MEC Edmonton Road Race Three…

My usual runners showed up for our first race of the season. A late route change made for a more difficult course, and warm May temperatures also made it tough. Lang led the pack for the 10K; a few minutes later I crossed the finish line with Tina (even though she was running 5K). Hikari was a few minutes behind us despite getting over an illness. And Boon closed out our Running Man finishes as we all celebrated with lunch at Ichiban. I’m still undecided on my running goals for this year. It’s keeping me flexible, yet flustered…

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Catching…

I didn’t put in a solo run until mid-April, my latest personal start yet. And, predictably, it  didn’t end well for me. I tried again the week after and managed to finish better with less walking, less pain and less recovery, but I clocked six minutes per kilometre. That doesn’t bode well for my season moving forward, but I’ll settle for basically starting from scratch again if it means I can run for a long time (as in years…or even decades). Our first race is in two Saturdays, and I’m barely ready for a 10K. (Time to adjust my running targets…)

Icing…

The weather took a turn for the colder with an unseasonably cold April. That cancelled out Running Man’s promising debut and left us back to the winter runners, although it didn’t stop several of us from signing up early for a couple of races. The tricky part now is getting into race shape through the cold temperatures in time. In spite of the weather, spring things are picking up and everyone is just trucking along. Badminton resumed for us after the Easter break, making me less motivated to work in some personal training…

Springing…

Running Man 2018 officially kicked off with eight total runners on Saturday, four of them running for the first time this year. We split into two packs and I let Lang drive the bus in front while I brought up the rear. I almost ran out of bananas, and five of us went out for brunch together afterwards. Looking ahead to summer races, there are a number of MEC races on Saturdays, which work perfectly for us. The caveat has to be the four weddings I’ll be attending, although Tina and I already registered for one race the morning after…

Recalibrating…

With lots of snow just as Tina and I left for Asia, I did lots of shovelling before leaving for Hong Kong and Tokyo where lots of food, shopping and walking awaited us. I didn’t get any running in again, but managed not to gain any weight on our trip. Tina got sick back in Edmonton, but I juggled patient care with house chores while reestablishing routine. I was back running after nearly a full month off, and it’s already March before you know it. And as I start planning for running season, already I’ve found a scheduling conflict…