PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 5/16

Week five, eh. This is going by fast! I started the week tired from last weekend away in Vancouver, but on the other hand feeling excited about how the half marathon played out. Although I didn’t reach my “A” goal of 1:44:xx, the day had areas for improvement that I’ve identified and I really look forward to running that distance again in three weeks to check in again!

According to Science, my current fitness is in the ball park of a low 3:40’s marathon. Different calculators (McMillan, Jack Daniels, etc.) will give different estimates, obviously, but the bottom line is I feel good, my confidence is building and I trust Lifelong Endurance and our process. Coach Andrew says we are right on track with that 1:45 half, and I’m more stoked than ever to keep working for the next nine-ish weeks (plus taper) to chase down my goal of a BQ!

Monday, May 7theasy day

8k easy on the False Creek Seawall! My bad ankle (from soccer and volleyball days) was SO angry, sore and stiff, but it loosened up by half-way and I threw some ice on it after. Good recovery run!

Once home, 20:00 glider workout from Kristen + 20:00 of Dirty Dozen and wall-sits

Tuesday, May 8thhard day

Hills!

  • 2 miles warm-up
  • 6 x 1 minute hills at faster than 5k pace, 1:20 jog down
  • 1 miles cool-down

Later that evening, 20:00 on the recumbent bike + 30:00 body weight and plyometrics workout from Kristen

Wednesday, May 9threcovery day

1800m swim

My swim-stokage has faded a little, probably because most of my energy is going into preparing for the marathon. I’ve scheduled four private swimming lessons between now and mid-June and I hope what I learn will help me get more efficient and get back into it! Still fired up for the triathlon, though! Will be interesting to test out marathon pace in the run segment when my legs feel like wood and my brain feels like jello.

Thursday, May 10theasy day

10k aerobic easy + drills

2.5k loop with my friend Marie and her dog Rueger, the rest solo

After work, another run with Jess! 8k aerobic for an 18k day!

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Friday, May 11thhard day

10k as 5k easy, 5k @ 5:20-5:05/km

On this run I used some mental tricks from the book I’m currently reading (see below) and it was very helpful!! I love practicing brain-stuff on runs that feel less than awesome. Pretty consistent on the back half: 5:08, 5:08, 5:05, 5:04, 5:08

Saturday, May 12theasy day

6.5 aerobic easy! looks like Coach has added an extra day of easy running!

Next we set up the race course for the Crest Glory Days 5K & 10K, and then, sadly, I had to go to work.

Second-last weekend of work!!!!!

Sunday, May 13thlong run day

15 miles (24k) easy

Some days, I need variety. There weren’t any sets in this run, or a fast finish, but I really wanted to mix it up. I ran every fourth kilometer around goal marathon pace (5:00/km) and the rest relaxed. IT WAS AWESOME!!! And beautiful out, too. My ankle still feels a bit weak and sore, but it wasn’t causing me PAIN. So happy about that.

That’s it for the week! Things are going WELL! Next week looks hard, including long run day!

 

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 75km

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?

asshole ankle bothering me on the medial side. Icing daily and keeping a close eye on whether it’s sore or actually hurts. Seemed okay on long run.

SLEEP? sleeping again! Just need more.

NUTRITION BRAGS?

finally back on track after that girls weekend in Seattle! Smoothie game strong, salads and veggies all week, supplements on point and post-run fueling bang on.

CURRENTLY READING: Beyond Grit – Cindra Kamphoff

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S)

  • I used what I’ve been reading about to execute a workout that, at first, I felt way too tired to do and had a rough time on the warm-up. Thank you, brain!
  • goal-pace kilometers mixed into long run felt really good

NEXT RACE:

The Skeena River Relay! I am running Leg 3 which is 21.2km

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2018 BMO Vancouver 1/2 Marathon!

Wooooo!! What a sweet weekend!

First of all, no travel delays! Yay for spring! I got to Vancouver on Friday around five and after some catching up with my BFF, we went for ritualistic Thai food with Becca and Tanner. And laughed our balls off.

On Saturday I got out for my pre-race run, which I love! Lifelong Endurance always schedules 20:00 of easy running followed by strides (I did four). This always leaves me feeling fresh and ready to run at pace.

