Labour Day Oakville Half Marathon & 10K


Thank you for your good luck wishes this morning. :)

We arrived almost an hour early to the race this morning and we were treated with a gorgeous sunrise along Lakeshore.


It was breathtaking.

Possibly the most gorgeous sunrise I have ever seen!


The lake displayed a rainbow of colours.

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A great start to the race I would say! :)


At 7:30am, the 10km got underway. I was feeling a bit nervous at the start line! ;)


I was thinking, ‘Hrmm. This one could hurt.’

I was also cold, hence the pants and jacket!


We were off like a herd of turtles!


The first km is always so fun! Fast, fast, fast. Adrenaline x 100.

You say to yourself, ‘I LOVE RUNNING!’ Wheeeeee.

Then the honeymoon period ends and you start to get tired!

I started to get tired around the 3km mark. My pace was fast and I was breathless. I cranked the tunes and decided to run for the ‘5km’ marker. Once I got to the 5km, I knew it was just another 5km and then I would be done.

This is the beauty of a 10km race! It is just two 5km runs.


Whohoo I made it.

Eric raced to the 5km spot to meet me! He was so proud of himself for getting there in time to see me. It was cute.

But where was I?


He spotted me! It was so fun to see him at the half-way mark.


I was neck and neck with the woman in front of me and the woman behind me for the entire race (and a few men). We kept picking each other off…falling back, moving ahead, falling back, moving ahead for the entire 10km. It was some friendly competition! I love that about races.

In a race, I always try to find people just ahead of me and make it my goal to stay close to them for the entire race. I ended up passing the woman ahead of me around 9km and the woman behind me (pink) passed me in the last 200 metres! I was like ‘oh no you didn’t!’ but I just didn’t have the strength to pass her again. She came up to me after the race and was so sweet and said ‘thank you for motivating me!’ I said the same to her! :)

My 5km time was around 25:15 mins., which is where I wanted it to be to achieve a negative split in the second half.


I was trying really hard to pace myself and not burn out too soon, although I admit, I was already feeling quite tired by the 5km. Perhaps I was going out too hard, I wondered.

Eric ran with me for about 0.5km along the sidewalk. I was sure he was going to take a horrible spill and smash the SLR. Luckily that did not happen! ;)

Then it was time to part ways so Eric could make it back to the finish line.

Off I went with just 5km to go!


At the 7km marker, I knew I was almost in the home stretch!

‘Just a 3km run left’ I told myself. I was pushing hard and my last 3 kms were fast with a pace of around 4:55-5 min/km (which is around a 7:50-7:55 min/mile).

At the 9km marker I started to lose steam and it was a huge struggle to keep increasing my speed. I told myself ‘you are so much stronger than you think’ to defeat the negative thoughts in my mind.

Finally, the finish line was in sight and I was relieved! I saw the time on the clock and realized that I could make it in under 50 minutes if I booted it hard, so I sprinted hard with all of my might.


Once I saw the time on the clock it was GAME ON.

I was all business.


All my tiredness went out the window and it was just me against the clock. I sprinted harder than I think I ever have in a race before with my pace getting up to a 5:16 min/mile.



Almost there!!

I was SO out of breath. My lungs were in my throat. I could not breathe.




I was so exhausted and out of breath I couldn’t bring myself to smile as I crossed the finish line, but I can assure you I was VERY happy!

I was kind of in a daze for a minute after crossing.


What a rush!


Here are my Garmin stats:


The official stats:

  • Distance: 10km
  • Chip time: 49:50 mins
  • Avg. Pace: 5 min/km or 7:58 min/mile
  • 3rd place in my division out of 17 women ages (25-29) 
  • 19th place out of 201 women overall
  • 81th place out of 364 runners
  • I smashed my 10k PR (56:57) by 7 minutes


This race proves to me what a year of training & proper rest and nutrition can do. One thing is for sure, I never would be able to achieve these athletic accomplishments if I was still struggling with my eating disorder, starving myself, and over-training. My body used to be weak & hungry all the time and now it is strong and healthy and happy. :)

No PR could ever top that feeling.


I know a lot of you reading this are currently struggling with disordered eating and I want to tell you that the fight for recovery is worth every second.

