So, I have had a few great weeks of training, I did a great 10k race and a hilly half marathon in Gatineau Park last Saturday. Let talk Rattle Me Bones 10K first. So I have wanted to do this race for a few year, last year it was cancelled so when a friend offered me he bib, I jumped at the chance. On Saturday Neale did his first trail 10k and on Sunday I got to run my 10k. It was overcast and warmer on Sunday so last minute I mad my decision on what to wear and headed off to the race. I had originally hoped to try for a PB but I ran a fast 20k on Saturday after I got back from Neale's race. I knew a PB would not happen so I decided to aim for 58 mins. It was windy and we had drizzle for part of the race but all in all I was happy with my run and time 58:14. I definitely would like to do this race again next year.
Last Saturday I did the MEC half marathon, I did the race last year and I decided to do it again. This race is hilly and I was not racing it, I was doing it as a training run. My friend Anita had to pull out but I ran with Kristina and Leanne and we managed to stay together, or at least near each other for the race and we finished hand in hand. It was a great race, I handled the hills well and I was happy with the run. Will I do the run again next year, probably.
Today I did my last long run before my marathon. I was not looking forward to doing the run on my own, 34k alone with my head can be problematic. I planned my route and I figured it would take 4 hours and I headed out at 7am. I was still fighting my desire not to do the run after 12k and as I stood at the corner of Bearbrook Rd and St Joseph Blvd, in my head the corner of I Don't Want to do This Rd and Suck it Up Buttercup Blvd I decided to stop thinking and to just run. The next 14k went really well and I truly enjoyed the run.The last 8k was harder and my pace dropped but I finished within my planned time and distance. It was a great fall day to run, I am slightly worried about the Florida heat on raceday but I will deal with that when I need too.
Last night I heard Ray Zahab speak again at a fundraising event for his charity i2p. Christopher McDougall was the other speaker and while I had not read his book, Born to Run I am looking forward to reading it soon. It was a great night of inspiration and I know it helped me on today's run. Three weeks until Spacecoast Marathon and I am so ready!