Ottawa Race Weekend. May 26th, 2012. For the past 7 years I have raced either the 5km or 10km and have never seriously trained in preparation. They are an annual tradition with my mom - fun runs followed by pitchers, burgers and laughs at Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin.
This year though I decided to go for the gusto, and sign up for the half marathon. I figured that if I could run a 10km in 49mins without training the year before, I would be fiiine. Right? Well…let’s just say today was the furthest I had run since last summer (9km) and it was tough. I felt like I could keep going, but my speed was little to none. My boyfriend challenged me to sprint intervals the last 1.5km, which was great, but I was crawling.
It’s now time to kick training into high gear. A friend passed along her training plan and it seems pretty straight forward. I have 77 days until race day and each and every one of them count. Bring it on!
PS. I forgot one tiny detail to share. I initially thought that if I was going to run a half for the first time that it wouldn’t be enough to finish it. I would also have to run it relatively fast and as a result, set a goal time of 1h45mins (which means running the 10 twice in the same speed — eep!). I will continue to track my training progress. Go big or go home!