Toronto Women’s Half Marathon

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 30, 2010


No matter how little sleep I got or how many doubts floated through my mind this morning, I said what will be shall be and I forged on ahead!

This was another one of life’s great experiences and I was going to embrace it with open arms! You only live once (YOLO!).

Oddly enough, I ended up raising almost the same amount of money for the Canadian Cancer Society as I did last year, so I wore the same tank top that I made last year for my 1st race ever (a 10k). Every time I felt like giving up, I thought about all of the money that we raised for such a great cause. I knew I couldn’t quit!


Eric and I headed out just before 6am this morning. We had just under 1 hour’s drive to the race site. We got to the race super early (over 1 hour early!) so we had lots of time to kill. It was actually kind of nice to be early for once, because for my 1st two half marathons we were caught in bad traffic and almost late. It was nice to be relaxed. The race experience is also much better for the spectator when they don’t have to listen to you panic! :biggrin:


I don’t know what I would do without Eric’s support at my races! He always calms my nerves. [Side note– I can’t believe we are doing the try-a-tri next weekend. GAH.]


Then I met the lovely Sarah, who traveled all the way from New York, and we chatted away until just before the start.

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It was the perfect temperature outside- around 17C/63F, however the sun was quite hot and it heated up fast. Luckily this half marathon was run on a trail in Sunnybrook Park and had lots of shade.


I also met some other ladies, but we didn’t get pictures together! Nothing like meeting blog readers in the porta potty line! :biggrin: I was hoping an all women’s race would mean better smelling porta potties, but no such luck! :sick:


Sarah and I were in the 1st corral, which was an expected finishing time of under 2 hours. It was Sarah’s 1st half marathon and I was really excited for her!!


Sarah and I said our final goodbyes!

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It’s all fun and games until mile 2!!! :lol:

We were off!


I think I saw more Lululemon clothing items in one place than I ever have in my life!


Eric said, ‘Come back in one piece, OK?’


The course:


The course consisted of 3 loops. Because of the loops I got to see my friends during the race which was really fun! I saw Sarah, Hilary, and Vanessa along the way! It is always nice seeing a familiar face when you are needing a lift.


Mile 1: was awesome like it always is! Mile 1 is always the easiest. I have loads of energy and it is pure excitement for the race ahead. Sarah and I chatted during this mile and then we lost each other and I was running solo. The start was very quick since we were near the front and there wasn’t much of a lag at all. It only took me about 6 seconds to cross the start line.

Mile 1 time = 8:24

Hill climb = 66 feet

Mile 2: I don’t know what happened, but I was fighting back tears during mile 2. I was feeling very overwhelmed about how many miles I had ahead of me. I also felt under-trained and my groin started to twinge and feel really tight. My head was not in the game and I was a bit scared.

Mile 2 time = 8:00

Hill Climb = 104 feet

Mile 3: Mile 3 dragged on and on. I couldn’t believe that I had to do 3 more ‘3 mile runs’ – plus a mile! I thought back to my previous half marathons and I think I found that the first several miles were among the most difficult. I have a tendency to defeat myself in my mind before I even get there. I start thinking, ‘Oh my gosh it is only mile 3 and I have 10 miles to run, how will I ever do it?’.

Mile 3 time = 8:18

Hill climb = 121 feet

Mile 4: Mile 4 was pretty uneventful except for the fact that I had some strange man approach me on a bike taking a picture, what looked like, to be of me. I thought to myself, ‘Oh he must be just taking a picture of a lady behind me.’ and I didn’t think much of it. I had other things on my mind!

Mile 4 time = 8:22

Hill climb = 88 feet

Mile 5: This was the mile when I knew without a doubt that it was the right choice to bring my Camelbak. The water stations weren’t very frequent (well, to me anyways!) and I definitely needed the extra water. It was so nice to be able to take a sip whenever I wanted to. I still stopped at every water station and fueled up on Gatorade. I looooooove Gatorade during a race! It makes my heart go pitter-patter when I taste it. :heart:

Mile 5 time = 8:31

Hill climb = 146 feet

Mile 6: My 10k time was (unofficially): 51 minutes. I was very happy with this time, but not happy about the fact that I had to run more than twice the distance before I was done! Mile 6 also began a series of short hills over the next few miles. I knew that my pace was slowly starting to get slower over the past few miles and I wondered if I would be able to keep my pace or not.

Mile 6 time = 8:38

Hill climb = 192 feet

Mile 7: I saw the SAME creepy guy on his bike near me taking another picture!!! I started to freak out a bit, but I convinced myself that he was taking a picture of someone else behind me. While I loved this course in Sunnybrook Park, I did not like the fact that it was open to the public. There were a few questionable men watching this all women’s race from park benches.

