I took the day off and woke up early. It was pouring rain but I was determined to stick to the goal. Besides, I told everyone about my epic plans, and I had to follow through. Running tip: tell people your running goals. It helps motivate you to complete them.
Recently, my husband and I bought a new house so I planned to start the run by running to our new hood and checking out the neighbourhood. The first hour or so it was raining prettily steadily. With every car that passed by, I kept thinking how insane people must think I was. Running in the rain at 8:30 in the morning on a Monday is definitely not most people’s definition of fun – and certainly not a typical birthday celebration.
I got to my new hood and found a little trail through a park. I stopped at a garbage can to drop off a gel package and a nice old lady said to me, “Nice day for a run, isn’t it?” I thought she was being sarcastic. It was hardly a nice day. It was still drizzling at this point and the trail was covered in mud and deep puddles. I replied that I’ve certainly run in better weather. She told me she loved to run in the rain. In fact, she said, she ran the Ottawa Marathon in the rain one year! I was having a bit of a low moment at this point in my run and this little conversation brought me back to life. I hope I bump into that nice old lady again when we move to our new house.
I finished the run along the Rosedale Valley road. Even though it was still wet, the sun was peeking out, and the path was completely covered in pretty yellow leaves. Leaves were also continually falling from the sky creating a perfect Fall backdrop for my birthday 30K.
I finished in 3:08. It was slow for me. Two weeks ago, I tripped and fell on a long run and I think I’m still recovering. My entire left side started to hurt around 20K, but I was determined to finish – and I was still a REALLY long way from home.
After the run, I headed to the spa for a much needed massage. Now I rest and recover till race day… 11 days from now.