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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The County Half Marathon Race Goals!

I'm two days away from my ninth half marathon! I can't believe it! This will also be my very first destination race as The County Marathon takes place in Prince Edward County.

How did I get here you ask?

Its pretty simple in a long story kind of way.

Every year, I help to organize a group (27 this year!) of ladies (mainly) from Ottawa and the GTA (this year we have two coming from Halifax and one from Calgary) for an annual retreat! This will be our sixth year! Very amazing because we all met on an online chat board, but we've become more than that, much more! We originally decided on PEC because it is about halfway between Ottawa and Toronto so it was the perfect place to meet in the middle. Then we discovered how beautiful the area is (with winery's and spa's and Hot Hot-Dog slinging men) and discovered our home for the past two years and things really took off. The group seems to expand by a few ladies every year and there is always loads of fun:

The first retreat. There were 12 of us.
This year, the winning weekend coincided with the race. I knew this, but decided early not to run it because, well.... I tend to have quite a bit of... drinks fun on the Saturday night:

No idea what I'm singing.
But! When Irina (ironically, someone I also met online, due to blogging) mentioned on Facebook that she was signing up for this half marathon, my arm turned to rubber and I decided to go for it! After all, I have 18k on the plan with 12k at race pace this weekend, so why not do it at a half marathon and get some more race experience and some bling bling?

So, the goals!

3k warm up, 12k at race pace (4:58/km) and the last 6.1k easy.

Now, if, just if my easy pace ends up around 5:30/km, I may just run the last few km harder so that I can squeeze out a sub 1:50 and get into a corral for Around the Bay. But that depends on many things. The goal of this race is to do the training run, NOT to get a PB.

Oh and not to crap my pants... 

See you on the flip side!


  1. Enjoy it Nicole... and the run ;)

  2. Good luck! sounds like self-sabotage the night before might be the biggest obstacle :) And possibly the weather, yikes.

    1. The weather is the reason I'm bringing two "normal" outfits and like five race outfits. HA.

  3. Sounds like fun! Have a great time! The jello shooters look yummy!

  4. Oh man, I forgot about the corrals for ATB! I should have pushed harder at my last half marathon ;)

    Have a great race this weekend, yay for #9!


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