Never Say Never

Apparently my word is no good.

In the past, I’ve said that I’d never do the Harry’s Spring Run Off again only to run it one more time. Although I love High Park, I can’t stand running up a hill at the end of a race. This year, I’m keeping my word and going out to cheer on everyone and anyone is running the 5 & 8k distances (thundersticks and all).

A few weeks ago, I said I’d never run the Chilly Half Marathon again. THIS one, I plan on sticking with FOR LIFE. Why would I want to drag myself out to Burlington in the dead of winter to run 21k when I can do that just fine on my own in TO? Yeah. My thoughts exactly.

You may also remember that I said I would NEVER run Around the Bay again, and I did so in video form no less. Seems as though I was telling a bald face lie on that one as this weekend I’m tackling the run again.

*hangs head in shame*

So what’s different this year? Why bother?

An article from The Globe & Mail earlier this week had me thinking just that.

Perhaps it has to do with the difference in my training, my motivation and my headspace.

Last year, I only registered because of a challenge with a friend. I trained somewhat half-heartedly while coaching a 10k clinic at the same time. I also trained alone and had to do the race by myself after the friend backed out due to injury, so it wasn’t exactly an ideal situation. It probably added to my hatred dislike of an event that so many people seem to love.

This year, I’m doing it right. The 30k isn’t my final destination but I have a much bigger goal race in mind. I’m also training with a big group of people who are dedicated to reaching 42.2 and I’m focused on that May goal.

So then why this race?

Like the G&M article states, runners can be short sighted, only focusing on the end goal and can lose sight of what it’s all about. Having races in between will only help me really look at my training NOW vs. at my marathon goal and allow me to adjust accordingly.

So never has become a maybe or a possibly or something to revisit down the road.

As they say, it’s all about the journey and not the destination, right?

It’s just too bad that the journey is taking me to Hamilton and making me run hills from 22-28k.

Are you taking aim at mini goals and races in your training
or waiting for your goal race?
How do you keep track of  and evaluate your training before the big day?


Sam said...

Hee hee . . . thundersticks.

Kimberley said...

Good luck on Sunday!

Laura said...

But the 'hills' are the nicest part of the course..I like this part the best. 10km-15km...Me no like.
I am using Sunday as a true touchpint as to where I am in my mrathon training..and where I need to improve overall.
At least there is supposed to be sun...

Patti said...

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!?!

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