This is the most vicious of diseases and it can affect anyone. What I am learning is, the MORE I learn, the more I receive information, support and include others in my life to help me cope, the better off it will hopefully make the final years of my father's life a whole lot easier.
Our weather lately has been exceptional...I can not ever remember such high temperatures in the month of March. This is truly a freak of nature, but I'm loving it!! Sunday's run was fantastic as I joined in with a group of ladies that are preparing for the 30k Around the Bay race this coming weekend. It is a really fun race that takes you through many neighbourhoods, a portion takes you along the shores of Lake Ontario and then into a beautiful subdivision of stellar homes. You run past and through several cemeteries and then up a huge honking hill and run back towards Copps Coliseum. You might even run into this guy!
|Jen, the Grim Reaper and me|
Monday night was my first clinic night in quite a long time. It is just a 10k clinic but it was really fun to meet some new runner's who are so excited to "do their first 10k". Sort of made me realise how I was a little jaded in my running career. I think their energy will give me the lift I need in other portions of my life. We assembled for the clinic and it is a really large group because most of them are signed up for their first 10k race at the Ottawa Race Weekend. I'm so use to doing long distances with pace groups and I'm soooo use to doing a slower pace instead of busting out at full speed, that when we were getting ready to start our first 6k group run, I was a little discombobulated that everyone just takes off like mad fiends! How freaking exciting is that? Off they go...what a concept!
A few of the more "nervous to do that distance" people sort of hung with me as I explained to them, if you can't hold a conversation because you're out of breathe it means you are running too fast. I also explained that the further we get into the 6k run, they will see that some people are totally spent and will have to walk the rest of the way. Well, you know what?...we ran the whole way and could talk and had a great time! We even passed people!! They were so excited to find out that they didn't have to bust a gut at the beginning of the clinic...they could work on their cardio, breathing techniques, gain confidence, pass people and when it comes to race day...then they can leave a lung on the pavement. Some of the new runner's hugged me when they finished their first ever 6k, overall, I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this group!!
Life's fun if you don't weaken,