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Hamilton 10k done and dusted

Hamilton 10k done and dusted

Hello, well it is done! After a rough week, that was a hard one. I pushed myself a bit, but Ms Garmin kept me in a safe pace zone between 6:30 and 7:00min/km, so I could plan a bit better. Met a few nice people too. It was a beautiful place to run on the south side of Lake Ontario and all along the shore. It was very blustery so the white caps were quite high. It was a cold run (for me anyway😀) too with the temp around 2-3 degrees, feeling like 1 with the wind. But it was well organized with warm tents for registration and shirts etc plus all the vendors and snack stations. As I hoped, I ran to my planned pace with my watch and it allowed me to have a bit in the tank for a kick at the end. Myself and three others all finished in 1:06:49 (chip time - forgot to stop my watch until we ran through of course 😀) which I am happy with and is a PB too! More importantly, I was able to not do anything too daft and avoided hurting anything. The bling was nice too! Now after going to a Arcade Fire concert with my son this evening, I am truly spent. Will take at least a few days off to rest now. Thank you to everyone for the good advice and support!

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Congratulations on a great race Decker! Sounds like a beautiful place to run, too bad it wasn't a summer wind though. That would've been bitingly cold coming off the water! I see your fellow runners got to witness your pro running gloves, they'll be in hot demand now 😆. Great job on achieving a PB and getting some more bling to add to your growing collection. Sweet! Enjoy a much deserved rest.

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Thanks Sask. Yes I really want to run there in the summer now. The path goes on for a nice ling stretch along the coast. Its ok - the cool weather was a new experience. And yes the pro gloves had to come too. Just waiting for the orders to roll in now!😀 I wasn’t expecting to get a PB, but things surprise you from time to time. Thank you kindly!

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Whoop whoop look at that bling! It's a biggie and I love it 🤗

A big well done Decker, you did it as we knew you would and many congrats on the PB. That's a great time 🙂

I know what you mean about forgetting to stop your Garmin, I've done that a few times. It's all the excitement!

I bet you're already checking the next race 😏

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Thank you IP, yes its a solid piece of happy, that bling!

Thanks again for your advice, the crowd does push you along, but this time i had the Garmin to check my pace and control it early on. It isn’t the first and wont be the last time I forget to switch it on or off! 😀 I wont even get into how I almost missed the entire park due to misunderstanding my Google map instructions😁

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Eek that would have been pressure! Glad you made it to the right spot 🙂

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Ha yes I had to stop a man on the boardwalk to find out where the heck the race was!

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It wasn't well sign posted then?

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Once I got to the park it was fine, but the map app stopped me outside the park for some reason. About a mile away

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I forgot to stop mine this morning, whilst falling... sorry, climbing over a big wobbly gate! It did not even auto pause...the falling, obviously is like the way I run!!!

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Oh no I hope you were ok Floss! I am terrible with climbing fences. When I was younger, sure, but now? 😀

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I was.. until it started to wobble and swing a bit!!! Thank goodness there was only me out there.. :) I am fine.. managed to dismount successfully if in a rather ungainly manner :)

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Well that’s 10 points there for style!

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Hurdles as well as running floss, eh? 😉

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again☺

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Great run Decker, lovely bling too!

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Thank you kindly Millsie! 🙂

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Congrats Decker. That sounds like a beautiful race and you did really well. Now enjoy your well deserved rest!

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Thank you Tomas, yes I want to go back there when it is warmer. Its a nice place to run. My feet are up and I have a coffee. Life is good :)

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Congratulations - and what a lovely bit of bling too. The smile on your face says it all 😀

I did a similar thing with my Garmin at yesterday’s Poppy Run, both in terms of keeping pace and forgetting to stop it. I left mine running for a lot longer though! 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Thank you Gabby. Yes it’s a solid piece of metal🙂. That was a happy, exhausted moment.

Thank God we have the chips eh?, otherwise who knows what we would record? 😁

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Great stuff mate! At Canada temperature as well, let's not forget that ;)

I went to Hamilton once, back in '86 but for the life of me l can't remember what for :) That was before my running days and early starts. Beautiful part of the world, Ontario, enjoy your future runs!

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Thanks MR and thanks for the good advice too. It made me very conscious of not damaging anything! It was cool, not Prairie cold, but cool enough for me. I feel so bad for the marathon runners. Its cold and pouring rain all day there today. Now that is a test of the spirit!

Hamilton is a very nice place to run I must say. I’d like to get back there is the summer months. There is so much of Canada I’d love to run through now😀

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Congratulations Decker. Love the bling. Well done for sticking to your plan. Enjoy the concert.

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Thank you Annie. And thanks so much for your run advice earlier. Especially around the sticking to a plan. It really helped me on my much smaller scale 😀

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😊 . In those temperatures, not so small scale! Enjoy your break, you'll be champing at the bit to be back out there soon, I know I was 😄

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That's a great run decker, well done! Fab time and lovely bling, love it!

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Thank you kindly doyle, it was a good run in a really nice place too. I started getting mesmerized by the waves crashing in🙂

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Well done Decker..that sounds like an exhilarating run with fabulous views.

Great time and one very happy chap I imagine. So pleased for you.Enjoy your concert and put your feet up for a few days.😊xxx

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Thank you Jan. It was really lovely. I am a happy guy, yes! And the concert was incredible too. To be there with my son was the icing in the cake!

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Well done and a lovely bit of bling to treasure 😊😊

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Thank you Kim. Yes this one is a keeper🙂

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Really well done Decker, especially on the PB - nice medal too! Rest up well and enjoy your concert this evening. (I'm afraid I haven't heard of Arcade Fire?? Hope they're good!) 🙂

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Thank you Sandra. It was a great day and Arcade Fire put on an amazing show too!

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Very well done... and great bling.... :) You are getting too fast for me now :) x

Great time :)

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Thank you Floss. Without your help I would have likely given up on 5 by now! 🙂

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You are doing wonderfully! Go you!

I had to encourage myself...this morning.. sinking into the mud, soaking wet and then falling over the farm gate.. I did think..hmmm... am I loopy? :)

What are you going to go for next!!!

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You are not loopy just wonderfully adventurous! This run had no mud, was fully paved and quite flat so it made going much easier. I may look at some short trail running in the spring. After my first 5k trail run knocked me back so far, I’ve avoided them since, but they look like fun too, running through the woods and puddles

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Go for the trails when you can, they are fun! You're used to running outside and trails just add another dimension to the variety.

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Im going to look some up right now 🙂

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Well done Decker ...there’s no stopping you now is there?!!

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Thanks Mummycav. Just going to keep on keepin' on :)

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Brilliant! Very well done to you :) Gorgeous setting, great time! One day, I keep telling myself, one day that'll be me!

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Thank you kindly and absolutely this will be you - just keep on with the program and the wise advice from so many people on this great board!

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Great work mate! Sounds like an awesome venue, great time too! You can't beat a good gig to finish off the day, enjoy your well earned rest.

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Thanks bud! Yes it was a nice way to close the season off. Back to regular programming later this week.

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