Later that day I went to the expo at the Convention Centre and it was BUSY. I was surprised I had to wait in line just to get into the exhibitor area. If you get to Vancouver before Saturday, go to the expo earlier! I believe it was open since Thursday. It took about twenty minutes in the line, and once inside I was efficient and grabbed my bib/packet, went through the chip checker and then straight to the race shirts. The shirts have a sweet course map on the back! Too bad the little volunteer accidentally gave me a men’s, but I will chop it into something I like. I went to the RUNVAN booth because they inboxed me on Instagram that they had a surprise for me! A $50 gift card to Mahoney’s!!!! So grateful! This expo is sweet! If I had been in the mood for shopping around and expo’ing hard, this would have been a really good expo to do so! Before I left I grabbed a free transit pass (best thing ever for race morning) and the famous blue BMO gloves!

At 3pm myself, Jess (@forminfocus) and Rita (@chopsticksdiary) were hosting the WeRunSocial meetup just outside the Convention Centre at the Olympic Cauldron. We were there for about forty-five minutes and got to chat with a dozen or so people about what they were racing the next day and how stoked everyone was. I wish we took our photo before some of the others had to go!

the R balloon blew away before I even got there!

Next, back to home base (Sarah’s) for hard chill time. Got my kit ready for the next day, ate way too much food (dumb) and went to bed early. Look at my number! Anyone who knows about yoga will love it! The weather was supposed to be warm (so for me, hot) so Volee crop seemed appropriate.

I got up on race morning at 4:15, ate my quick oats, drank some Nuun and got dressed. I skipped coffee this time to see how that would go. Around 5:30 I headed out on foot with my gear bag and transit pass and jogged to the Round House Skytrain station from Sarah’s in the West End. I packed a long sleeve, hoodie, toque (just in case) and protein bar. Half marathoners are instructed to get off the train at King Ed station and then volunteers tell everyone where to go. I joined the sea of people walking towards the start in Queen Elizabeth Park and stayed relaxed along the 10-ish minute walk.

Once at the start, I checked my bag right away at the UPS truck that corresponded to my corral colour (indicated on the bib), hit the porto-potties and got to my warm-up. I did ten minutes of easy jogging around the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium, then drills and strides, and lastly some light stretching and leg swings. Then it was time to go to the corrals!! I was a bit thirsty and forgot my Nuun bottle at Sarah’s when I left, so that had me a little irritated but I promised to take fluids at every single aid station and moved on with my life. Lol.

While walking to get into the corrals I look over and I’m basically walking with my friend Mary. She was like, “hey” as if we’d been together the whole time ahahah! We had a hug and a good luck, and parted ways. I found out later that Mary killed her first half marathon!!!

In the corral I felt nervous. I saw Steph (@anygivenrunday, who’s fast as lightning) and immediately thought, oh my God why am I in the yellow corral? But then I thought, shut the f*ck up, brain. I’m in this corral because it corresponds to my estimated finish time, and I am ready to run faster than that! (Registration was months ago, I wasn’t sand-bagging, my fitness is just better than it was when I signed up!)

Ditched the throw away shirt and it was go time. The first 3k of this race is a huge downhill. Everyone seems to run fast. My race plan corresponded to an A goal of 1:44:xx and a B goal of 1:45:xx (plus other subsequent goals), and the 1:45 AND 1:50 pace bunnies were running way faster than me and I could see them up ahead. I told myself to not get sucked in anymore than I probably already was and run my own race.

Once crossing the Cambie Street Bridge into downtown, I could have done a better job of dialing it back. I still stayed present and aware of my body, breathing and heart rate, but I should have slowed down a tad. After the section by Science World and the little out-and-back was done on Quebec Street, it was time to make the left turn onto Pender through China Town. I was reminded that even though that hill isn’t massive or anything, it’s still significant. I slowed down and tried to keep things under control, then once the hill came to an end I picked it up a bit. It was already getting challenging to keep pace and I was only around 8k.

I took my first gel and registered that what I considered “section one” was done. Right on. At the 10k mat it was starting to feel harder than it should, and my legs just did not want to run faster than 5:05-5:10/km so I did a little surge to jog their memory and it seemed to help. Once we got into Stanley Park the shade was great but I was once again reminded that running at effort on those hills is very challenging. The last time I ran this was back when I didn’t have much experience and I definitely didn’t have an eye on pace!

Anyways, I definitely felt my lack of sleep (I don’t think I slept well for at least a week before this) and this is where I really had to start negotiating with my mind. Keep pushing!! Fight for what you want! Around here is where I planned to take a second gel – the caffeinated one. I literally forgot! I didn’t even remember this until like an hour after the race!!! Such an unfortunate mistake, it likely would have helped SO much!! No wonder I was fading.

