Ironman Canada: The Run

1 Aug

Lastly the run! Usually my least favorite part of the Ironman BUT this one was different! I actually loved it!

Run: (goal: 4:57-5:07; actual: 5:01) Well I made it through the swim and bike. The race starts here. I was to start out at 11 minute miles. That was plan A! I was out of transition. There are so many spectators and cheering. It is hard to start slow. I saw some friends and they got this shot!
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I did not want to think about the fact that it felt like a thousand degrees and I had to run 26.2 miles. BUT I had a huge smile on my face. I was excited still. I was knee deep into my 4th Ironman. What was happening!!!!! I also thought ok I am going to be out here for 5 hours. Don’t think about 2 hours from now. 3 hours from now. Mile 18 or 20 or 22. Just keep focused. Keep eating and drinking. Keep moving forward and that is exactly what I did!

I looked down at my watch after I had rounded that first corner and passed most of the spectators! 10:15! Fuck! Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. I did! There is a ton of spectators in this area because we pass through it a couple of times. It was hot. I have done this before I have to start slow because there is no going back when I start walking later. I had to keep it together for at least the first half before I wanted to move to plan B. It was so hot. Basically the entire course is rolling hills. I thought just get through the first half and it would get cooler.
They had changed the course from last year. When we were there 6 weeks ago the old course was still posted and that is what we trained for. I was super happy with the changes. Way more spectator friendly.

There is a section from mile 2-4ish and 14-16ish around Lost Lake that was awesome. It was rolling on a trail and mostly shady! After that first go around I saw my mom and aunt cheering. Finally for the first time today I got to see them!

I saw a ton of other spectators I knew. There were so many people from Portland that their spectators were all over the course. It was so much fun. I was taking in my Gu. I was taking in more Perform. Gross! The aid stations were kind of wonky. There were 2 or 3 sets that were real close and then toward the end of the out and back loop there was 2 miles without aid. I was a little mad about that. I saw friends coming back. I saw the girls after I made the turn at the out and back. I thought they would be passing at any time. I just kept moving forward. I slapped lots of hands of friends and spectators.

I felt relatively good for the first loop. I use the word good loosely!! I don’t think that I could have done anything better or different that would actually make me feel good!! 
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I was getting tired. I was still happy. I was definitely still smiling. I was getting this done. I was more excited because it was getting cooler or at least there was more shade. I knew I could start taking in the Coke on the second loop and I was actually pumped for that. Maybe more because I was not having any more Perform!!

I saw my mom again and she said that Dan had gotten off the bike so I was super happy to hear that. Not that I was worried but he was a little worried about making the bike cut-off! I saw Jeremy a little while later and he said that Dan was about 15 minutes ahead of me. I was going to try to catch up but we will see how long that lasts!!!

I was getting around Lost Lake for the second time. I was now “running” but really slow and trying to limit myself to walking for only 15-20 seconds at a time. There was a ton of people walking and I encouraged them. Said they looked great, nice job, keep moving forward, etc! You never know who is on their first loop or second loop.

I was cruising right along. Back by the spectators. Back by the aid stations I was now familiar with. Saw friends who were on their way to fast finishes! The Coke was good. It was more shady. I didn’t like any of our plan B, C, or D’s! I just kept moving at the pace I was going. I was mostly running with probably 2 walk breaks between aid stations but 11-12 minute miles. Nothing fast but I was happy and doing way better than I thought I would be doing!

Dan had made the turn around and was on his way back and I saw him there for a quick second. I was gaining on him but not very fast. I made the turn around. Not a whole lot left!! Could I keep it together for 5 more miles?! 5 more miles?!!! I saw the girls again we were coming home!! I was still talking to people. Some people were on their first loop and wondering if they would finish. I was very positive and encouraging!! I was just having so much fun!! I couldn’t believe I was still happy!

I finally caught up to Dan with about a 1 mile(ish) to go. Right where my fam was sitting. It was perfect because she got a picture!! I gave Dan lots of encouragement and left him at his special needs bag.
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I saw Jeremy one last time. I was so close but so far away!!! I made the final turns into the village and then out of the village to the final stretch down Blackcomb. I was done. I gave lots of high fives and was happy I was done before dark!!!

I crossed the line in 13:06:02!! It was not a 12:59:59 but I could not have asked for a better day! I was super happy that I stayed mentally with it. I smiled. I had fun. I had such an amazing day!! I waited for the girls to finish. Talked with them for a bit. Went home and showered and back to where my mom and aunt were sitting to wait for Dan!
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Thanks to Dan, Erica, Laura, Stephanie, Kat, Anne, Nik, Jeremey, My mom & Aunt LaVon, The Weinsofts, all my other friends competing and their spectators, and to all of you who have read my good and bad training logs and have given support and virtual cheers!!

