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Canadian Half-Marathon Championships Race Recap

Results: 1:19:01 (PR PB) 6th female.

What a ride.

Oh wow, where do I start! This is quite possibly the most amazing running experience I have had post-college. The entire weekend, from walking into my hotel room at 11:59pm on Friday to meet my sleepy-eyed roommate (now newly found friend) Erin Burrett, to now, in my hotel room with a glass of the least expensive wine on the Sheraton's hotel-restaurant menu, and a bowl of very Canadian french-onion soup.
I could not have had a better weekend.

Sure I finished 6th by a second. That one second was the difference of walking away with $250 dollars, to walking away with nothing. But running this race was not about money. It was just about feeling like my running was truly important in the eyes of Canadian Road Running.

You see, I have never ran well at a Canadian Championship. To go back..way back to the beginning of running for me, here are a list of my past Canadian Championship performances:

-As a senior in high school I went in to Ju…

On the Plane.

I'm that person.
Seriously though, this flight is three hours long. If a coke is $5, I might as well pay $5 for internet too.

I really wish I would have had a better two weeks leading up to Montreal, but you get what you get. What I got was a sinus infection and the stomach flu (awesome). Whatever, fit is fit. If I feel good Sunday then so be it, if I don't...I'm still going to run the best race I can. On a positive note: I got a pretty good taper. :P

I'm not changing my goals, I may go out just a tad bit more conservative then I had originally planned. I say that, but I guess we will see. The lack of miles in my legs will probably make a fast early pace seem slow. I will need to be careful of that.

Monday: 9 miles @ 6:55-7:10 pace w/ 2 miles of short/fast speed fartlek intervals
Tuesday: 55 minutes, no other running after that. Really busy work day
Wednesday: lunch break w/o: 1.5 mile w/u, 2 miles @ pace (5:54, 5:51), jog 3 minutes, 1 mile at pace (5:55, was suppose t…

Just a log...

Sorry...this is just a log...

Monday: 11 miles
Tuesday: 11 miles
Wednesday: 3 mile w/u, 5X1 mile @ 5:30, 5:30, 5:27, 5:24, 5:18 w/ 2 in recovery jog 3 mile c/d, PM: 3 miles (~15)
Thursday: 11 miles
Friday: 10 miles
Saturday: 3 mile w/u, 5K race in 18:01, 8 mile c/d (sick w/fever) 1st, course record) (14.5)
Sunday: Sick, easy recovery run
Monday: 15 miles @ sub-6:45
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 7:10 pace
Wednesday: 8 miles (little sleep, sick again)
Thursday: AM: 40 min easy, PM: 20 min jog (sick)
Friday: 62 minutes @ 7:05 pace (lunch break run, starting to feel better)
Saturday: 16 miles in 1hr 45 min w/ 3 miles @ HMP (sub-5:55) and 3 miles @ MP (sub 6:20) (on leg 2 & 4) (much better!)

So yes, I got sick and 4 quality days became 4 days of jogging. In the end, it was probably a blessing. I felt amazing on my long run this morning and had two really good sections of tempo.

Today was the Boardtown runners reunion, so Micah, David and I were joined by Tiffany for most of the run which was awe…

Short

I've had some good training but I've been really busy. I also got sick this week and 4 quality days became recovery jogs. It happens.Finally getting over it. Still, running before Tuesday has been very positive. I'll blog later.-Megg

Just this weeks log...

Monday: 11 miles (11)
Tuesday: AM: 2 mile w/u, 8 miles at goal Half-Marathon pace, 47:33, 1.5 mile c/d
PM: 3 miles with the jogger (14)
Wednesday: AM 40 minutes on the trainer (I twisted my foot the night before and couldn't run on it so biked so hard my legs burned the whole time, I'm counting this as 5 miles because it felt harder than running 5 miles)
PM: 61 minutes w/ Houston & the jogger (very easy) (12)
Thursday: 78 minutes w/ 5X (1min hard, 45 sec hard, 30 sec hard, 15 sec hard) w/ short recoveries. I left my garmin at work so I don't know how fast I ran these, I really just ran them as fast as my legs would move. My legs were dead by the end so I know I did this right. (11)
Friday: 12 miles @ 7:08 pace (12)
Saturday: 18 miles @ 6:35 pace. (I did stop at the water this time to pour and socialize. I also got out worked not once but TWICE (on the second and final leg) by C. It made for a fun day being that my regular running friends were not present. I missed a couple …

8 Mile Tempo Grind

So every other Thursday, I will post on the Montreal Endurance site: http://www.montrealendurance.com/blogs/meggan-blog/8-mile-tempo-grind/ and repost here the next day. I'm still working out the wordpress thing. For those of you that don't know, www.montrealendurance.com has some great running blogs (some are in french but that is why they make google translater). They are also on my blog roll and typically somewhere near the top because the site is updated often.

Now for the blog...

On Tuesday I had planned on running an 8 mile tempo at goal half-marathon pace (5:55-6:00) with one of the MSU distance girls. To not embarrass this young lady, I am going to call her Rachel. Rachel is a red-shirt sophomore.  Her freshman year she ran 19:30 for the 5km after battling a year of injuries and fatigue. For two years, she continued to train hard, hitting all her weekly mileage and work out times.  Rachel’s efforts did not go unnoticed, but most of the time her performances were dwarfe…

How I spent my weekend

Maddy
The terrible twos?? Madison's got em.

Our Maddy...she is a girl when it comes to shoes and colorful outfits, but she hates getting her hair brushed and refuses to let me touch her head. She is a mini perfectionist, I have watched her spend a hour putting objects in perfect order on random shelves....she often puts the dog dishes up for me in the cabinets...that would be wonderful if they were not dirty and the animals wouldn't need to eat. She is busy...never stopping for a break. Sometimes she plays so hard she just lays down on the ground anywhere to take a nap. 2 minutes later she is up and running FULL TILT ahead.

She freaks out if we happen to get her out of her routine, even just a minor change. She likes to read while she eats, she is bossy, demanding, and IMPOSSIBLE when she is tired and hungry. She only likes to eat 4 things...so if you don't have those 4 things on hand, you can forget it.

It's a war.

You can't get her distracted if she has something…