When we got out of Stanley park back onto the Seawall and into the sun, there were 5k to go. I commanded my body to just get uncomfortable and find a rhythm. It kinda worked, with some ups and downs, but I was running out of energy. Missing my gel probably had SO MUCH to do with it! Argh! Live and learn.

The transition from the Seawall back to pavement is on a path, and I vividly remember running this part of the race in 2014, where I got a huge energy boost. I dug as deep as I could, and it really helped to see my Volee teammate Annie and the East Van Run Crew at the 20km marker!!! I forced myself up Denman and around the left turn onto West Georgia. I am almost done!!!!! Slight left on to Pender…and then…I saw on my watch 1:43:xx…OMG! Go, go, go!!!!! I FORGOT THE FINISH STRETCH OF THIS COURSE IS SO. FUCKING. LONG!!!!! First I thought, get there for 1:44!!! But then I realized how far I still was from the finish arch and it wasn’t possible, so I said GET THE 1:45!!! This was the first race I can remember where I had nothing left for kicking it to the finish. I could NOT run faster. But I made it!!!! 1:45:49!!!! OVERJOYED! Someone had SCREAMED my name as I was coming down the fan zone and I later found out it was my old buddy Joe! Spectators are unbelievably motivating!!!

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I saw Steph almost immediately after getting my medal (and then again after getting my gear bag). She nailed her race! The medals are awesome and have the same course map on them as the event t-shirts. Love! I got a juice box, water and a banana and doddled my way out of the finisher’s area to the half marathon gear pick-up. I was tired, but felt fantastic! Should have grabbed a bag of chips, too.

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Eventually, Sarah and I found one another and had the best slow-walk back to her place in the sun, planning our brunch and beach day with my cousin-in-law Hannah.

The rest of the day was spent eating, lounging and then meeting up with my old boss, the legend Serge, for dinner on the Mahoney’s patio! Sarah and I took the Aqua Bus back home across False Creek and that was pretty much the perfect day.

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I wish I had made it back to the finishing area to cheer in the full marathoners but my legs and problem ankle were not willing. Congratulations to everyone who ran the 8k, half marathon and full marathon!!!!

Here’s how I made out:

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BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend is the shit! Vancouver is spectacular as it is, and the courses for each distance offered are beautiful, scenic routes. The expo is big and exciting, the swag is great and the entire event is extremely organized. It’s easy to get to the starting line via the Canada Line, which is key. There are more than enough aid stations, great crowd support and an exciting finish line and street festival! The medals are always cool, too! I haven’t run the 8k before, but both the half and full marathon courses are great; some challenging hills but majority flat or rolling.

I had a great day this Sunday, and an awesome overall weekend. The plan is to be back again next year to run one of the races, depending on what’s happening in my running and school life at that time!

What does this mean for Operation: PUMP up the JAMmie? It means I’m on track! Coach Andrew says we’re right where we should be at this point. Now for twelve weeks of very hard work! Thank you, Lifelong Endurance! Next check-in race: the Skeena River Relay on June 2nd with my team, the Gooeyducks! Talk soon.

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 4/16

Yahoo another race weekend! Thank you, Lifelong Endurance and Kristen, I’m ready!! Heading out to Vancouver today so I’ll let you know how the went next week!

Monday, April 30theasy day..

First a swim, then a Butze loop with my friend Pippa, and later, a session with Kristen! She kicked my ass as usual. I love how well she understands my running goals and how she supports them with the training she puts me through.

 

Tuesday, May 1sthard day

Tempo run! I (thought I) felt fine from the hard workout with Kristen and was pumped for this run!

  • 3k easy
  • 4k @ 4:58 – 4:46/km
  • 3k easy

It was going AMAZINGLY until I hit that fourth tempo kilometer and suddenly my whole body remembered the workout and I freaked out and stopped! Gah! So annoyed! Then I finished it off, but I supposed I’ve learned my lesson now – no hard gym sessions before hard run day…even if it’s just a little tempo run. My friend Bailey’s tattoo says “Knowledge is just a rumour until it lives in the muscle” ..it’s no longer just a rumour that I shouldn’t do a hard gym sesh the day before a harder run. LOL.

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Later, I went to Learn to Run to shake out my body and get in some extra (social) mileage. Ended up with ten more easy Ks for a 20 kilometer day!

Wednesday, May 2ndrecovery day

Felt sore and tired from Monday and yesterday so I started the day with 20:00 of yoga to get going.

