A sort of race recap - Ottawa Half Marathon
So I actually finished the half marathon today! As you probably know. I was supposed to run the Marathon. I trained through a long hard freezing cold Montreal winter and then injured my knee. I tripped over my dog in the middle of the night coming back from the bathroom - goddamn small bladder - and from then on the knee pain has come and gone. I was also unlucky enough to get a stomach bug in March that swiped me off my feet for a week or so. And then, my boyfriend’s grandfather passed away. Life sometimes, gets in the way. As do big furry dogs. I raised close to $1200 for the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of my late grandmother. Running the race meant a lot to me. So I was a little more than bummed to have to switch to the half and I was very nervous about whether I would even be able to finish. Getting up from a chair was painful, riding my bike was painful, I was icing diligently and avoiding any painful movements (particularly squats) but I hadn’t testing out my knee on a run in a week or two.
In the end, I made it hobbling and limping to the finish line. But I did make it! I’m continuing to hobble and limp but also making sure to ice and massage.
It was a fun race. And I’m proud. I know my grandma would be proud. Actually she would probably be scolding me for running with an injured knee! haha
After today’s race though, I think it’s the last time I run Ottawa in May. The whole thing is just too big now. The prices for hotels are sky high - though thankfully I booked super early and managed to get a super duper deal. The race itself is also so expensive. And I didn’t feel the race organizers outdid themselves - especially for a 40th anniversary race. Packet pick-up was a mess. It was pretty disorganized and crowded and runners had to go to three check points to pick-up different parts of their race kit. Really? And as much as I appreciate the online, paperless, environmentally friendly goodie bag - I find it’s really just an excuse to not provide the runners with extra goodies. Because where the organizers can certainly improve on environmentally friendly initiatives is on course and in the race areas. More trash cans and recycling bins. There was trash EVERYWHERE. People were just chucking stuff all over the place. It was really awful.
Runners were really bad today. I understand chucking your cups away at the aid stations (another place to improve with regards to wastefulness) but chucking your wrappers on the ground during your run?? REALLY? I saw wayyyyyy too many runners doing that who thought it was totally cool to do. It really irked me.
The aid stations ran out of cups at one point. So I ran through once or twice without getting anything to drink. I saw a few runners with bottles taking cups. What the hell? Why do you have freaking bottles if you’re going to take cups? Anyways. It’s up to the organizers to make sure there are enough cups. It’s not impossible. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon and they didn’t even come close to running out of stuff!
The aid stations also seemed to run out of Gatorade. Towards the end they seemed to get restocked. This messed me up royally. I usually alternate and drink water, Gatorade, water, Gatorade, etc. I couldn’t do that today because of the organizational mess up.
I also find the race course should be reversed. But that’s a whole other story! haha.
The volunteers were amazing as per usual. They never cease to amaze me. Same with the supporters and crowds.
And as per usual, I couldn’t have done it without my boyfriend who is always there to support me and take care of me before and after my races :)
I can’t wait for my knee to get healed properly.
I want to really start training for my triathlon! I think I’ll take a rest day tomorrow. I was going to bike to work but I’m pretty darn sore and I think were supposed to get thunder and lightning. Maybe a swim.
Now, time for bed!