My roommate was less than forthright with me when he came in from outdoors. I asked him if it was windy outside and he said there was ‘a little breeze.’
Apparently my roommate finds a 35 km/h north wind to be ‘a little breezy’. Fortunately I was appropriately attired when I stepped outside for my run.
My second run since doing the half-marathon was fantastic. Even running into a strong wind, I felt great. My body felt fit, my balance was great, and my form was steady.
I saw other runners on the Rideau Canal pathway, and I chased them down. (In this month’s issue of iRun AVK mentions that chasing down other runners while out running is a habit of his – as if it weren’t something that each and every runner does!) The best was the pair of young guys who I passed running north when they were running south. I reached my turn-around point, and started heading south after them. They were probably 400 metres ahead of me, but 10 minutes later I had closed that gap to probably about 150 metres when they reached their turnaround point, and started coming north.
With everything against me – the wind, the cold, the dark – I was feeling great. I had not felt so fleet of foot in a long time. It was really one of my best runs in a long time.
I had been holding off on registering for the Ottawa Marathon until I had one great run that confirmed to me that I was on the right track. Last night was it – for the first time in my life I am convinced that I will run a Marathon.