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Okanagan International Half Marathon

Friday, October 12, 2007

This was one of the best racing experiences I've ever had. The weather was 10-12 and cloudy/breezy enough to make it an enjoyable run.

We started "seeding" ourselves around quarter to eight. I picked the 2:15 bunny to hang out with. I figured if I stuck with her I'd do better than I did in NS and that's all I wanted from this run. When they said go, though, she took off like her tail was on fire. I did NOT have it in me to go below 6 mins/km for the entire time and dropped back a bit.
At around the 4 km mark, I noticed that I had put Miss Bunny in my dust. She continued to stay there until the very end. I finished in 2:09:33 (according to my Garmin).
I have to say, in the first few kilometres when we were making the "gradual climb" my shins were KILLING me and I started to doubt that I'd be finishing.... then I focussed on other things. Kelowna is a beautiful city. There are apple trees everywhere! I also ran past golf courses, horses and llamas. Once I was able to relax and enjoy the people and things around me, everything became possible again.
There were 13 of us from mine & Howard's clinic at Kelowna. We finished in times ranging from 1:44 to 2:33 and I couldn't be more proud of any of us. I feel so blessed to have had such a great bunch of people to run with these past four months. I know that I've made myself some life-long friends and I'm thankful.

*side note, I've not eaten that many apples in 2 days before in my life--so GOOD*
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    Great run Penny! It's so good to read that others have "settling" problems as well, but that you were able to conquer. And I agree that an apple right off the tree -- well there isn't much else that's better. No wonder Adam got into trouble :)
    4841 days ago
    Penny, congratulations. I'm glad to hear you have a great bunch of people to run with. That must make it somewhat easier to do runs like this one. I liked the part where you mentioned the 2:15 bunny...I probably would have picked the 2:30 bunny. ;) Anyway, congrats again. You and Trish and all the rest of our teammates at Rookie Runners are such inspirations to me. Thanks for being here at SparkPeople for us.
    4844 days ago
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    You are a true inspiration, my friend.
    4844 days ago
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