Its here, its here! Ottawa Race Weekend is this weekend! I’m freaking out just a little bit. O.k. a whole lot of freaking out. Ahhhhhhh I’m super excited, anxious, terrified, nervous in other words I’m freaking the fuck out. I know I shouldn’t be this wound up but it’s been months of training (o.k. feels like months and months) and weeks of not drinking (so glad that’s over with!) and injured running partners and social life on hold so yeah this race is important to me. I’m freaking out partly because the shoes I have been running in (Wave Rider 16) aren’t doing it for me. I should have known they would be too controlling. The new Mizunos (Wave Musha 5’s) I’ve been creeping haven’t come in on time to break in. Sports 4 FAIL. J, the place is falling apart without you! So I’m running this weekend in my old old shoes. And I’m freaking mostly because I really really wish my bestie Leah could run this half with me. It wont be the same without you!! Super sad face. (Don’t even use this as leverage to get me to run ATB with you again…not gonna happen! ) I always get up in my head right before a race and Leah is the best running partner for keeping me in check and telling me to just get out there and have fun. Enjoy. Right? That’s why we do this. Right. Ahhhh o.k. always the voice of reason! Couldn’t make it without Leah’s encouragement and coaching. You are the best, thanks L!!!
I don’t know if other runners get this excitable before a race so allow me to share with you a little bit of history on past race freak outs:
- Around the Bay 2011 – right before the race started I decided to take off my underwear. Yup that’s right run commando. I was terrified for some reason that my thong underwear would cause major chafing on my lady bits so I ran commando. 30Kms underwear-less. (I have learnt to love body glide and lululemon running pants – no seams heeey!)
- Leah decided to whip off all her jewelry about 5km into the race, gold earrings, necklace you name it. She’s a much classier runner than I leaving gold jewels in our path. Half of me wanted to stop right then and there and gather the jewelry up! Forget the race I found gold!
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 2012 - the strip and bib repin. I had a lightweight jacket on because the weather was so yucky(it was horrible!) I pinned my bib to the jacket. But any runner knows by the mounds of discarded clothes on the side of the race, you get hot. And sweaty. And anything that irritates you a tiny little bit has to go. But I didn’t want to sacrifice my lulu jacket so I did the run strip off the jacket & repin. You try doing that while in a race, it takes mad skills. My running partner Nini (who ran this half on a fractured foot. Really. Superstar!) decided to toss her mitts partway through. Why get weighed down with excess clothing?!!
All in all I’m mostly super jazzed to run this race, and I have to remember that Im running it because this is my thing. The Ottawa Half Marathon is a beautiful course, its organized wonderfully and the crowds are even better. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with all of you and promise to post a victory pic as soon as I cross that finish line…or get my paws around a cold pint. Stay tuned…