Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.7.16

12 Mar Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.7.16

Linda’s ‘Not Chilly’ Chilly Half Marathon 3.6.2016

chilly-hm-20th-anniversary-medalWhat a crazy Chilly Half Marathon prerace week, ups and downs, ending on a high note at the Burlington ON Chilly Half Marathon (01:52:29). Won 3rd in my age (17 seconds shy of 2nd). Thrilled with an 82.7% age-graded performance. Moral of the story? New training worked. Treadmill worked. And on Sunday, I worked!

Race Week in Review

Monday:  to HIIT or not to HIIT 7 days prerace? no probs today. Class was fitting mix of moderate strength and core. (Thanks Jason Tunks at HIIT It Fitness London) Advantage: Linda. Then move on down the road for Dad’s 96th Leap Year Birthday Celebrations. A well-timed tapernutties distraction of the first order.

Tuesday: Speed workout 3x1mile@T w/2’Rest. Fended off cold temps with an extra long warm up.

Wednesday: Easy 45 min on TM, aka Dreadmill. Too much ice and snow outside.

Thursday: Easy 30 min on TM. Hopped on the belt, hoped the the ice would melt, soon.

Friday: Easy 30 min on TM. A mind-numbing run but got ‘er done.

Saturday: Easy 30 min outside. Open Door policy reinstated at last.

Shower, eat, pack and go, Off to Burlington for the Sunday racing show.

Sunday: RACE DAY! Picture the perfect race day—0 deg C., sunny blue skies, crisp fresh air with a light breeze. (Our heads, arms, and legs would be as bare as the course today.) Wasn’t sure if I could get my head in the game. No getting up at the crack of dawn, a leisurely breakfast, and no-rush routine warmup—decadent for sure. That plus a few prerace tunes revved up my race mojo.

In the corral: ready | National Anthem: sung | Commit to My Best: declared | Gun: sounded | Race: STARTED!!!

Focus. Focus. Focus. Process not Outcome. Breathe, form relaxed, feet fast, Leith Drury’s Fatigue Management Plan when required.

Felt great. And then a halfway mark ephiphany popped up: Holey moley, this race isn’t going to hell in a handbag, hmmm. (You see the memory of finishing last season with 2 abysmal races was still imprinted in bold, all caps, 72 pt font…and not comic san serif) Run, Linda, run. 13K turnaround and time to hang out the ‘gone fishin’ sign. Eyed 2 runners ahead and started reeling them in one at a time. One fellow took 3 passes before he got my point…you are not going to finish ahead of me. Spotted a potential age-category competitor up ahead. Gradually closed the gap but alas she managed to hold me off by 17 seconds and take 2nd-place. Ah, always good to have a goal.

What beats the elation that comes from passing runners in the second half? feeling strong at the Finish? having put it all out on the course? Not much. Having a realistic race plan, fuelling properly, and running a negative split worked for me on Sunday. It can work for you too.chili_and_beer_celebration

Finish Line: What an amazing day. There was nothing Chilly about this one except perhaps the ‘chili and beer’ post race. Fun to collect a prize. Fun to win bling. Fun to run.

Cheerios, ~Linda



  • Brian
    Posted at 13:48h, 12 March Reply

    Well written, excellent play by play action. Detailing your week in review, ending with your race and fantastic finish. Well Done!!

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:37h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Brian.

  • Wendy
    Posted at 21:05h, 16 March Reply

    A very well run race for sure! Congratulations! Nothing better than feeling strong in the last few km and “reeling” them in one by one:)

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:35h, 21 March Reply

      Congrats graciously accepted. Thanks Wendy.

  • Eileen Gardiner
    Posted at 22:16h, 16 March Reply

    Well done Linda…… always knew you were a athlete back years ago.



    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:34h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Eileen.

  • Sue Kirkpatrick
    Posted at 12:51h, 17 March Reply

    Your race description helped me to feel like I was there with you! Well done!

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:34h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Sue.

  • John
    Posted at 14:54h, 17 March Reply

    Great blog. Congrats on your race and “Master” achievement. Beer at the finish line (of any event) is a great motivator.

    cheers jd

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:33h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks JD.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 15:09h, 17 March Reply

    Linda, your mindset can be applied to so many things! You are an outstanding mentor! So glad you are sharing your skills with all who are lucky to work with you!

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:31h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Debbie. Love helping people be successful.

  • Sara Kearney
    Posted at 14:06h, 22 March Reply

    I really admire your well-balanced approach to your race- not that I’d ever be running a marathon! But all of the things that you stressed in your blog work in life too. I’ll never get past my daily hour long walk, but still, exercising daily, eating nutritious food, and maintaining a positive attitude work for anyone, no matter what they are doing!

    • master mentor
      Posted at 17:38h, 22 March Reply

      So true Sara and well said. Your positive approach to live your life to its fullest with an active, healthy lifestyle works. Thanks for sharing your personal experience so that others might benefit from your excellent example.

  • Nicolette
    Posted at 14:12h, 24 March Reply

    Awesome recap, Linda! Sounds like it was the perfect race day.

    • master mentor
      Posted at 16:05h, 24 March Reply

      Thanks Nicolette. Always a bonus when such favourable race conditions show up allowing us to run without having to do combat with the weather. Fun for sure.

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