OK, no turning back now. We are all officially registered for the P.E.I. Marathon next month. A mere formality but significant one, none-the-less.
Yup, we are all in – running the full, the half and the Spud Run, a two-lapper at the UPEI track for the girls.
I held back a bit before signing up because the refund policy is not great for many marathons if something arises – injury for example – that causes you to miss it. But hopefully that will not happen. A lot of races, like this one, will allow you to forward your entry to next year if something pops up but who knows what next year will bring.
With a lot of good options in New Brunswick and elsewhere, maybe other centres will interest us. Or maybe ,…well, won’t think about other maybes. Thus, the delay, even though the commitment was essentially made in May.
Also, this week was the deadline for getting a personalized bib and considering the significance of the event, that was a nice incentive to finally shell out the cash. That is purely from a scrapbook point of view but more and more marathons have these and it is a nice touch.
Finally, as you can see by the screen grab above, the time is ticking for training.
Pacing this week has been good. On Tuesday, it resumed with a 13k that included 5×600 metre speed segments that I pulled off at 4:30 per km or better pace, a big carryover in confidence from the Hampton 5-Miler on the weekend.
Wednesday’s medium long run of 19 k was pushed to Thursday, in part because I was pretty tired but also because a lightning storm hit when I would have run anyway.
I switched it with a planned off day Thursday but the run then conflicted with the Pats-Jets game. I needed a plan.
I thought I figured out an app to listen to the game on my iPhone while I ran- how good was that? – but after the pre-game show ended, and my anticipation levels rose, the pre-game show repeated and I had no live feed.
I am sure there was an easy or alternate solution but 3.5 k in at 9 p.m., I was not blessed with time, light or patience to figure it out.
So instead, I logged onto ESPN and got the regular updates from the web. At one point though, right around the time a Jets TD was being reviewed (an ultimately overturned) I stopped running and kept hitting refresh. Since there was light rain, I took my glasses off to get a look. The review seem to take forever. I started to walk, then run, slowly, with no glasses, an iphone to my nose, waiting for the result.
Then I clued in – this is a little ridiculous.
Must have looked odd – in the rain, blurred eyes trying to focus on the phone while walking/running in the dark.
Not good. Luckily, I escaped my madness unharmed!
However, I regained focus, got home in time to catch the second half, the Pats won and I completed an interesting 19.5 km effort in warm, misty, foggy conditions.
This weekend includes two 8km runs and one 29k effort with 23k at marathon pace.
Thankfully, the Pats won’t interfere with this one.