My First Race

I signed up for my first race (Tough Mudder doesn’t count as a race) yesterday and two thoughts popped into my head:

  1. DANG!  That was expensive!
  2. CRAP!  I have never run 10K before.

I have been dying to do the Oasis ZooRun 10K for the last couple of years.  A friend told me it’s a fun race a great motivator for a beginner runner.  Back in May I would have almost considered myself a “runner”.  I finally figured out the whole “pace” thing (in miles and kilometers.  Turns out I am actually a bit of a baby when it comes to running.

Temperature – I need the weather to be just perfect, not too hot, and not too cold.  After 5 years I am still not used to the humid Ontario summers.

Music – I must have good awesome, up-beat, music.  A couple weeks ago I lent my headphones to my husband and they disappeared into thin air.  Seriously… where do those things go?  Anyway it’s been enough of an excuse for me to skip any sort of running.

Treadmill – Boring (I never thought I would say that).  Once you get a taste for running outside the treadmill in a busy, sweaty gym is tough to go back to.

Fear of Injury – Some (most of my family and friends) might call me a hypochondriac… that being said I am positive I have Plantar Fasciitis, or at least the beginning stages of it.  My heel has been bugging me for over a year.  When I mentioned it to my doctor, she told me it could be PF and would refer me to a specialist if it was still bugging me in 6 months… huh????  She also told me to buy new shoes.

Time to quit with the excuses and start with the solutions because the ZooRun 10K is non-refundable. 

Temperature – Start running before it gets to be a muggy 30C.  This means getting up EARLY!  If I have to be at work for 8:30, I should be able to get in a run and a shower in if I wake up at 6:00 am.  This may also mean giving up my weekday cocktails. 😦

Music – I bought these today, one pair for me and one for Jeff.  I also found my iPod Nano from 5 years ago!!  Score!  Love long-lost tunes.

Hers and His

Hers and His

As for my foot – I’ve been doing some google-ing on the topic and there are lots of stretches / exercises I can do strengthen my foot.  I just have to stick to it and listen to my body.  I am not missing this race due to an injury.  Oh and I bought new running shoes – doctors’ orders.

I am still looking for a new pair of cross trainers for the gym.  Any suggestions!?

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