How is it already almost August?! I’ve been trucking away at my training, between work and other responsibilities, and I have to admit, being this busy really causes time to go by quickly. I am so excited for my fall races: Maritime Race Weekend Tartan Twosome 5k and 10k on September 16th & 17th, and the newest addition to my list, Valley Harvest Marathon 10k on October 9th. I lived in the valley while I did my undergrad, and it really holds a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to take part in the event, since I used to go watch my friends do it but never thought I’d be the one running. Bring it on!
These past couple weeks have had some highs and lows. I’ve generally been more tired lately, but I have been keeping my training goals nonetheless. I’ve been running every Monday with the BLT Runners, a fantastic group open to runners of all levels of experience, who meets regularly to run together. I’ve loved meeting everybody and am excited about what I can learn from such an experienced bunch! I’ve also done some hill training and runs on my own, which I’m growing quite fond of (ok, as fond as you can be about running..lets be serious). Finally I’ve been doing lots of boot camps at 360fit, and feeling stronger each week.
I should also mention, a big highlight of the past couple weeks was taking part in Halifax Pride Parade with the Blue Nose Marathon! Dancing, singing, dancing some more, high-fiving people all the way through the parade route was an absolute blast! I was honored to represent the Blue Nose in another form
as Team Myles Alumni, and proud to help spread the word that EVERYONE is welcome at the Blue Nose! This is so true – and I can attest to that.
Another extremely new experience for me was a form of physiotherapy called dry needling. Yes, its as gross as it sounds. Don’t google that. I’m glad I didn’t know much about it before it happened to me. My glute has been acting up, and although getting a few needles in IN THE BUTT kind of sucked at the time, it seems to have completely taken the pain away, and got me back in my running shoes in 24 hrs. YAY!
Since the last blog post I’ve reoriented my goals. Since successfully meeting my first weight related goal, I’ve decided to shift my focus to a running related goal. Of course I’d like to continue to eat well and lose weight, but I’ve realized that the number on the scale is the only measure that nobody sees. It’s really not that important, and isn’t a great indication of the changes that are taking place. SO, the new goal at the top of the totem pole is to run a sub 1 hour 10k. I don’t think I’ll do it this year, but I do think it’s realistic and attainable (S.M.A.R.T. goals amiright?).
Its going to take some work. I’m generally a slower runner, and although I’m extremely proud to be able to run 10k at all, this is an exciting goal for me. I’ve been researching different ways to improve pace – and you would NOT believe how much info there is out there! Also, the words! Have you ever heard of the word FARTLEK? (you’re allowed to laugh, we’re all 7 years old here). I’ve got my learning goggles on, so if you have tips, please send them my way!
This week I’m on vacation, and to be completely honest I’m not that worried about falling off the wagon. I’m excited to run and work out when I want to, relax because I deserve it (truly this year…), and keep on keepin’ on with my new goals in mind.
Till next time!