Spring Forward

20150423_181545 (2)This weekend is my big Balmoral race weekend. Saturday, I will run the 10km race – a race I’ve run the past two years to dismal results. Sunday, I will run the 15 mile trail race; this will be the longest distance I’ll run to date. I set myself this challenge because I wanted to test  my current fitness level, but also because I didn’t want to wait another year to run one of the races. Why not just do both?

My plan for Saturday is to race the 10km. I’m confident I will get a sub-1 hour time, for the first time ever in this race. I’m also confident that this year, I will run up that stupid hill without stopping to walk!!!!!! My training has consisted of many hilly runs at Drumtochty, where the elevation gain is almost triple that of Balmoral, and I’ve been able to run up those hills every time. I’ve also run hard those days, to simulate race conditions.

The plan for Sunday’s trail race is to run easy. Trail times aren’t even close to road times, and I anticipate running for around three hours. I also intend on walking up steeper hills to conserve energy. I’ve been training with back to back runs, Saturday’s are hard and fast, while Sunday’s are slow and easy pace. Hopefully, all my training will yield some favourable results.

Once this weekend is over, though, my planned races for 2015 are complete. The question that comes to mind is: what now?

I’ve decided on another big goal for this year: I want to run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I ran the Smokies 10 mile road race in 1:32:30, with my last miles still under nine minutes. I figure I could easily squeeze in three more to edge in under 2 hours. My average pace would need to be 9:09/mile, which I should be able to do.

The next step was to decide the race. I went to Rachel’s blog to research, as she’s run many races in our neck of the woods. I contemplated the Loch Leven half, and although it seems flat, it’s only 2 weeks away. So I settled on the more challenging Stonehaven Half Marathon, at the beginning of July. With an elevation gain similar to the Templeton 10, it will be a challenge, but there doesn’t seem to be as many hills to climb. I’ll also have to contend with the July heat, another challenge. Clearly, the decision to enter this race was quite impulsive…

It’s not just running that has me looking higher and better. I’ve made some steps lately towards making writing, nutrition and food a career. Although none of it is paid (just yet), it’s a start. I’ve been asked to do some consulting for the current catering at my work. Although the focus isn’t primal, it is about eating real food, seasonal food, local food and food education. This is for both young people and staff. I will be contributing some of my primal recipes, as well as ideas, on how to make our workplace healthier.

Every now and then, I get asked to write a contributing piece for a website. I’m currently working on one just now for Stress Awareness month, which is April! What do you do to minimise stress in your life? Stay tuned for it!

I’m going to be incredibly cryptic here, but basically, in terms of my career as a teacher, I’ve recently come to a forced reaslisation that I won’t be teaching for the rest of my days. I also don’t want to teach for the rest of my days. I like it, but I also like the fact that my job allows me to use my evenings and weekends towards endeavours other than teaching, like writing.

I’m still in touch with my friends at 2pure in Edinburgh, and I will be looking at hopefully signing up for my Primal Blueprint Expert course by the end of this year.

Finally, in terms of travel, I’m off to Berlin again in May for Alicia‘s bachelorette party, and then in July, Pat and I go to Ireland for a wedding, but also surfing and camping.

2015 is a big year!!!!!

What are your plans for the spring? Summer?

How do you relieve stress?

p.s Good luck to my very best Coconut Friend Amie, who is going for a sub 3-hour marathon this weekend in the Virgin London Marathon! Posi no negi Amie!


10 thoughts on “Spring Forward

  1. Fun… a double-header! You will do great! Best of luck, my friend! And, I know there’s a sub-two half marathon in your future, too 🙂 Love seeing how you’re creating your future… it’s a bright one!

  2. Have a great time at Balmoral. I know you’ll beat the hill this time!
    Stonehaven half is a great race. We did it a few years ago and it was very hot, but your race number got you free entry to the outdoor pool afterwards and that was fun 🙂
    Loving your hydration pack in your kit photo at the top. I assume it’s good? I’m thinking of switching to something like that for my longer runs so recommendations are great.

    • Thanks! I’ll have to look into the pool entry with the Stonehaven half; I didn’t see it when I skimmed through the race information on the website.

      Yes, that Nathan pack is fabulous! It’s got a bladder for water, so I just have to suck out of the tube as I ran, and it’s got all sorts of little compartments in the straps that fit gels and chews, which again allows me to refuel on the go rather than take off the pack, grab my stuff, put the pack back on. It even has a whistle for safety!

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