Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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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?