2018 Week 11 Recap! ahahaha

I’m starting to specifically identify my days as either hard, easy or recovery, setting my intention for the day while I have coffee in the morning. Lifelong Endurance gave me the suggestion. This is something I’ve said I was gonna do in the past, but I never fully got into it. I’d like to really get the hang of it before marathon training begins again.

A hard day is a workout day, and it’s hard. Hahaha. Hills, track, tempo run, intervals or a race. High heart rate, non-conversational-pace stuff. This would also be a day to add other hard things, like weight training or an intense spin class that can leave muscles sore later or the next day. Coach says stack the hard days if I want to, but do the run first. If ass-kicking stuff gets spread all throughout the week, when is recovery? I get it now.

An easy day is aerobic running, i.e. no significant recovery window required, and won’t interfere with whatever is coming up. Sometimes I might also include swimming, yoga, or easy cycling, but I’ll be avoiding spin class on easy days going forward.

A recovery day is what it sounds like! RECOVERY! Generally no running, or if there is running it’s at a very easy-feel pace with low heart rate. Since I usually have two days/week designated for recovery, I like to make sure at least one of them has no running at all.

Let’s test it out.

Monday, March 12theasy day

Swim – 2000m

Relaxed because my swims always are. I’m still learning. This really helped ease me into the day, so fking sore from Sunday’s workout!

like my hat

8k aerobic run

I did it. Ignored my watch, paid attention to my sore muscles, breathing and heart. Glorious.

the alpacas have the best view

Tuesday, March 13thhard day

Hills! for real, I got to race a forklift on rep number eight.

  • 5k easy
  • 10 x :45 hills with 1:15 jog down in between
  • 3k easy

Later, I joined in at Learn to Run, it was nice to run on the track, it’s finally snow-free.

Finally, strength workout! Because it’s hard day and hard work happens today! One round of Dirty Dozen, then a full-body stretch and foam roll.

Wednesday, March 14threcovery day

Coffee with husband, back in bed for a NAP!

Swim. I forgot it was Spring Break…the pool was a zoo.

Second nap. Yesssss. I’m gonna be so good at not having a job!

Thursday, March 15thhard day

Tempo kms

Seven kilometers as 3k easy, 4k tempo. A little faster than the prescribed 4:52/km…I’d like to be better about keeping to the pace from Coach. It’s a mental thing for me, because when I see a 4, I still have a tendency to think it’s SUPER SUPER FAST RUNNING. Working on it!

Friday, March 16theasy day

pre-race run before work! 20:00 relaxed running plus some strides

I hope they banish daylight savings!

Then I headed to the pool.

Saturday, March 17thhard day

St. Patty’s Day 5k race! HUGE thank you and congratulations to Skeena Valley Runners Club for hosting this race, the first since their club revival!

Okay. This day. ahahahah! First. Look at Jessica’s costume. She is getting piggy-backed by Seamus our Leprechaun friend. Now check out my beard. And how sweet is this crew of Rupert Runners!? This is only half the Rupertites who showed up!

from the Terrace paper!

This was my first time truly racing a 5k. I knew I wanted to do my very best and practice mental toughness, but I also really wanted to wear my beard and wasn’t sure if it would interfere. In a previous post I stated that, at the time, I had a goal of 4:40/km overall pace or better for this race, using my last fit test from Andrew as a loose reference. But then on Friday he told me sub-23:00 was the goal. This is 4:35/km or faster. Okay, boss.

So, at the starting line, I officially had three goals, one of which was already accomplished

  • get jumping leprechaun photo with heels clicking in the air (LOLLLLL)
  • don’t crap my pants
  • do my very best and finish under 23:00!

Before even 2km I was so hot and uncomfortable so I took the face wig off and ditched it with the next race marshal I saw. I was also noticing how fking hard it is to run fast, and then…the expected voice spoke to me. LOL.

no big deal if you just slow down, this is a fun, dress-up race and this pace and beard are both very uncomfortable..”

