Reflections on Training & Looking to the Future

Wow, time is flying by! It feels like just yesterday that I was hesitantly registering for the BMO Vancouver Marathon after completing my first half marathon.

I was recently reminded of the Abbotsford Run for Water which is coming up at the end of May. This is the half marathon that my boyfriend Jesse did with a couple of his friends last year. Standing in the rain and freezing cold watching them cross the finish line was what inspired me to start running.

It wasn’t long before I began training for my first half, the Surrey International Music Marathon, which took place in September 2013. During these initial few months I began to read a lot about training for long distance races. I realized that running a marathon in a year’s time wasn’t THAT crazy of a goal as long as you were dedicated.

So here I am now. I’ve knocked off 15 weeks of marathon training and have only 3 more to go. After the grueling 35 km run on Sunday which left me wondering how I could possible run any further, I have to trust in my training plan that I am prepared race day. I am both excited and extremely nervous

Although it’s been very difficult at times, I’ve really enjoyed training. It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come in a relatively short time and every run, no matter how long or short, is an accomplishment as it gets me one step closer to my goal.

I’ve got to know a lot of great people through my running group who, a few months ago, were complete strangers. You learn a lot about someone when you run for 3 or 4 hours at a time with them every weekend! I’ve heard it said that runners are all very nice people, and from my experience it is definitely true. It’s great to be surround by like-minded, healthy, and active people who share the similar goals, whether they are training for their first marathon or are experienced marathoners.

My friend, who has been training with me, and I have already began thinking about what we’re going to do next. We’ve both registered for the Lululemon SeaWheeze in August and the CIBC Run for the Cure 5k in October but that’s all we have planned so far.

We’ve been considering signing up for the Scotia half in June and/or the Rock ‘n’ Roll half in October but haven’t committed yet. After basically running 21+ km every weekend for the past two months, it’s hard to get past paying about $80+ to run a half, although it would totally be worth it for the medal … I mean, race atmosphere and comraderie …

We’ve also been thinking about doing some trail running this summer and would like to try a shorter trail race to start. I’ve been eyeing up the 5 Peaks race series after being completely intimidated by the Coast Mountain Trail Series.

If you have any upcoming race recommendations, please contact me or comment on this post!


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