the date is set: Sunday, May 15, 2011

race: Toronto Goodlife Fitness Half-Marathon

goal: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday-Funday: The Running Version

Sunday morning runs do not usually occur in my world. 

When I run on Sunday, it is normally well after 4:00 p.m. after I have digested enough calories and caffeine to pick me up from a busy Saturday, or even worse, a late Saturday night. But, this particular Sunday, I kicked this habit to the curb. That’s right, by 9:30 a.m. this morning I was putting on my Lulus and hopping in the car to head to a running date.

My friend Cathy, who has a fabulously witty blog that you absolutely must check out, is training for a 17km race on Good Friday and a half-marathon in the fall. Cathy has been training hard all winter and is experiencing awesome results. I admire her ability to stick to her schedule and follow-through with her trainer’s recommendations. I definitely need to take a cue from her in this area...

I met up with Cathy after she had already ran 5km. We set out for the last 11km of her scheduled 16km for the day. It’s always a little nerve-wracking running with a new “buddy” for the first time, just because you aren’t used to someone else’s pace, style and routine. But, within the first few kilometers when you adjust, you remember how great it is to have some company and not just your standard iPod playlist.

Chit-chat replaces the hum-drum of your footsteps. You actually can complain about your sore calves to a real life person…not just the open road in front of you. I enjoyed our morning in the sun and countryside, catching up while ChasingK(m)s. It reminded me how fun running can actually be; a fact that I think I had been forgetting in the last few weeks due to the deadline of 21.5km fast approaching. 

This morning's run put a smile on my face for the afternoon. {I will most likely retract this statement tomorrow morning when I wake up with stiff calves and sore hammys} But, at this point, my fingers are crossed that in exactly eight weeks today, I will be able to say the same thing. Countdown is officially on...

Happy Running! 


  1. I don't know how you find the motivation to run on a Sunday, definitely couldn't do it!
    Good luck with the rest of your training!

  2. I tried to go for a run yesteday, and quit after five minutes! Man, I'm pathetic haha. Your motivation is inspiring. Keep up the good work Britt!

  3. This was a great post Britt.
    I'm not a big runner, but I agree with everything you said. It's always more fun to exercise with a friend. I find that when I do this, I am more motivated and end up having a much more enjoyable time.
    Keep up the good work Britt! Good luck with the rest of your training.

  4. Good for you for finding the motivation to get out there, even on the laziest of days. My mom recently trained for and completed her first half-marathon and she's got the bug now. I told her all about your blog and she was really interested. You've got yourself another reader!

  5. Great post, and I'm not just saying that cause I'm mentioned. I see you figured out linking :)
    It was a great run for me too, we will have to pick another date soon. As for soreness, I have two words for you: ice. bath....I'm not joking.

  6. Awesome post Britt! I have a hard time with talking to people when I run cause I always seem to get out of breath (sign that I am out of shape perhaps?). But if I were doing a speed walk, it's nice to have a friend then.

    Good luck with your training & with the marathon coming up :)

  7. A good number of my friends are runners, but I hold true to my philsophy of only running when I am being chased.