The next two weeks are going to be a bit busy. I have several track and field championships and lots of coaching to do. I also have to have a teacher evaluation completed, which includes classroom observation – something I haven’t had to do for six years! After that, it is the next round of hiring, and because I’ve been surplussed at one school, I have to find somewhere else to go for at least one class but most likely for my entire 50% contract (fun!). Then it is the countdown towards Ottawa Race Weekend – which includes prepping for the water station. I’m not going to be at the water station, but I’m still doing all the organizing and training. I would be lying if I said that going back to my original plan of running the half marathon has been a huge relief. Currently I’m just running when I can and have 1x16K run to complete and maybe one 10K…maybe.
But after the half marathon – what comes next?
Part of the reason why I wanted to tackle a longer distance in the spring is so that I can concentrate on my strength – the 5K. I have some goals for my 5K time and focusing solely on that might mean some promising times. I have almost always preferred the 5K race (although I’m beginning to love the half marathon too). It is speedy and requires full effort with no mistakes. I know many runners who stay away from the 5K and some 5K runners who stay away from marathons. I already know that I belong in the 5K/10K crowd. My GI system doesn’t act up that much in a 5K race, and if it does – I can ignore it and not stop. I love speed workouts and quite honestly have little time to devote to long runs that take longer than 2 hours (you still need to long run for 5K training).
I am currently registered for the Army Run 5K and will be back in the first corral this year. I am looking at also running Emilie’s Run – but going to wait until Ottawa Race Weekend is over before I register. I’m not sure of any races in the summer that I want to do, but I might even challenge myself and run some Ottawa Lions Twilight meets (which yes, is track).
But – with all of this said, I am getting to a point where I think I need to be coached. Max is almost done pre-school, which means I should have some funds available to actually pay for a coach. Yes, I coach at a track club – but many of the groups happen at the exact same time as my group. Running with a group at a set time isn’t really going to happen for me – so I’m looking for a virtual coach. Preferably one that focuses on 5K’s and maybe even some track work. If you know of anyone or have a suggestion, let me know 🙂