Today marks one month until the 5k… so that means tomorrow is one month from the 10k! EEK!!
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, so here’s a re-cap of how my training’s been going.
There were about two weeks where my knee was really sore, it was frustrating, disappointing, and for a short time, it really hurt my motivation. I missed two hills runs (ok, one of them was because it was storming out, so no one did hills that night – but still) and I had to just walk one of the Saturdays (again, a stormy day, so most people headed over to 360 Fit Gym instead – but still). I think that what happened is that I tried to do too much, too soon so I backed right off of the classes, I kept doing the stretches that Devin taught me, and was in touch with Paul from LifeMark … and thankfully, my knee got better!!
3 things happened because of that:
- I realized that I really, really, wanted to do this and the thought that it might be taken away from me made me want to fight for it
- I learned that I have a really hard time accepting the idea of “no”, even from my own body (although the people in my life have informed me that this is something they have been well aware of for quite some time… haha)
- I found out that even a two week break can make you feel like you’re starting all over once you pick it up again.
I was chatting about this last one with one of my phenomenal mentors, Christine White and she said that she’s had the same experience in her running journey – that once you stop for a length of time, you feel like you’re starting at square one. So we agreed that the solution is to just keep going. Seems like sound advice to me.
So, I’m back to normal, no more pain. Feeling even more grateful for this opportunity and feeling determined to make it happen.
The weather has finally started cooperating and the over the last few weeks I finally felt like I could go for runs in my neighbourhood without slipping and breaking something so I decided that running/ walking down and back up Flamingo Drive was a good idea. It’s not Citadel Hill, but it is definitely still a challenge.
I think my favourite run so far was our Saturday morning run in the rain – I made me feel like a “real” runner. I had so much fun, in fact, that the next time it rained/drizzled I threw my runners on and went for it.
We officially have 4 WEEKS to giv’er until Blue Nose Marathon Event Weekend!
So I’ll be running my butt off to make sure I’m ready. And I’ll be back with another blog post next week to share my weekend running adventures.
In the meantime, check out my Pinterest Board, Run For Life where I’ve been pinning tips and advice that have helped me in my journey – stretches, inspiring messages, food to help with training, etc.
Do you have a favourite quote/ mantra/ saying that inspires you to lace up your runners and hit the road? Tell me about it in the comment section below.