After work, 45:00 swim.

This day was stressful for non-training reasons and I was so over it so that was it.

Thursday, May 3rdeasy day

7k aerobic in the evening, since I slept in AGAIN. Sleep has been shit all week!

Friday, May 4theasy day

6.5k aerobic

I headed out for this right after a nap and felt really sluggish. Kept my watch covered so I’d run by feel only, and ended up with a progression run that felt great once I was warmed up!

Heading to Vancouver now! Tomorrow is the usual pre-race run from Lifelong Endurance: 20:00 easy + strides. Might hit up the Friendship Run at the Running Room on Denman and get my run in there, and hopefully meet John Stanton! The WRS meetup is tomorrow too, and then race day on Sunday! Byeeee!

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PUMP up the JAMmie Day 25: BMO Half Marathon Plans!

I am stoked for this weekend! As I’ve mentioned in the past, I LOVE BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend and Lifelong Endurance and Kristen have me feeling prepared! No sugary snacks pre-race this time! This morning I was digging around on MarathonFoto for old race pics for comparison’s sake and found these gems

This was 2014 – my second ever half marathon, well before Lifelong Endurance was in the picture. The photo on the left is a bit misleading, as I actually had a great day. I improved by twenty-two minutes compared to the first half that I ran in San Francisco six months earlier with Team in Training!

These photos aren’t of the greatest quality, but I can tell that my face is puffy, I have big bags under my eyes and my body looks very different from today (and I’m not talking about running form). I was still boozing regularly at this time in life. The big improvements that tend to come at the beginning of a running journey, party animal or not, didn’t last long. I didn’t run a new personal best in the haf marathon distance for two and a half years after this. Not by coincidence, the new PR finally happened just about a year into sobriety. Obviously quitting drinking alone didn’t transform me into a better runner, but it has definitely been a game changer, along with a new level of commitment, experience and a fantastic coach!

I can’t wait to run this Sunday as the new and improved me! Jamie Komadina! That’s Wesselmania up there in the pics LOL.

Here’s the course we are lookin at, thanks to Strava:

I want to approach this race the same way as The Tenacious Ten; gradual progression, but plan for a more aggressive finish if things are going well. I felt like I had more in me in Seattle and I believe I can hold pace for five more kilometers. On Sunday, I plan to treat the first 3k as a warm-up and run by feel, not conservatively but keeping a close eye on my heart rate. Then, once across the Cambie Bridge and it flattens out, dial back a bit and “start” the plan, which is at this point:

  • Kms 4-10: smooth & controlled
  • Kms 11-16: applying some pressure but still controlled
  • Kms 17-21.1: progress to slay-mode

The weather is looking fine, body feels good and I can’t wait to see my friends in Vancouver, plus everyone who shows up for the #WeRunSocial meetup!

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Tomorrow the Week 4/16 recap will go up early, and then I’ll talk to you next week! If you aren’t running, think about it for next year. Here’s a little preview!

 

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PUMP up the JAMmie – Day 22: F*#k Off, Fear.

When I was a raging piss tank I didn’t really have fear on my radar. I basically had zero sense of self and did the same old things, day after day, unknowingly living in a shitty little comfort zone. I wasn’t conscious of it at the time, but I was strongly avoiding making changes, and the unknown. These are two of the most common fears.

Nowadays, sober, I’m almost hyper-aware of the feelings that come up when I decide to make a change, try something new, or challenge myself. With change and the unknown comes fear, in some shape or form. Suzanne Fetting taught me how to view fear differently and how to approach it head-on. These days, when something I want to do brings up anxiety or vulnerability, I truly see it as simply a chance to tick that fear the fuck off my list. If the inner critic was a living, breathing thing, I’d punch it in the jugular. Worrying, approval-seeking, rationalizing, procrastinating and victimizing are things I just do not have time for anymore. Quitting drinking is the biggest thing that helped me get away from those self-sabotaging behaviours. I hope that by sharing some of the random shit that goes through my head, maybe someone else will feel inspired to stop letting fear hold them back from doing what they want to do, big or small! My current marathon mission comes with many forms of fear, but I’m talking about life entirely, not just trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Here’s one from recently:

Until two weeks ago when my friends and I went to Seattle for the Tenacious Ten, I had never rented a car, driven in a city other than Vancouver, across the border, or in the States. Terrifying!! LOL. To some, this may sound very odd. I hate driving a vehicle I’m not used to. Also, driving anywhere unfamiliar has always been one of those things that can cause me anxiety. Maybe it’s from growing up in a small town with four sets of traffic lights, no such thing as rush-hour or freeways, and never the need for directions. Who knows. I wanted to drive to Seattle from Vancouver for the race because it was cheaper than a second flight and I’m saving money for school, but more so because I wanted to cross this fear off the list! In July, when I head to Jack & Jill to Pump up the JAMmie, I’ll also be driving to Washington State (possibly alone), and I didn’t want it to be the first time!

