I heard a voice say catch me if you can
My club, Speed River, is hosting the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Guelph on November 27th. This is the fourth and final year that the race is being held in Guelph. In the first year, 2007, I won the race (thanks to Bairu not showing up, haha). In 2008 I broke my foot less than a month before the race. In 2009 I was in good shape and I came down with H1N1 flying back from Japan less than a week before the race. Needless to say I want to race this year, badly.
My cross-country training started late because of the September 26th marathon however, by late October things were clicking along pretty well. Mileage was solid around 180km/week for three weeks and workouts were building on each other. A pain in my foot was getting slightly worse (sometimes if got better) as the weeks went by until finally last week I ony ran three times. So far this week I’ve only run once.
Yesterday I went to see the doctor about getting a cortisone injection to clear up my foot faster but she said that if I got the shot I shouldn’t run for seven days. Well if I got the shot 11 days before the race and I had to take 7 days off then I wouldn’t want to race anyways. Plan B is to keep on given ‘er… well actually the plan to take some prescription anti-inflammatories and keep running every other day with a special foot insert. My foot is slowly getting better. I’m sure it would heal faster if I took complete rest from running, but like I said, I stubbornly want to race nationals. If my foot gets any worse I will call off the race and take some rest.
This Saturday I’m going to do a workout on the National XC course and decide if I’m ready to race Nationals. I’ve been cross-training pretty well but with such a lack of running there is still a big question mark. I hate making big decisions off little information but I really feel that I can get a good idea of my fitness with some work on a familiar course.
Did I mention that Simon Bairu is not on the start list? I’m sure I’ll have my hands full with a lot of other guys given my lead-up to the race.
Here’s a video of the 1979 World Cup. There are a few reasons why this video is cool: There is a 10 000m at the World Cup (now called the Continental Cup the longest distance is 5000m). Peter Butler from Canada is in the race. The World Cup was held in Canada (Montreal). Finally, the last two laps are awesome (with that in mind just watch the first 1 minute and the last 2 minutes).