Inspired by a weekend of total inactivity, I might have went a bit overboard today. I signed up for my second O Course, a Spartan Race, a marathon training clinic with the Running Room, AND in preparation for this weekend’s Sporting Life 10km, I ran my fastest 10km since last year. 49:33. Awww yeah.
Since Around the Bay in March, I’ve enjoyed not actively training for anything. I’ve enjoyed sleeping till noon on Sunday mornings, and going for short runs, or in some cases, no run at all. But I realized that my motivation is almost entirely driven by having races and events on the calendar. Deadlines motivate me. So, after spending a weekend lounging in the sun and drinking cocktails in honour of Cinco de Mayo, I needed a little push.
It started with The O Course, something I attempted last fall and failed. This military style obstacle course really pushed me to my physical limits and even though I gave it a good effort, I underestimated how intense it would be, and dropped out around 80% of the way. Some friends had already registered for the June 8 event and were encouraging more people to join. I’ve always felt like I need another kick at the can to prove that I’m better than my pathetic performance last October, so I signed up.
Then, Graham emailed asking if I’d do the Spartan Race in June. Sure, why not? I’ve always wanted to anyway. Might as well make it official. It’s going to be one tough June!
Weeks ago, I called the Running Room to inquire about their marathon training clinic. I’ve been waffling on the full marathon for months. While I’ve been saying for years that I’d like to do a full marathon before I turn 30, time’s ticking so I really needed to put my words into action. Today I committed. Well, mostly. I still haven’t signed up for the race, but I signed up for the clinic. Baby steps. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to need a supportive group to train with – especially when our training runs start being 20km+ each weekend.
And, after a big day of registrations, I decided to take advantage of yet another beautiful Toronto day and do some speed work at a nearby track. I have been much more focused on long, slow distance running lately but I really want to beat my Sporting Life 10km time of 49:59 from last year. I finally, finally did it. On a flat route. That was just the kind of run I needed to give me confidence leading into this weekend’s race. I am now reasonably convinced I can do this – especially with the added bonus of race-day adrenaline and a downhill course.
Time to update my playlist. I’ve got some training to do!
What races are on your 2013 agenda?
UPDATE (May 6, 2013, 9:33 p.m): This is my 50th blog post! Milestone! Hooray!