Friday was a good news day for me, I had a physio appointment and had been given the go ahead to race 10km races again as well I can start back up running with my run club on Wednesday nights for hill and speed work with Frontrunners Westshore. Yeah, I have missed it so much, especially the people. It will feel so good to get back at pushing myself a little bit more. I will need to be cautious that I don’t go out too hard too soon, I need to be mindful of my body and pacing myself but it’s a great start. I have been running for the past month or so but only on flat routes and no speed work. It’s a whole different picture when you can incorporate speed work, hills and racing. This will give me that thing I need to have to focus on and train towards something, which is great timing as I am heading into the last 6 weeks before my tummy tuck surgery so it’s great to know I will be in peak shape when I am forced to take a break from exercise to allow time to heal post surgery.
I got to race in the final event for the VIRA series today in Sooke. I was a 10km with some hills so I knew it wouldn’t be a best time for me. To be honest, it was a full effort but I wasn’t “racing” like I would normally do. I knew I needed to take it easy today to prevent taking on too much too fast. I will now register for the TC10km and eventually depending on how I feel after the hill work on Wednesday I can start adding mileage on my Saturday runs. Whoot! Exciting for me!
I had a surprise at the end of today while watching the awards for the entire series. I didn’t think I would be in the top 10 for my age group for the series because I had missed a couple races from being injured, so I was more than a little surprised when they called me down for 9th place in my age group. What a nice surprise to have happen after a roller-coaster time with my running.
It was so nice to see all my running people today too, I missed everyone so much. The running community is so awesome, great, friendly, supportive people. I knew I missed it but today I was definitely reminded how fortunate I am to have met such great friends through running.