Daily Archives: April 8, 2013

Trying Some New Races

It’s time to be thinking about my next races and it ends up that the next two I am going to do are “new” in one way or another.  Both races appeal to me because they have incorporated some good ideas into their race days.

First, I will be doing the Manotick Road Race on April 28th. This race will raise money for the Heart Institute.   Apparently this is the third year for the race, though this is the first year I have been aware of it.  What I love about this event is that this year they have introduced an 18k run in addition to the 2k family run and 5 and 10k distances.  I love the idea of having race distances that step out of the box.  There are so many runners now of so many abilities.  Having a chance to try something other than the typical 5, 10, 21 and 42k distances makes sense. Recently on CTV news I saw the ladies from inStride Events who are organizing this run and they explained the 18k distance was planned to fit into the training schedules of runners for Ottawa Race Weekend.  Now there is smart planning!

I’m looking forward to trying a new course, though I admit having seen the map, I am a little worried I might get lost in Manotick.  It doesn’t appear to be a simple out and back and my lack of attention to direction when running means I will need  some good signage or have a runner in front of me who actually  knows where they are going.  But it sounds like even directionally challenged runners such as myself have been thought of since this weekend there will be a practice run to try out the route.  If I can make myself get to Manotick for 8:30 in the morning this Saturday (somehow places seem much farther away early in the morning) I will be taking the running tour of the town.  Having just come off a “big”race, it should be fun to be part of a relatively new event and a new distance.  Now, if i can just convince them to hold a 30k event sometime.  Surely I am not the only runner who would love to try something between the half and the full marathons?  I think that is the next “new” distance we need to see in Ottawa.

A couple of weeks after the Manotick run I plan to participate in Somersault’s “Day Before Mother’s Day Race”.  Every mother who is a runner deserves to have a race on her special weekend.  I ran the 10k last year and this year I hope to do the half.  There are a couple of “new” elements this year.  The course has changed and no longer starts at the Aviation Museum, though the Rockcliffe Parkway is still put to use for all distances.  But what I am most interested in is the addition of the “All In 5k Run”.  This event will include disability categories to make it a truly inclusive event.  This ties right in with my previous post about the inclusiveness of running.  I have always enjoyed taking my kids to the Somersault events because of the 1k  Wylie Ryan runs.  Having an “All In” race just adds to the reasons these races are great family events.  And of course that makes another reason to run loving – the whole family can take part in the event and come home with medals.

To check out either of these races go to the following links:

http://manotickroadrace.com/

http://somersault.ca/eventmothersdayruns.htm

 

 

iRun Interview

Last week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Mark Sutcliffe for the iRun radio show. I have to admit that being associated with iRun, even if only for 10 minutes, made me feel like I truly was a member of the running community. Mark’s book, “Why I Run”, is inspiring and the magazine is always something I look forward to reading. Of course reading a running magazine or book always allows you to feel like you are finding ways too improve your running without leaving the comfort of your couch…perfect for rest days or even those days you just can’t get yourself going. We all have those days right?

So there I am being interviewed about my third Half Marathon and at the end I discover that the person following me on the show would be Bill Williams who will be running his 39th Ottawa Marathon next month.  Talk about feeling like a beginner!!  But then it struck me, how many other sports embrace all of its members so equally?  How many other sports organize competitions that are meant for the elite and the beginner?  How many other sports have crowds cheering as loudly for the back of the pack as for the leaders?  At all of the races I have participated in, I have always been amazed at the diversity of those participating. There are people of all shapes, sizes, colours, ages and abilities.  Some are in serious. competitive mode, others are in party mode. But everyone is equal. Everyone got their butts off the couch, often at some ridiculous hour in the morning, to head out there and run. I’m happy to say I am part of such a community.

If you would like to check out the interview, go to the following link and choose the April 6th show. And if you can, check out other episodes to learn more about this incredible and diverse community.

http://www.irun.ca/podcasts/

(And my apologies for the lousy sound during my part of the interview – my cheap home phone apparently doesn’t do well on radio.)