TC10K – Feeling Ready!

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I am getting so excited for the TC10K! Although this isn’t my first race, it’s the first time I feel like a real runner going into this run. Even the Bazan Bay run, I was only running 4 minutes walking 1 minute. I was so happy with my run that day but by the time I am at the start line for this one I will be running 10 minutes and walking 1 minute (maybe). I am already wondering how many of my walk intervals I could run through. Recently, when out on my practice runs, I have missed the walk signal and ran right through my walk so I am feeling more and more confident that I will be able to run right through some of my walks during this race, whoot!  It is coming down to the last few weeks of my run clinic at Frontrunners Westshore, I sure have enjoyed the clinic and it has done it’s job preparing me for this race.  I always look forward to my Thursday run clinic, it’s a great way to get to know people with similar interests and goals. I plan to sign up for the June clinic as well to help prepare for my first half marathon in October, running in the summer is going to be a challenge for me.  I will need to learn how to train in the heat and will definitely be taking advantage of a many morning runs I can.

I haven’t spent too much time worrying about a time for this run.  My recent 5K Bazan Bay run was 35 minutes, so that is a pace of 7 minutes a kilometer.  I am not sure if that is possible for this run, it would be great. If I could finish in 1hr 10mins., I would have to be pretty happy with that but I am not sure if that is realistic.  This will be my longest run to-date so I really don’t have any idea what to expect.  I can guarantee I will be kicking my own ass to try and hit this goal but we will see what the day brings.

I do have to be careful, my calf muscles have been getting pretty tight and causing some pain so I have been going to physio and giving my muscles lots of love. Regular (daily actually) Moksha Yoga Westsore practices and lots of rolling out of my muscles, which all seems to helping.  I am hoping as I lose the rest of my weight that it will get easier and easier on my body to run.  I already notice a huge difference from last fall when I tried to run, it’s only going to get better from here on in. I will be down 167 lbs at tomorrow’s weigh in so I am hoping by the TC10k I will hit a weight loss of 170 lbs. When I did the Goodlife 8K in October 2014 I was 265 lbs (weight loss of 113 lbs at that point), for this race I should be 208 lbs, I am hoping this is going to make it a lot easier on my body.

It’s become a routine that we stay downtown the night before a race. I love to be right down near the start line, no anxiety worrying about traffic on the morning of the run for me! This allows me to focus on my food intake, keeping my pre-race nerves in check and a proper warm up. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a night away and a nice dinner out with good friends the night before a race. 🙂

Sometimes I sit here and re-read my blogs before I hit publish and can not believe this is me and my life.  Who would have ever thought I would be doing these things. I often get asked how I can “put myself out there” like this, my fears, thoughts, my WEIGHT but for me this is me being accountable to me.  You are all reading this so this must be really happening, I am really doing this! It’s just crazy!

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