Thursday, July 30, 2009

Race on Saturday!

I've got my next 5K on Saturday. The race is Somersault's National Capital 5K and the event also includes a bunch of different races such as a sprint triathlon and Olympic triathlon. It's also going to be a fundraiser for a group of 5 cyclists who were hit by a vehicle a few weeks ago here in Ottawa. The group were on a training ride, as they are all triathletes.

As for me, I think the run will be a lot of fun and a nice challenge. The course is a little hilly and new to me. I don't expect to be able to beat my PR from my last 5K, as I haven't run much since that race. But I am hoping that the race will be good motivation to get back into running.

I'm going to be using 2 new gear items in the race: Sugoi R&R compression knee socks and a FuelBelt. I'm going to try the socks to see how they help with recovery and issues in my left knee, not to mention my awesome varicose veins. The Fuelbelt is a 4-bottle belt that is much more comfortable than my sad, 1 bottle one. The bottle was really uncomfortable and moved around far too much.

Wish me good luck!

Friday, July 24, 2009

First post!

I've decided to start blogging again. I wrote about wine before, whereas now, I'm thinking to write about all kinds of random things, but mainly running. I'm hoping to use this as a tool to keep myself motivated about running. This won't be like my running journal; no, my running journal is this little paper thing from Runner's World that I use to keep track of every run and its details, such as the length, route, pace, and any other information of interest.

Today was my first run in 2 weeks. I had a forced hiatus as I had committed to volunteer at Bluesfest here in Ottawa. With the half-hour walk to and from the site, plus being on my feet for 4-8 hours... I really didn't feel like running. Then life became really hectic as work suddenly demanded that I work lots of overtime. So again, no running.

Today's run was an easy 5K. I took it easy - running a slow, comfortable pace. I just wanted to enjoy myself and ease back into the routine again. And I didn't want to hate the world by the end of the run, either! Apparently it takes 21 days to build a habit. I have a lot of work to do.