10 weeks til Eugene.

In 2019 I made a vow not to run a full marathon in 2020. It was time for a break. I ran a final pair of marathons on back-to-back weekends in October 2019 (Victoria, Kelowna, went better than would be expected) and figured that would do me for a while and let me focus on other things like finishing school, starting a business and making money again. I also wanted to focus on other distances like the 10k and half marathon for a while – more manageable with respect to both time and energy.

A few months later, in March 2020, I was sitting at home in Prince Rupert, unplanned, in the depths of pandemic shock and depression. Like many others, I was shitting my pants about the unknown. Aside from obvious pandemic concerns like potential illness or death of loved ones and all of society, I worried myself sick about everything. Would I be able to finish school? We were so close! Should I drive 32 hours round-trip to get all my stuff that I didn’t bring home for the one-week-turned-four-month-long reading break? I was broke and stressed and the thought of going back to my former career made me actually sob. LOL. My husband continued to work, his situation more or less unchanged, and I was at home feeling like a useless turd, getting more depressed by the day. I really needed something to look forward to and work at, so I signed up for CIM 2020 in December. I honestly believed the pandemic will be over and done with by then, of course! LOL. I was willing to break the no-marathon in 2020 vow. It got me focused and following a plan closely until about September, and helped immensely with my mental health, but alas, CIM 2020 was of course cancelled and the pandemic was far from over.

*side note, CIM offered such a great worry-free registration due to what was going on in the world. We were allowed to defer to 2021, 2022 or 2023!

Nobody could have predicted the shit storm that this coronavirus would cause in both very serious and not so serious ways, but regardless, I definitely didn’t expect it to be late 2021 to early 2022 until things would start feeling sort of normal again! It seems we’re more or less out of it, and I’m so extra thankful for many, many things at this interesting point in time. My health and the health of my friends and family, my new career and business, that I didn’t drive my husband away (LOL), a lot of lessons learned over the last two years, and that my favourite thing is back! Running events, both near and far!!!

In January I took my chances travelling to the US for a race (and then Mexico, hehe) and it all worked out great. I had no problems and my race went fantastic. It feels so good to be back at it! I did run a half marathon in Victoria this past October and it was fun, but it mostly felt like a pandemic rust-buster. Between that race and Houston in January, I worked my ass off in the darkness, our monsoon season (okay it never really ends HAHAHA), snow, ice and also in my pain cave downstairs on the Devil’s Conveyor Belt. Under the guidance of my coach who I’ve been working with since last May, I set myself up to run the best race of my life, and it was the perfect transition point into the first real marathon training cycle since 2019!!!

On May first I’m heading to Oregon to run the Eugene marathon and I have never been this pumped for the 42.2 experience. I ran twelve marathons from May 2016 to October 2019 (wouldn’t really recommend) so it feels like it’s been forever! As people, I do believe we are always evolving, but I personally feel like I’ve evolved a LOT in the last couple of years especially. As a person who runs (I’m working on calling myself that instead of a runner), my running & training has evolved as well. The time off and the challenge of discovering different ways to stay motivated did me good, and I’ve heard that from other people who run as well.

Marathon training picked up after a week off following Houston, and then one more week of only easy running. Some of the workouts have already been killer and it’s feeling REALLY good to keep working hard but targeting 42.2 this time around. It’s been a while since I used this platform to write about shit. I forgot how much more efficient typing is vs. writing with a pen.

Time to put in the work and head to the finish line at Hayward Field for marathon #13. I’d like to try blog a bit as a training journal on this one because it feels so special and my confidence is in a really good place.

Do you have any big goals for 2022, running or non-running?

JK

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