So I’ve become a writer? I have agreed to write for a Webzine called “Vibrant”. Sounds cool! I feel like I live a pretty vibrant life most of the time. I definitely live a busy life!!!
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My most recent adventure was running in the Goodlife Fitness ½ <?xml:namespace prefix =" st1" ns =" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"" />Marathon (formerly the Royal Victoria) in Victoria. The race was on 10/10/10. This was my third half marathon this year. I started running regularly just last year in November when I was inspired by some athlete friends. I started with the Bear Mountain 10 km in November of 2009 and then signed up for the Island Race Series which runs from January to April. It’s a great way to pass the winter months! Part of that series was my first ½ marathon in Comox. I had been running regularly for a couple of months by then so I was feeling really ready for that one. After that was another in May in Oak Bay. Still running fairly regularly, I felt ready for that one as well and did come in slightly faster than I did in Comox.
So, here comes the Goodlife Fitness ½ in Victoria. I signed up for it months ago. And then I stopped running. Right after the Oak Bay ½ in May actually. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop running, but I suddenly got really busy! (Funny how that happens in the Spring.) I had a running partner all lined up and she actually sprained her ankle training for this run so we were in the same boat going into this race. No training, virtually no running for about 6 months. I was nervous, to say the least!
The day of the race I decided that my only goal on that day was going to be to actually cross the finish line. I wasn’t going to be concerned about beating my previous time because that was highly unlikely to happen! All I wanted to do was finish and have fun! I told a couple of people that this would likely be the last ½ marathon I ran because as busy as I am already, there is a big change coming in the New Year that was going to make me even busier! And besides, this is my 3rd race of this distance. I have nothing to prove.
The race started at 730 in the morning and the weather was perfection! It was cool, calm, and best of all, dry! My friend and I started the race together running for 10 minutes and walking for 1 minute. It was a beautiful course, the crowds were wonderful, lots of cheering and as usual you get bolstered by the people you are running with at the same time. I finished the race in 2:20:10 which is about 6 minutes slower than my last race. Not bad for someone who hasn’t run in 6 months!! And you know the funny thing? I felt so good and had so much fun; I just may do another ½ marathon after all!! I guess you really should never say “never again”!
And what am I doing next? The Bear Mountain 10km in November! I guess things have come full circle!