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Monday, August 12, 2013

A runner? Sort of. Kinda.

I call myself a runner because I run. I don't run as often as other runners, or as far. I don't have special running clothes, or fancy gadgets that tell me how far I've gone, how many calories I've burned, and what to make for dinner.

What I do have is a good pair of running shoes and a body that allows me to propel it forward faster than walking without too much complaint. I am a runner.

And this runner needs motivation. So I sign up for races to get myself out of the house. You may remember that my last race was a 5K in Manotick, the small town near where I live, at the end of April. I didn't get to run it because my doula client went into labour the night before. I spent race day inside the hospital doing what I love.

After that, all through May, I floundered, hardly running at all. I knew I needed another race so I signed up for the South Ottawa Race Day (I did the 5K last year), but a 10K this time, to push myself. I considered trying a half but knew that it was going to be hard finding the time for those long runs and I didn't want to hurt myself. A 10K seemed like a nice compromise. It's at the end of September.

I started running again, not following a program, just running. I often run in the evenings after the kids are in bed and the temperature has dropped a bit.  I've been doing a little over 4K comfortably and upped the distance a few times here and there.

We went to the cottage for a week in July and I didn't run once (excuses: it was mega hot, buggy, and then really stormy). We got home and I stubbed my toe really badly. Earlier this week I was moving the kids playstructure and dragged it over my foot. I have a big bruise and it hurts to walk. I haven't yet attempted putting on shoes.

So my "training" isn't going all that well and I'm so glad I didn't sign up for the half like I considered. I'll be able to pull off a 10K even if I have to walk half of it. I do need to get out for some longer runs though.

Before the race, I have a fun run coming up. Rebecca from Running.Food.Baby (@RebeccaRuns) wasn't able to do the Ottawa Colour Run so she let me have her spot. My friend SH and I will be running (and probably walking) through a 5K course, be pelted with colour every kilometer. It's touted the Happiest 5K on the Planet and I can't wait! I've wanted to do a colour run since first hearing about it a few years ago. My chance is at the end of the month, August 25th.

I'll let you know how it goes!

Have you been out running this summer? Have you ever done a colour run? It kills me a little that it's called the Color Run without the U.


  1. You sound like me. I'm signed up for a half in September though I just emailed to change it to the 10K distance. With moving, there is no way I've been training. That 10K (plus the 5K the day before. It is a Twosome race!) and the colour run are the last races I am signed up for in 2013. I love races. I just have to remember how to love preparing for them.

  2. I am a beginner runner right now. I am doing a couch to 5K program and I really enjoy it. I never thought I would like running, but now I can actually see myself sticking with it. I haven't signed up for any races yet - maybe next year.

  3. Glad you are looking forward to the colour run!! Can't wait to hear about it :-)

    I just dropped the army run half for the 5K - long runs are not happening, and the risk of injury is too high. Wish they had a 10K option!