NOPE! NOT TODAY MADAFAKA. I have been meditating since I got back from Phoenix, where my friend and Lifelong Endurance teammate, Kate, told me about how hard she had to work on her mental game to achieve her marathon goal, which she smashed. I was so inspired. Jack & Jill training officially starts April 9th, but PRE-Jack & Jill preparation began on February 26th! I cannot even begin to describe how much the meditation helped me stay on track during today’s race. I shut that voice the fuck down and focused and I’m SO PROUD OF MYSELF.


Kilometer 5! So close to the finish line, and death


I did it! I am most stoked about my mental game staying strong! 00:22:55 baby, and I didn’t shit my shorts.

Okay, and look at the medals! They’re wood! And awesome! AND I GOT TWO! One for finishing, and another because I actually got second place for women! And 10th overall! Yasssss.

these chicks KILLED IT!

We had the best lunch and then a scenic drive home. Love my friends.

Sunday, March 18theasy day?

20k aerobic – controlled and easy (no fast finish or sets within the run)

Aside from a couple of pit stops plus some muscle soreness from yesterday, this run was awesome. Took the whole thing nice and easy and then ran the final kilometer at five minute pace, which is goal marathon pace for Mission Impossible.

I tested out a Cafe Mocha Huma Gel, which I LOVED! I want to incorporate some caffeinated gels into my next marathon cycle and this one is so far so good.

So, pretty sure designating each day’s purpose is gonna be good for me, especially when Lifelong Endurance starts royally kicking my ass again! What’s next? The Prince Rupert Half Marathon! WOOO! My favourite race! There is also a two-person half marathon relay, and an 8k race, too. If you live in or around Prince Rupert, here is the link to register!

Talk soon!



2018 Week 10 Recap

I don’t have anything super specific or count-downy to name my recaps right now! I’ll start that again once I’m into the Jack & Jill training block, but for now we are simply in the tenth week of 2018. Got a 5k coming up next Saturday, hosted by Skeena Valley Runners in Terrace, and I can’t wait to show you my costume, and even more excited to show you my friend Jess’ costume. LOL.

This week I had a Skype date with Coach. We talked about a lot of stuff like how the weeks will be structured once the 16-week training cycle for my next marathon begins. We discussed continuing with strength training and taking it to the next level by adding weight, as well as cross-training, clearly distinguishing between easy days, hard days and recovery days, and generally taking an all-over more aggressive approach this time around. Lifelong Endurance has really helped me become a more well-rounded athlete. This is invaluable, as I have been more or less injury free. I’ve also discovered that I love some of the things I initially tried for cross-training, like spin and swimming, and have ended up super excited about triathlon! Thanks to Lifelong Endurance for really living up to their name; I want to be strong and healthy for life, not just at this point in my life.

Monday, March 5th

Okay so today my extreme love of endurance exercise, plus the pure elation of being off work for the week took over and I went a bit buck. But it was an awesome day!

  • Early Bird Spin at K2 (Karen really laid down the law today)
  • 1600m swim!! Longest swim session to date, and most efficient, too!!

follow me on Strava here!

  • 6.5k aerobic run

take that, Monday.

Tuesday, March 6th

9k aerobic. Crusty, snowy, slippery trail. If you’re local, you’ll identify with this as a double Butze. Butze Rapids Trail is our local go-to, and it’s amazing.


This was hard, but felt good and I was finally able to wear a different pair of shoes. Until today it was only Escalantes. Progress. Tomorrow I get X-rays on my heel horns, which are actually called Haglund’s Deformity. Yummay.

Later, I joined in at the Learn to Run clinic. Rupert Runners ❀

Wednesday, March 7th

Headed straight to the basement after getting out of bed! Dirty Dozen and some Bear Flow, which I saw Tasha Wodak doing in a Canadian Running article.


