30 Days to Scotia Half and 5K Run!

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Okay, it’s now 30 days to the 2016 running of Canada Running Series Wests’ Scotia Half or 5K! If you’re already signed up and committed to fund raise for a charity, that’s great! If not, you can check out the several worthy charities on the website to see who appeals to you.

If you haven’t yet signed up, the next price increase is at the end of May!

Let’s talk about the last 30 days to the race! Are you following a training program? So maybe you’ve been following the training program that was shown on the Canada Running Series West Race website…if you are following the 10K to half training program, you should be hitting a 16K long run this weekend! And if you’re following the half to half training program, you’d be doing a 17K long run this weekend!

For some of us, it’s not as easy to follow one training program. Most of my running buddies have a full race roster that may conflict with the training programs shown above. For example, I ran the BMO full marathon on May 1st, the Run for Women 10K on May 7th and then the Shaughnessy 8K race (check out the red lipstick on my teeth! lol) on May 15th.

My main focus right now is training for the Seattle Rock n Roll Full Marathon, which inconveniently lies 8 days before the Scotia Half! There are a number of race friends who are running it as well and also running the Scotia Half with me! I guess I could have made the decision to concentrate on one race or the other, but I didn’t want to miss either!

But that’s the way it is with running…if one is really enthusiastic about it and likes to do races, it’s not likely that you’ll be able to follow a cookie cutter training program to the ‘t’. So relax! If you don’t follow a training program exactly, don’t beat yourself up about it!

There are just some days you can’t run, whether because of injuries, work, other family, friend commitments, or because you just aren’t feeling it…no problem! You’ll still be able to do it!

Let me know if there are any special ways that you have gotten back into training for a race or how you’ve gotten over a runner’s slump!




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