You never know what you are capable of until you treat your body right.

We got home at 9:30am and I promptly mowed down on a burger. ;)


A delicious Lentil-Walnut Burger! I am hooked and already planning my next batch! The garlic and toasted walnuts give this burger a WOW factor.




This gal is off to get some R & R. After 4 hours of sleep, I am pooped! I am more sore from this 10km race than I was for my 3 half marathons…funny how speed work does that!

Enjoy your day.

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans September 6, 2010

Wow that’s awesome. Congrats on the new PR! And those sunrise pictures are amazing!


Leah September 6, 2010

Amazing Race and beautiful photos.

Great job… I really need to do some speed training….


Emily September 6, 2010

congrats on your run, first of all! second, i’m interested in what you use to track your mileage? i’m sure you’ve talked about it before, but i’m new to your blog…but very much enjoying it. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2010

I use a Garmin Forerunner 305. PURE LOVE.


Emma September 6, 2010

Wow Angela, congratulations! I love reading your posts so much- your “glow” is certainly infectious. I’m one of those readers struggling with committing to getting healthy again and free from an eating disorder but you really are an inspiration. I used to run cross-country but haven’t been able to for 3 years now and I’m desperate to be able to run again. Seeing how strong, beautiful and happy you are without an eating disorder is certainly helping me :) Thank you again. xxx


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2010

Thank you for your comment :) I wish you all the best with everything!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 6, 2010

A sub 50min 10km??? CONGRATS!!! What a wonderful and well deserved reward for all your hard work. You should be so very very proud of yourself!!!
Ps – “We were off like a herd of turtles” >> hehe this made me giggle!


Little Bookworm September 6, 2010

Congrats on the race, and those sunrise photos are amazing! :)


Stacey@ September 6, 2010

Great job. Those pictures are so good. Amazing sunrise.


schmei September 6, 2010

Wow! I can’t imagine running 10K that fast. My last 8K was 59 minutes… I truly am a member of the turtle herd. :-)

Congratulations on the PR, and thanks for being so inspiring!


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 6, 2010

hurray! way to go with the race…awesome time :)


Jo September 6, 2010

Wow Angela, so fast! Well done, I really enjoyed your recap :)


Jen September 6, 2010

Congrats on the race!!! What a great way to end the long weekend…and I love that the ribbon colours are Ti-Cat gold & black…very appropriate since we smashed the Argos today, lol. Oskie-wee-wee!!! Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!


Callie September 6, 2010

Awesome race! You inspire me to get running again. :)


Robyn September 6, 2010

Congrats on your PR! What an amazing accomplishment! Also loved the mention of your huge victory over disordered eating — an even bigger achievement that opens so many doors for you and your healthy life.

Major, major congratulations, Angela!


Sava September 6, 2010

Wow congratulations!
It is always exciting, and not to mention inspiring, to hear how people achieve their goals :)

Anyways, good job! You totally earned that delicious-looking burger :P


Sara September 6, 2010

Wow, great run!
Reading your blog always adds a little more fight to my recovery. Thanks for your inspirational words.


thefruitpersuit (Sabine) September 7, 2010

agreed :)


Marcia September 6, 2010

You should be proud! That’s an awesome time. I miss running. I did two 1/2 marathons, a 10-mile race, and part of a marathon in the last year, then I got injured. I switched to triathlon training, but still the body needs a break from running. Which makes me sad. I need the stress relief.


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 6, 2010

What an amazing accomplishment! I loved that you were able to document the race step-by-step. Made me feel like I was there, and I absolutely love the excitement and adrenaline of race day. Congrats on a great race and a great year of taking care of yourself!


muva 02 September 6, 2010

Hi Angela, WELL DONE excellent time, I’ve only ran a 10K once and
my time was 59 mins, not sure when the next one is, don’t think I
could beat ur time, I started running almost a yr ago so maybe if
I keep putting in the work… who knows.
Well done again, love your posts :-)


Elli @ 16 and Losing It September 6, 2010

I’m so glad your race went so well! I had a 5 mile race today and also did awesome! I feel the same way about eating, 2 years ago I did not eat well enough and was certainly not in shape enough to run one mile let alone 5! All the struggle to lose the weight and eat healthy is totally worth the feeling of my body working hard and well.