Then swimming! 1800m today – new longest swim!

Thursday, March 8th


  • 4k easy (felt so hard!!! one of those days..)
  • 8 x 0:30 sec hills, 1:00 jogs down
  • 2k easy

I love the feeling of getting to the top of the last rep!

Later, another mini run, Mail run 2k! It’s exactly one kilometer from my house to the mailboxes. And there was a package from Oiselle, my new swimming suit πŸ˜€

Friday, March 9th

8k aerobic with Erin & Crystal

Holy scratched corneas batman. But aside from that, awesome run with awesome chicks!

Swim! Can you tell I’m loving the swimming? haha

Saturday, March 10th

15k before…back to work.

hmmm. This is why we CANNOT get tricked by social media that other people’s’ runs are so awesome and fantastic every time. To the naked eye, this run looks SOLID, but it was not solid.

This was the kinda run where, even though I know better, I did everything wrong. I didn’t warm up properly, ran too fast at first and throughout the whole run, and didn’t have the best attitude. This was an easy long run, not a workout! I didn’t run it in the correct zone whatsoever, which resulted in stopping multiple times to stretch and try to regroup, without success. These runs happen, and I’m kinda glad it happened, because whenever I have a run like this it helps me reset! Moving on.

Sunday, March 11th

45 min on the recumbent bike at home

45 min minute workout – 3 sets of:

  • 16 lunges with 2x4kg
  • 20 wide-legged squats with 4kg
  • 10/side split squats with 2x4kg
  • 10/side curtsey squats with 4kg
  • 30/side Russian twists with 4kg
  • 30/side bicycle crunches
  • 30 horizontal, 30 vertical ab scissors
  • 15 +20/side clamshell + leg lifts
  • 10 + 10/side fire hydrants + donkey kicks
  • 90 sec glute bridge

Finishing off with a solid stretch and lower-body muscle rolling!

And that’s it! Awesome week! Next week brings more (longer..) hill reps, some tempo kilometers and the St. Patrick’s Day 5k!! Talk soon xoxoxoxo


Did you get a chance to read my Mesa-Phoenix Marathon recap? If not, here it is!

Recovery Week Recap

Know what I suck at? Taking it easy. I admit that I didn’t take it THAT easy this week, but the fact that I couldn’t wear shoes, and therefore couldn’t run, was very helpful. LOL.

After CIM, I did NOTHING for seven days, and I haven’t felt so depressed in a very long time. This time, my approach was a bit different.

I usually recap my weeks from Monday to Sunday, but since Phoenix was a Saturday marathon, I’ll start with the day after.

Sunday, Feb 25th

Nothing!..besides limping around airports. I spent Saturday night in Vancouver with my besties (dang) since flying into YVR on Saturday from PHX was a shit storm and I missed the connection to Terrace.

Monday, Feb 26th

Sweet f*ck all AGAIN hahahah! I did it! I did nothing.

Tuesday, Feb 27th

Swimming! So obsessed! And I committed and registered for the Olympic distance at the Tyhee Lake Triathlon on July 8th! Better be swimming more!

follow me on Strava here πŸ™‚

Wednesday, February 28th

Day off work! (thank heaven)

Early Bird Spin at K2, which I haven’t been to in a while. Since I still couldn’t wear a shoe on my right foot (on antibiotics at this point) I wore a Hunter sandal and thick sock on that side. LOL.

Followed by…another swim! Wooooo. I friggin love swimming. No beating on the body.

I love Strava!

Afternoon nap.

Thursday, March 1st

30 min on the recumbent bike in our basement. Not my fave, but an option πŸ™‚

Friday, March 2nd

Early Bird Spin again, followed by more swimming! Getting the hang of going straight from the pool to work.


Note: we are now at SIX days of no real shoes, and no running. #humblebrag

Saturday, March 3rd

It was time.

