I had such a hard time deciding whether to sign up for the half marathon or the 10K in this May’s Ottawa Race Weekend. If you’ve been following along with this blog, you know that I did the half in 2010 and 2011, then signed up and trained for the half last year too. Unfortunately injuries meant that I had to withdraw from the race at the last minute, and I was so disappointed because I was on track to be faster than each of the previous years.
Race weekend sells out fast. As of today the half-marathon and 10K are sold out, and the 5K and full marathon are almost there too. You need to move now if you still want in.
I registered for the 10K.
I decided on the 10K because I didn’t want to injure myself again, plus the long run training days on weekends become a slog last year and would eat up a chunk of weekend time that I just don’t want to give up right now. Maybe I’ll try again when my daughters are a little older and want to go off on their own a bit more, but right now weekend hours with them are precious and that won’t be the case for much longer. They are growing up alarmingly fast.
I can already run 10K now, and have done so a number of times since Christmas. Now I just need to work on meeting my goal of finishing in under an hour. I’m slow right now so speedwork will be important. The happy part is that I could run this race tomorrow and finish it.
I had missed a couple of weeks of running due to vacation and inertia, but today I am back on track. For this weekend’s run, I did a 1K shuffle to warm up, then another 6K starting at 9 km/hr and gradually speeding up to 9.5 km/hr. For my eighth kilometer I pushed myself, bumping up the speed so that my last 100 m was at 11.5 km/hr. It was a sprint to the finish, and I finished first – on my basement treadmill, it really wasn’t that hard.
So here’s a recommendation for a running tune for your playlist. Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men. I’ll warn you though, you will want to do a heel click jump when you hit the “Hey”s. I don’t recommend it though.