Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

I Ran a Race (Last Week)


Pacific Ocean

Coastal Scenes

I have many quirks (aka superpowers) that you may or may not care to read about, but one that somewhat relates to this post is that I don’t like telling folks what races I have coming up.  I am paranoid that something will happen and I won’t be able to race and then you will be sad.  You likely won’t care one way or the other, but I want to protect you from any unnecessary stress just in case.

Anyway, I nearly had to un-plan my last secret planned race due to Kobi’s injury which totally justifies, in my mind, why I should keep my mouth shut.

I booked this trip over 2 months ago (flights, hotels, etc) and husband was even going to come along as his siblings conveniently live in the city where the race is.  Once he learned that Kobi needed 3 weeks of rest, he quickly offered to stay home and look after her, a little too quickly I might add, and encouraged me to carry on and go to the race.

So I headed off to run a half marathon in beautiful Victoria, BC.

I flew down to the opposite end of the province from where I live and then planned on taking a small seaplane over to the island from the mainland – just for the adventure of it.  Turns out it was foggy the day I was going to do this so my flight was cancelled.  I knew there wouldn’t be many commercial flight options left so I found a commercial bus line that drives you to the ferry and then takes you to downtown Victoria (I had 10 minutes to catch the bus).

What would have taken 30 minutes via seaplane took four hours by bus and ferry.  I also have issues with public transit type forms of travel thanks to my fear of germs.  I had myself convinced I was sick the next day, but I seemed to get over it race day.

foggy ferry ride

Just a bit foggy out

Now onto the race.

The weather was perfect for racing – overcast and not too cold and not too hot, just right.

Another of my quirks you may be fascinated to learn about is that I never wear my Garmin when I race and I rarely if ever look at my watch when racing either.  I love running by feel.

Here’s how I do it:  run just fast enough so that I don’t feel like throwing up and leave enough in the tank to run the last 3km as strong (I always feel yucky by 18km) if not stronger than the first 10km. That’s it.

mixedbreed dog

Rosie the lion/dog was there to cheer me on at the 13km mark.

I had secretly (well, not now) really really wanted to run under 1:36.  The clock said 1:36:30 when I crossed the finish line, my chip time was 1:36:19.  I was at first a little bummed, but I got over it as it was 8 seconds faster than my fastest half marathon ever time and just under 2 minutes faster than my fastest time for this race.

What I find cool about this race is that there are a few loops you have to run out and back so you get to see the pros fly by a few times.  Love watching them.

Okay, now a Kobi update.  She’s doing much better.  She still isn’t 100% herself and knowing that dogs are great at hiding pain I’m sure she still needs some time.  Technically we have only 7 more days and she can start running with me again – I’ll ease her in slowly of course.

Ever had to make exciting last-minute travel changes?  Do you ever race by feel?  Any other pointers to racing by feel?  Do you like Kobi’s white teeth?  

white dog

Isn’t she cute?






Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

21 thoughts on “I Ran a Race (Last Week)

  1. Yay, way to go! That’s a great time too! Congrats! Glad Kobi is feeling better too. You need to book a race down here sometime.

    • Thanks! I’m glad Kobi is feeling better too, I miss having a running buddy. I do need to book a race in Texas, that would be awesome. Plus I would get to eat tacos, enjoy 100% humidity and extremely hot temperatures. I would love it!

  2. Congrats on your race and new PB! Secret races…I don’t know if I could contain my excitement! Glad to hear Kobi is almost ready to go!

    • Thanks! It is hard not to say anything about planned races, but I did have to drop one race way back in February so I figure it’s just best to keep them under the radar and surprise everyone!! Kobi can’t wait to run like a wild thing again.

  3. Speedy race! I also like to run races by feel sometimes, depending on my goal. I’m glad Kobi is feeling better!

    • I do want to wear my Garmin at some race one day just to see if I would pace myself better (or worse). Never know! I’m so glad Kobi is feeling better too. I need my running buddy out there!

  4. Way to rock it!! That’s so awesome!! Fab race!!! So happy Kobi if feeling better!! Beautiful smile!!! 🙂 🙂

  5. Fantastic PR!

    I’m glad Kobi is doing better. Yes, I do like her white teeth.

    I tend not to announce most of my races ahead of time, but mostly because I’m lazy and many small races I do at the last minute. Frankly unless you’re announcing something extraordinary (e.g. Trying to qualify for Olympic Trials) or keep announcing it over and over, most readers will forget that you said you were going to do a race.

    • She does have nice white teeth doesn’t she? That’s pretty true that most readers will not likely remember anyway (unless it’s huge). I don’t plan on running any Olympic trials so I am likely safe from letting anyone down.

      • I can’t even imagine being that fast. Whenever I hear about what elites do for their “easy” run, I just sigh. It’s faster than what I run for a hard run.

        I love reading race reports, so I hope you have more secret races coming up.

      • The elites are so amazing. I don’t think I could run their race pace for 20 seconds! I might just have another secret race – maybe.

  6. AWESOME on your race!!!! I heard a lot of good things about it and it sounds like you crushed it! Well done! Coming down for Rock ‘n Roll next week? Glad Kobi is feeling better 🙂

    • Thanks! It was a nice surprise finish. I’m not doing the Rock ‘n Roll but there are a few folks from my town going down for it. It should be a lot of fun!!!

  7. 1:36:19 sounds great too me!
    I like racing by feeling too, it works better for me, I usually end up with negative splits all the way.
    Glad to know Kobi is geting back to her normal self, it’s so hard to know when they are fine, their pain threshold it’s huge.
    I should start hiding my races too, specially those that doesn’t depend on me. I’m not in the middle of a mess with the race in Mexico, the person who was supposed to submit my entry form forgot to do it before the deadline. I’d kill them but I haven’t bought the plane tkt yet because I know better than to trust them.

    • Thanks! I think racing by feel makes you run (walk) faster. I’d be curious to know all my splits, but I’m pretty sure I ran faster the last half than the first which is always my goal. Dogs do have a high pain threshold, but I guess that’s the only way they’d survive in the wild. I just don’t want to re-injure her and it’s so hard to know if she’s totally pain free. She certainly acts like she is.

      Sorry to hear about your race mess-up in Mexico. That totally sucks. You need to buy your plane ticket over there and strategize some form of revenge. Not really really mean revenge, but something to make them feel bad. Might be fun thinking about what you’d do?!

      • We have Ebola in Spain, I could take that lol
        And I’m sure that statement could barred me from entering Mexico lol

  8. Congrats on the race! Glad Kobi is improving, she is such a happy dog in all of her pictures!

  9. So glad Kobi is feeling better. Having an injured dog is so stressful. It breaks your heart because you can’t use words to explain to them that you’re doing your best to take care of them and you don’t want them to feel hurt or scared. Kobi gets it though. You’re an awesome dog mommy.
    Holy speed demon. I can only aspire to run like you someday. I’m glad you got what you wanted out of this race. You go!

    • Pet injuries are the worst as they can’t say where or how much it hurts! I think she is all better but I’m not running her every day!

      I think running in fear of large predators has made me faster!!

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