Jugo Juice Calgary 10K Race- 8 days until I bring it !

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Photo courtesy of : www.calgarymarathon.com

 

8 Days from now on June 1st, at 7:30 am,  I will run my first official race since my Heart Attack and I am actually looking forward to it.  I have been training and although I am not as fast as I’d like to be, I am ready.

I am participating in the Jugo Juice Calgary 10 K as part of the Scotiabank Marathon festivities.  I will be running alongside a few other Heart Attack Survivors and with one friend on behalf of Total Cardiology, Cardiac Wellness Institute and the Libin Institute.

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8 days is going to come fast.  I am not nervous, not excited, not scared.  I am just anxiously awaiting this challenge.  I need to prove nothing to anyone other than myself that I can do this, I know I can do this.

For anyone who has ever ran, they know exactly how much punishment your body goes through in a race, in training.  I have done many races in my past and some were hard as hell.  I think this one will be my hardest. Looking at the race Map, it looks to be a little tough and slightly scenic.  There no time goals.  Just Finish and Finish Strong.

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It will be my hardest, not because I am not ready but because I know I will be battling my brain with each step I take.  I could be wrong.  I hope I am wrong.

The journey to this race started the day I walked into Cardiac Rehab and could barely last 10 minutes on a treadmill.  I know now I can last at least an hour.  I  know that I need to listen to my body, watch my heart rate monitor and be very hydrated.  I also need to ensure I am positive in my thoughts and my words as I hit each Kilometer   This has to be my smartest race.

The last race or run I did was the Color Me Rad 5K with my friends, Dannica, Dan and Josie and I still remember how much fun it was.  I am glad it is my last race memory as it lets me remember why I run.  The fun.  The fun and seeing others accomplish something they did not think they could do.  That is why I started running.

I won’t forget how big Dannica’s smile was when she finished the race.  I was so proud of her !  I hope I have a smile as big as hers when I cross the finish line on June 1.

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Look how clean we look ! Dan, Josie, Dannica and Me.
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Not so clean anymore. Me, Dannica, Josie and Dan

The finish line.  For some reason I really want a familiar face or two at the end, waiting for me.  A friend, family member….someone.  I have never ever wanted anyone to be waiting for me at the end before.  I am not sure why I desire this now.

I will not ask anyone but if any of my friends are reading this and maybe want to show up, I would be ok with that 🙂

Bring on the 10 K.  This one is for me and I have a little something special planned for this race.

I may not be first and I there is a chance I may be last but no matter what, I will cross that finish line.

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One thought on “Jugo Juice Calgary 10K Race- 8 days until I bring it !

  1. I have wanted to comment before, to tell you how very inspirational you are. The hope you have given me and my children. That i understand, to an extent, how aweful, scary & heartbreaking Heart attacks (disease) & Stokes, which have both affected my family, are. I wish you the very best in this meaningful run. You also inspire my to join in something similar. You are a good man and friend. Who deseves to Live a wonderful Life xx CarolM (Milasmine;)

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