When I moved to Vancouver for University over ten years ago, I didn’t have a car. I got accustomed to the transit system and therefore avoided city driving. When I graduated, I bought myself a brand new VW Golf yet continued to take transit a lot of the time because I had no self-confidence and driving in the city made me SO panicy. Eventually, I drove in the city regularly, but never 100% confidently. Then, I moved back to small town comfort! (NOT to avoid city driving, LOL!)

Last weekend I finally said fuck it and did what most others would do – drive to where they want to go! My friends helped with directions and I probably annoyed the shit out of them being so anxious, but it’s done and now I can drive to the USA and not shit my pants about it. Woo. Done. What was I afraid of?? Why did it take me until the age of 33 to do this? Because I used to unknowingly let fear restrict me; all I did was get drunk and never do much outside the box of mediocrity that I was existing in. I was oblivious to living fully and doing what I wanted to do, big or small-scale. I’m not being mean to myself, I am seeing the growth for what it is and appreciating where I’m at now. Yay, new life.

Fears I’m currently wrestling with:

I’ve wanted to do something different, career-wise, for years before I actually started making change happen last fall. Even though I loathe my current field of work, for a long time I believed what my inner critic told me and in turn, was too scared to act:

“You spent years getting this degree, this is what you do now.”

“This education was expensive, you can’t walk away.”

“You make so much money, just learn to live with the job.”

“Changing careers will require moving away temporarily, and you can’t do that when you’re a homeowner and have a spouse.”

“You could run out of money as a student without income. Way too risky.”

“You are too old to go back to school.”

“You’re selfish.”

FUCK. OFF. INNER. CRITIC!

School starts September 17th. I’m a bit scared, but it’s not holding me back. I look forward to being a student again, even though I have thoughts about being the old person in the class, fear of being a driver in a new place, and running out of money. LOL. Know what I have to say to all of this, though? WHO CARES. Don’t dwell, just do.

I hope that you can join me in screaming (in my head, cause I’m at work) BRING IT ON, FEAR. Seriously. Bring it on, any kind, really big or so small it seems ridiculous. It scares the crap out of me that I’m going to try to run 03:31:18 in the marathon this summer. What if I fail? Will someone laugh and say, “I knew she couldn’t pull that off“? Will I be able to withstand the training? Will I be confident and mentally tough enough to truly put forth my best effort, come marathon day?

I am scared, but these days it just feels like adrenaline. I’m not being held back by it, like the old me. Suck it, fear. There is no time to waste! Capitalize! Do you have something you didn’t do for a long time because it made you nervous, uncomfortable or anxious?? Or that you still haven’t done? Tell me about it.

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 3/16

Heyyy!!!! This week was awesome! Great weather, good variety in the runs and cross-training, and lots of short but sweet functional strength sessions! Still feeling really happy about how the Tenacious Ten panned out and I’m stoked that there’s already another race NEXT WEEKEND!!! Woooo!!! BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, here I come. I ran it in 2014 and have been wanting to go back for that course ever since. Here’s what went down with Lifelong Endurance this week.

Monday, April 23rdhard day

Sleep in! Still so tired from Seattle weekend! Body felt totally fine but sleep was way behind. I got in a quick twenty-five minutes of functional strength on my break, then after work..TREADMILL HILL WORKOUT!…that I really didn’t feel like doing.

  • 3k easy
  • 8 x 2:00 flat to hill (10K pace – 1:00 flat, 1:00 6% incline), 2 min jog between
  • 3k easy

That was HARD but I got it done and felt proud. Worked with 4:44/km pace and felt strong with that. The last two-minute break I got off the machine for a shoe change, but other than that, bang on!

Tuesday, April 24theasy day

8k easy + drills before work! CHECK OUT THE JACKET! look familiar? It’s the Des Linden jacket!! Bailey and I found it at the Brooks headquarters in Seattle! A happy run but still feeling very tired!

