(photo from Army Run Facebook page)
Last week I was visiting a friend who is also a runner. She mentioned she had done a 16k long run on the weekend. I asked what race she was training for and and she said the Army Run. I’m registered for that race too… a slight sense of panic hit me but then I thought, oh she is just getting a head start on long runs. That race is a long way away.
Then I looked at a calendar. Oops. I actually should be doing 16k runs. My idea of a long run right now is 8k. I am not just a little behind, I am really behind.
As a teacher I do my best to avoid looking at a calendar in the summer. Much of my year is spent planning and looking ahead, I prefer to take things day by day during my vacation. Apparently that is not such a good idea when you register for a September race that as of now is only 38 days away. Throw in the fact that this race was going to be my goal half marathon race for the fall, well… clearly I have goofed up.
So, time to move on to plan B. I know I can run a half marathon in 38 days, if I had to I guess I could run one this weekend, but it certainly wouldn’t be pretty. I think it is unlikely that I could aim for another sub 2 hour based on the training time I have left. Thankfully the Army Run is just an incredible experience in itself, regardless of finish time. Last year I ran it as part of a marathon long slow 32k training run. Slowing down the pace actually really allowed me to take in the whole spectacular and emotional event, so I am not upset with the idea of slowing things down again this year. Plus I have 3 other half marathons I hope to do this fall: Ottawa South, Fall Colours and Mission Possible. The only reason I had not picked any of these as time goal races is because they all involve hills.
Bring on those hills, I have some training to do!