Ummm, So I have a Race in A Week (or so)

Holy Sh*t, I have a 10 k race in 9 days that I haven’t even really put much though into!!!!! How does that even happen? I was reminded by Running Four Love that the race is just around the corner.

Thanks for your comments yesterday, I’m still sick but hopeful this will pass soon. I’m sure the sugar coated donut, bag of skittles and plain salty chips I ate yesterday was the key to getting through the day. Don’t worry, I had some veggies, toast/eggs, lots of water and Nuun…and BBQ roasted GARLIC to try and kick this head cold to the curb.

Back to the race: Bluenose Marathon 10k Sunday May 22nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m a big fan of the Bluenose race. I first ran Bluenose back in 2005 (10 k) and then it was my first half marathon in 2006. I ran the 5k when I was pregnant with Hilary in 2012. I also had a great 10k PB in 2014. The only distance I’ve yet to do is the Full and to be honest it’s not even on my radar….yet. 😉

With John Stanton and some #RunAtCan peeps (2015)

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

They also have an awesome youth run component and both girls are running the 2 k distance this year. Lilly ran it in 2014 and 2015 , she’s an old pro!

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Me and my girl

I’ve been focusing so much on training for my half marathon (Johnny Miles on June 19th) that I didn’t really pay much attention to May 22nd. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the weekend planned out (packing up the kids/dog, traveling to the city, staying with family, running with the girls, childcare for the girls while I run as Saï is working, finishing first before my brother, ha ha) but just not my 10 k race! It’s on my calendar but not my radar.

I had planned for it to be part of my training as I should be running 16 k that day and still might run the 6 k post race to get the distance in. But I’ve yet to focus on any goals, what pace I want to run it and my own expectations.

My last 10 k race was pacing at the Valley Harvest last October, which was awesome but I didn’t run a 10 k race for me last year. It’s been since 2014! I had some great 10 k PB’s in 2014 that I know I am not going to hit, and that’s okay.

I think for now I’m going to consider this part of my training for Johnny Miles, run it, enjoy it, push it when I can, hope for under 60 minutes which might be a stretch for me right now. But really…just enjoy being there and being able to run it. I missed it last year due to my hamstring.

2016 is all about training smart, getting stronger, running the race(s) and remaining healthy. PB’s will can come later. After writing this post, I’m already feeling better about my 10 k on May 22nd. Now to just get this head cold in order.

Ever have a race just sneak up on you?

Are you hoping for all PB’s/PR’s this year or something else?

Do you run with a head cold?

Any big weekend plans?