Friday, 6 June 2008

Back At It

Last night was Clinic Night for the Marathon and Half Marathon groups at our local Running Room.

Now that the hype of the National Capital Race Weekend is over for another year, the numbers in the clinics drop. Although there are quite a few Half runners there were only a handful for the Marathon clinic.

A new clinic, new instructors, seasoned runners and new fresh faces. Several of the runners are upping their personal challenge from 10K to the half, some of the runners are trying their first marathon in Big Sur to commemorate milestone birthdays, while others are trying to better their race times.

This particular time, I am a pace leader for the 2:10 half group, which is really exciting for me. Even though it feels very odd not to be running with my friends that I just spent weeks and weeks with for the marathon training, it will challenge me to get out of my running comfort zone and run with these new folks and start making memories for them as well as me.

I have to admit to feeling a little battle weary as I drove into town but once I got there, met old friends and the new shining, smiling faces it was the tonic I needed, plus we only ran 3K!!!

Our weather is truly amazing in this neck of the woods, we have had nothing but rain but luckily warmer temperatures. This weekend the weather stations are cautioning us with predictions of temperatures in the 30's (84+ degrees) with humidity making it feel like 40 Celsius, which will make it 104+ degrees.....We will use our discretion for Sunday's run, with the temp's that high there is always the threat of thunderstorms.

Welcome to Ottawa's crazy weather!

My running this summer entails a 10K race on July 1st, the HBC Canada Day Race, supporting our athletes going to Beijing.

Utica Boiler Maker, July 13th, not sure what will happen since the huge fire at the Saranac Breweries, but I'm sure it will still be a go.

A Try-A-Tri in August

then

The very first Canadan Army Run, Half Marathon on September 21st, in Ottawa.

and the one I'm most excited about,

The Toronto Half Marathon, September 28th, where I'll be meeting blogger Vickie and running the race together!!! How exciting is that?

If there are any other crazy blogger half marathoner's wanting to get together in September, that's where the party will be happening!!!

Hope everyone that is running, racing, tri-ing, cycling this weekend has a great time, stay safe and keep on smiling!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

16 comments:

Marci said...

Its digustingly humid in Whitby as well. Glad to read that you are back at it!

Kim said...

Sounds like you are one busy girl this summer! Can't wait to hear all the great stories. Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

wow Lily sounds like you are going to be one busy runner this summer! Good for you!

Viv said...

Full schedule this summer with tons of running and tri-ing fun!

That is cool to lead a group to achieve their time goal for a 1/2.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hope the weather holds out for you run, by holding I mean no thunderstorms.

Wes said...

You chose just the right thing to keep you motivated after the marathon. Well done!! I hope you have a wonderful summer. It looks like you have a bunch of fun things scheduled. I'll be especially interested to see how you enjoy that tri!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Thanks, now I really am a slacker compared to you! I think it is so cool to be a pacer, I may try that some day. People have told me I have a very large personality!

Xenia said...

Holy smokes, that's some weather you're having. Take care and good luck with your running-filled summer.

It seems you are the right person for me to ask this question--is it crazy to think I can train for a half marathon in 12 weeks if the most I've run to date is a 10K?

Nitmos said...

Oh, the Humidity. Seriously, it's muggy here in MI these days.

You have your Running Dance Card filled up, don't you?

Anonymous said...

She's a pace bunny!
It's the smarter kind of bunny to be I believe. The clothes are far better than those other bunnies ya know?!
Plus you're a natural leader.
Stay cool Lil!
T

Marcy said...

Dang girl!! You a busy little beaver with the races! Sweet!!

I am sooo LMAO at your Meez!! What the heck is she(you) doing?!?!

Anonymous said...

WoW! Busy, Busy pace bunny you are.

I enjoy seeing your enthusiasm come through in your postings.

If I could find a way to stop the pain in my knee I would be out there running too. Sigh.

Good luck with your training and races, girlfriend.

And have fun being a pace-bunny. Do you get to wear a special outfit for that....you know..ala playboy bunnies. *giggle*

*hugs*
~ b

teacherwoman said...

Here's my email address...

stacydsmith80 at gmail dot com

...come join the fun!

triguyjt said...

you have set yourself up for a fabulous summer....

cool on you to be a pacesetter for the 2:10's great stuff...

get those swim workouts in so you can kick that tri into high gear

have a great weekend

AddictedToEndorphins said...

WOAH WOAH WOAH! SHE'S COMING TO TORONTO! Seriously, there should be a blogger party or something. 2:10 sounds like a pretty good time, considering I will have run a full marathon 3 weeks earlier.

now I just have to clarify--This is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that you're running or is it the Toronto Marathon that you're running? They're 3 weeks apart:P

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

What wonderful plans for the summer. Yay!!!

Chris said...

That looks like a tough schedule. Go get some new shoes :)