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Race Recap: Regionals Round #2


Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! Thank you so much for the lovely comments on yesterday’s post! As promised, I’m going to tell you more about race day!


On Friday night, I did what all the cool kids were doing and headed out into the cold darkness on a short shakeout run. I am now a huge believer in shakeout runs! My legs felt much better after 3 easy miles + 5x strides on grass.


I promise I’ll clean that mirror someday…


You know it’s going to be a good race when you have Smiles in your dinner.


Best pre-race meal ever!


Woke up bright and breezy, ate white toast with jam, chugged water, and hit the road.



I’m used to only having to travel short distances for local races, but this was regionals, so it was a couple of hours drive away. It made me sleepy, and clearly I was still drowsy when we finally arrived…


Bad case of morning face. Hey, I’m a poet! I totally know it.


My dad took me to the race. He is my biggest supporter and I love him for it!! A few pre-race realisations:

  • Hilly course! We walked it together and there were a couple of (killer!) long inclines and some shorter steeper ones.
  • It was really cold and we froze! At least it was sunny, which was nice Smile
  • It was a beautiful (but muddy!) course though that was mostly on trails in the woods. Next time I must remember to take photos when I walk the course!
  • The Portaloos had no toilet roll. Not a single one. They were definitely the worst ones I’ve experienced!
  • I’m still having stomach issues before races. I have tried so many different breakfast options, but my stomach is always really unsettled, and makes itself heard in the warm-up especially! I am going to continue to experiment with different pre-race meal routines until I find something that works for me.
  • At big races, I need to get to the start line early so I don’t have to stand behind people!


Ready to start! We were all freezing and I was bouncing up and down trying to stay warm!



I was not in a good position, and when the gun went off, I found myself right at the back of everyone. Although the start line itself was really long (the photo is only of the middle bit), the course narrowed really quickly, meaning that I was stuck behind a lot of people at first. I soon worked my way through, but by the time I had moved forward, I had no idea how many people were in front of me.



Most of the race I ran alone, which was quite difficult mentally. For about five minutes in the woods, I didn’t see anyone else at all! A long uphill led out of the woods onto the field for the last 400m or so. Sprint to the line!


Yeah, clearly by that point my form had gone out of the window! I blame jelly legs from all those hills! Smile with tongue out


Aaaand I finished! With no idea where I had placed or in what time, I stumbled across the line and was handed a chip that said ‘26’ on it. I almost passed out. After all that, I had come 26th?! I knew there were people ahead of me, but I was sure I had done better than that! Thankfully it was a mistake, and the wrong chip was handed to me! Instead I was handed the right one telling me that I had come 6th, along with a selection letter to be part of the regional team to compete at Nationals! Open-mouthed smile


Not enough energy left to do a thumbs up haha!


No, wait, I managed it!



I was really proud of myself after this race. I knew it would be a struggle to place in the top ten since I am still in the comeback phase of injury, and still the ‘the newbie’ as my teammates jokingly call me! But I did and it feels amazing! It’s strange to think that just three months ago I ran my first race with my team, and I never thought in a million years that I’d get this far! If anything, I feel like I’ve proved to myself that anything is possible. Dealing with injury is hard, and having to cope with that both physically and mentally is very tough. Having suffered with injuries throughout the whole of 2011, I am realising that I am still healing,  but have become stronger for my struggles.



I choose to rejoice.


30 Responses to Race Recap: Regionals Round #2

  1. Sounds like a very challenging race. You really have been through so much with your injures…you’re unstoppable ;) I look forward to hearing about Nationals. I hope you find something that settles well in your stomach. When I find something that works pre-exercise I tend to stick to it for a long time. The alternative is just not worth variety, lol.
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  2. Congrats, Emma!!!
    Carly D. @ CarlyBananas recently posted..Fantastic Friday Facts

  3. That’s so exciting!!! What a hard way to start but you finished strong!!!
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  4. Congratulations! i enjoyed the recap. Good job getting through all those people- I hate being at the back and waste so much energy (emotional and physical!) moving up.

    I like the quote… why waste time on regret :)
    Josie recently posted..Running…to the bakery, aka not so great running week.

