In the morning Ali taped up my knee with the KT tape she bought at the expo, as I was having IT issues on my last run. This was something I wasn’t used to, nor was I prepared for so I also used my new TC knee sleeves as an add on. I felt good.
We all met up at the beginning of the race inside Copps and it was nice to put some faces to names of people I know on dailymile. Sorry everyone – Alison is the talker, I’m not.
I was at the starting line with Ali, Jamie, MacNic, Phil and Wayne. The idea was that we would all run 10min/mile pace and then after the huge hill at the 26k mark all was fair game. That didn’t happen.
I realized everyone else was going out much faster than I’d like to and so I backed off and lost everyone around the 5k mark. You can see I’m falling behind in MacNic’s race shot below.
I got back on my own pace and just ran alone. However, my runkeeper app decided not to work (it was logging my run but not notifying me of anything as I ran) and so I didn’t have any idea of what my pace or mileage was, aside from the km markers.
I saw Lyndsey at the 15k marker waiting for Ali and she got a couple shots of me. I also noticed there was no line at the port-a-potty there so I decided to go pee, since I’d been holding it in since race start. After I stepped out of the port-a-potty my knee gave out, I guess because I had stopped running.
I hobbled for a bit trying to get my knee back into running motion and continued along the route just fine. Once I hit the 20k mark the hills hit me and my knee started acting up. I had to stop and walk for a bit around La Salle park because of a few knee spasms. I continued to run the entire stretch of hills, other than walking through the aide stations.
I walked for less than a minute right before the “big valley inn hill” because I knew from training on the route that it was coming up and wanted to be able to run up it. MacNic told me beforehand to run the hills and that I could walk when I got to the top. So I passed everyone! I didn’t stop to walk until I was along York St.
Then Paul came up behind me and I heard him shout “C’mon Colin stay with it!” or some sort of motivational words, I can’t remember. I continued on route to Copps. My knee was bothering me a lot so I just kept running and walking. The last few km’s I just kept running straight, knowing it would be over soon. I knew I wanted to finish strong so I sprinted the stretch into Copps.
I ran down into Copps and across the finish line the clock was around 3:36 so I knew I may have got sub 3:30.
I was so happy to be done. This was by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was really proud of myself and I am actually looking forward to just running leisurely for a while. I didn’t build a good base and should’ve trained a lot more. However, after work the last thing I felt like doing was going for a run. So maybe training for a smaller races is more for me.
What really sucked about this race was that I wasn’t physically tired nor did I ever feel like I needed to stop. It was the pain from my knee that held me back and forced me to walk. More training and maybe strengthening my hips, like Alison has been doing would be good if I run this again.
It was great meeting so many runners and I am happy to say I’ve run further than my wife
what’s the furthest distance you’ve run/raced?
30km. 18.6 miles.
I want to let you all know to come back Easter Monday for my Tommie Copper Knee Sleeve Review and Giveaway
* Ali’s recap will be up soon *