Hell of a ride…

You’re probably sick of my Bluenose Running posts, ok I get it… I’m now going to prepare you for my second race and second trip to Nova Scotia. I’m heading back for my first official trail race! It’s the Tidal Trail race on the salt marsh trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Yes, the home of Sydney Crosby of NHL fame. I swore the first time I did races close together (back to back races/weekends in 2015) I’d not do that again. Well this setup is almost as bad, Bluenose, a weekend off and then the Tidal Trail 10k. The weekend in between seems cruel, mind games are creeping in… thank goodness they’re leaving just as quick as they came.

A reminder, my 3rd race is June 23 and 4th is July1st. That’s even more of a quick turnaround. Those are 2 fun races, one is at the Greater Moncton Airport in support of united way and July 1st is Canada day 🇨🇦.

Tidal Trail is brought to you by Michelle Kempton, the race director of Maritime Race Weekend. In its second year, this race includes a 10k and 15k option. It was included in the Saturday part of Maritime Race Weekend (an afternoon 15k run) in 2017. After feedback it got its own weekend, no cranky/overtired volunteers, race director or participants needed. The 10k is mid morning (10am) and the 15k is early afternoon (1pm). The races are capped at 500 participants each. I’m looking forward to becoming an official trail runner and seeing how my 10k legs feel. Ironically, my other 10k is in September at Maritime Race Weekend.

Happy trails,

CharFlew

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My truth about 5k…Bluenose

5k racing is a mind game that I’m still figuring out. Not every race can be good, but try to find good in every race.

The community of racing is the best thing, my parents are going the distance and are always there to encourage me. This year at Bluenose a long time family friends surprised me at the start. Veronique and her mom Josette. Veronique was doing a half that was originally for her sister, so no registration was lost. This was a great gesture, but it threw me off.

I celebrated my 6th Bluenose race in 5 years. The community has been growing from that first Bluenose until now, it keeps growing.

This is the 2018 #TeamCBC Nova Scotia 5k crew. Even in the 5k there are mini hills…yes I know it’s Hill-afax!

Recap

1-2k went by quickly, I felt ok and was ready. Very excited at the possibilities.

3k-4K was rough and I slowed my pace to a decent pace (ended up feeling like a crawl)

4-5k was slow and steady. I even documented on video my 5th year finish.

Here’s proof of documentation…

Even in the struggles of training and execution this race is truly one for the memory bank. I didn’t loose momentum this past winter and it felt like a great way to start my 2018 race season.

CharFlew :

Post race Bluenose 2018

It’s my first Medal Monday for 2018 and it’s also a holiday in Canada.

I have now done Bluenose 5 years in a row and can celebrate 6 victories.

Each one of these medals wasn’t easy to achieve, like every race you put in many hours of time. Even in a 5k I spend 4-8 hrs a week running for up to 10 weeks before race day, and many more un calculated hours cross training or just adventuring. This is how I keep myself sane.

Even a 5k has its many challenges, it’s a short burst of hell. Even though I do many 5k races, it gives me enough time to challenge myself.

In 2018 I’m upping the number of 10k’s I’ll do to 2. I’ll do the first of 2 10k on June 3rd and the other in September. 10k is enough of a challenge still, it’s become easier with hard work. My first 5k of 2018 was to gauge where I am physically. I’m glad to say I’m where I wanted to be. I didn’t loose momentum this past winter.

I want this blog post to serve as a reminder, a body is capable of many things! If you work for it, you can achieve it!

CharFlew

Pre race day, no days left…

Today is all about the chill, I went out for coffee and now I’m at mom & dads. The night before any race day or race travel day, I spend the evening before resting and fuelling at their place.

I mean really chill, ☕️ coffee on the patio was brisk but gorgeous none the less.

Now I chill, and get ready for my early morning…6 AM and by 3PM, it’ll be all over and I’ll be on my way towards home.

A race recap will happen, just give me time and you’ll know how I did.

CharFlew

2 days until Bluenose race day

2 days out from any race I PLAN… my outfit and needed equipment. I start to go over route in my head (if I’ve done it before) or research any new routes.

