Well folks, we did it. Adam and I have just registered for the 2017 Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon. Yikes! …I mean, yahoo!
We have been talking about doing it for a few weeks and even pulled up the website to look at the registration form but hadn’t yet filled in the information and clicked submit. For Adam, it was a matter of paying the registration fee x 2 that was holding him back. For me, to be honest, I think deep down I was hoping the race would sell out and then I could say “well, I tried!” After a night out with friends on Saturday and talking about all of the people we know that have already signed up, it was enough to seal the deal and we were officially registered racers by 9am the next morning.
We are less than 9 weeks from race day.
Later that same day, Adam took Clyde out to run some errands so I decided to kick off my training and jump on the treadmill. I nursed Jude, had a light snack, got into my running gear, set up my music and water bottle, put Jude in the Jolly Jumper, laced up my shoes and stepped onto the treadmill – feeling like a boss, I might add. Some would argue that I had already completed a workout just getting to that point (with which I wouldn’t disagree) but I was ready to run. I pressed ‘start’ but the treadmill didn’t move. I turned the power switch off then on again and still no movement.
That’s when it happened.
I looked down and noticed that the ‘safety key’ was missing. If you are not a treadmill runner, this‘safety key’ is meant to be clipped to the runner so that if you are falling behind, the clip will detach and the treadmill will shut off. It will not start again until the key is clipped back into place. You can see my issue. Memories of Clyde racing around the basement with a clip and a string flooded my mind. I scanned the obvious places with no luck. I called Adam and he confirmed that just days prior, he remembers seeing Clyde playing with this piece from the treadmill. He put the phone on speakerphone so that Clyde could hear me and I asked “Clyde, do you know where the clip for the treadmill is?” ……… “No.”
By this time, Jude had had enough of the Jolly Jumper and my window of free time had come to a close.
Adam and I spent the next 24 hours looking for this safety key only to find it at the bottom of a small bag of ‘treasures’ that Clyde stashed in Jude’s room. Needless to say, it has now been given a home out of reach from small hands and only to be used when an adult is on the treadmill.
In the midst all of this, I realized that this 9-week journey to race day is going to be an adventure that should be documented. Tune in over the next few weeks to read my progress reports on running, food, race day prep and my sanity.
Next Wednesday I will share my goals for the race and my training plan to achieve them!
Anyone else have a race day coming up?