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My 2012

I think the easiest way to sum up the year is to go and revisit some older posts.

January: I was just finding my feet with this blog. It’s slightly embarrassing to go back and look at my posts! My highlight of the month was a short trip up to Caloundra with J.

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February: I was running quite strongly in February, with track races and regular parkruns

March: A month of higher mileage, and middle distance races.

April: The highlight of the month was definitely going to the wedding of two close friends. My favourite trail race was also on, and I came 2nd!

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May: This was a very busy month for me. I ran the Noosa 10km, started doing bikram, and we travelled to the US (New Orleans, Bolder Boulder 10km)

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June: We were still in the US for the first half of June, visiting plenty of national parks! (archives). I ran another US fun run and happened to come 3rd.

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July: Back to reality. I was working out of town fairly often in the middle of the year. My youngest step-sister turned 21.

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August: First place in the Jetty 2 Jetty 3km!

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Clare (winner of the 10km) and I

September: Another busy month. I ran Bridge to Brisbane, Greater Springfield Run4Life, and Twilight Bay Run. I was also training for my first half marathon.

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October: My half marathon! J and I were both away a lot from September to November this year, but we managed to spend a little bit of quality time together.

November: My sister turned 30. I decided it was time to mix up my training. I’m running with new people and really loving to run!

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December: This month can be summed up with 2 words (well, one word) – parkrun.

Bolder Boulder 10km

We arrived in Boulder mid-morning on Sunday. My first priority was going to the race expo to collect my number, and to have a look around. It was a breeze collecting my number – there was no line! The expo was ok, but not as amazing as I expected. That’s probably a good thing, because I wasn’t tempted to buy anything…

The night before the race I became concerned that I was going to freeze my butt off at the start line! I didn’t think to bring any throw away clothes, and the forecast was for 7 degrees at 7am! I woke up at 3, nice and cozy in my hotel room, and didn’t really go back to sleep because I was stressed about the cold. Luckily, when I got up just before 6 it was actually 12 degrees already. Arm sleeves and a thick headband were enough to keep me warm before the start.

We were staying about 2.5km from the race start. I left the hotel about an hour before race start and ran a nice easy paced warm up. Having wave starts with specific times meant it was super easy to get up to wave B, and there was heaps of space to stretch!

The atmosphere when it was time to start was great – people were cheering, there was a trumpeter, and it all went smoothly. As per usual, I went out a bit too hard.

They describe the course as hilly, but I didn’t notice the hills much. My brain was too busy trying to make sure I had enough oxygen! I didn’t suffer too badly with the altitude, but I didn’t run anywhere near my normal race pace. It was a fun race – all the bands, and the random ‘aid’ stations were great. The whole town seemed to be out, and People were handing out marshmallows, Doritoes, and beer at random points. I didn’t grab anything, but the signs made me smile.

The only hill that really made me suffer was right at the end, coming up into Folsom Field. Knowing that the end was in sight did not make it easier!

Once I finished, I was pretty excited about the snack bag. The only thing I want after a race is fruit and water (which is what Australian races provide), but I was excited about saving some goodies for later! They even gave us a beer… Not good beer but that’s not the point!

 

They say that there’s 3 and a half hours between the when the first finisher and the last finisher come through. Having the waves spread out means that nothing gets super congested. It was nothing like running the Bridge to Brisbane!

Even with my slowest 10km time in a long while (it was 48:20 I think), I’m really glad I ran this race. Sometimes racing’s not about the time, it’s about the experience!

 

Although, if running’s easier once I get back to sea level I won’t complain…

Noosa Winter Festival

This weekend was the Noosa Winter Festival, which includes running, swimming and cycling events.

This year was my first time at the event, and I ran the 10km. A lot of people stay at Noosa for the weekend – it’s a nice spot, and it’s about 2 hours away from Brisbane. I decided to drive up on the morning of the race, which I was regretting when I had to leave home at 5am!

By the time I got there, parking was a bit of an issue. I found a park in a side street, about 15 minutes from the start (by the time I arrived the half had already started)

Race number pick up was a piece of cake. They had multiple tables (alphabetical), and I was looked after as soon as I got there (which was about 90 minutes before race start)

My squad had a tent set up near the start/finish. The half was run on a 2 lap course, which is great for spectating! The only problem with the 2 laps is that the leaders caught up to the back of packers, which made their finish slightly less spectacular.

The course is fast, and flat. The only inclines are 2 tiny bridges that go over the waterway! We also had a great morning with the weather – sunny, cool, and no wind.

My own race:
I ate breakfast at home before the drive. I’ve been REALLY hungry lately, and sure enough I was absolutely starving just before my race! A girl from my squad (who wasn’t racing) gave me an apple, so after my warm up I scoffed down a couple bites before heading the the start. It seemed to work well – I found my mouth didn’t get dry during the race, and I wasn’t distracted by hunger pangs!

I haven’t raced a 10km since July last year, so I really didn’t know what to aim for. I started out at a steady pace, and went through the first km in 4:15. After about 2km a girl that I’ve raced against a couple times recently passed me and said hi. She beat me by about 10 sec at the track 5000m champs, so I know we’re closely paced. My second km was 4:30, then the third was back to 4:15. I really need to be more consistent! I passed her between again 3-4km, and didn’t see her until the end of the race (I think she was very close through the race though!)

There was another lady just ahead of me, so after one ‘kill’ I decided to hunt her down. I almost passed her a couple times, but each time she was speeding up dramatically as soon as she saw me! I persisted, and eventually passed her without too much effort.

I reached the turnaround in 21:50. At the time I thought I was holding a decent pace, but spoiler alert – I slowed down a fair bit in the second half…

I’m not sure what happened, because I didn’t go out too hard? I think I got distracted! How is it that I can do two and a half hour long runs, but I can’t maintain focus for less than 45 minutes?

My pace averaged 4:21 for the first 5km, and 4:34 for the final 5. That’s a pretty big fail in my books.

Quite a few people from my squad raced, and it was great being on an out and back course being able to cheer everyone on. A few people had cracker races (my friend won the half, another was 3rd male, we had a 4th placed male in the 5km, and there were plenty of PBs). Being in a squad means that going to a race isn’t just about your own time, so a bad race doesn’t turn into a bad experience overall!

Next race is the Bolder Boulder. I’m glad to get a longer race in beforehand, for race-specific fitness. Now to figure out how to survive the altitude!

 

My Bolder Boulder race entry is in!

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We’re spending 3 weeks on holiday in the US, and it just so happens that we’re going to be in Boulder over the Memorial Day long weekend.

I’m really looking forward to racing this, but the altitude is scary. I’ve lived at sea level my entire life (we don’t exactly have high mountains in Australia) – I coped ok last year when we were in California (Lake Tahoe) and Utah (Bryce and Zion Canyons) but that was hiking and not running. I’ll just have to take it out easy!

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