Well, well…quelle surprise…it snowed on Sat night/Sunday morning just in time for our long run. All these snowy, slippery, blustery long runs better pay off on race day.
Sunday we had our long run in Hamilton where we did the full Around the Bay Route:
We are lucky enough to have a member of our group own a company downtown so we were able to park there and leave all the stuff us runners have. It started off ok – sun was shinning and because of a 7am start (!) there was no traffic so we were able to be on the road. At ~9km, there is a house on the route that has these ‘horses’ in the front yard which we always say we would get a pic with…and yesterday was the day:
My awesome run friend, the horsies and SNOW!
It did get worse and worse as we went along the most boring part of the run from km 10-19km. Oh and the wind picked up as well. Sa-Weet.. I think because of the cruddy footing and zig zagging to avoid puddles, my knee started to hurt..by the time we hit the hills at 20km…it really hurt. I didn’t want to stop and could have as we have an awesome support crew out who rove the route to make sure we are ok. I let the group go ahead of me as I knew I was going to slow down but did not want to stop. To make it scenic, I cut through the huge cemetery and ended up adding a bit of extra distance as I got a bit..lost. Only I can do something like that…
With all of the extra mileage add-ons we had – different starting point, washrooms breaks etc., my Garmin ended right on 28km when I made the decision to stop. I am proud I didn’t take the outs and stop but am not happy with my knee right now.
Ice to the rescue!
First race of 2011 is next Sunday….goals and plan to be part of Friday’s post. Is anyone doing the Chilly getting their race kit on Friday afternoon??