Mile 7 time = 8:51

Hill climb = 174

Mile 8: You are stronger than you think, you are stronger than you know. Over and over and over. I wanted to cry. I have such a love/hate relationship with half marathons. One mile I love it and the next mile I hate it. I pushed myself with every ounce of strength I had in me, but I knew I still had 5 miles to go.

Mile 8 time = 8:53

Hill climb = 167 feet

Mile 9: This mile was the toughest in terms of the mini hill climbs. I was cursing under my breath every time I saw a hill approaching. The course was coined a ‘FLAT course’ and while it was an easier course than my two half marathons last fall, it still had some challenging hills in it. Luckily I had a lot of training on hills so my pace didn’t slow down much.

Mile 9 time = 9:04

Hill climb = 209 feet

Mile 10: I could not believe this but the guy on the bike RETURNED somehow and he was right beside me taking a picture of me with his cell phone! So creeped out at this point. He was literally 3 feet beside me on his bike holding up his camera on his cell phone. This time there was no doubt in my mind that he was taking a picture of me. I was super creeped out and I made a beeline to the closest man who was working for the race and I told him about the man on the bike. He seemed quite concerned as was I. Hopefully they kicked him off the course! It really upset me and it kind of threw me off my game for a while. 

Mile 10 time = 8:44

Hill climb = 136 feet

Mile 11: This was a great mile. I felt my strength return and I was sooooo happy I only had 2 miles and a bit to go! Rest was near! The volunteers, while all amazing, were especially amazing near the end. They kept saying encouraging things like, ‘WOW you are doing so great only a few k’s to go!’. I thanked each and every one of them.

Mile 11 time = 8:36

Hill climb = 158 feet

Mile 12: Just like in my previous two half marathons, mile 12 (and 13) were the HARDEST of the entire race. Running is such a mental sport and I find that I kind of lose my marbles during the last mile. It seems to drag on and on and I stopped frequently to walk. I kept telling myself over and over, ‘Just keep going you can walk when you are crossed the finish line!’ and it helped a bit, but I still struggled quite a bit. I knew I was so close to setting a new PR and pushing just a bit harder could be the deciding factor.

Mile 12 time = 9:11

Hill climb = 166 feet

Mile 13: Was this really my LAST mile?! I saw the chocolate station and I almost hurled. I seriously could not fathom the thought of eating a chocolate bar at that time! No one was taking the chocolate at all. There is something wrong about that picture too- women in a women’s race refusing chocolate! It’s a crime, I know. I think that just goes to show how determined we were to finish!

I repeated my mantra ‘You are so much stronger than you think. You are so much stronger than you know.’ I had to stop and walk quite a bit during this last mile and I thought it would never end…

Mile 13 time = 9:01

Hill Climb = 130 feet

Mile 13-13.1(13.3?): My Garmin told me that the course was actually 0.2 miles over because my watch read 13.3 miles when I crossed the finish line, and not 13.1 miles. I thought I only had 0.1 miles to go and it turned out to be 0.3 miles which is a big difference when you are pushing your max 110%.  I must not have been running a ‘straight’ path.

Regardless, I rounded the turn and I saw all of the people lined up and I said, ‘THIS IS IT ANGE, RUN LIKE HELL!’


The crowd was awesome and gave me all the motivation I needed to run as fast as I possibly could! I started to sprint fast and the crowd cheered loudly. My speed got around a 6 minute mile. There were no other women around me so I felt like this was my moment.

It was probably my strongest finishes of all 3 of my half marathons. In my last half marathon, I struggled BIG time in the last 500 metres, but for this race I crossed the finish line flying at top speed! There is no better feeling.


I thought to myself, ‘Oh you are going to feel this tomorrow!’

Race stats:

  • Distance: 13.1 miles (Garmin read 13.3 miles)
  • Chip time: 1 hour 55 mins. 10 secs. (New PR)
  • Placed 16th out of 105 women in my age group
  • Placed 111 overall out of 1129 women in the race
  • Avg heart rate: 173 bpm
  • Max heart rate: 182 bpm (in the last few hundred metres)


Shortly after crossing the finish line…


I saw Eric and he came running over! He was so excited and he kept saying YOU DID IT! Nothing is better than when you think someone truly *gets* how hard it was and how much you pushed yourself to your limits.

Previous half marathon times:

  • 1st half marathon– Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon (Sept. 27, 2009): 1:57:45
  • 2nd half marathon-Goodlife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon (October 18, 2009): 1:56:33
  • 3rd half marathon– Toronto Women’s Half Marathon (May 30, 2010): 1:55:10


How awesome are these girly medals on a sports chain? I love that it is a piece of jewelry!


I want to thank all of you guys for your support through my training and charity efforts! :heart:

The drive home was enjoyed with an ice bag and a High-protein Renew Glo Bar! I don’t think I have ever eaten a Glo Bar so fast.


Icing on the drive home = amazing idea.


