Geez, 21k is far to go on two feet!

So I missed the ride to Goodwood this morning because my friend convinced me earlier this year that it would be fun to enter the Toronto Women's Half Marathon. Being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects (and the fact that they had mentioned the presence of both Firefighters AND Chocolate stations) I figured what the hell, and signed up. Good thing that I did, the 2000 spaces filled up rather quickly, as you can imagine.

I have had a love-hate relationship with running over the years - I love it, and various body parts have hated it. For some reason, it finally came together over the past year, and I started to be able to go on runs without the shin/knee/and other pains that tended to accompany it. Nothing like getting up on a winter morning, throwing on running gear, strapping on the iPod and zoning out for an hour. Many benefits to it, I've found, beyond the physical fitness aspects.

Anyways, kept up on the running, did my first long run a couple of weeks ago, and felt pretty good going into today's event. This is officially the longest I've ever run, and I live to tell. It was a great course that consisted of a bunch of out and backs through Sunnybrook Park, and was for the most part flat, with the exception of a few rolling hills thrown in for good measure. My girlfriend Michelle and I started out together and did the run/walk thing for the first hour. At around the 9k mark she told me to go on ahead, as the heat was getting to her, and she was taking it slow. She assured me that she was good to finish it up, so I reluctantly left her and ran on. I had some good advice going into the event - to not pay attention to the clock, and to just take it all in, and so I did. Many different people of all shapes and sizes were out today - lots of different running styles, and I have to say the running fashions are second only to bike kits.

The firefighters and chocolate were there, as promised (and yes, some of the firemen were shirtless), but the best part of the whole event was the running down the final stretch, knowing that holy crap, I'd done it, and close to the 2 hour time I had in mind. Managed to pull out a 2:07 which I am feeling pretty good about. Next year will be under the 2 hour mark, provided my body doesn't have something to say about it.

Thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes and support - means a lot!

Cheers,

2K

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Comment by qb on May 30, 2010 at 4:31pm
Outstanding result 2K, these events keep proving that if we keep our bodies moving, we can get anything done we set our mind's to accomplishing!! great work.
qb
Comment by Peter Sutton on May 30, 2010 at 8:55pm
Congratulations Kerri! It was nice to see you at the end of your race - you were looking very good for someone who had just run 21,1 km.

My wife and many of her friends were running the race this year, and they all reported that it was very warm this year (last year was a long sleeve and long pant run, with lots of discussion of weather a vest would be required). With no clouds, the sun was especially brutal on the non-shaded portions of the course. Moreover, each one of them finished 10+ minutes slower than their usual half-marathon times (and these are very experienced runners with fairly consistent paces).

I suspect that sub-2:00:00 goal is well within your grasp. Way to go!
Comment by Jodie Ferneyhough on May 30, 2010 at 9:51pm
well done 2k! lake simcoe last week, !/w marathon a week later! awesome
Comment by Alexx Hooper on May 30, 2010 at 10:23pm
Great job, Kerri! I always say that I couldn't run, even if killers were chasing me, but look at you - you could run from killers FOR 2 WHOLE HOURS!!! astounding. And from what I hear, your average killer isn't likely to chase anyone for more than a couple of minutes, so, not only have you performed a truly amazing physical feat that deserves much congratulation, but you are statistically, remarkably safe from killers. I bet you'll have a good sleep tonight! Congratulations on a great run - glad you had fun. XO
Comment by DY on May 30, 2010 at 10:34pm
What's even more impressive is that after her run, Ms 2K jumped on her SS and rode it down to the Crit to watch the remainder and cheer on Peter S. and DK!

You'll feel it tomorrow:-)

D.
Comment by Paul van Dongen on May 31, 2010 at 1:23pm
Well done, Kerri. And you hit your target time despite yesterday's scorching heat!

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