So the Dave Reed Spring Classic went off on Saturday at 9am in Vancouver. I love Stanley Park, in part for the nature and beauty of the city, but also for the active lifestyles that west-coasters lead along the seawall on a daily basis. I went into this race with the plan of running hard and fast and proving to myself (and maybe others) that I am getting faster. I came out of it pretty disappointed to be honest. Training has been going well, and the mid-week days have just been destroying me (in a good way) on a weekly basis. While I am feeling stronger and fitter, I still know there is a lot of work to do. On Saturday I couldn't find the legs. They weren't firing and I couldn't keep my leg turnover as fast as it should have been. I didn't feel out-of-breath or dying at the end, it was all in the legs. In hindsight it may have been in part to getting a massage late in the day on Friday, but I am still disappointed. My finish time was something like 17:25 - not good.
On the upside, I headed over to the Sunshine Coast right after the race and ended up coming back to Victoria with a 3-month-old Goldendoodle! He's been a character and it's coming out more and more each day. I never really got the concept of how much work it would be to have a puppy (that was for you, Adam), BUT that is also part of the reason that I wanted to get a dog. Dogs are such great companions and although it sucks now and again with peeing on the bamboo floor, I can't wait until I can take him running on the trails!
Finally the long weekend - time to recover from lack of sleep from the puppy and maybe a chance to clean my place up a bit!