This medal is dedicated to all of YOU! I can’t wait to wear it on my training runs. :cool:


When we got home, I had an ice bath, a 45 minute nap (Eric and Sketchie had a 4 hour nap, LOL), and of course lots of yummy food.

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Jocelyn May 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

omg CONGRATZ!! you did AMAZING!!


that guy sounds SUPER creepy. WOW. :|


Jessica May 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm

That’s brilliant! You did great. Congratulations! I’d love to work up to the 10k!!


[email protected] May 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm

WOOT!!! I am so proud of you! Thanks for sharing how you were feeling the whole time. I think it’s important to talk about those miles when you think that you can’t do it..and how you did..cause we all go through that. :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Wow, those are some great splits!!! Great job with the race.

P.S. I love that medal necklace.


Michelle May 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Congrats Angela! You did amazing. I love your race recaps.

Also, I finally tried the banana soft serve vegan overnight oats, and they are fantastic! Thanks for sharing them, and the video you made. It inspired me to make them because it was so easy!


misty mozejko May 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

WELL DONE YOU – thats an amazing time! Come run Ajax half with us in Fall :) I’ll be there with the BRC and such :)


Aleksandra S May 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Oh man I read that review with baited breath!! I’m doing my first half marathon in Sept *gulp* and I need all the advice I can get. Can’t wait to read the next installment.

Tell me a little more about this Garmin watch you speak of though..that I could definitely use! :) And a Camelback too. I hear I will need lots of fluids/gels for this one.

I was dying when my 10k ended…I can only imagine a half!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:04 am

I love the Garmin 305 watch and the Camelbak, both were great purchases. You can find out more about them here: and here: Goodluck!


Miriam May 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Congrat Angie!!! :)


annah May 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Congratulations on your PR!! You did an Awesome job!


Fae May 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Congratulation on setting a new PR!!!!! :) I love that you go through each mile in your re-caps!

I definitely agree that the course should have been closed off to the public – especially with an all women’s race that goes through park tails!

Did you not stop at the fireman’s station???


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:05 am

To be honest, I was so consumed in the race that I didn’t bother with the firemen…haha. One of them did pour water on my head at the end though. ;)


Camille May 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I love this post :)
Congrats on an amazing race!


Dana in KC May 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Hi Angela~ I got teary reading this! You are such a huge inspiration to me. (This is the first time I’ve commented.)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:05 am

Thank you!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Yay!!! Congrats!!!! That is AMAZING! But was there even any doubt you’d do wonderfully?! ;)


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm

It’s nice to hear your reflections from each mile. It’s a great reminder that even great athletes (YOU!) aren’t just lah-dee-dah-ing through ya know? Congrats on a great time despite undertraining and your recent injury! You rock!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

Thanks! The reason I do the mile by mile breakdown is exactly that- to show that it isn’t easy for me. Running a half is probably the hardest physical challenge I have ever done.


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

So glad you were able to overcome that obstacle at mile 2, but wtf–weirdo/creepy dude with the camera. Talk about distraction!! I am glad you told someone.
Anyway, YOU ROCK!!
Do you have a marathon planned in the future?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

Nothing planned at the moment except for the try-a-tri. :)


Stefanie May 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Congratulations on your finish!


*Andrea* May 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm



Leah May 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Awesome job!! Congratulations :)
I love that medal too, I think its awesome that they turned it into something you can actually wear on a regular basis. I think that makes it more special ya know?

That guy sounds really creepy, Im pretty sure I would have freaked right out.


Courtney May 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

That guy sounds like a total creeper! I hope you email the race director or post something on the race message boards about him–I bet there were other women who were complaining too!

AWESOME job though! I cant believe your first half was 1:57–you are super speedy!!

PS good luck at the tri next weekend–it will be a breeze after running for 2 hours this weekend ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:07 am

Thanks for your idea of emailing the director. I did that last night after I read your comment and I told them about my experience and that I hoped we could talk about ways to make the course more safe for women. I can’t wait to see their reply.


KelseyJ May 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Congratulations on setting an new half marathon PR Angela! That race medal is too cute!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Woohoo! Congrats on finishing and getting a new PR Ang!

I’m so sorry about that creeper on the bike. You seem to keep running into creepers :(


Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Wow, I almost felt like I was going to cry reading your race recap. Amazing job! I love Eric’s line right before the race… how sweet!


Cindy May 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm

That’s pretty awesome. Congratulations!!!


Jill May 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Yay, congratulations on the new PR Angela! You did fantastic! You placed AWESOME as well!!


MarathonVal May 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Congrats, you are amazing!!! Now go rest up and eat that belated chocolate ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:08 am

copious amounts of choc covered rainsins were consumed, don’t you worry ;)


Danielle (Runs on Green) May 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Congrats!!! That’s exciting that you’ve been getting better & better :D

..except the man taking pictures?? Um, creepy.


