Monday, May 31, 2010
Eric Liddell: I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
Well, I implemented the plan this weekend at the Canadian Championships at the Ottawa Marathon ... and I couldn't be happier!
Personal Best time 2:39:07.
I had an easy 2 weeks to taper (and get rid of a cold) with my last easy run of 5 km Friday before we headed out. Jonathan did all the driving (he's so super) so I was able to relax, eat/hydrate, and entertain the boys. We had a decent ride, and a great dinner with Joy and Darrin, Lorna and Greg and kids. On Saturday I took it easy after the technical meeting (Seth and I had naps at the hotel while Micah and Jonathan enjoyed an Amphibious ride) and continued to enjoy my (blah) diet of plain pasta, plain bagels, water and eload. I didn't sleep that great at the hotel either night but when you're a mom w/ young kids, this doesn't phase you.
The morning of the race I said goodbye to my men and walked to the start (1.5 km). Did a short (1 km) warm-up, including a few pick ups, stretched, used the washroom and had few sips of water. Then, I relaxed until the 7:00 a.m. start.
I had a pacer, which was great (thanks Ryan!). He pointed to every pothole, railway, and rough spot on the road, and offered to carry my bottles while keeping me on pace for a perfect 1:18:33 half split. He even ran a few extra km, which was very kind, considering he had a big upcoming race of his own! Then, things got a bit dull; I didn't have the luxury of my pacer, there were a few less spectators, and a rather long and somewhat windy stretch. I am not going to make excuses for allowing myself to slip a bit but I must say that I think I run at my best when I am side-by-side with a pacer or with a few other ladies (for some healthy competition).
I had my A and B goal times (2:37 and 2:39 respectively) in mind but knew the 2:37 wasn't looking as possible. I ran with a few men for a good distance then saw Mary Davies around 38 km. We ran together for a bit (unfortunately she didn't have a great race) then I moved ahead with about 2 km to go. I can't say that a whole lot went through my head. It wasn't terribly difficult but I knew I could have been feeling a bit worse had I been pushing a bit more. It's hard to describe. I can't say I have any regrets because I would likely run the same race all over again. If only I had my pacer and fans in the 2nd half. Anyway, I finished happy and strong with my arms in the air and a smile on my face. Boy, what a feeling to see the clock at 2:39, break the ribbon, and be handed a Canadian flag with media flashing their cameras. Coach Nicole gave me a huge cheer and hug before I headed to Jonathan, Micah and Seth, and the media. I enjoyed sharing my experience with them (video and articles below) then headed with my escort to give my blood and urine samples for drug testing. Fortunately I had no problems this time! The awards were at noon. It was pretty special, being up on that podium.
After another interview and a few pictures, we headed back to the hotel. It was nice to walk with Jonathan (and the boys who fell asleep in the Chariot) then enjoy a relaxing bubbly hot tub back at the hotel. We checked out around 3pm then I got my post-race mocha. Later that evening we enjoyed an amazing dinner with Kevin and Amy and kids.
During the ride home I thought about a lot, and how blessed I am. Of course, after a while, I started writing things down. Every marathon runner always plans their next race, short after finishing! But, it is time for a well-deserved break. Four marathons in 13 months means taking it easy for a while ... and enjoying this title of, "National Marathon Champion" !!
Thank you .... all of you, for your support, notes of encouragement, prayers, emails, and good wishes. It's 11:17 pm now and I must say, I am ready to sleep. The laundry can wait until tomorrow. After all, I should have a bit more time on my hands!
Jonathan, Micah, Seth and I just got home from our Ottawa weekend. I have A LOT of laundry to do but am going to take all of this in, while I can. I have over 100 emails to read but wanted to do a quick blog. My sister sent this article to me, below.
Will give you the race report tonight.
Just behind Mohammed (1st female overall), finishing 6th female overall and first Canadian female, Krista Duchene of Brantford crossed the finish line at 2:39:08.
Sporting a yellow ribbon for her deceased parents and friend currently battling Cancer, DuChene gushed about her family, faith, and love of running.
"God has given me this gift," DuChene said, while hugging her husband and two sons, ages 2 and 4. "It's about setting a goal and going for it."
OTTAWA — For a full-time mother of two boys under five, a part-time worker outside the home and committed runner, Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., runs a mean marathon.
However, after placing sixth overall in the women’s division of the 36th Ottawa Marathon on Sunday and winning the female title at the Athletics Canada national championships, DuChene says it’s time for a break.
Competing under ideal weather conditions, with overcast skies and cool temperatures, DuChene, 33, finished her fourth marathon in the past 13 months in two hours 39 minutes 7.3 seconds. It wasn’t a personal-best time, but she earned her first national title.
“I can’t believe that I can say that,” DuChene, the mother of Micah, 4, and Seth, 2, said about her national title.
She told most people who asked that she was striving for a time of 2:40 in Ottawa, but secretly wanted 2:37.
“I intentionally came in with a few goals: Top 10, top Canadian and a personal-best time,” DuChene said. “It didn’t go exactly, but I’ve had four marathons in the last 13 months.
“I need a break.”
DuChene was a runner in high school, but put it aside in favour of women’s hockey while a student at the University of Guelph. Following university, she ran three marathons before delivering her two children and four marathons since their birth.
“I feel like I’m just starting running,” she said.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I'm SO proud of the steward that you are!" "
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Runner's Den, Paris 1st Annual "Phlox Run" 10k and 25k Trail Run
The panoramic vistas high above the pastoral Grand River valley are just one of the highlights you'll enjoy as you cross
the pedestrian bridge near the start and finish of the 10km and 25 km races. Walkers are also welcome for a 10k walk. The
riverside trail meaders through beautiful Carolinian woods carpeted by purple phox, and both courses include interesting
topography that will challenge and delight all running enthusiasts.
Organized by the Paris Runner’s Den, both the 10km and the 25km race, as well as the 10K walk, start and finish at Brant Conservation Area, connecting sections of the Brantford Rail Trail with the Grand Valley Trail.
In addition to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Paris Runner’s Den, we also hope to promote health and fitness in our community, raise awareness to the trails, and to use some of the proceeds of the race for trail funding. It will be a professionally-facilitated run that will be challenging, but fun, and will include chip timing, prizes, food and beverages.
Count yourself as part of this historic inaugural event as we reach out to runners from our area and abroad.
Friday, May 14, 2010
On another note...
As many of you know, I lost my parents to cancer in 1995 and 1997. Just recently, we've received the sad news that a very dear friend's cancer has returned. We are so saddened by this but continue rely on God for his love and strength. So, I am dedicating May 30th to this friend. She is a super person who loves the Lord, and I am so glad I can run for her.