“Why are you doing this to yourself?” I sat there in silence for a moment, my foot soaking in an ice bath, thinking over the very pointed, honest question that was just posed to me. On the table in front of me, my marathon training plan was open on my laptop where I had been making constant tweaks and edits, trying - desperately - to Frankenstein my plan to accommodate injury recovery while ramping up to train for a marathon in less than 75 days. The math wasn’t adding up, no matter how many ways I approached it. “It can be done” I’d been telling myself. But it was becoming clear that I’d been trying to force a square peg into a round hole.
Along with my colleagues at CIRA, I will be fundraising in support of the CHEO Foundation as we train for the Ottawa Race Weekend on May 27 and 28th. Learn more about what we're doing and how you can help us reach our fundraising goal.
Team CIRA Runs is made up of 10 CIRA employees participating in the 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon events. CIRA (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority) is an Ottawa-based, not-for-profit organization that manages the .CA domain name on behlaf of all Canadians. You can learn more about us at www.cira.ca
I’ve decided to try something new this year. No, I’m not getting into triathlons or ultramarathons...yet. I’m still focused on my current love and obsession: the marathon. I’ve come a long way over the years. From completely crumbling and barely finishing the Ottawa Marathon in 2013, I’ve been able to shave about 35 minutes off my marathon time, which included qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon in 2016.
These are my marathon commandments. The divine rules by which I live my running life. These are the things I repeat in my head and remind myself of when I start to veer off-track. These are not set in stone - they will evolve and change over time. These commandments will continue to guide me through my marathon journey, which is destined to be fraught with it’s own set of new challenges, failures, and triumphs.