Bri May 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Way to go! I sat the temperature for toronto in the paper today and i was like ooh poor Angela! But you did it, in a stellar time to!


ida May 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Congrats!! i feel like the 1st 4 miles of a 1/2 marathon are the worst. your garmin probably reads longer b/c of weaving around people and not running in a perfectly straight line along the course. happens to me a lot too.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:09 am

Ohh I was wondering about that! Interesting…maybe that is all it was?


Sarah May 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Congratulations – great job!!

Random aside…I never noticed how much you look like Christina Applegate, but in that “thumbs up” photo you really do.


Lynna May 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Congratulations! Reading the mile to mile recap makes it seem like half marathons are really trying both mentally and physically but I’m sure the feeling of accomplishment at the end is totally worth it. Sorry about that weird guy… New PR yay!


LisaG May 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Good run; can’t wait to hear the details. Too bad about the wierdo; ugh. Maybe he made you run faster to get away from him!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:09 am

I think he did!


emptynutjar May 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm

wow – i think u are great. congratulations angela.


kristi (sweet cheeks) May 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm

What a great accomplishment!!! You are absolutely GLOWING in the you should be because I can only imagine how hard it was! CONGRATS!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Another PR!!!!! You’re an inspiration, girl!!! Great job!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Congrats! Reading this made me really excited for you! Those medals are such a cool idea!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm

WHAT A freakin- awesome race!!!! You rock!!!!!


Kellie May 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Congratulations. What a great race. You did amazing and you had a wedding the night before! Enjoy your post race glow.


Wei-Wei May 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

You’re awesome! This is so cool, I’m SO PROUD of you! I love reading race recaps. And you broke your PR! XD You’re awesome!

What a creepy guy, jeesh. :( Rest up! Can you eat that chocolate now? ;)



Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm

AWESOME race!!!


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Okay, I’m not going to lie, I may have teared up reading this! lol! It may have something to do with the fact that I’ll be running my race next weekend, but mostly because you are so awesome and inspiring!!!! It’s so nice to know that we all struggle with the mental aspect of races and you did an amazing job pushing through it. And a new PR on top of that! I’ll be thinking of you when the going gets tough during my marathon. Goooodd job!!!! Boo to creepy men, ugh.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:10 am

Goodluck next weekend! You will rock it :)


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Thank you! :) I am hoping so!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm

A new PR?!? Awesome! Congrats! You go, girl :D

And I agree- cutest medal idea ever!



Lisa May 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Congrats! That’s a great time! I’ve never done a run that was a loop.


Kelly May 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Congrats!!!! You did SO AWESOME!!!! Congrats on the PR and finishing strong especially!

I’m so sorry about that creepy guy! I’m glad you talked to someone about it and he was concerned too because a half marathon is hard enough, you shouldn’t have to deal with extra worries!


Jaime May 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Love your blog!!! Great job on your half marathon today! Way to push through. I may be stealing your “You are stronger than you think, you are stronger than you know.” for my marathon next week. My mind is my biggest obstacle. Thanks for the inspiration!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Congratulations!!!!!! You keep shaving off time! Way to go, we’re all proud of you! :D


Therese May 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

LOVE IT! Congrats and especially on the new PR!!! I’ve been wanting to do that race for a while so it’s good to know that you’re giving it a good review! My friend was also there today doing the 5k!

I totally understand about the open/closed race thing. I normally run through Taylor Creek Park on Sundays but this morning I opted out because I knew you guys would be racing down there. A few weeks back I went for a run down there not knowing an MS walk was going on and it was hell for me! I felt like a fish swimming upstream! So I definitely made sure to hit another area today as I didn’t want to crowd the path!

Will totally think of doing that half next year, that’s for sure!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:11 am

Yes you should! It sells out fast too, so you might want to check out if you can sign up for email notification on their website for the next race announcement. I might do the 5km next year to change it up.


[email protected]:// May 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations. I can’t believe they were giving out chocolate, so not what you want or your body needs after such a tough run. Get lots of rest and recovery.


Kris May 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Aw, big congrats! Your recount of the race made my cry, I’m so happy for you! I trained for a half this year, but 2/3 of the way through training I had to stop; I’m just not a good runner and it was frustrating me. You are such an inspiration!!


Amy May 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Super proud of you, Ange! You never fail to inspire and amaze… :)


Stephanie (of Stephanie Inspired) May 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

This post brought a tear to my eye! I am so proud of you! I am new to running and am working up to a 5K so this is so inspiring to me. It’s also nice to hear what’s going through your head because it often seems like people who run half marathons just do it without much struggle.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:12 am

I struggled A LOT, right from mile 2. My mind likes to try to defeat myself before I even get going.


Kirsten May 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Congratulations! You did amazing!