  5. Wow awesome race girl!!! You running journey has been amazing and you’ve come such a long way! SO happy for you!!

    PS: I love how you call the bathrooms portaloos!!! So cute!
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  6. I have lots of thoughts, so I’m numbering them!
    1. You have the cutest prerace meal. Ever.
    2. Long drives to races always make me drowsy!! I try to either pump myself up or sleep. Total opposites, I know.
    3. Hilly + Cold = Ick!
    4. Bathrooms at races are always terrible.
    5. GI issues prerace are inevitable. Especially important ones!
    6. Starting from the back of the pack is so frustrating!! Luckily my starts were better last season, but if I wasn’t on top of it, it would get me down!
    7. No mean’s land is even more frustrating than the back of the pack! I talk to myself in my head. I need something to keep me going!
    8. YOU ARE AMAZING. Seriously. You have come so far in the short amount of time you have been running. You speed and passion have grown so much, and getting over all those injuries has made you so strong. You deserve to go to Nationals!!! Way to go!!
    Tara recently posted..Vlog–what hurts and what’s to come.

  7. CONGRATS EMMA!!!!!!! drowsy mornings, long drives, gi issues, cold air, running alone…you killed all of it! love it! I kinda had a feeling you’d make national team :) and you’re so right….thiking about how far you’ve come and all you’ve had to deal with injury-wise this year just makes the whole experience that much more incredible!! So excited for you!!
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  8. That’s really awesome how far you’ve come with your running. Good luck at nationals, I know you’ll do really well!
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  9. Congratulations! You know, your stomach issues could be mostly from nerves, especially if they aren’t keeping you from running so incredibly fast. One time at a race there was no TP, and I was sad, especially since there was nothing else, except for leaves of trees I’m allergic too, to wipe my runny nose on. What are those smiley things? :)
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  10. Congrats Emma! You deserve it!
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  11. I LOVE those smiley faces- I’m a sucker for shaped foods and those just so much darn better than regular fries! I remember reading your blog when you were injured and now look at you- SO inspirational and you’re the reason why I’m still feeling positive during my injury! I haven’t run properly in a month but you’re proof that it’s possible to bounce back stronger!

  12. way to go friend!! so proud of you! you have come so far. now go rest up!
    oh and have you tried just plain toast or GF toast with marmite and banana before a race?
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  13. Congratulations Emma! What an awesome recap :)

    I agree with Tara, above: pre-race GI issues are pretty much inevitable as the nerves kick in! You’ve just got to find something that works for you.
    For me, if my stomach is still unsettled an hour before a race I will take a couple of tablets (immodium) which gives me peace of mind more than anything!
    Marijke recently posted..Race Recap [10km]

  14. Three words,Emma: YOU. ARE. AMAZING!
    You can be so,so proud of yourself for having come that far and I know this is not the end,but only the start of your running carreer. You deserve it to compete at Nationals,you really do! :)
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  15. well done on the race hun you rock!!! you so deserve you have worked so hard.

  16. Congratulations Emma that is fantastic!
    Pre-race nerves get me too, so maybe it is the nerves and not the food?
    It does look so cold in those pictures too.
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  17. Congrats Emma that’s wonderful, you should be so proud!
    Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish recently posted..Feeling like myself again

  18. Big congrats! You deserve no less and you have been working so hard so I’m really happy that it paid off for you!! :-) It’s so exciting! You must be still buzzing?! I hope the team does fabulously at nationals!

    Oh and it’s darn freezing. I see Winter has finally decided to make an appearance….hopefully it’s not so icy at the next race! :-) x

  19. You are amazing Emma… and you look so bad ass in your photos! I am always looking like I am dyinggggg lol
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..Letting Go Of The “Perfect Meal”

  20. Congratulations on the brilliant race! Even though you had some problems and stuff, I’m so glad to hear that you pulled through and had a great race. :D
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  21. That’s fantastic! Congratulations…and I’m amazed at your discipline or willpower or whatever to run out in the cold!
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  22. Congratulations Emma! You’re a real inspiration!

  23. I am SO excited for you!! and very proud! I had no doubt you would make it to Nationals!! keep the positive energy rolling girl! You will be slashing records and taking 1st once you are entirely healed, keep focusing on yourself and the rehab! :)
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  24. Congrats, I’m soo happy for you!!! :D

  25. Smiles !!!!!!!! I haven’t eaten them for years. But you gave me the idea to !

  26. I haven’t had those smiley potato faces for years! Congrats! Such a great race recap! :D
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  27. Congrats Emma! I hope you find a prerace meal that works for you, but at least you still did AWESOME! You’ve come such a long way in sooo little time, it’s so inspirational!
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  28. I’m so proud of you girl. This has seriously been a great journey for you and coming back from that injury is amazing. I hope you can find a good prerace meal for nationals!
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  29. Hey! I just found you through RECIpage as I was looking for cookie recipes. I made your “Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies”, although I subbed white flour so I suppose mine were a little less healthy. I also had to use a bit of applesauce because I didn’t have quite enough agave and I added chocolate chips. The dough was crazy good with the pb added at the end.. and the cookies themselves were also fantastic.
    Thanks for a great recipe!
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