I made plans to go away on the long Canada Day weekend to the cottage with friends months ago. However, months ago, I also did not anticipate that I would be this dedicated to training. While some of my running buds take part in Epic Canadian Race this weekend in Dartmouth, I’ll be chilling at my family cottage with some of my besties, enjoying BBQ, boating and fresh air. Although I will miss running and have major race FOMO, I think I’ve earned the weekend off, so I’m forcing myself to do so.
I did however make one promise to myself when I decided not to do Epic Canadian: I would run 10k some time around Canada Day weekend. I decided to tell myself this because I realized that Epic was 6 weeks post Blue Nose Marathon, and I wanted to ensure that I kept up my training into the summer. I got an itch to run this week among a couple days of OCR training and boot camps and decided to go for it, completing 10k on the Chain of Lakes Trail (attached to the BLT). Having not actually done this distance since Blue Nose Marathon race day, I was pretty darn pumped to complete it within seconds of my time. Slow and steady!
I am also 1 week out from Mud Hero come Saturday, so I plan to do the workout at the cottage one morning, with the exception of the tire flips (since I wont have any to flip). My family & friends are going to think I’m crazy. I’m tempted to run as well, yet that would be hypocritical given my statement above about giving myself a break. Maybe the mosquitoes will help me resist.
I’ve also committed to head over to Pictou, NS for Run for the Lobster on July 10 (yes, the day after Mud Hero, I’m crazy). Leaning toward doing the 10k! Who doesn’t want a medal with a lobster on it?!
On a totally unrelated note, I’ve had a lot of people tell me how happy and bubbly I seem lately. All I have to tell them is that I feel great, I have lots to look forward to, and I’m trying my best to continue this upward trend. You have the power to feel like that too, by simply lacing up a pair of sneakers and engaging in conversation with those doing the same.
The reality is, running has given me SO much more than I had anticipated. I didn’t know I’d meet so many amazing people. I didn’t know I’d be brave enough to share my story through #BetterInTheLongRun, I didn’t know there would be twitter chats, brunch dates, shopping trips, future races, cross training, or road trips. I’ve found such a great, supportive community and I’m bettering myself within it. So yes, I have reason to be happy & bubbly, and the physical transformation is only just part of it.