Laura May 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Great Job!
I would love tot get back into running and maybe try races, your a great inspiration.


kristen May 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Congratulations! Well done!

The extra mileage happens to pretty much everyone…they have to make the course so that the shortest possible route measures 13.1 miles. So most end up going at least 0.1 or 0.2 more even if there isn’t a lot of weaving. Unless you run the tangents perfectly, you go longer. Hard to time your final kick- which is why I really love the races that have the countdowns at the end! The 750m, 500m, 250m and my favourite- the 100m to go signs are a great thing.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

Thanks for this! That makes total sense to me. They didn’t have the countdown signs (from what I saw) and I missed them so much!


Ashley May 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Amazing! I just love race recaps…however that creeper would have totally thrown me off as well. The medal is so cool. I’ve never seen anything like that. So excited that you pushed through and made a PR. Congrats!!! During my 1 and only half-mar, I hated mile 7-8 and 10…luckily my family was parked at mile 8, at the top of a HUGE hill and right at mile 13 Chris was waiting for me snapping photos til I crossed the finish line. Can’t wait to run another!


Brynne May 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Congrats Angela! Those finisher medals are so, so cool!


Maria May 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Wow! Congrats! This makes me want to get out there and RUN right now :)


caronae May 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Congrats on finishing another half! I too have a love-hate relationship with halves. So hard but so rewarding. Sorry about the creeper!

Can’t wait to hear about your race quirks. I get really OCD right before and during a race. If I touch something with my right hand, then I have to touch it with my left hand too….I’m weird, lol.

Happy Sunday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:14 am

hahah that is funny about your quirk!


Allie May 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Wow…congrats on completing the half! and under 2 hours! Way to go!

I love Sunnybrook Park – it’d be awesome to run a marathon there (minus the creepo guy factor) but otherwise, its usually lovely.


Janelle S May 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm

YAY ANGELA!!! You did it! AGAIN! Your a living marvel, girl!
I have GOT to order some of your bars, they look so good : )


Ilana May 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

You rock!! HARD!!


John May 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Congratulations on a great race and PR! I PRed my HM today too but was still 13 minutes slower than you :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:14 am

Congrats on the PR!


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hey Angela! So I have never commented before but I HAD to on this one just to say how absolutely amazing I think you are! Congratulations on your third half!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:14 am

Thank you Megan! :)


Natalie May 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Congrats Angela! This post has inspired me to run a half marathon.


mm May 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Congratulations on the PR – that is so great!! LOVE the finisher’s medal too!! You’re quite a bit faster than I am, but I also find the last 1-2 miles the absolute hardest in the half. They seem to go on forever!


Fueling for Fitness May 30, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Great job!! I ran the Ottawa Half today despite the fact that I was injured (my physio told me that I could run it, but that I shouldn’t race it). All week they were forecasting awful weather but somehow we got lucky and it was only 17 degrees. On our long drive back (not such a great idea when everyone’s sore and stiff from running!), we bumped into this lady who also ran the race and told us that her girlfriend ran the Toronto Half today and said it was her worst race ever because it was so hot. :(

I’m so glad you didn’t have that experience, and even managed to pull off a new PR!

Way to go!



Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:15 am

Hmm that is interesting, I didn’t find it super hot, but I think that may have been due to my camelbak!


Heather Dawn May 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Congratulations!! You did such an awesome job :)


Amber K May 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

What a great recap! You are AMAZING!

I’m so sorry you had to deal with such a creep. Not cool at all!


Dawn Linklater May 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Another great post Angela! I love reading your race recaps, especially what you are thinking at each mile. So far, I’m up to a 5k, and I go through the same mental games!!
I’m glad there was lots of shade for you today – it was such a hot day! Too bad about the creep – how nasty!!! :(
Anyways, you are an inspiration, and I’m going to slowly work my way up to running 10k – Wish me luck!!!!


Lily May 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Congratulations! Like everyone else – I loved the mile-by-mile updates! Someday I may do one myself, but for now I prefer living vicariously through you!
The picture-snatcher did give me goosebumps! I probably would’ve grabbed the phone OR stuck my arm straight out and stopped and tried to clothes-line him, keep those options in mind next time!! ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:16 am

I wanted to push him off the bike…LOL…but I didnt want to get disqualified or something by chance, I would be even more upset. I emailed the race director last night.


Mel May 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Wow! You’re so inspiring!!! What is it about race reports that make me tear up? I can’t believe how awesome you did, especially considering the challenges you faced (creepers and pain twinges). You totally rock! I can’t wait to sign up for my next half, but I don’t know where I’ll be moving in the next several months :-( Eric is such a doll. He totally reminds me of my hubby at races. Its so great to have someone there to run to when you finish! Rest up & take care!!