8k aerobic with Jess! Heel felt fine! It’s a different story trying to walk, when my foot goes into full dorsiflexion, but running was alright! CELEBRATIONS!

Afternoon nap.

Sunday, March 4th

16k aerobic with Jess, again! no problems πŸ™‚

I have to say that I am, in ways, grateful for that little setback. It helped me swim all week, use our recumbent bike for the first time since we received it as a hand-me-down, and to think about my future plans without getting too excited and skipping rest.

What’s next for you?? For me, getting back into five runs/week, just one hard session for now, and gradually upping the cross training where it fits into my life. I’ll test out my first 5k race on St. Patrick’s day, and after that comes the Prince Rupert 1/2 Marathon at the beginning of April! Talk soon!


2018 Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon! Race Recap

I love the marathon! What a beast of a distance. If you follow me on here, you know I went down to Phoenix to have a good time, do my best, and because I don’t think I could go from December (CIM) until the end of July (Jack & Jill) without running another one! Thank you to my coach and Lifelong Endurance for understanding that!

This trip was a quick one. When I decided to go back to school, I knew I’d need to be conservative going forward to save as much money as possible! So here’s my weekend recap and event review! I won’t lie to you, it wasn’t my best weekend, but the event itself was awesome!

On Thursday I flew out of Terrace super early to Vancouver where I connected to Phoenix. I didn’t check any bags since it was only a 2-night trip, plus my track record with lost bags… Upon arrival, I had no internet on my phone which was a huge pain in the ass and I had to take a real taxi instead of an Uber to the hotel. The result was about three times the cost, but I did what I had to do. Later I found out there was an issue with roaming on the AT&T network or something…it was fixed within a few hours, but unfortunately my trip kinda started with frustration, on top of lack of sleep.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler was where I booked for this trip. This was one of the hotels listed as partners for accommodation on the race website, and though not super close to the finish line, it was more reasonably priced. I’ve had great experiences with the Holiday Inn in the past, so I went with it. Next time, I’ll just suck it up and stay at the closest hotel! I was smack in the middle of freeways with not much at all to walk to or explore, and I felt a bit isolated. It wasn’t a good location for final pre-race runs, either. Also, I hate to be negative, but there wasn’t a single thing indicating that this hotel was partnered with the race. Usually host hotels welcome runners in one way or another, and host a buffet the night before. A woman I met was told there’d be water, fruit and granola bars in the lobby for runners on race morning, but come Saturday the gentleman at the desk didn’t know what she was talking about.. As for the hotel in general, it was alright, but a tad dumpy compared to other Holiday Inns, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend the restaurant.

Anyways! Email communication from the race organizers was fantastic all along. After arriving I received more info/reminders about the expo, and then another email addressing runners’ concerns about the new 6am start and whether or not headlamps would be necessary. I didn’t feel I needed a light at all, but lots of people brought them and it was nice to get some guidance on that!

On Friday after a short, tired and less than scenic run, followed by a hard nap, I Uber’d to the expo. I was feeling negative because of a headache, lack of sleep and an old blister on one of my heels that turned into a giant painful owie from wearing gumboots the week before. It was causing me significant pain. I hoped the energy at the expo would cheer me up, and it did! It was set up outdoors in a parking area at Mesa Riverview shopping centre.

It was what I expected for the size of this race – good, but nothing extravagant. There were spots for photos, lots of good vendors, and it was cool that some of the expo was within tents, with another section outside and uncovered. I had no problem quickly grabbing my race packet. The shirts, which are tank tops, are awesome and I will definitely wear mine in real life! There were lots of samples, including Clif, who would be on-course the next day. My favourite running shoe brand, Altra, was there selling unboxed returns for sixty bucks! My eyes popped out of my head and I left with two new pairs of road and trail runners. PRO Compression was there, of course, and the WeRunSocial meetup that they sponsor started at 4pm. We all received t-shirts that were printed with a cool pic from a previous year’s race and they fit amazingly! We all visited for a bit, took a big group photo, and then I went back to the hotel for an early night.

