrible, my only goal was just to finish. I decided to find a comfortable pace and not stop because surely I would have noticed how cold and wet I was and would have had a hard time continuing. I fell into a nice groove and soaked it all in, literally. Despite the rain, there were still some spectators out cheering people on and they really gave me the energy I needed to run strong. I was amazed at how good I was feeling.

I was thankful to hear the phone notifications going off, knowing friends were texting/tweeting words of encouragement. Around the halfway mark, as we’re running through Bower Ponds, I couldn’t help but smile seeing all the goslings and thinking about how much Ange loves goslings, and also Ryan Gosling. My chain of thoughts really got goofy there. There was also a great little cheer section there with the funniest signs and shortly after that a band was playing under an overpass.



Halfway and still smiling…

Somewhere around the 7km mark, after coming out of the trees and running along 67th street I could start to feel the impact of the wind and rain and was starting to lose steam. I almost wanted to stop at the final water station (there’s one every 2km!) but waved to a friend who was volunteering and kept going because I knew I was almost done. All that was ahead of me was Heartbreak Hill and the finish line. Did I mention I hadn’t looked at my watch at all? I had no idea what my pace was and didn’t care, I just wanted to keep moving, make it up the hill and cross the finish line.

As we approached the bottom of the hill, someone coming up behind me gave some words of encouragement and high fives before passing me. I ran so hard up that hill, determined not to stop that I ended up passing her. At the top of the hill we were exposed to the elements again and I wanted to cry at the cruelty of finishing a race off like that. But I kept going, saving some energy on the downhill before turning the corner towards the finish line. There was somehow about 200m ahead of me and I wanted to try and catch them at the finish so I took off until I completely blew by them.


IMG_5969Even smiling at the end!

I was immediately awarded my pretty pink medal, wrapped in a heat sheet and handed a bottle of water. I found Scott and Mary huddled on the sidelines and we made a beeline for the car so we could go home and have a hot shower. I missed out on grabbing my race shirt and didn’t realize there were some vendors in the school beside the finish line, but I was happy to get out of my soaking wet clothes.

Post Race

After we were warmed up and in dry clothes, as bunch of us headed to Brown’s for post-race brunch and celebratory mimosas. It’s tradition. Once we were done brunch, I wanted nothing more than a nice warm bath, so I cracked open a brew and jumped in the tub before having a bit of a nap and continuing on with the day.


The Results

While this ended up being my slowest race to date, it was most definitely my strongest. At least year’s race, I ran intervals and finished in 1:14. This year, I ran the entire race without stopping, a first, and finished in 1:17:58 (chip time). I was slightly disheartened to learn that the lead male for the half marathon finished faster than I did, before remembering that I truly ran a strong race against terrible weather conditions. I may not be fast, but I learned to perservre at this race. How does the saying go? Slow and steady…


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  • Reply
    May 31, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Awesome recap!! Running in that weather wouldn’t have been any fun but you made the best of it. Not all goals need to be time related, running non stop is a huge accomplishment too!

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      May 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      And if I’m honest, I’d almost rather repeat this race in bad weather, than repeat Sunday’s race on no sleep.

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    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    May 31, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I think of the people who win the races as superhuman, so I don’t bother myself with their times. You pushed through tough conditions and running a race without intervals is a HUGE accomplishment that you should be so proud of.

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      May 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      I definitely am. I know I’m not built for speed and I’ll never run at superhuman speeds. I commend those that can and will always be amazed at them!

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    May 31, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Proud of you for sticking with it, running the whole way, and finishing with a smile on your face!

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      May 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks friend!

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    May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    So proud of you for getting out of bed and doing this race! What crappy conditions and you had a smile on your face in every picture! Time is not everything.

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      May 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      No it’s definitely not. And I know I will never be a fast runner, I’m just not built for it and it does not come easy to me. I’m super proud of this race!

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    Ange // Cowgirl Runs
    May 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I’m honoured I entered your race thoughts and that it didn’t involve any curse words! 😉

    Wanna hear the best new ever?! I found Gose on tap ONE BLOCK FROM ME and now own a 64oz growler of it 🙂

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      May 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Hahaha yes! Seriously, there were so many goslings. You would have loved it.

      YASSSSSSS!!!!! I’m glad you got some. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

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    May 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Amazing job getting through that race in those gross conditions! Getting through 10k without stopping is no easy feat. I’ve pretty much decided that people that win races with those kinds of times aren’t human. I can’t even fathom running that fast!

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    June 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations on a strong race in crappy conditions! They got some great pictures of you too 🙂

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    June 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Oh wow! You are amazing!! Well done. Awesome photos. I love that you had a beer in the bath. It actually sounds like an amazing combo!!

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    June 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    But look at all those smiles!! And people who win races aren’t even human. You did so awesome for getting out there, sticking it out and running the whole time! Also, totally LOL’d at this “I couldn’t help but smile seeing all the goslings and thinking about how much Ange loves goslings, and also Ryan Gosling”. HAHA!

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      June 1, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      It’s true, that’s exactly where my thought process went. It was so silly but I was having so much fun!

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