Janna May 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Angela, this post was incredibly inspiring to me.
I was supposed to run a half marathon this April, but I badly injured my hip and had to drop out. Ever since then I’ve been feeling pretty down about it. I had pretty much given up on ever running over 1 mile again, but this really gave me the push I need to get back into my physical therapy and training and really try for a half marathon this fall!

Thanks :)


Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Under two hours- you are a superstar! But we all knew that already.


Christina May 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Wow, major congrats to you on finishing, and keeping your times up the whole way! I am a new reader of your blog as well as a new runner and you are such a huge inspiration to me. I love your mile by mile breakdown, its great to get an inside peek into a half marathon…. way to go girl, you’re awesome!


Jennifer May 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm

WTG Angela! I ran my first half in Edmonton in Aug of ’09 and am going to start training for the vegas half this December. Hope you had lots of fun! I trained with the running room so I ran most of my race doing the 10 and 1’s the first 10K were awesome then there was it seemed like there was a blurr and then the last 3 K were really hard, It helped that I had an awesome run partner that ran the same pace as me…I am finding it daunting to train be myself, but I think it will give me some awesome inner strength :) Keep up the fantabulous blog! I read it all the time!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:18 am

I have only ever run alone by myself (with Eric occasionally on a bike) and yes I must say it is challenging mentally. All you have is yourself to talk to and if the thoughts are negative, that can be tough to dismiss. That is why I am a very big ‘happy runner’ and I will talk about that more today!


Triathlonbabe May 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm

WAY TO GO on that PR!!! Woohoo! Yikes, how weird is that to have a dude following you in a race and get that close….eeeek!

Congrats on your half marathon and good luck next weekend!


Amy Ramos May 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Congratulations!! Do you know that you have inspired me to do a 1/2 marathon? ME?!? A gal who hated running 2 years ago and never thought in a million years she would ever run a 9 mile event (with hills) let alone sign up for a 1/2 marathon.
I have signed up for the San Jose Rock n Roll Marathon (it is part of the Rock n Roll series here in the States). The event is in October so I have more than enough time.
Am I crazy?!? yes
Do I know I can do it?!? Definitely.

I might have to buy some of your glo bars to help with refueling during my trainings.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:19 am

Oh this made me smile!!! Congrats! That is so awesome. :) I’m proud of you!


April Nguyen May 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm

That is so outstanding! I loved that you went through each mile! Thank you for being such an inspiration.


Jolene ( May 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Congrats on a great run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Marina May 31, 2010 at 12:15 am

It’s amazing that you did it, and very inspiring!


Bec May 31, 2010 at 12:33 am



highonhealthy May 31, 2010 at 12:55 am

Congrats on the race! Every time I read about someone doing a race it makes ME want to get out there and do one. Soon! That guy on the bike sounds like a total creep.. I would have wanted to push him off the bike that probably would have gained me a permanent stalker.


Jenn (GH) May 31, 2010 at 1:29 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a great recap. A few years ago I tried training for a 1/2 marathon but pooped out halfway through the training. :-( Maybe someday I’ll give it another shot.

PS How do you look so pretty when running 13 miles!!!! I’d be so flushed I’d look sunburnt and so sweaty people would think I’d been running through a sprinkler.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:21 am

haha well we haven’t gotten back the ‘during the race’ pictures and in some of those I often have a very mad look on my face! LOL. I also think that happiness radiates outward, so if you have a fun time it shows!


zoe May 31, 2010 at 2:21 am

ahh congratulations! what a great accomplishment! sorry about the creepy guy — that’s really unnerving. i totally agree with you about closing the trail to the public. it prevents not only creepy guys but just awkward run ins in general. your inner monologue sounds exactly like mine, too! haha :)

congrats again! hope you’re not too sore tomorrow :)


Amanda May 31, 2010 at 2:40 am

That’s so amazing! There’s no other feeling like running a really good race.



Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 31, 2010 at 2:59 am

Congrats Ange.. you did amazing! Seriously…so proud of you!!!


Little Bookworm May 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

Congratulations! :)


erica May 31, 2010 at 6:20 am

congratulations!!! :)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 31, 2010 at 7:17 am

Congrats Ange! Great job!


Emily May 31, 2010 at 7:31 am

Wow, congrats, Angela! Woo hoo for a PR! :)


Veggielady4life May 31, 2010 at 7:33 am

What a great minute-by-minute commentary! Congratulations for finishing and having such a great time! You deserve a rest day :-)


Ana May 31, 2010 at 7:35 am

Congratulations Angela, you are awesome!!
Love that medal too, cute!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 31, 2010 at 7:52 am

Congrats on pushing through Ange! Your race time is awesome!! :)


AGS May 31, 2010 at 7:59 am

What a wonderful account of this race. I felt myself cheering for you at each mile.


Andrea May 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

Congratulations on a new personal best! I’m running the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October (my first marathon!)

