Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RUM RUNNERS RELAY REPORT

Nova Scotia has to be the best place on earth!! I love it there and the relays they organise are just the most awesome way to spend a Saturday =)

Hurricane Kyle was kind enough to wait until Sunday with his strong wind and rain so we had an almost rain free day on Saturday. My leg was at 8:55 AM and about 11.4K long.
My foot had been bothering me lately so the goal was nice and slow but the pressure of coming in last really motivated me! I started running and soon found 'my shadow' this woman was following me so close that I could feel her breathe in my neck!! In this first picture you can not even see her behind me!!

I thought she was going to pass me at the beginning since she was so close but she didn't. As the racewent by, I started to distance myself from her. My main goal was to not let her pass me at anytime!!

Then at the half point, I gave her a little wave and said goodbye for good! At that point I was about 200-300 m in front of her and would keep this lead until the end.
A big thanks to my favorite Haligonian, Lisa, for running part of the last half of the leg with me. She kept talking to me to keep my mind off the pain of all the rolling hills and a blister that had started on my right foot. In the end, she mut have run close to 3K with me and I really needed it, she got me through a big hill right and we just kept on trucking. My foot was killing me at that point.
My leg ended with a slow incline to the finish line and I kept repeating to myself: "Are you f'ing kidding me?! I was pissed LOL But I finished and didn't let that woman pass me =)

This was a very hilly race for me! I never run hills as it is totally flat around Montreal. The green line is elevation and the scale goes from 100-500 ft! I usually have profile with a 30-50 ft. scale LOL

Finished the 11.4 K in 1:16:39 (10:49 min/mile) according to my garmin but the official time is actually 4 mins faster than my finish time (1:12:47) since I didn't make the mat and got a 5 mins penalty on the last person who made the mat's time...

Overall, I'm very happy with this race and I had a great time cheering my team 'Runningmania.com' during the day. Here's a group pic with 2/3 of the team!

Other NRR good news, I got a post-doc offer while I was in Halifax at Université de Montréal. I also applied to a research position at Environment Canada and I actually know the person who is hiring and he told me I had great chance to get an intervieew! YAY! So things are starting to move for me. Send some positive vibes please!

Ok... google reader tell me there are 67 new posts? You guys wrote a whole lot while I was gone! Will try to catch up tonight and tomorrow! =)

14 comments:

Kelodie said...

Bravo Sonia! Tu sembles avoir eu une fin de semaine le fun. :-) J'ai de la misère à croire que qqn te suivrait d'aussi proche quand il n'y a personne autour de vous! Définitivement bizarre...

Il faut que tu me donnes plus de détails sur la job à Environnement Canada. Je te le dis: tout va débloquer en même temps. :-)

Running~Jordan said...

Yay Sonia - good job! :) I'd love to do one of those relays but the cut offs freak me out!

yumke said...

Hey, relays sound like so much fun. Great race and I like that you waved goodbye to the other runner!

Trishie said...

Great relay race, and LOVE that you waved BUHBYE to your "shadow" .

Laurel said...

OMG! great news on the jobs! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Sounds like a fun race. I have always wanted to do a relay. I must say though, if someone was following me that closely I think I would stop dead in my tracks and let her slam into me. Just to hurt her. I hate that! Way to go on keeping her in the back. And I LOVE the little wave you gave her! Very Sassy ;)

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO! You waved good bye to that chick?!?! HAHHAHAHAHAAA Ohhhh you're a riot! Most excellent job my dear!

TNTcoach Ken said...

You smoked that woman! I didn't realize that we were soooooooo competitive, Ha. I'm sure the government of Canada is glad that you be working.

Runner Leana said...

Fantastic job on your relay!!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you Sonia!

b said...

Great job Sonia with the relay race over the weekend...it was nice that the hurricane held off till the following day after the race!

She Who Makes Waves said...

I am in full agreement with the first sentence of your blog! Being from New Glasgow, N.S. I am biased!

Great work on being a team player in the relay!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you that something works out with getting work!

Girl on Top said...

Great job on passing her! I love the feeling. It actually pushes me harder.

cindy said...

Way to go, Sonia!! Especially on those hills - you stayed strong!!!

Sonia said...

Thanks folks! Relays are SO MUCH FUN!!!!

J~Mom said...

WOOHOO!!! Congrats!!