this is Elle! I love her. She won one of my Instagram contests in the past!

one of my favourite run bloggers and inspirations, Carlee

the 2018 Mesa-PHX #werunsocial & PRO crew!!! Ryan is holding the AZ sock ❀

Once back in my room, I organized my race kit and packed a gear bag for after the race, which included a sweatshirt, jacket, sandals, face wipes, Excedrin and a few sample snacks from Carlee. Race packets included a massive sticker with the participant’s bib number on it to stick on to the gear-check bag. Super handy!

Ready to go, equipped with my essentials, including my Volee crop and AZ PRO socks!

Two-thirty am, my alarm went off, not that I was sleeping! Start-line busses ran from 3:30 to 4:45am and the race began at 6. I got organized, microwaved my oatmeal and guzzled some Nuun and coffee, then headed to the lobby to meet my new friend and Uber partner, Eric. My heel was killing me and it was swollen, but since it was mostly painful to walk, vs. run, I tried to forget about it. I recruited another woman in the elevator, and the three of us shared a ride back to Mesa Riverview where school busses shuttled runners to the starting area on top of the Ursery Mountain. This is a point-to-point race, my fave! It was all very easy, well-marked and organized. Zero stress whatsoever regarding the getting-to-the-start process!

This was my favourite starting area of any race I’ve ever participated in! THERE WERE CAMP FIRES!!! And this was good because it was COLD! They were also blasting the best tunes.

I found Elle almost immediately. Yay. And shortly after, Brian, Carlee and Ryan.

Brian, PRO Compression Ambassador Boss haha

Another athlete also coached by Lifelong Endurance, Kate, recognized me and came to say hello and chat before the race. I was so happy to meet her and hear about her goal, which she crushed! I wish we took a pic!

it was easy to identify our crew with the AZ socks!

The forecast predicted it to be a cold one relative to other years, but it was colder than I expected, just like at CIM! On top of my race outfit, I had a throwaway wooly headband, a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, my RUNVAN gloves from the Fall Classic, and the thin zip jacket that runners received at the CIM finish line. If it weren’t for the fires, I would have been regretting not having sweatpants. Runners were allowed to stay on the busses as long as they wanted so it would have been fine either way. Bring throwaway layers!

After the national anthem and a couple measly but appreciated fireworks, we were instructed to file towards the starting line, self-seeding based on where the pacers were located. Then we were off!

It was dark, but not pitch black! I could see just fine. I started off pretty relaxed, but had some anxiety since unfortunately I hadn’t been able to go to the bathroom yet…ughhhhh. Not a good way to begin..It was chilly and I kept my long-sleeved shirt on for the first half of the race! It wasn’t overly crowded, which was awesome. I believe there were around 2000 full marathon bibs.

The first almost 7 kilometers are downhill. I’ve heard reports that it’s steep enough to “trash your quads” but I didn’t find that whatsoever. The view from the top of the mountain, although it was still dark, was beautiful! And the cacti!! It was nice to start downhill without too much effort and find a groove, but worrying about an inevitable pit-stop took up some valuable energy.

Just before 7k, the one significant uphill began. It was not steep by any means, but pretty long, climbing steadily for 2.5 kilometers. I stayed loose and maintained effort, not pace, as planned, and it was no problem. Once reaching the top of the hill, I was happy it was over but it’s nothing to be afraid of! However, if you live somewhere flat, this will be a significant hill for you. Now I needed to find a porto-potty and I sped up, feeling a bit frantic and stressed.

Then came another 7ish kilometers of mostly downhill, with a few flat spots or short, mild inclines. Before I knew it I was at halfway. I can’t remember if it was a bit before or after that I found a porto-potty without a line and made an efficient stop. I raced out of there to make up for lost time and it really fucked with my mojo. I had a bad feeling.

