Roll back the clock to January 2014…the annual time of the year that we all talk about and set New Year's resolutions. I have rarely set a resolution before because I think that change can always start and happen whatever the time of year, and we all know what happened to my blogging resolution. Somehow January 2014 was going to be different! Not sure about what we were chatting over or with in our hands, but good family friend Trish & I decided that our 2014 resolution was going to be to run a race a month together so that it kept us motivated to workout & committed to each other to actually do it.
We started off great in February running the Winterman 10 km race (yes, I had icicles on my eyelashes when I finished!) followed up by the St. Patrick's Day 10 km in March. Each month we would show up, grumble at who's brilliant idea this was and then proceed to race. Everything was great for the first 6 months of our resolution & then I was too sick to even think of putting my running shoes on (aka pregnant) for our next race. I kept training when I could stomach the treadmill in hopes that I could do the next month's race, but my resolution was halted after just 4 months.
Fast forward to April 2015 and the resolution was not dead! Trish & I resurrected our unfinished business and (dragged ourselves to the finish) ran the 8km Manotick Miler to kick our race season off. It was a MISERABLE result for me, but I have to think that 3 months prior I was delivering #TeamOlivier. It's not an excuse I'm making, but something I have to consider when looking at the big picture.
Strike off April…but now what was I going to do for a May race? I have said since I started road races that I would never participate in the Ottawa Race Weekend simply because of the seer number of people. I am not a lover of crowds at the best of time let alone when I have to run a race or have just finished one. Yet, enter co-worker, classroom neighbour & amazing friend Kim who texts me to say she just signed up for the 5km race weekend race & to let her know when I did so that we're in the same starting coral….Ummmmmm, haven't I said a million times over that I would never run in that race because of my anxiety over the crowd size?! OK, I guess I'm signing up!
Here's to another run and facing a fear at the same time. Can I bring my favourite blanket for comfort with me?!
Sunshine & happiness today & forever.