Happy Monday everyone!
I am so so so happy to feel a zillion times better! My lingering sinusitis is finally gone!! And the timing couldn’t be more perfect because on Saturday I ran in the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Race 3 in Burlington.
To say I was excited about this race would be putting it mildly. The last race I ran was 7 months ago and I guess as the saying goes, absence really does make the heart grow fonder. When I ran Scotiabank Half Marathon last fall my heart wasn’t really into it. I had come off of a grueling 18 months of training, going from the full marathon, the 30k, a half marathon PB, Ironman Muskoka 70.3, Guelph Lake Triathlon, etc and I badly needed a break. While I love racing, in hindsight I was totally burnt out. Over the past 7 months I’ve struggled with my running. My head really hasn’t been into it. I also injured my back, I sprained my ankle, I went on vacation, and then I was sick for two weeks. Although I was super excited for this race because it had been so long since I last raced, I also wasn’t expecting my race performance to be all the great.
Friday night I went through all of my running clothes (OMG – I had no idea that I had so many clothes dedicated to this hobby of mine!) to lovingly pick out my race outfit. I’ve gained a good 10lbs over the winter from my lackadaisical training and love of all.the.food, so it was important to me to pick out a shirt that would look cute and not be too tight on my tummy 🙂 I ended up picking the awesome Nike shirt that I got from Sport Chek a few weeks ago. I paired it with my Addidas running shorts that I swear I’ve owned for at least 10 years. To top it all of I wore my Ironman visor to remind myself that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I set my alarm for 6:30 but didn’t really need to because I woke up on my own with excitement WELL before my alarm rang 🙂
When I signed up for this race I had somehow also managed to convince Juliette and Lucie to run it too. I picked up Juliette from her house, then drove to the race start at Confederation Park in Burlington.
When we arrived we grabbed our timing chips, then joined the bathroom line. We were happy to see that this race has grown to 600 runners but that also means the race has slightly outgrown the 3-4 toilets that are available for the ladies inside. As we were standing in line Lucie sent me a message, and I discovered she was behind me, It was so nice to finally meet her as we have been following each other’s blogs for close to two years!
There wasn’t as much time as we thought we had before the race, so after the bathrooms and saying hi to Lucie, we lined up for the race start. I slipped on my headphones and as the race started I watched Lucie and Juliette take off. I was very happy for them both and hoped that they would set new PB’s. As for me I kinda felt like with my lack of training I was setting myself up for failure so I kept my pace at what I hoped would be a conservative enough pace to get me to the finish line.
I really like this race because it’s fairly flat and being along the shore of Lake Ontario it’s also scenic (though there isn’t much crowd support).
At the kilometer 2 the song “Try Everything” by Shakira played. I love the words as it resonated for me about where my mind was that day – even though I could fail, I was going to try anyways. It put a spring in my step and told myself I could do this. That’s when I formulated my game plan. I was going to run hard to the 5k, then walk, then run easy for 10 min, walk 1 min, run 10 min until I finished.
I would say the plan worked for me. I was astonished as I approached the finish line to see that 1 hour hadn’t gone by as I approached the finish mats. I looked and saw 58:30! While that’s not a personal best, it was a great time considering my training (or lack of it). Lucie caught these great shots of me at the end:
All in all this was a great $15, no frills type of race. No t-shirts, no goodie bag, and no medal – the race was just about running, and I had a blast!
This week my fitness plan is to get back to running with no other fitness distractions.
For fitness, my plan for this week is:
Monday: 5k morning run
Wednesday: 6k morning run + BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness
Thursday: Lunch run
Friday: 6k morning run
Saturday: Run the loop around the park while the kiddos play at the park.
Have a great week everyone!
How did you spend your weekend?
What’s on your fitness and meal plans for this week?
What are your Spring fitness goals?
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