Having just passed the half-marathon timing mat, things were feeling more difficult than they should at this point. Dammit. Reflecting on the entire experience, I think my fear of the pain on my heel, plus knowing that this wasn’t a big goal race, I had kind of given myself permission subconsciously to give up a little. That, combined with feeling stressed through the first half, and I hadn’t set myself up for a strong race! #alwayslearning

From half to 30k, I began to fade pretty hard, but I was still really enjoying my run and wasn’t worried about it. This has happened multiple times in marathons around 25k, something I want to work on eliminating! I accepted it and continued forward, but I did stop quite a few times to walk for 5-10 seconds to try to regroup.


Kilometers 36-40, although basically pancake flat, truly felt like an incline to me. I was struggling at this point and in comparison to all that elevation drop in the first half, it was so hard! I predicted this contrast with respect to the course profile, but combined with burning out, it was super tough. Wearing my Oiselle VolΓ©e top was so helpful because there was so much encouragement from spectators and other runners who recognize the VolΓ©e racing gear!

ran a chunk with Carlos!

Finally, the last kilometer! Here we had a little bit of a decline again, which was nice for that final push. I passed quite a few people, which is always great! I wish my brain had have been working a little better, because I didn’t realize HOW close I was to the possibility of a PR, though it would have been tiny. Oh well! Serves me right for experimenting with a new Garmin app on race day!

The finish line area was happening! After receiving my medal and a bottle of water, I was given a cloth bag, which I must say is the greatest idea ever for any finish line. When you have no dexterity left and people are handing you bottles of water, chocolate milk, bananas, bars, medals, etc, you need a place to put these things! I made my way to the FRENCH TOAST STATION and gobbled down a piece, then found a place to sit down and organize myself. I immediately got a splitting headache and was limping a little. Boo!

The sun was out and it was a beautiful but chilly day and there was lots of awesome energy around me. It would have been nice to stick around and enjoy the festivities, but my body gets cold and stiff almost immediately after running for that long, and I was in pain. I called an Uber after suiting up in my layers and downing water, sports drinks and chocolate milk.

03:51:58, very happy with that!!

The traffic around the finish area was a gong show and it was hard to find a place to get picked up, but my driver and I figured it out and I got back to the hotel quickly without much problem. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to have some signage indicating where to go for runners to be picked up. Maybe that was a thing and I didn’t notice in my post-marathon daze..?

I really liked this event! It was so organized. The location of the expo and shuttle busses was easy to get to and navigate once arriving. The starting area was FANTASTIC with the loud music and fires, and the first section of the race coming down the mountain was gorgeous. There could have been more porta-potties at the start, but that’s always the case when thousands of people are trying to go before the race starts! The aid stations were really awesome and there wasn’t a single point in the race where I found myself thinking “man, I wish an aid station would come up!” because there were so many of them!! The spectator support was very decent, especially for such an early race, and the finish area was high-energy with lots going on and lots of refueling options. THE MEDAL IS SICK! The race tank is awesome and I will definitely wear it in real life, which rarely happens, and the Mesa-PHX sweat towel is also a cool and useful keepsake. I didn’t have any issues retrieving my gear bag, which is a big one.

2016 – 2020 will form a 5-point star with all the medals! I know Carlee & Brian have all 3 so far.

As for my more personal thoughts on my race experience, I feel pretty happy about it. Although I didn’t have a strong race, and I had some stomach issues and heel pain, there are a lot of positives here, and since it wasn’t a goal race, I feel fine about it!

