1. Last night the Running Room (aka, the hub of my marathon clinic) hosted the Fibre 1 Chill Challenge – an event to encourage fitness in the community, inviting participants to show up for just 20 minutes of “fun and fitness” in order to receive a free toque (that’s what we call knitted winter hats in Canada, eh?).
I wasn’t able to participate in the actual challenge, but I did get my 20+++ minutes of activity in and they gave me my toque when I dropped in during the event on my way to the pool. I may or may not have gone home with an entire case of the leftover cereal samples…
This Sunday brings my first race in 5 months, the Chilly Half Marathon. This has become a staple on my race calendar – the course is a flat out-and-back (my favourite – boring, but great for racing) and it’s one of the only options around here for an early season long distance race. That being said, it often brings unfavourable conditions and this year is no exception; at the moment, it looks like we can anticipate a rain/snow mix and strong headwind for the back half. I’m not too worried about it this time since I won’t be “racing”. My fitness is nowhere near PR-level so I’m planning to run with some clinic friends in the hopes of pacing them to their own PRs. I have a feeling they will end up leaving me in their dust, but I’ll do my best!
3. On a much more somber note, we found out yesterday that one of the gentlemen from the marathon clinic had passed away unexpectedly after a short and sudden illness. He was 60 and a regular member of several previous clinics. He had taken a hiatus in recent years, but decided to join us again this time around in order to train for the Vancouver Marathon with his son this spring. We are all deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden passing. Life is fragile. R.I.P. David.