See Rick Run
This time last year I was slowly getting back to running after having a second open heart surgery in February, 2015. Last June, I took part in the Virtual 5K and was able to raise over $500 for the Heart Institute thanks to your donations. :) Since then, I've run in a few more 5K and 10K races, and ran the Manotick Miler 10 mile (16.1 km) race in support of the Heart Institute. On May 29th at Race Weekend, I beat the heat and ran in the Ottawa Half Marathon!
On June 1st (National Running Day) I took part in the Virtual 5K again (post-run pictured), and with your help I hope to raise another $500 and give back to the Institute that has given me so much. Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate!
My Personal Web Log
Race Weekend Half Marathon
That was hard.
It was a hot Sunday morning for 21.1K, but I survived! I took full advantage of the extra water stations, sponges, and sprinklers, and tried to keep cool throughout the race. Around the 14K mark I decided to forget about a goal time (which changed with every passing kilometre) and concentrated on finishing the race feeling good. The last 3K were the toughest with the sun beating down on us, so I took walk breaks every kilometre and finished strong with arms raised as a crossed the finish line! :) Definitely an eventful race and one I will always remember.
by Ricardo Garabatos on Mon, May 30, 2016 @ 9:24 AM
Getting Ready for Race Weekend!
Less than 4 weeks until the half marathon! :)
I ran the Manotick Miler on Sunday and felt good throughout the 16.1 km, even with the wind and rain. I took yesterday off and went out for an easy 5K during lunch today...perfect weather for an afternoon run. This weekend will be my last really long run before I taper. The first half I did back in 2009, I didn't really train properly and hit the wall at around 18K. I've learned a lot this year on how to hydrate/fuel/train the right way...so we'll see how this tapering thing works out. Sunday mornings are when I go for my long runs, so I plan to run 20K this Sunday, 15K next, 10K the Sunday after next, and then it's race day!
by Ricardo Garabatos on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 3:46 PM
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