Did anyone hear that?
That’s the sound of father time ticking away in the background as my Hypothermic 10 KM race has slowly inched up on me. I now have less than 3 weeks to train.
Saturday, March 4th is the race.
I said I would be better this time around. I would start running more, doing more stretching and strengthening exercises to ensure my legs don’t cramp up halfway through the course, and more importantly to give me a fighting chance that I will not be the last person.
I shan’t give up though. I will persevere. I have built a training schedule with no handbook but a general realization that it is far too late to expect to expect to come in first place after only running 2 KM a couple of times a week for the last 6 months.
Is that the sound of snickering in the background? But why? I always train religiously with tempo runs, fartleks and hill training?
Ok, never mind. I never do. I just get out there and run-ish and walk whenever I feel I need a break. (Hey, but I know the lingo!) I’m not a competitive person unless there’s a risk that all the spectators have left by the time I get close to crossing the finish line, and the volunteers scowl at me in annoyance that they will be late for dinner and it is all my fault; I am the last of the last stragglers.
Actually, I shouldn’t say that. That’s never happened. The 2 or 3 volunteers that are still standing around pour their hearts out shouting, “You can do it! Go Penelope!” It’s very sweet and very much appreciated.
Also, it does motivate a person like me to pick up the pace a bit ensuring the volunteer MAY still make it in time for dinner.
Ok, so blog followers here is my commitment to you. I promise to complete 70% of my training runs. (Notice I said runs. The stretching/strengthening portion is negotiable.) That means that I will run 36.4 KM in the next 3 weeks. I will post updated copies of this schedule intermittently so you can see how I am progressing. If I fail to reach my objective, I will remove this post from the count. It will be -1 on Pushing Boundaries and quite frankly after my polar plunge last weekend I have been on a bit of a sabbatical from this blog that I couldn’t afford. I need to reach 64 changes by February 20th to stay on target.
One last point. I think I’m a funny person and that’s why I made the joke about coming in first place. But, for those that don’t know – if you add too many kilometers too quickly, you risk injury. You can blow an achilles tendon, a hamstring or a hip. I prefer not to get injured as I was hoping this 10 KM run would help me get back into exercise. An injury would be a complete setback. Me, and the 10 pounds I now carry, really can’t afford it.
Oh, and in case you are wondering why March 5th is on the schedule. I thought that was the day of the race. Yes, how prepared am I that I don’t even know the date of the race?
Stop laughing. It’s not funny.