How do you like the Camelbak? Was it annoying to get used to at all?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

I don’t find it annoying…the only thing that happens occasionally is mild chafing around the straps…but I should have used body glide and forgot. I honestly can’t believe I went so long without water on my runs! I LOVE it and would suggest it to anyone.


Brittany May 31, 2010 at 8:07 am

Way to go! You did an awesome job – congrats on the PR!!

Hopefully the guy taking photos was kicked out – that’s just creepy!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 31, 2010 at 8:10 am

Congratulations Angela!!! That’s great that you set a new PR!!! I know what you mean about a love-hate relationship with half marathons. When I was doing the Toronto Scotiabank marathon last September, I think I was around the 30km mark and I had to fight pretty hard not to cry, but after I got around it mentally it was ok. Again, awesome job!!!! You should be so proud of yourself :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

Gosh I cant even imagine doing a full marathon…good for you!!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 31, 2010 at 8:15 am

Wow Angela, I really enjoyed reading your race recap. It really is so inspirational, I can’t wait to get out there and do one. Congrats on your time and your new PR!


Susan May 31, 2010 at 8:26 am

“I saw the chocolate station and I almost hurled”

Hahahaha, oh, that’s almost sad. I bet you’re not the only one who felt that way! Perhaps the chocolate should have been at the start ;)

CONGRATS on finishing strong! So neat to see how you’ve improved with every race – even when you doubted it this time! Too bad about the creeper. Hopefully one of the firemen took care of him ;)

Hope you’re feeling good today!!


Steph (@ Mediterraneanmiss) May 31, 2010 at 8:34 am

Congratulations girl! Eric must be so proud :D you’re easily the most photogenic runner I know , haha, I can’t get over how pretty you look even after almost two hours of running!
I’m so sorry about the creepy guy who obviously thought the same thing :( People like that are horrible.


Lisa (leeses peeces) May 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

Congrats on an amazing performance girl!
No better feeling than achieving a PR.


Lauren @ Health on the Run May 31, 2010 at 8:52 am

Congratulations on a great race and a new PR!! That’s amazing! …especially after not much sleep and feeling unsure about your training. The things our bodies are capable of never ceases to amaze me. :)

Loved reading your mile by mile recap and I’m so impressed with how much you pushed even when things got really tough! Hope you’re getting lots of much needed R&R today!!

Oh…and that medal is amazing! I want to run next year just so for that medal! ;)


Kristina May 31, 2010 at 9:16 am

Wow, Angela! You should be SO proud of yourself! Not only did you beat your PR, you also stayed motivated after that creepy guy kept taking pictures of you – something I think would have made a lot of us freak out and lose our cool!

Take good care of yourself today and know that you’re a motivation to us all :)


Jen @ Happy Heart, Happy Mind May 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

Awesome job, Angela! Running is such a mental game, and you did great! I love your mantra, and found myself saying it to myself during an especially hard run on Saturday.

Have you ever watched the movie Run, Fat Boy, Run??? It is a hilarious take on a man training for and running a marathon after being inactive for a long time. He definitely goes through some mental struggles that make you laugh b/c you know exactly how he feels!


Michal May 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

CONGRATS! That’s so amazing – YOU’RE so amazing! I’m still early on in training to run 5k, so this is a wonderful glimpse for me – hopefully someday I’ll be planning to run a half :-)
A question for you… my Mum wants to give me a pair of Careglide sneakers (she bought them for herself but her dr wants her to get a different kind), but they are leather. I told her to hold off until I looked into whether there are good non-leather shoes. Do you use “vegan” running shoes?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

To be honest I have such a hard time finding running shoes that fit my irregular feet, that I have not looked into it!


Michelle S. May 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

Congrats on your fantastic race! What a physical and psychological accomplishment!


Megan May 31, 2010 at 9:50 am

Congratulations!!! That must have been so exciting, you are an inspiration! Where do you buy your workout attire?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

Most of my workout stuff is Lululemon, either bought off Ebay or in store. :) It lasts FOREVER….Ive had most of my stuff for over 5 yrs


Rachel @ Suburban Yogini May 31, 2010 at 10:13 am

Congratulations. You’re amazing!!!


Annie D. @ Annie'sSimpleLife May 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

YOU are so inspiring!!! I can not even fathom a 1/2 marathon. I have only competed in 5k’s (and 1 4-miler competitive walking), and every single time it feels like the longest stretch of my life. WAY TO GO!


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind May 31, 2010 at 10:52 am

Aw I loved this post, Ange! Way to really push yourself and give it all you’ve got. Question: how in the world do you remember your thoughts and feelings for each mile? I feel like they would all run together for me! (I don’t do races, so maybe there’s something I don’t understand???)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2010 at 11:14 am

Good question! Normally I would NOT remember such things, but since I know in advance I will be writing about the experience I try my best to remember each mile. I look at my watch and note when the next mile is approaching. I also find that having the Garmin has helped ‘remember’ the race because it tells me where the hills were and my speeds and I can usually piece things together. If all else fails I look at the race map!


