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Race recap- Scotia Bank half marathon 2016

start kit

Wow! Time flies by, it’s already been a month since the Scotia Bank 21k, held in Montreal on April 24th, 2016. I finally have time to sit down and write the race recap :). So let’s start by saying it was a really happy and fun experience overall! I loved it! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to PB since it was mainly flat with no hill :). And the temperature in April is generally good, around 10-15 celcius :).

start kit

Getting ready for the half

I arrived on site around 8 am, because I wanted to see the 5k runners cross the finish line! I really enjoyed seeing their faces when they saw the finish line and cheer for them, especially the people on my team (I was raising money for a charity called Fondation les petits trésors. 🙂

Around 9:30 I started warming-up, I did a light jog (10 minutes), then my drills and a bit of stretching. I went to the port-a-potty (like 10 times) and then I was all ready to go. I went to my corral and was ready to start at 10 am. It was really well organized and we didn’t wait for long before the start.

The first 5k went pretty smoothly and I was really happy and excited to run. We were running on the Sainte-Hélène Island and passed by La Ronde. The next 5k also went pretty well and we crossed the bridge and went to the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit. I completed the first 10k in 1:04.33 and took a first gel. I took another gel at the 15k point and also Gatorade and water along the race. I love the Rekarb gels, they’re the absolute best !!! I have to write a post about them soon :).

13 km

Around the 13th km, I really started to feel tired, and was actually wondering why I was running (Ha!). And then we crossed the bridge again around the 17k to come back on the Sainte-Hélène Island. I really enjoyed the view in the second part of the race, it is really a great race, there are a lot of trees and we’re running alongside water for a good part.

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And then around the 19k it was almost over but I was pretty much dying, my legs were so sore, I felt didn’t feel I could move my left quadriceps and I had blisters (runner’s life ;). I wasn’t really smart and tried a pair of socks I didn’t usually wear, soo.. Hello blisters!

Finish line

Finish line

Before I knew it, I crossed the finish line in 2:25.12. My Garmin said I ran 21,35 km (6:48 pace per km), laps were

6:13-5:50-6:05-6:13-6:17-6:28-6:27-6:21-6:55 (ouch!)-6:24 and then 7:05-7:43-6:41-7:12-6:53-7:10-7:46-7:40-7:09-7:45 (by this point, I couldn’t run anymore)-6:53-1:57 (0,35k).

I didn’t reach my goal of 2 hours (at all HA ! thanks ITBS injury!) but I’m still really happy that I did it and I would do it again tomorrow morning if I could (thanks running amnesia!)!! Next time, I’m going to train a lot more, and better ;). After the race, it was all about recovery (carbs, proteins and ICE) 🙂

recovery and carbs

Recovery= Pretzels and bagels 😉

Overall, I really loved this race organized by Canadian Running Series. It was super fun (and a super flat race, which we all love)! It isn’t too big, I think there were around 5000 people ! It is a really cool first race of the year if you want to see where your fitness level is at the beginning of the season, since it is always the last Sunday of April. 🙂 Hope you liked this post and don’t hesitate to leave a comment ;).

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