This week, I made the executive decision to find someone to switch bibs with for the Canada Army Run. I was registered for the 1/2 marathon and wanted to switch to the 5K race (there are only those two distances). I found a bib buddy via the Army Run Facebook page and made the switcheroo this morning, thanks Kyle! Since the Army Run sells out so quickly, they offer a bib transfer period for a couple of weeks in August (bib transfer ends on the 25th). This gives people an opportunity to sell, switch or find a bib. All over Twitter, Facebook, and the Running Room Forum are people wanted to make changes to their Army Run plans (for a $15 admin fee). I am not the only one who is trying to switch from the half to the 5K. I just wish they had a 10K option! If you are still interested in running the Canada Army Run – check out the Facebook Page and Running Room Forum and you may be in luck.
So why the switch?
Although I run quite regularly, I have had great difficulty in getting out for those long runs. There is no problem finding the time to go out for a 20-40 minute run, and if P isn’t home I can easily bring Max in the chariot for a run (to a max of about 8K). But long runs take a serious chunk out of my morning or evening, time that I just did not have this summer. First off, I was away many weekends in June, a few in July and a couple in August. Then there is the face that July just sucked all around with summer school, taking a grad class, coaching track 2x a week, and P’s Mom passing away. Too much to do, too little time. Like a few other Running-Mom’s out there, it has become increasingly hard to get out and run lately. Another potential problem that made my decision a bit easier is the fact that I am commuting to school in September. Back in May/June, it was easy to end the school day at 3:15, run til 4pm and then go pick up Max. That isn’t going to happen this September!
I still very much wanted to run the Army Run, so I took advantage of the bib transfer. If I couldn’t find a bib buddy, I was going to run the half no matter what – even if it took me a million years. I am in fine form to run a 5K, and I am going to attempt to PB the 5K. The Army Run 5K course is the same course as the Ottawa Run Weekend 5K, going around the Rideau Canal. I have PB’d twice on this route, so if I get out there and work on my speed a bit more, there is the potential to PB again this September.
So that is that.
Am I disappointed? A bit, but not really?
Am I excited to run the 5K on my fave route again? Heck Yes!
Am I going to run a stellar, kick-butt race? Oh yeah!