Yesterday was such a fun run. I ran with MY MOM for the entire race and I had a blast! I wasn’t stressed, I wasn’t nervous, I was just ready to enjoy a wonderful fall run and that is exactly what I did. The race didn’t start until 9:00 am and I didn’t drag my butt out of bed until 7:50 am. Usually I am awake for hours, I get up early, and then I sit and stress and wait until the race starts, but I just got up, ate my breakfast, put on my running clothes, and headed out the door with my mom.
It was one of the coldest mornings we have had all fall, at about -4 when I woke up. There was NO wind, and it slowly crept above zero as we ran… aka. perfect running weather. There were only a few hundred people in the race, and there was a half, a 10K, and a 5K. The race course was on the path along the river, which is great because it is one of my favourite places to run, it is flat, and it is right in my backyard. Yay for hometown races! Oh, and when you wake up to THIS, you know it’s going to be a great run.
Shawn, my friend who just ran a sub-3 marathon, joined us for the half. We were literally running half his speed but he stuck it out with us for the whole thing (not sweating or breathing hard at all, I don’t even think his HR went up), and it was great to chat and laugh the whole time. My mom told us to run ahead of her so that she had something to chase the whole time. We told her that she could run the pace she wanted and we would just tag along!
I think everyone should do a race or event that they aren’t planning on racing and intentionally going slower than their usual pace. It’s a whole other experience. You have time to see and talk to the people around you, you can enjoy the scenery, and you get to watch the looks of exhaustion and general hatred of life on people’s faces as they go by you.
Goal 1: To enjoy a race with my mom.
Goal 2: To look like the happiest, most cheerful person on the course.
Goal 3: Be encouraging.
I think I accomplished all of those goals. I really enjoyed running with my mom and Shawn and it was nice to take it easy for a race and just enjoy it! I didn’t taper at all or even take it easy this week and I woke up with a cold (sore throat and stuffy nose), so today was the perfect day to run for the fun of it. My mom says she ran faster than she would have on her own and I am SO SO SO proud of her. It was a really great run!
Considering we mentioned Starbucks about 31897 times on the race course, it was necessary to go there after the race. It was a small MEC race so there wasn’t too much to do after the race, and some of the food was gone already, so we drove to Starbucks to warm up and rehydrate 😉
Nothing tastes better than a soy Americano misto after a run. We cooled down really quickly when we finished and it was still less than 5 degrees out, so it was absolutely necessary to make the trip to Starbucks after. When we got home, after I showered, all I wanted for lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. That meant I had to make an emergency trip to the closest grocery store for bread. #worthit
What a great race, a perfect easy run, and I felt like I could have run forever yesterday. Congratulations to all of the finishers at the MEC St. Albert Race (and those who raced elsewhere)! A special congratulations to my mom and Shawn who made yesterday’s run super awesome and fun. Not many moms can casually go run a 2-hour half marathon without training or proper preparation, you will forever be my inspiration and I am so glad I got to run with you!
And with that, my weekly workout recap!
Run/Walk: 35.89 miles.
Cycled: 90 minutes.
Strength trained: 50 minutes.
Elliptical: 30 minutes.
How was YOUR week of workouts?
What foods do you crave after a long run or race?