I signed up for this race once again this year, during the winter, to inspire me to keep running. However, I didn’t anticipate the crazy cold we’d have here in Southern Ontario.
So many days of -18C and colder weather plus the wind chill made it difficult for (wussy) me to keep my mileage up through January and February. So, with the Around the Bay 30k road race coming up this Sunday, I find myself a little ill-prepared. I have only gotten up to 23k and I’m considerably slower than last year(and a few pounds heavier). I think my goal of a sub 3 hour race will need to be adjusted to about a 3:15 race(I hope!).
I noticed on my last 2 runs that my feet and toes were so sore in the two pairs of shoes I wore. I’m hoping that this is mainly to do with the winter mileage I put on them. Perfect timing – last weekend I got an email that my Mizunos were on sale $59.00 off (yay) so a brand new pair of glowing white Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s came in the mail yesterday. I took them out for a short breaking in run this morning that took the edge off the white and now I’m resting my old lady legs until Sundays’ race.
A good thing to come out of not being prepared, is that a runner friend of mine who is also doing the race invited me to a Running Room run club run that she has been going to every Sunday morning. They were doing a 23k long slow run this week, with the run 10 min, walk 1 min system that I favor for long runs. Well, I was a little nervous, but I was so glad I went. I enjoyed having people to run and talk with. I enjoyed the new route and all the conversation made me feel like I wasn’t doing the longest run I’d done in a year. I also peed in the forest for the first time ever on a run. A big day of firsts! 😀
So my last hurdle is to make it until Sunday without getting sick. Of course because I have a big race coming up, the whole family, all three boys and my husband, get sick with a really bad cold/sore throat/sinus infection sickness that has left them all fevery and bed ridden. I’m doing my best to care for everyone and not breath around them at the same time. It seems all this running and fresh air is serving as a natural anti-biotic!