So I’m only a few weeks away from Chicago and things seem like they are going pretty well… training wise anyways. Last weekend I raced in the Canadian 10k Road Race Championships and took fourth behind Megan, Dayna, and Malindi. No complaints here!
I felt like it had been forever since I had raced, and it felt great to get the cobwebs out. I had a bit of tummy turmoil to deal with the two weeks leading into the race, but was able to take care of it before lining up to race on Saturday. Not quite the best prep for a race I have had mentally, but some things just end up being out of our control eh?
I was pretty happy with how the race went out, aside from having to dodge a pack of men who decided to position themselves between the lead three women and Natasha and myself. We went through 5k fairly quick, and then things got a little bit more hilly and quite full of turns. Needless to say that I felt a lot like Zoolander in the second half of the race… “I can’t turn left.” I do think my training these last few months has made me pretty strong but I am definitely lacking that pep in my legs to take off and go on a course that zig-zags through the zoo.
I did have a lot of fun rooming with my Chiba roommate again, Natasha, and got to meet a lot of the B.C. team. They were a great bunch to do my shake out run with. Si Si was able to make it for my race, and warmed up with Natasha and me, mouth full of chocolate and all! What a riot!
After the race, Si Si and I headed back down to London to see the fam for a bit… Holy geeze is my nephew Madden getting big! Then we headed on to Michigan so I could see some law school buddies and she could go hang out with the boy (side note… if you have to pick between the puppy and the boy… always pick the puppy). It was nice to throw back some beers and be done with the stresses that were weighing on me these last few weeks. Now to just keep pressing forward until Chicago! “Just keep swimming” … err… I mean running ;).
I think I am adjusting to my double life as a runner and lawyer. To be perfectly frank, life here in Chattanooga isn't exactly how I pictured it during my last year of school, and it certainly isn't always how I want it. But unlike some, I'm not going to dwell on it with stubborn anger. Time to dig in and run!
As a side note, I received a lot of feedback on my last blog about my on again off again relationship with my boyfriend, Mr. Running. I’m glad that so many of you understood where I was coming from! If we can’t laugh about our twisted relationship with running, then why even bother doing it?