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
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,