Week two!! There was a time in my life where I wasn’t active, then there was a time where I was, but going out of town would de-rail any routine I’d been keeping with. NOW I look forward to taking my running addiction to new places. It was hard waiting for Thursday because I was so pumped to go to Seattle! Having Lifelong Endurance to keep me accountable is invaluable and I love it. Also, running around is a good way to explore.
Monday, April 16th – easy day
Marathon Monday!! I was at my parents by 6:15am since we don’t have cable and I was just in my glory, having my coffee, stretching and watching this fantastic dream day on TV. When Chesir overtook Daska I started to really get excited, and then I basically had a heart attack when Desi passed Chesir for the lead, once and for all! GAHHHHHHHHHH! And cherry on top, Krista DuChene hammering in on third place! Go Canada! What a seriously amazing day for North American women’s distance running!
After Desi’s win and post-race mini-interview, I went for a celebratory 7km. Very relaxed but felt super strong from all that inspiration.
Then I had a session with Kristen at the gym. As I’ve mentioned, I normally wouldn’t include a workout like this on “easy day” but I take what I can get since we’re pretty limited as to when we can coordinate. Holy shit. She kicked my ass, as usual! Today was all body weight stuff, lots of plyometrics and core! This may have been the most spent I’ve been from working with her, so far. Such a valuable addition to Pump up the JAMmie!
Later, two more chill kilometers to check the mail (nothing :|)
Tuesday, April 17th – hard day
- 5k easy
- 10 x 45 sec hills, 1:15 jogs down
- 3k easy
The new Garmin arrived that afternoon!!! Good to go for the Tenacious Ten! I wanted to test it out but I was so sore from the gym on Monday and those hills were hard enough, so I called it a day. How responsible of me.
Wednesday, April 18th – recovery day
1800m swim (warm-up, 3x500m, cool-down)
60:00 nice and easy on the recumbent bike watching Gun Runners (thanks for the recommendation, Jess)
Thursday, April 19th – hard day
7k as: 3 easy, 4 tempo
I was on the treadmill for this because it was too dark, early and monsoony to go running alone on the highway. I was SO tired and the voice in my head tried many times to convince me to quit in the warm-up and do it later. I told myself this is the kind of thing I need to be able to get through. Kept at it and by the time the warm up ended I was ready for the 4k and I finished feeling strong and fired up!
AND THEN IT WAS TIME FOR SEATTLE WEEKEND! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
picked up Crystal & Bailey at 7:30 for our first mini-roadie to Terrace to catch our flight. Once in Vancouver, we collected our rental car and headed out to Seattle!
Friday, April 20th – easy day
NOVEMBER PROJECT!!!!!! MY FAVOURITE THING AFTER RUNNING! And this counts as a functional strength workout for the week! yessssss
The Seattle NP tribe meets in Gasworks Park (the same place at the start/finish of the Tenacious Ten) on Wednesdays, but on Fridays they switch up their location around the city. Today the location was on the north side of the Montlake Bridge. This is pretty much right where I started the Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon last June.
We jogged the less than 4km to the location from our AirBnB in Fremont and had the best workout on the most beautiful morning.
Saturday, April 21st – hard day
Race day! My race plan was to run four chunks progressively; these were the actual instructions from Lifelong Endurance 😂😂😂
- First 5k: controlled
- Second 5k: apply some pressure
- kms 11, 12, 13: tighten the screws
- the rest: progress to slay-mode
My only real time goal was to push the overall pace under 5min/km as I work towards that as goal marathon pace, and if that was happening work for sub 1:20. Woohoooooo! I’ll recap the race tomorrow.
I executed the plan better than any race plan ever before and I can’t wait to tell you about it! (And the whole weekend!)
Sunday, April 22nd – recovery day
7k recovery run with Bailey ❤
WEEKLY MILEAGE: 56km
INJURIES/PRE-HAB? None 😊
NUTRITION BRAGS? Epic fail over girls weekend away…
CURRENTLY READING: The Resilient Runner (re-reading)
- Pushing through my body and mind’s hard resistance to that early morning up-tempo run on Thursday before vaca weekend
- Tenacious Ten execution (recap coming tomorrow)
- final kilometer of the Tenacious Ten!!! 4:25!!!
NEXT RACE? BMO Vancouver Half Marathon! May 6th!
Talk to you tomorrow! Week three!!!!