Today I ran in my first event for 2015. It was also my first run in the VIRA Series. This year I decided to approach my running differently, rather than “sort of training” then just entering events with the expectation that I will be able to just go out and run a 5km, I joined a run clinic at Frontrunners Westshore. The clinic actually started in late January but due to injuries and travel for my work I wasn’t able to start until the third week of February. I believe I had missed at least 4 weeks and all those important homework runs in between. I have to say I am loving the clinic, it has taught me to be patient, run my intervals and allow my stamina to build up. Today when I was trying to come up with a run plan I was torn, do I just go out and go as hard as I can or do I be patient and run my intervals? I am so proud of myself, I stuck to my intervals. The old me would have went out and gave it everything and then would end up walking the last half. But not today! I know it was only 5km but I pushed myself and at the end I really had to tell myself that I wasn’t going to give up 500m from the finish line this time. It was so nice today, as I came in I had one of my run clinic leaders cheering for me, I had a friend Katie, who also got a PB today, there and my amazing daughter Taylor who came out to run with me. Taylor actually wanted to stay with me and run my pace but she needed to run her own run. That advise is what my friend Kyla is always telling me. Speaking of Kyla, she is a beast! When I was done my race I went looking for her to celebrate my time with her and she had finished with a 21 min finish and had already headed out to run another 19km for her training for her first marathon.
Today marked my first race at a pace of 7 minutes per kilometer, I am hoping to finish my 2015 run season with my first half-marathon with that same pace. Today I am 160 lbs lighter than I was a year ago, I am 2 minutes faster per km than I was 5 months ago, who knows where I will be 8 months from now. I plan to sign up with Frontrunner Westshore for the next run clinic in June to help me get prepared for my first half, I have a long road ahead of me, literally! I will finish the current clinic to prepare for the TC10K. It’s cool for me, I have signed up for my first half at the Victoria Goodlife because that was my 8km last year that everyone came out to run/walk with me. After the 8km, my friends and I where in the hot tub at the Grand Pacific and there was an older gentleman, smaller in stature, he over heard my friends giving me a pep talk when I was disappointed in my 8km time. They were reminding me of that fact that I had lost 112 lbs (at that point) and I had done amazing. He couldn’t believe it, I had lost a him almost (he weighed 123lbs). He said he would meet back in that hot tub next year as he predicted that I would run the half-marathon. I told him no way, my goal is to come back and actually run the entire 8km in 2015. I look forward to seeing him, if he is there and if he recognizes me. 🙂 I have learned through my run clinic that you can run /walk intervals and still get a good time. In time, I will be just a runner but I have learned to be patient. I would say one of the most addictive thing about running, is the awesome community that surrounds you. I am so grateful for everyone.
Now for my yoga. Aahh! What a difference going to Moksha Yoga Westshore has made for me. I have almost no recovery time after a run because of the Yin sessions I do after running. The Moksha series they offer has helped tremendously in my leg and core strength. But the best thing that yoga has given me, is my ability to control my mind, my breathing and my thoughts. Today, when all I could think about in that last 500m is giving up but I took some calm breathes and breathed through my thoughts, I became grounded on why I was doing that race and I killed it! So today as I sit here feeling very proud of myself and successful on my first run of the year. I thank Frontrunners Westshore run clinic and Moksha Yoga Westshore and their communities within…. Namaste