“I do not look forward to every race – It is not required!”
The Last Half Of The Year
Vancouver runners call the Fall Classic, the “last awesome race of the season.” I registered early, have put in considerable training, and look forward to completing another personal best!
I have to say thought, that I am going into this race with a somewhat negative attitude. The distance itself does not concern me. As part of my training, I ran this distance several times on an uber hilly course, improving my overall time by seven minutes (compared to the BMO Vancouver Half-Marathon, 2015).
What’s The Problem?
I cannot fully endorse any one cause as to why I am entering this race feeling a bit off. I can only suspect the following:
- This time of year is darker and colder, and I have developed a dislike for feeling chilled.
- Probability that this is true? Somewhat. I love winter.
- Burnout out?
- Probability that this is true? Naaaa…If anything I think I am under training.
- During the last two 10k races, the Eastside 10k, and the Turkey Trot 10k, I completed with personal best times for both. I might be feeling a little pressure to keep that momentum.
- Probability that this is the case? Very probable! Like many runners, I am quite competitive, not with others as much, but with myself.
- Some combination of “all the above”?
- Yup! This is most definitely the case.
Regardless of how I am feeling going into this race, I am committed to using this feeling as a point of personal growth. Running has taught me this: When you push through the difficulty, your gain is far greater than if you quit, or never attempted at all!