I have a couple upcoming race announcements to make. I feel weird putting this up as an "announcement" because it just seems odd. However as motivation goes, this helps. Seems training for races is one of the few things keeping me going lately. If I didn't have this to put my attention towards I couldn't tell you where the hell I would be. This winter has been really hard for running to boot. I have been using the gym a lot more which is okay I guess. I'm lucky to have that at my disposal but that doesn't mean I enjoy it. I miss running outside but lately the temperature has been lower than my limit. Hoping for a little bit of a warm up out there soon. Needless to say I don't think my training is going well at all. Oh bother!
My second announcement is a big one for me. It's the Around The Bay Race at the end of March. This one is monumentally important to me. My father was a marathon runner back when we were kids and he has run this race probably more than a few times. There aren't very many things that are renown to us Hamilton folks but this race attracts runners from all over the globe.
Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon. Rich in tradition, it has been won by the best from around the world, including Boston Marathon winners and Olympic gold medalists.
Because it's old and full of tradition they eventually had to start capping the registrations to 7000 people because it was becoming too big. It is also known to be one of the most difficult routes in the area. The end of March is usually cold and rainy. The route is an extremely challenging 30km with lots of rolling hills. I am not looking forward to it in one way because I'm afraid of the difficulty level. I AM looking forward to it because I have wanted to run this for years but never felt I could pull it off.
So this will hopefully be a big marker for me.
I will find other races after May to keep me busy.
Wanting to run a full marathon has been a dream from the first race I ever ran. I never ever thought I would be in a place where I could realistically make the decision. I always thought my diabetes would hold me back. I never thought I'd be healthy enough to take on such a commitment - until now.
It's kind of a big deal to me. One that I desperately want to achieve.
So I haven't chosen my race yet but I'm aiming for September probably. This summer I'll do a lot of half marathons to keep me pumped and excited and well trained.
Here we go, diabetes be damned!