How Many Days Until the Army Run?!?!

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 (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!

12 thoughts on “How Many Days Until the Army Run?!?!

    1. kristi Post author

      I haven’t found a date for this year yet either but if I remember right I didn’t find one until the fall last year. I hope it is a go. I have a love/hate relationship with that race. Hate the hills, LOVE the brunch!!!

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  1. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.

    Yay Army Run!

    I’m hitting 16K this Friday for my long run. If I go beyond that, I will have finally broken 17K before a half marathon. Might mean a totally different race for me. That being said – I have no intentions of going ‘full out’ on this half. All I want is a clean race where I stay steady until the end and that I do not die on the bridge this time 🙂 Ideally I am also going to add some KM before/after – but the plan I’m using had that particular week as a ‘race week/recovery week’ anyways.

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    1. kristi Post author

      Yes – I’m guessing without the snow would be much better!
      It is the one half marathon course that I feel has beat me. I have done it two times and while both races were reasonable times, they were definitely my slowest and I felt beat after them.
      Did you know that once golf season is over you can go run those paths? I did them a few times this spring and I am hoping to get on them before the snow flies.

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      1. kristi Post author

        You are ahead of me!!! Last night I did 4.5 with my running group, then 9k on my own. By the time I was done that it was dark and I was soaked so decided to stop there.
        If I were you I would add on the mileage at the Army Run. It is so much easier to get one of those crazy long runs done when most of it is done during a race. You can always make your recovery week the week before or the week after. Mind you don’t do what I did and do your solo run along Colonel By before the 5k. It was interesting having to run against the 5k race on my way back!

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        1. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.

          haha – I remember you saying that last year!

          I’m still thinking on what to do – even with the Ottawa Race weekend I ended up walking at least 2K before getting my bag and trekking it to Ottawa U to find Paul and Max – so a little 5K cool down shouldn’t be too bad? Dreading that 30K run! ahh

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          1. kristi Post author

            I’m so glad I have no 30k+ runs planned for anytime in the future! Right now 21 km seems like plenty 🙂

        1. kristi Post author

          I should probably mention I have never officially asked if I could run on the paths but last year I found an article online that said when the golf course was built it was under the condition that the public still had access from mid-November to mid-April. I think that space was originally designated public green space.
          When I was running on it this spring there work workers out getting the course ready for the season. I half expected to be kicked off but they all just waved as I went by. I did run on it a couple of times in the winter but of course the path isn’t cleared so it only works when there isn’t much snow.

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