I plan my hydration strategy and get extra if needed.

I plan my outfit to travel in. I can quickly change before the race and quickly slip it on after the race to travel home in.

I plan my race day bag.

I finish all this planning with a comfy day before race outfit, because I visit my parents (even in local races) the night before a race or travel day.

This is how you plan for a race… Night before any race I set out what I think I’ll wear (they call these Flat… in my case Flat Charlotte). You can never be too prepared for a race or any weather at any race. When I am able my race bib (race number) is included in the flat version of yourself. This is to help avoid forgotten or necessary things. This race, I’m traveling the day of and get my race number a few hours before race time.

Ready and raring to go,

CharFlew

3 days until Bluenose race day

3 days out you do only what’s needed and rest up to be your best on race day.

Oh my nerves would start to get the best of me if it was any other race. Since I’ve done this race before. I have a PLAN. That’s the key word for 2 days until Bluenose race day.

CharFlew

4 days until Bluenose race day

4 days out from any race I look at the race route, this route I’ve done before so I know this one.

The worst part of this run is at 3k until the finish. In 2017 that’s where I slowed to a crawl, wind was a factor. It hits me all of a sudden. I still manage to run the long incline that’s South Park St. Yes, even in the 5k there’s hidden challenges.

It’s my 5th Bluenose and my 4th 5k. I did 2X10k in 2014-2015 and 3X5k 2015-2017.

Bluenose has become my official start to the race year…the calendar 📆 race year. My race season starts in October and ends in September. My first race was October 27th, 2013 with Bluenose 2014, being my second run ever and first run outside of my home province, first charity run, first 10k. So my heart ❤️ is in it for as long as my feet will go.

One foot in front of the other,

CharFlew

5 days until Bluenose race day

Here’s a look into what I do to get ready for a race. I’m 5 days out from my first race of 2018. I find my racing attire and start to monitor the weather. It can be warm, humid and sunny all the way to cloudy, damp, windy, rainy or overcast…It’s happened at this race before. One day humid sunny and next day damp overcast windy (that was the story of my race weekend in 2015). Two races, doubling the distance (5/10k)… My first double race weekend.

I start by finding my short sleeve racing shirt and my racing capri’s or tights for warm weather. Then find a long sleeve shirt and my windbreaker running jacket just incase.

The difference between good and bad weather is a possible long sleeved racing shirt and a runners rain jacket (wind breaker) instead of short sleeves.

I make sure I have enough fuel, for a 5k (3.1 miles). I grab my nuun hydration tablets and water bottle (like a good nuun ambassador would).

Then I go about the day as normal as I can, I may bike ride a day or 2 until Thursday otherwise it’s off my feet as much as possible.

This is just a peek into my pre race week,

CharFlew

Smile, I wanna see you smile 😃

The weekend slipped by me, I wasn’t on a happy mood train. The unfairness of situations can baffle the mind. Enough of that… I give you a musical moment.

Thursday May 3rd came with a front row seat to Alan Doyle… I finished up the last Christmas gift with this concert.

“I give you a moment of pure joy and bliss, all you need is music & a smile”

Alan pulls out some “Great Big Sea” usually to add to the current selection of songs… He pulled out a few from way back in the earlier days…Captain Kidd, Run runaway, old black rum and Lukey. Oh boy, did I feel like I was in high school again, that’s when I discovered my admiration for Alan and his great talent.

Back to the present day… Alan Doyle has given my spirits a boost. I am a half marathoner and proudly so, tripping (runners nightmare) wasn’t fun. I had attached myself to 2 Alan Doyle songs released 9 days prior. Those songs were Now or never and close to the sun… he sang now or never, I sang along and teared up immediately. It was right after Captain Kidd, that took me back to 9th grade, I had tears of shock and amazement. I got through my half marathon humming and internally singing 🎤 those two songs, Alan has a way of putting out songs that end up being very meaningful to me, I appreciate that. Very few other artists can do this, but Alan does it well. You’re beautiful to me!

My arms and doors are open wide,

CharFlew