It’s been too long since I last wrote, so I thought I would jump back into the swing of things with a March recap! With races and weary legs, March was a “fun filled” time… For the most part!
The beginning of the month brought the Golden Ears Half Marathon. With a bib kindly given to me by a great friend, I headed out for my first race without my running entourage. (Sniff sniff!) It was a beautiful day for a run, and I did bump into a couple of familiar faces, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit lonely at the start. The race started and we headed out in the usual herd – I really enjoy listening to the chatter and footfall of the other runners at the start of a race. Generally, I find it to be a bit more positive than the last 5K!! I didn’t have a great start, and found that it took longer than usual for my legs to warmup. During the first 6K or so, I felt like I wasn’t even wearing shoes… Yes, time for new shoes!! I chit chatted a bit with some women running my pace, and it soon felt my legs start to wake up. My friend Dave, had lent me an old Garmin watch of his to try out, and I found it really useful. It became like a life-line for me, and by 17K I was surprised to see that I was well within my target finish time. My previous half marathon time was just over 2 hours (a personal best by 16 minutes), and I was stubbornly pushing for a sub-2hr finish time. At 18K the inner mathematician in me woke up, and I quickly realized that if I kept it up, I would meet my goal!!! With a good song on my playlist and an ‘Eye of the Tiger’ mentality, I ran faster (I would have jumped over other runner’s corpses to get to that finish line!) – the thoughts that ran through my mind seconds from the finish lines were as follows:
1. Run bitch! RRRUUUNNNN!
2. Please Jesus, don’t let me trip over the finish line…
3. Sub 2! Sub 2!
4. I’m an athlete! Now somebody make me a sandwich!
Admittedly, I practically clawed my finishers medal out of the volunteer’s hands!
Body Betrayal. I think we can all agree that sometimes you feel strong, invincible, a real force to be reckoned with. There are those days… and then there are the days when you feel like your body is not playing for the same team. In fact, not only are you not on the same team, but your body is standing over you, beating you with a stick!! Coming off the high of my recent personal best time, my body was TIRED!… I had pushed myself really hard, and now my legs were pushing back!! I didn’t have any specific or localized pain, but there was an overall fatigue that I just couldn’t shake… Boooo!! My legs felt like dead trees, and I was really struggling to maintain an ‘acceptable’ pace. With the constant self-monitoring that comes along with my Diabetes, I am pretty good at listening to my body – my body was telling me to “pack it in Lady”! Begrudgingly, I took 2 running days off, and miracle of miracles…. Voila! My legs felt 100% better – for the first time in 2 weeks, I didn’t feel like my legs had been dipped in lead! If there are 3 things I could recommend as ‘maintenance tools’, it would be a roller, a squash ball, and the good sense to know when to take a break!!
To round off my month, I found myself on Cypress Mountain, volunteering at the Yeti Snowshoe Race Series. At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would try a small trail run at some point in 2014. Never having been exposed to trail runs, I thought I would get to know some of the people involved, and what better way then to volunteer?? I would like to point out that volunteering is a bit more pleasant when the weather is nice and warm! 🙂 It was a lot of fun, but wow was it COLD!!!! Underneath the smiles and hot dog costumes (yes, hot dogs…), there were frozen toes and blue fingers! But…despite the cold, I still think I may enjoy getting out on a couple of trail runs this year….dry weather only of course…preferably with proper toilets…. No hats! 😉