Anne September 6, 2010

Oh wow, those sunrise pics are amazing! Congrats on a GREAT race!!!


Jae September 6, 2010

Holy Cow! What a run! Congratulations :)
When i read this post, I almost started to cry. It’s one of your best, I think :D


Maddie September 6, 2010

Congrats on your race and getting a new PR! The sunrise pictures are so pretty and those burgers look really good :) I will have to make them soon!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 6, 2010

Woohoo!! Congratulations! I remember doing the same thing for the little 5Ks I ran in..I’d always pick someone ahead of me and say “just catch up to them” It made the race seem more fun with little mini goals and what not. :)

It how sweet of Eric to meet you half way!


Emily September 6, 2010

hi. i just wanted to leave you a note to tell you i really love your blog. i came across it some time ago and favorite-d it. i read regularly and love your life goals as well as your positive attitude. congratulations on your 10k. i ran my first marathon this year and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself and my little family just like you. i keep two blogs, one for my little family and the other for my “nutritious recipes” at neither of which i try to get “out there” … telling you only so you have a face with the comment (if you care). thanks for writing. i really enjoy it!


Melissa September 6, 2010

You are such an inspiration! Congratulations! :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 6, 2010

Congrats on the race. You finished with a killer time! :) And you are so right about treating your body properly! I feel so much stronger during my workouts now that I’m fueling myself with enough food. You’ve been such an inspiration!


Tiffany September 6, 2010

Thank you for being you and inspiring so many! You have taught me so much. I have recently fallen in love with running and you have inspired me to love myself and be myself. I struggled with bulimia for a long time and have just this year learned to make peace with my body and love myself. You are inspirational!


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 6, 2010

Wow! Reading this post made me really happy. I just ran my very first 5K race yesterday–a feat I never thought I could ever achieve…and I sit here reading your post thinking: I could totally do a 10K!

Congrats on your race…and those sunrise pics are amazing!!!


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 6, 2010

Beautiful Sunrise photos!! And you totally kicked some 10k-ass!!! You rock. Such an inspiration. I hope someday to be able to run fast.


dragonfly180 September 6, 2010

congrats on a great run and a PR! you are speedy! :o) the sunrise pics are gorgeous. thanks for sharing.


Danielle September 6, 2010

Wow! For me, just starting to run – this is very inspiring! Yay for you – for sticking to your training program and powering through. :)

Also, absolutely gorgeous sunrise photos! I’m sure there will be people downloading these as a desktop wallpaper.


Carolyn September 6, 2010

Congratulations, Angela!!! I am SO proud of you! And you are so inspiring: So strong, so lovely, and so talented. I am lucky to have found your blog.

Keep running and glowing!



Crystal September 6, 2010

Congrats Angela!! 10km is a long distance to run, but beating your PR must have felt so good! You are so motivating for the rest of us. :)

PS I think we are on the same dinner-brain wavelength because tonight I turned to my boyfriend and said “I want a burger tonight with avocado on it. I think that would be tasty tasty.” :D


Cara Craves... September 6, 2010

What a feat!
You should be very proud of yourself.


Kristin September 6, 2010

Wow! What an amazing race! The picture of you with the medal is my favorite. Way to go!


Kristy September 6, 2010

Congrats on a great race, the pics were amazing and so inspiring! I know that will be me one day crossing a finish line! :)


Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 6, 2010

Wow. Those sunset pictures were breathtaking even through the computer. Such an amazing mix of colors, and those tree silhouettes! Congrats on your personal victory. It sounds like such a happy, exhilarating day you had. :-) You are such a little online ray of sunshine for me. And your fruity VOO from last night looked oh so good.


The Healthy Apple September 6, 2010

What a beautiful sunset … Congrats on your race; what an amazing accomplishment…I’m so happy for you! Happy Labor Day!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 6, 2010

Woohoo! Congrats!!! That is AMAZING!


Halley (Blunder Construction) September 6, 2010

The race is ALWAYS worth it if you get to take a home a medal! Nice job! Also, those sunset photos are unreal.


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