First Race Complete!

On Sunday, I ran the longest distance I’ve ever run.


Late last year, I committed to myself that I would run a half-marathon in 2012. Over the last few years I’ve been a disorganized nightmare. I knew that I would likely get to 4 days before the half-marathon and be like – shit, I forgot to train.

So I registered for a whole pile of runs to keep me on track. 5K this month, 8k in March, 10K in April, 10K in May and then the Half (aka 22 freaking kilometers) in June.

So of course it’s last Tuesday… I haven’t trained and I’m like – shit, I forgot that I’m doing a race on Sunday. So I dragged myself to the gym and pumped out 3K. Well let me tell you… it was awful and I thought I was going to DIE. Two days later, I ran again. This time 4K. I felt good, but knew I still had a lot of work to do. {… by the way, the 10 min run, 1 min walk… definitely makes learning to run easier.}

I participated in Vancouver’s Chilly Chase which raised money for various local charities. The shortest time was 23:14 and the longest time was 46:06. It was a rainy, windy morning and I was really just excited to get the race over with. :)

My goal was to finish in less than 35 mins and I finished in 32:54, 17th place. Woop.

Definitely need to work on my time, but everything I’ve been reading says the most important thing is finishing. If you finish, you win. Now I feel confident I can run 5K again. No problem. By middle of March, I need to run a solid 8K. I’m now on the training plan for Harry’s Spring Run Off and as soon as it’s done will begin the Half training to bridge from 10K to 22K.

I’m rather liking this last week of running. My body feels good and I’m sleeping well. The only problem? Running bores my brains out. Need to remedy that situation — currently debating light audio books.

This came across Pinterest today. Timely.

Happy Monday.


  1. Kymme January 24, 2012

    Congratulations Jillian! You are a runner! I’m so proud of you!

  2. […] 5K on Jan 22: Chilly Chase Vancouver  {32:54} || Race Recap […]

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