I’ve officially completed my first 10k race at the Hecla Half Marathon!
The Lakeview Hecla Half Marathon/10k/5k took place at the Lakeview Resort in Hecla, Manitoba -this place is absolutely stunning in the fall! We drove up bright and early Saturday morning for the 11am start time. When we got there we, parked, and easily found the starting area. The entire hotel was booked for the race so most runners were just hanging out in the hotel lobby before the race got started.
The half marathoners started first, followed by us running the 10k, and finally the 5k. Immediately after we started the most surreal thing happened – an EAGLE with a fish in its mouth majestically flew over the road we were running on. I can’t make this stuff up – my response ‘I love seeing birds of pray.’ We laughed and kept running.
I came into this race slightly confident. I’ve ran the distance before and I wasn’t scared for it but I also wasn’t able to complete all of the training runs Coach Ange had outlined for me due to injury/thesis writing/etc etc. Despite a rough cramp-filled start, I finished the race feeling alright. The last 2km or so was a trail run – which sounds fun, but actually meant running on a gravel beach. I wasn’t prepared for that and my legs were SO tired I had to slow down just to make sure I didn’t face plant. I finished in 1:13 and that turned out to be 4th in my age group. This was about the time I expected to finish in.
Overall, the temperature was perfect for a fall run but it was a little more windy than I would have liked. I expected this though as the route runs along a lake big enough it could be a sea. The race was small (~70 people) but it had a really good feel. Everyone was friendly and many people stayed the night at the hotel and enjoyed the mineral pools, and there was even a reception/rest area post-run with amazing food and free massages (and wine!). Race kit pick up was on race morning and also available in Winnipeg the week before the race, which was really helpful. One downside is it falls on the same weekend as the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Half Marathon, so you would likely have to pick between the two unless you’re into running 2 races a weekend.
Bonus points for gorgeous finisher medals.
So what’s next for me on the fitness goals front? That’s an excellent question. In this season of life (thesis season) I’m struggling to find time to walk to the mail box. I have the greatest intentions to make it to GoodLife Fitness on my way home from the lab, or put on a yoga video at home, or take a 20 minute walk around the neighbourhood, but I can’t rationalize not using that time to work. Graduation deadlines are looming and I really, really want to be done school.
I KNOW the benefits of exercise, and maybe if I was exercising more I would sleep better? Although it’s likely I’m just up all night thinking about my thesis. So here I stand (but mostly sit) in a state of limbo – wanting to move more but feeling guilty because I literally do not have the time.
Until my thesis is handed into my examining committee I will be taking sometime away from the blog and social media. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in a few weeks with some new and exciting food musings.
Let’s chat – How do you cope with wanting to exercise but literally don’t have the time?
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.