[email protected] May 31, 2010 at 11:26 am

ur such a celebrity lol! i love it!! sounds like such a blast and i always appreciate ppl who take photos on race day!! make sit so exciting :)


Pure2raw twins May 31, 2010 at 11:41 am

Congrats on your race!!! Sorry to hear about the creepy guy that would have disturbed me the whole race too.

I have a 1/2 marathon in September and nervous for it, because lately I have not been enjoying running. ugh. But I loved your mantra…you are stronger than you know ; ) Thanks girl!


Amanda May 31, 2010 at 11:54 am

Great job Ange! Reading your race recaps make me smile. Why did they let people in on the race course? Kinda dangerous.


AngelaOSG May 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Not sure…I am guessing because it was in a park. Perhaps they could not get authorization to close a park? I hope they make improvements for next year. I saw a FEW creepy spectators too. :-\


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Congrats, girl! Your crazy, sometimes scary, training runs paid off =) You had wonderful slits. I lovee the medals/necklaces – such a great idea.


Aneta May 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

great job Angela! PR!!! thats awesome!!!!

and now…….triathlon time! yay!
ill be there too for my duathon! ill look for ya!


Tina May 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I was out of town, so am just now getting to read this. What a great experience…minus the creepy guy. I’m surprised they had the course open to the public, even with it being a park. Especially open to people on bikes. That just seems more dangerous. I hope they take care of it next year. Congrats!!!!


Michelle May 31, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Yayy Congratulations on finishing the half marathon and literally, FLYING through the finish line. It was so exciting to see your sprinting picture i even felt my heart skip a beat just reading your recap. hahaha You should be SO proud of yourself. I’m still er…halfway through training for a half marathon and 8 miles is the furthest i’ve ever gone. To be honest, i attempted 9.5 miles and failed due to cramping at 5 miles…i haven’t attempted it ever since. I would call myself traumatized. *sigh* It’s stories like yours that give me enough courage to re-attempt those long distances. Thank you Ange!!! :)

P.s. I’m so sorry you were followed by a creeper. I hope he at least spurred you on to run faster than normal though…Hopefully the race folks made sure he didn’t do more damage.

Love you ange!!!!


Emily May 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Congratulations! I have to say, I really don’t envy you running a half maraton – the thought of my first 10k is filling me with fear (Also, was just reading the story of your first 10k and its given me a much needed boost – I’ve been out of training because of an injury for the last month and a half so it’s super encouraging to read how awesomely you did in your first 10k despite injury time too!) Hope you’re enjoying some good post run rest :)


Natalie L May 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Great job!! You are an inspiration (and I love your bars!)


LS May 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

reading your review made me smile from ear to ear……….it’s so inspiring! i am hoping to graduate from 5k’s someday. congrats on an awesome race!


Natalie L May 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention, that creepy guy would have totally p*ssed me off and thrown me off my run. I’m a bit aggressive when threatened so I would have been tempted to push him off the bike and break his phone.

You handled it well and I’m glad it didn’t affect your time.

Great finish time and placement!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place May 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm

congrats!! what a great finish time as well!! you are speedy


Kris May 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

WAY TO GO!!! Super proud of you! You should have told that creep to step off unless he wants your crazy family after him! lol xo


Andrew Lowry May 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Well done! A new PR and you are in the top decile for the race and your age group. That is impressive.


Erin June 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

CONGRATS on such a great race!!! You really give me a lot of motivation in your posts. Great work :)


Tamara June 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Yay Angela! Congratulations!!!!

I’m glad you were able to email the race coordinator about the creepy guy. You can never be to careful.


Corinne (breathe and savor) June 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Angela!! You are amaziiiiiing. Running IS such a mental battle and you totally pushed through! Nothing, nothing, nothing is harder than getting over those neg. mental thoughts, but you did it AND you raced to a PR! I absolutely admire your strength! Sorry about the creepy guy, I wonder if he was harassing any other ladies :(


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Congratulations on your half and your new PR!!!


krissy November 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I was a bit annoyed because I thought I only had 0.1 miles to go and it turned out to be 0.3 miles which is a big difference when you are pushing your max 110%.

this is so true! i am super inspired at your amazingness!!!


Nicole April 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

I know im years late to this post, but I’m considering running this race this year. From your recap of the hills, it looks like it’s STRAIGHT up the whole way. Is that right?


Angela Liddon April 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

Hey Nicole, I’m so sorry, but I don’t remember as the race was about 6 years ago. My memory must have blocked it out…haha! I would check the race’s website as they usually provide course info. Good luck!


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