So,,,, in my little world of recovery which has been ongoing, I decided to see what my body would do with back to back 5k runs with less than 12hrs in between. I roped in a group of ladies and off we went on Friday, up to Port Stanley, Reach the Beach 5k and ran at 7pm. If you haven't been there, well, there is a hill and a mountain you must run up, best part is the downhill, all the way into the finish line. This was my 3rd time and I absolutely love it. It is the only time i run a hill. I don't do hill workouts as my body does not sustain them well plus I don't run many events that may have hills in them. However if said hill happens to show up, I dig deep, I don't look at the horizon, that just pisses me right off as it seems you never get there, however, my rule, DON"T STOP, cause you will get to that top and it will plateau out. I PB'd, by a full minute from the previous 2 years. You see, I have been listening to my body, I do rest, but i have been incorporating weights and strength 3 times a week as well as I have been doing some speed work. So not for the faint of heart but I have been listening to when rest has to happen. my runs are slow during the week. I don't exhaust myself so that when I do get to the start line I feel refreshed and ready. We got home at midnight (shhhhh - we detoured for burger and fries - vegan style)
Saturday morning the bus rolled out at 620 to head to Wallaceburg Wambo 10k / 5k. Start time: 8am. We switched out one girl for another but still same group of ladies. This course was flat. It was a beautiful morning and again started out. legs a wee bit heavy but after the 1st km i started to settle in. I was waving at people, taking pics, soaking it all in on how well I felt. Making the turn I came up upon Access Athletics - you know where runners give there time to push modified strollers with physically or mentally disabled people, and it was Michelle. We played catch up for about 5mins then I continued on. You see, soaking it in, makes you appreciated everything you have going for you. It does NOT always have to be about racing. Beating you time, or someone else's or making a point. it's about knowing, learning, understanding your body and being very thankful that it does what it does. I could have easily PB'd again but I chose to soak it in. Try it sometime. BTW - at this event they serve homemade cherry cheesecake complete with coffee, donuts and muffins.
Mark them on your calendar for next year. A guaranteed great time
Whats upcoming: Race for Health. Are you in? Sept 10th 8am. 5 or 10k https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11752/race-for-health
See you there