  • zero forefoot pain or discomfort, which I’ve been dealing with off and on since September
  • second ever marathon pit-stop was efficient, and I now know that pit-stop does not necessarily = sabotaged race plan!
  • came within 40 seconds of my marathon PR, even though I had some issues and struggled through most of the second half! Imagine if everything had come together?!
  • fueling was good again, Nak’d bars and Razz Clif shots!
  • no chafe
  • had fun the whole time
  • I can tell by how my body feels as well as from a few photos that my form has improved. Still have a lot of work to do, but I’ve come a long way!
  • walked through aid stations to make sure I drank a full cup of water at each one
  • Though I faded, I would not say I “hit the wall” hard by any means

Yahoo! Marathon number seven is in the books! I really want to come back to this race, it was awesome. Next time I’ll stay at the Hyatt, stay a little longer and bring a buddy. Normally I love travelling alone, but something about this trip made me want a weekend companion..I didn’t find the area as easy and welcoming as Sacramento. The Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon kicks ass and I think you should consider adding it to your bucket list!

I quit drinking and discovered I’m an introvert.

My entire life I thought I was a straight-up social virtuoso. Fear of missing out plagued me any time I couldn’t attend a party, outing, get-together or weekend away. Any event that might involve alcohol I HAD to be part of.

Being someone who’s gone to school, plays sports, has had many jobs, including in the restaurant and bar industry, and who LOVED to drink, I know a shitload of people. Meeting people has always been easy for me and it still is, but keeping up with acquaintances and the social scene in general seems to have been mostly due to drinking.

Like it or not, alcohol is something that a majority of society has in common. It doesn’t matter if two people share the same hobbies, values or passions, it’s pretty easy to have a drink and small talk with almost anyone. I bet you can think of at least a few people you’ve shared an alcoholic beverage with who are SO random and you have zero things in common with, or maybe don’t even know anything about whatsoever. I can. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s funny and awesome and I am not judging it whatsoever. It’s just that when I eliminated alcohol, I eliminated that shared interest. The one thing I had in common with many people, places and situations changed and I had to re-evaluate how I enjoyed spending my time.

Introversion is not the same thing as being shy or having anxiety about social situations. I am still a friendly and outgoing person. I think I’m approachable. I love to talk about things (even feelings) with my close friends, family, husband and run buddies. Sometimes I’m a comedian. Public speaking and karaoke don’t scare me at ALL, and neither do group projects. I am not shy. Sometimes I go to running events that have thirty thousand participants and hang out with people I’ve never met before.

Introversion is a trait that can be described as more of a focus on internal thoughts and feelings than on external stimulation. This hits the nail on the head for where I’m at these days as a sober person. Being around lots of people in a loud or busy environment drains me and makes me feel agitated. I usually sneak away. Nowadays, I’d rather organize my compression socks by colour than go to most parties. Not pointing a finger at drinking parties, I’m talking about any moderately hectic social interaction that lasts more than two hours and doesn’t revolve around something personally fascinating. I’m not anti-social or a hermit, but unless it’s my super close friends getting together, or an activity I am passionate about, I’d just kinda rather do something alone or with my husband, who happens to be my best friend. Alcohol used to be my favourite reason to go out and do anything with a group, but not anymore.

Energized and recharged by solitude, that’s where I’m at. I never thought I’d say it until a couple years ago, but I LOVE being alone! Hiking, running, travelling, reading. When I was a big drinker, I didn’t know how to be alone. Maybe it was the hangover anxiety, or the fact that I didn’t know (or really like) myself at ALL and needed to be around others for distraction. It makes sense, since for a very long time I didn’t really have any specific hobbies besides partying, so when party time was over and I had to be by myself, I hated it. Now, when I go home after work on a Friday night, I am usually overjoyed to not go anywhere else hahaha. On my birthday I ran 33km by myself and then had an exercise party with twelve people and no liquor. If someone told me this in 2010 I’d be like WTF??

In my case, this transition to self-awareness and in turn, introversion, happened because I quit alcohol. Blaming booze isn’t something I’m into; personal responsibility is real and alcohol didn’t MAKE me do, or not do, anything. But I really did let it hold me back. Taking it away gave me the opportunity, finally, to get to know myself and learn what I’m actually like. Then it took some more time to get used to it, and to not judge myself for wanting to stay home on a Saturday night and read Descent into Madness: The Diary of a Killer in my bed, not even wondering what anyone else is up to. Can you guess what I did last night? LOL.