After dinner I fit in a 30:00 glider workout from Kristen πŸ˜€ I feel like it’s important to remind ourselves how doable the strength training is that supports running. It doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym for an hour or more working out. Do what you can, when you can. That’s what I’ve been doing and it’s making a big difference in how I remain committed to injury-prevention and becoming a better, stronger runner!

Wednesday, April 25threcovery day

No running today, but swimming! Too lazy to count laps today and my Fenix is still in the shop (lol) but I was in the pool for 45:00

Then I had to go to the dentist. The only reason I’m telling you this is because I’ve been taking every opportunity to visualize racing, including while I got a filling! Must be good news if I can focus on racing during a dental procedure! Pumpin’ up the Jammie 24/7.

In the afternoon I did a stability ball workout sequence that I tore out of a Women’s Running Magazine a while back. Thirty minutes, low-intensity, but solid workout, AND I did it outside on the deck because it was so nice out! Everything adds up.

Thursday, April 26thhard day

the description today said “intervals, tap into the fast stuff” !! Weeoooo!

  • 3k easy
  • 10 x [1:00 5k pace, 1:00 easy jog]
  • 3k easy

I definitely ran faster than 5k pace, but I was running by feel and felt SO GOOD this morning. Awesome workout! I extended the last easy part to 4k for a wicked 11k morning!

After work it was sooooo nice out and since it was hard day I said sure to another run. 6k aerobic working on form, followed by drills. Total of 17k for the day.

Friday, April 27theasy day

10k aerobic in the fog, nice and relaxed.

I tried so hard to get the alpacas to come closer to the fence for a selfie but no luck today. Pretty sure this has become my life mission along with qualifying for Boston. I will get the selfie, all in good time. Mark my words. (I’ll also get the BQ)

Later in the afternoon I got to go to CBC to talk about the upcoming Crest Glory Days race! They want to help promote our event while playing songs that are good for running on their morning program Daybreak North. Picking out the best running songs of all time is like impossible, plus for me that would be just putting on Dance Mix ’93..LOL. But the songs I provided them with (they asked for five or six) were:

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons

Ground Shake – Dirty Radio

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Move This – Technotronic (LOL)

Light it Up – Major Lazor

We talked about how music can influence a run, and a little bit about what’s to like about each song, relating to running. Fun! Should be on CBC all next week in the morning just before eight.

Saturday, April 28threcovery day

So, I finally got a real tire pump (thanks, Chucky!!) instead of effing around with my mini-pump and that meant it was time to ride to work! I think I’m going to write a whole post about fears. I was scared to ride my bike to work. I don’t really know why…mostly because I’d never done it before, plus highway plus riding through town in what isn’t the most cyclist-friendly little place..but I did it! Yaaaaaas cross-training and commute in one. Took just under forty-nine minutes.

Sunday, April 29thlong(ish) run day

The actual long stuff is going to come into play after the half next weekend, and I look forward to it, but this mini-long-run today was fantastic.

15k as 9k easy, 6k working at 5k-10k race effort

I am so stoked on how this went!! I really thought it was going to unfold like two kilometers shredding and the rest hanging on for dear life, but I felt strong the entire 6k and can’t even believe I somehow ran a 5K PR after a 9k warm-up! WIN!

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It is SO nice out!!! So I brought running stuff to work and I’m gonna go for five easy kilometers at 6pm. Meet me at my truck if you want πŸ˜‰

 

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:Β  68km (counting the 5k after work, cause I’m going!)

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?

left iliac crest a bit sore; feels bruised. This has happened to me various times in the past on both sides and I haven’t had it diagnosed, but I know there are many insertion points in that area, particularly the TFL (top of the IT band)… Treating with ice and 10% diclofenac gel plus working on paying more attention to my whole left hip and leg during strength work, stretching and rolling.

SLEEP?Β  almost back to normal πŸ™‚ girls’ weekend away will get ya

NUTRITION BRAGS?

hitting the fish oil, greens powder and vitamin D consistently.

CURRENTLY READING:

Let Your Mind Run – A Memoir of Thinking My Way to VictoryDeena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton (I’m absolutely in LOVE!!!!! with this book so far)

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S)

Ummm wtf 5k PR in the fast finish this morning πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

NEXT RACE:Β  BMO Vancouver 1/2 Marathon NEXT SUNDAY!! Will you be there??? Come meet up! I’m co-hosting the WRS meetup!

And that’s it! Week 3/16 done! Talk to you soon with a race plan for the half, a book review probably within a week or so, and whatever else comes up on this adventure!!!