18 Responses to “Ironman Canada: The Run”

  1. MoM August 2, 2014 at 12:57 AM #

    Proud mom!

  2. Laura August 2, 2014 at 7:54 AM #

    Super awesome race Leslie! Great reports on each section too. Such a great year thanks for documenting so much. I think I have more pictures from your blog than I took all year myself:)

  3. Kristina August 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM #

    What a great race – it’s so hard to stay positive, but you did it! I’ve heard that Canada is a tough course, so you put down a really great race out there. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com August 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM #

    Awesome job Leslie! You really rocked this course! Smiling throughout the marathon? I don’t even do that and it’s the ONLY event I race, haha. You are such a great athlete 🙂 Hope you are relishing in all your glory IM x 4!!!

  5. Ashley August 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM #

    Loved reading the step by step account!!! It was like I was there! Thank you bringing us on your journey. So proud of you Leslie and Dan!!

  6. Amanda August 3, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

    Just awesome! Way to crush it. The recaps were great. Thanks for posting them and enjoy a little time off for a bit. 🙂

  7. The Padre August 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM #

    #1 Thanx so much for posting your bib number so that we could track your progress though out the day. #2 Excellent three-part write up. #3 Thanx for the repetition of writing about how you encouraged others during the run. #4 You are an inspiration. After reading this “final?” installment, I am about to load up the Boy Dog and head for the hills!!! #5 Congrats to You, Dan, & The Family members that were at the right spot at the right moment. Big Hugs

  8. Kimberly @ Healthy Strides August 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM #

    Congratulations! Way to get out there and NAIL IT. I’ve been waiting to read the recaps till I had time to really read them. I was tracking you that day, and I’m just so proud.

  9. Single-Tracked Mind August 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM #

    I’m glad they changed the course to your liking, and I cannot imagine trying to run a marathon after that hilly bike ride. It sounds like you paced yourself SO WELL, and I am so happy that you felt good mentally and physically throughout this experience! Congrats Leslie!!!!!

  10. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust August 5, 2014 at 6:48 AM #

    Congratulations!!! It seems like you felt good the entire time and had a solid race. How did you like the run course as a whole? Was it fairly flat or were there noticeable hills that really slowed you down? Were there points along the course where you felt alone or did not have any spectators? More questions, I know. 🙂 You are awesome – enjoy this victory!!!

  11. Kristin (@SweatCourage) August 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM #

    Congratulations on such a great race Leslie!! How amazing it must have been to felt SO good the entire time! That is what I hope for… the alternative scares the shit out of me. It seems like you really listened to your body during the run and were mentally strong! I keep hearing that is all comes down to the Marathon in Ironmans.. that it’s better to hold back on the bike and have a great run. I am excited at the notion of this, since running is my strongest and most favorite event… but I’m also really scared about it! My race is also in Canada, which means it still could be hot like your race was during the run portion. I need to keep my pace in mind, like you did and be weary of going too fast too soon… eeek! Again, spectacular job out there!!!

  12. Lee@tri*inspired*life August 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    I love this part…”I felt relatively good for the first loop. I use the word good loosely!! I don’t think that I could have done anything better or different that would actually make me feel good!!” I could totally steal that for my race report and it would apply perfectly! Way to stay strong for the run and keep your mental game in play. Just being able to maintain some level of consistency during the marathon is great. On top of that, not having any nutrition/hydration issues is a huge victory! CONGRATULATIONS on IM finish #4! So, very impressive! REALLY!

  13. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! August 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

    Wow, way to go! I loved reading all three recaps in succession – what an amazing day! Congrats!!!

  14. Kecia August 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM #

    I LOVE that you had a great run and stayed happy and focused throughout!! Congratulations on an AMAZING race and on finishing IM #4 🙂

  15. bayrunnerjamie August 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    Sooo amazing!! Wow I just ran a marathon..I can NOT imagine doing so after all the hours you already spent swimming and biking. Amazing, this was really fun to read! I’m so glad you were able to smile, have fun and be proud…Congratulations!!

  16. Eva August 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM #

    So awesome! You did great!! Congrats on finishing another one!!

  17. Jesica @rUnladylike August 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

    I am so freaking proud of you! You are a rockstar. I know how much time, pain and sacrifice you had to put in these last 5 months and you finished in an incredible time on an extremely hard course. Great job lady! xoxo

  18. Change of Pace August 11, 2014 at 8:39 AM #

    Congratulations on such a fabulous Ironman, Leslie!! I think you executed everything perfectly!!! I am BEYOND happy for you! (Was it really your retirement?!)
    I love your advice at the beginning when you told yourself not to think of later, just run in the now.
    That picture of you and Dan is just perfect.
    A huge congratulations again to you both! I hope you’re loving the simple life now without long, scheduled workouts!

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