What I’ve gladly discovered is that as a sober person, I’m still outgoing, fun, brave and adventurous with a serious sense of humour. I’m still social too, but in different ways. On the other hand, though, I’ve also learned that I like having a handful of very close friends, versus that plus twenty groups of acquaintances. I’ve realized that I’m independent and self-aware. My preference is doing whatever the fuck I want, often alone, instead of trying to keep up with everyone else at all times. And as of recently, I’m totally okay with it πŸ™‚



Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 9/10

Wooo shit’s getting real, I got my bib number! 9440 baby. Sounds lucky to me! This was a good week, I love how Lifelong Endurance maintains some intensity across the taper – it helps me not lose my marbles! Was a great week πŸ™‚ 6 more sleeps! Well let’s make it 5 because we all know there’s no sleeping the night before a marathon πŸ˜‰


Monday, February 12th

3k up, 3x [10:00 @ marathon goal pace, 3:00 jog], 3k down

Like I’ve mentioned, I’m not exactly sure what marathon goal pace is this time around. It’s a fast course. and because I’m not putting any pressure on myself, who know’s what will happen! For today’s intervals I just went with ~5:15/km because that felt good. A little fast, but whatever.

zero or above = shorts

Today was also my last day off before an eight-day stretch of work so I figured I might as well get a strength session out of the way.

LOTS of planks, bicycle abs, ab scissors, Russian twists, V-sits, leg lifts (laying and standing), bird dogs, dead bugs and finally, some much needed stretching.

Tuesday, February 13th

8k aerobic. Holy hell my quads are still sore from racing down Mount Hays on Sunday in the snow! Had to rock the PRO Valentine’s socks, since tomorrow is a non-running day πŸ˜‰

Wednesday, February 14th

Swimming! 1300m today!

Once I get to 1500m (probably after Phoenix) then I’ll start working on my speed. If you live anywhere around northern BC, check out the Tyhee Lake Triathlon in July. It was the best northern event I have ever participated in, and this year I am determined to be ready to swim 1500m in open water so I can tackle the Olympic distance triathlon!

Thursday, February 15th

Annnd it snowed. That’s okay, I love doing this one on the treadmill!

3up, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 3 down

  • 1 = 1 min @ 5k race pace, 1 min moderate
  • 2 = 2 min @ 10k race pace, 2 min moderate
  • 3= 3 min @ 1/2 marathon race pace, 3 min moderate

THIS WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! The first 2 kilometers I had my watch on outside running mode by accident and it thought I was running 13min/km, whoops. I restarted it on indoor mode. This was soooooo good!!!! I ran the moderates a little faster than my overall pace at CIM. Serious confidence booster!

Friday, February 16th

Taking a rest! No cardio for me today at all. All I did today, besides trying on these beautiful new Altra Torins and looking forward to testing them out on Sunday’s easy run, was FOAM ROLL. That’s. It.

Saturday, February 17th

last long-ish run!! 16k as:

  • 5k easy
  • 7k at GMP (went with ~ 5:15/km again…a little fast)
  • 3k easy
  • 1k hard


Sunday, February 18th

7k easy before work

30 minutes of functional strength & stability

3 sets of:

  • 30 Russian twists with 4kg jug of epsom salts (LOL)
  • 16 lunges with two 4kg jugs of epsom salts (double LOL)
  • 20/side fire hydrants
  • 16/side donkey extensions
  • 30 horizontal ab scissors, 30 vertical
  • bridge hold
  • 10/side one-legged bridge with vertical & side leg swings
  • 30 dead bugs

What’s a dead bug? Jade taught me.


and lastly, some serious calf and soleus stretching.


Talk to you next week!!! I’ll have a race report for ya!