There were many races yesterday – hope everyone had a good time at whatever race they were running! Ottawa was a bit quiet on the race-front but there was the CN Cycle for CHEO yesterday. Of course, the next biggest race for Ottawa is Ottawa Race Weekend. It is completely sold out – and bib transfer period is over – so everyone who is in it, is ready to go (maybe?). Of course, I am running the half marathon rather than my usual 5K/10K. I definitely had some thoughts last week about switching to the 10K as I knew that if I ran the 10K, I would have a kick-ass race – the half? Maybe! There have been some issues this week – some are TMI, so you have been warned…
Last weekend I ran 11Km on Friday, 8Km on Sunday, 5K on Thursday and 6K on Saturday. All steady runs – everything about the actual process of running felt great but a big issue that creeped its ugly head was GI issues (again – you have been warned). For those who run, you know exactly what I am talking about as pretty much every runner has had potty issues in their training. If you are not a runner and see a runner with a bit of a panic on their face before a race – it may not be because they are nervous, but because they haven’t taken care of business yet. I am not a stranger to this issue. Even before running, there are certain foods that I cannot eat without having problems: melted processed cheese, anything from Harvey’s or A&W, anything too greasy, Gabriel’s Pizza (a pizza chain here in Ottawa). A key common theme you can see is cheese and fatty foods. So therefore I avoid those foods, especially when travelling or when running. There was this time I thought it was a brilliant idea to eat ice cream and drink orange juice. What happened after is I spent half the evening in bed going “whhhyyyy??!!”. There was also the time I thought it was a good idea to eat an ice cream sundae from McD’s and then run – after 3K, I was done!
This week was a bit different. Every run that I completed starting with the 11K on Friday, I got about 4-5K in and felt uneasy. Uneasy meaning I knew that it was almost “my time” but not an emergency. It was more annoying than anything – but it does set up some anxiety, which also can speed things up as well. No cramping or anything like that – just annoying. So I spent the past few days thinking about what I’ve changed in my diet that could be causing things to go a bit wonky – and I think that I’ve been eating more bread lately (in the form of sandwiches), a bit more cheese (in lunches) and also have been chewing gum that contains sorbitol (a known “issue” ingredient). So hopefully if I cut down the cheese and cut out the gum we should be good to go. I’m also a bit sad that I am not going to be able to try my Nuun tablets that I just received in the mail from a blog contest. The #2 ingredient is sorbitol. I will try it after the half for sure! In terms of the upcoming half – I think having portapotties during the half will bring down the anxiety. I could care less about stopping in a race for that reason – and odds are I will be stopping for at least a #1 break at some point. I also will make sure that I eat properly during the days before the race.
Another issue that came up in the last week was my shin splints. But nothing too serious – it just is a sign that I need to replace my shoes. The pain isn’t anything severe, but again, just annoying. This happened in the fall too and once I changed my shoes, it was fine. So off to the Running Room I went to see my shoe-lady. I tried on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 (I currently wear the 9) and Mizuno Paradox for comparison. The Wave Inspires felt lighter and with good support, so I stuck with them. The only sad thing is that the shoes came in blue or white – not pink! I went with the blue.
Another issue that I can totally see happening is running in the rain. It isn’t as bad as running in deep cold – but still annoying. The weather has been sucking again, and I can totally see it raining on Ottawa Race Weekend. I guess I have to start preparing for that? I’m not sure even what to wear on a rainy day as the worst rain-weather I have ever experienced in a race is just drizzle and for drizzle, I just suck it up. Any suggestions?
Other than that – I am feeling stronger for this half marathon than my last. Clearly my long runs have been on the short side. Next Sunday I plan on running up to 16-18Km rain or shine (actually it looks like it will be a nice day!). If I can get up to 17K, I am fine for the half as that is where I ended last time. I also plan on breaking up the run into two stages or doing loops in case I have to make a pit-stop. I’m honestly not worried at all – am I going to go sub-2hrs on this half? Nope! Am I going to PB – probably! My A-goal is about 2:10 which would give me an 18-minute PB. In the meantime I will continue with my 5-12K runs on a regular basis. I am probably going to take Max in the chariot tonight for a short 5K run – 30lbs of toddler added should make things interesting 😉
Do you have any suggestions for bathroom issues? Running in downpours?
What shoes do you wear?