ATB Relay Recap:

I actually don’t even know where to begin. I really want you guys to understand how amazing of a day this was – on all levels.

First off, in order to know how fun this race was for us you’d have to understand the alternative: ALL relay participants were to meet at 9:15am and load their respective buses to take them to their starting positions prior to race start (boring). That would mean that Lyndsey and I would be sitting alone waiting for hours well Colin & Mike (Jamie’s hubs) would be chilling at Copps Collesium for 3hrs or more – alone.

That’s really not how Spatula Runners roll….

So during our dinner outing and Grandma house takeover we devised the best possible scheme of having the maximum amount of time together!!!

We all drove in one car to Copps and got some pre race photos….

I asked the camera man if he wanted a photo of the winning team – he said he got it already ;) ….I just left out the part about how we weren’t going to win :P

*we all had to exchange a shoe chip so Lyndsey had a cool pocket that cliped onto your laces. We put the chip in there and this nice guy actually let us test it – it worked. So I screwed up…which we’ll get to later*

We left Jamie at the starting line and walked back to our car and awaited her arrival for some race pics before heading out to our next relay destination….

we saw Elvis!!!!

and then got to wish Jamie off – yelling at her to hold the spatulas ‘properly’ ;)

Then we left! Mike, Colin, Lyndz and I all got back in our car and drove to try and get Lyndsey to the next relay point.

This one was the trickest because of it’s vancinity to the start and finish of the race. We literally JUST missed sneaking through the main road before the pace truck and the elites went by….but we got there!

With enough time to pee and wait for the fastest Jamie – coming in at the 55min mark!!!! And a new PR!!! You go Girl!!! (I may or may not have pulled a “Seinfeld” and peed on the side of a building)

She was much better at carrying the team spatulas after 10k of practice ;)

and then Lyndz and her switched off…..

As we were congratulating Jamie on her amazing performance (you can read her recap here) we got back into the car and Colin drove us all to the final exchange point (mine)

I was trying to look for Lyndsey, along with about 20 other dailymile friends and Payden. Speedy Payden was doing the two person relay and saw me and yelled as she breezed past us going super fast!!!! I want to say congrats to her for finishing 15k in 1:15!!!! YAY PAY! 

Then around the 2hr point Lyndsey came in!!! finishing her leg (which was 9.5k) in 1:05!!! A new PB for her :) WOOOHOOOO!!! (you can read her recap here)

She put the shoe chip on me while I got myself all spatula ready (and Mike cheered me on from the sidelines)

Then I was off!

You will notice I wore my old Brooks Glycerin 9’s (only 300 miles on them) – BEST DECISION EVER!!!!! my ankle didn’t bother me and the run felt great.

I rocked those hills! I tried really hard to pace myself but the thrill of running was just making me go forward (Jenn had warned me not to go out like a jack rabbit, but I did). I ran easy up the hills, sped down them (not at all like the plan) but I was feeling good.

My hip was taped up, I have ibuporfen and tylenol in my system and I just went with it. I did however, walk through all the aid stations. I wanted to make sure I got a good drink of water as the temperature just kept rising!

When I got to the monster hill I felt good enough to run it….so I did. I stopped briefly right before the top but then I saw a camera man and didn’t want to risk having a photo of me walking so I ran on!

When I got to the top I shouted “How come there’s no water up here!” and this random cyclist let me grab a drink from his gatorade. <—- Thank you!!

NOTE TO SELF – racing Ali hates gatorade. It made me feel so sick, I should’ve learned from the last race.

One thing I did love though were the oranges. I heard Jamie making fun of the fact that we had oranges at our Canadian races but it was so easy to pack in the side of my mouth and suck on while running. DEFINITELY found my new fuel for long runs! I loved how it sat with me.

Anyway, once at the top of the hill my legs were really bothering me. The fact that I could see where I needed to be less than 4k away sucked! it was really hard to look at that big orange “C” and know I was nowhere near it.

It also didn’t help that I had a huge “RELAY” bib on my back so people didn’t take me seriously and I swear I may have even been pushed aside :P 

I saw these cool grim reapers around the 27k mark and gave one a spatula high five. I met another blogger while racing and to my surprise I actually remember her blog name – Radioactive Runner she did the whole 30k so I can’t wait to read her recap!

I think racing with music was a bad decision. I don’t like it. It really slowed me down and I think it would’ve been nicer to not have it like at Scotiabank.

Somewhere btwn the 28 and 29k mark I saw this guy stop to walk and for whatever reason (as this was happening for the whole race all around me) I yelled out “C’mon, let’s go! You got this!he said that was just what he needed and we ran on together. I said “I failing fast, my hip and legs are killing me, I need someone to pace me” so we ran on. Just after the 29k mark I said “I’ve gotta walk” my legs were soooooo heavy, latic acid argh….We stopped briefly for a short recover and then ran on to finish the race together :) I don’t know his name but I want to send a huge thank you to him because I don’t think I could’ve pulled my mind into focus to run to the finish if it wasn’t for him! THANKS!!

I passed Lyndsey and Jamie outside right before heading down this insane ramp (apparently people were falling, I’m not surprised) into the Coliseum….

I finished inside Copps at 3:12:41 for the team. I stopped my watch at 1:07 and due to the fact that I missed going over the exchange mat, that’s the only time I have….

Can you spot the blue spatulas???

Colin and Mike were inside waiting for me and regardless of my time I felt great to be done!!! I forgot how fun racing was!

As you saw yesterday I am so dang proud of everyone on our team! we literally rocked it. In hindsight we probably should’ve let Jamie do the last leg but I needed to prove to myself that I could do those hills, as I’ve only run a flat race prior.

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So how was it running a race of a distance I’ve never raced prior with only having run 12 miles for all of March, running crazy hills with a hip injury to boot??

Not as bad as I thought.

I know I didn’t finish with the best time. I know that the Ali of February could’ve achieved that same race faster, I know that a fully trained Ali could’ve totally rocked it and obtained her sub 60min goal no problem. However I am still pleased all things considered.

Especially with this elevation chart:

Any time was a PR because I’d never raced it before. I seriously can’t wait to sign up for another 10k because I know my PR will be huge :)

My leg was over 11k! I noticed that a lot of people logging the whole ATB on DM had it longer than 30k too. My leg was supposed to be 10.5k but I logged 11.26k – mind you I didn’t turn off my watch until I was way inside Copps, way past the finish.

I logged the run as 7miles finishing at 1:07:17 avg pace 9:36/mile – it’s funny to me because if I think back to this training run I managed to maintain that same pace for over 18k – it just goes to show you how fast your body loses athletic ability.

Thanks Strong Stride, I am convinced you are the only reason I was able to pull that off at all! :) YAY for strength training. I definitely noticed a difference :)

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Questions:

1. have you ever had a race you weren’t prepared for/were injured running?? how did it go??

all I can say about this race is “I’ll take it” I feel neither really good nor really bad. 

2. can you believe we literally ran with spatulas??? :)

3. what’s your current 10k PR??

4. did you run Around the Bay yesterday?? did you see me/us??? ;)