Ever since I ran my first half marathon this past June I’ve been itching to run another race. I almost immediately had my sights set on the Hecla Half Marathon. This race is in October and takes place in Hecla, Manitoba which is both a Provincial Park and an island. I haven’t been up to Hecla since I was a kid and I thought it would be really cool to run a race there. There’s also a hotel with a spa and I would be lying if I said that didn’t influence my decision.
After I had taken some time off after running in the Manitoba Marathon I started up a new training cycle with guidance from my coach, Ange. It wasn’t 2 weeks into the cycle and I began experiencing some lower leg, calf-area pain. I was concerned it was the same problem I had while training for my June run (what I thought was shin splints) so I wasted no time in getting into seeing my physiotherapist.
It was determined that I was experiencing Achilles tendonitis and rest was my prescription. This was obviously not a good outcome for me as I had intentions of running a half marathon (and setting a new personal best) in 3 short months. I was thrilled however, that this didn’t end up ruining all the hiking that we had planned during our East Coast Adventure as it was really only running that seemed to be causing me pain.
After coming back from vacation and talking to lots of people about the race I decided to sign up for *only* the 10k. I’m not at all saddened by this decision for a number of reasons that I won’t bore you with but maybe most importantly: this would be my very first 10k and no matter what my time, it will be a personal best.
I’m still working with Ange to get myself 10k ready – mixing up some running (track and outside in my new neighbourhood!) with some strength sessions at GoodLife Fitness and some yoga at home! I’m happy that I don’t have to stress about training for a half marathon in a super short time period. There are plenty of other races to run and I would rather have a positive experience with this race than finish disappointed. Every day I’m reminded that running is almost as much a mental game as it is a physical one.
I look forward to sharing this experience with all the good friends (and Mr. A!) who will be running this race with me and I can’t wait to share here on the blog!
Let’s chat – Have you ever ran a 10k race, do you have any tips? October is COLD in Manitoba – any tips for racing in colder temperatures?
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.