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 🙂 6 more sleeps! Well let’s make it 5 because we all know there’s no sleeping the night before a marathon 😉

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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 😉

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

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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.

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and lastly, some serious calf and soleus stretching.

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

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 8/10

Countdown is on til marathon #7! Coach Andrew is heading on a two week vacation in a few days, so I’m ready to wrap up the last of this race prep on my own and hopefully have a good report for him once he returns! Lifelong Endurance really encourages us to listen to our bodies, so if I need a rest day or a light cross training to substitute a run, I can make that decision on my own. Love them.

Monday, February 5th

The title of this workout is “mile reps & sharpening cut downs” ahahha! Sounds scary, but also gets me fired up!

3k up, 2x [1 mile @ 4:35/km, 2:00 rest], 8x [200m hard, 200m jog], 3k down

I was so excited for this that I got on the treadmill before eating breakfast. Then I couldn’t run a fast mile and I realized I should eat. Good warm up haha.

Breakfast, nap, try again. Managed one, but couldn’t run a second mile at the prescribed pace to save my life, so I hit the 200s. I have learned something in the last few weeks – I need to take post-32k run recovery more seriously, because I’ve been super tired the last two Mondays. More chocolate milk, protein, carbs and when I do go to work after, more sitting!!

Tuesday, February 6th

8k aerobic – saved this for the evening so I could rest the body a little longer. Felt good! Port Ed is hilly!

 

Wednesday, February 7th

Non-running day! I went to the pool before work and had another awesome swim! 1250m of front crawl and breast stroke.

Evening: Dirty Dozen x 2! My arms felt like Jello after hahaha

Thursday, February 8th

Never in my life did I imagine I’d run paces that started with four. Once I wrote a post about a previous hangup on 5:xx paces. Believing random shit about one’s self is a surefire way to impede progress, and I did just that for quite a long time. Sometimes the plans my coach gives me look scary at first, but I have nothing to lose. I don’t always nail them, but no matter what happens it always ends up being a killer workout! You have nothing to lose, either. Progress doesn’t come from doing the same thing day after day, that’s for sure.

3k up, 10:00 steady climb @4-6% at a 10k feel, 5:00 flat jog, 6x [400m @ 4:15/km, 1:00 jog], 3k down

OH! Remember last week when I got off the treadmill to check if it was actually on an incline? IT WAS. I just didn’t inspect it well enough. I got the tilt unstuck by setting it to -3, letting it go alllll the way downhill, and then pressing zero, which allowed it to come back to flat! What a relief!!!! It’s no wonder I couldn’t run those mile repeats confidently on Monday!!! This workout went REALLY well and I needed that. I even added a seventh 400m rep during the cool-down cause I was feeling goooooood!

Friday, February 9th

8k aerobic with Bailey & Andrea! Beauty day and a nice, steady pace with a faster finish.

Saturday, February 10th

Prescribed was a 22k long run with last 15:00 at goal marathon pace…which, at this point, I’m not sure exactly what GMP is..

We ended up running 20k with no special finish. A very tired day, but beautiful out and fantastic company. First half was alright, second half was struggle bus. Crystal saved me, as she has many times before!

Sunday, February 11th

Prescribed: 6.5k aerobic!

Went up Mount Hays with husband in my truck, and then ran down when it was time to wrap up the day. The downhill is good practice for Phoenix! I ran/hiked around up top for a good portion of the afternoon, and then ran a quick 6km down to the bottom.

Now we’re meeting friends for dinner, but I have a strength and stability routine from Runner’s World planned for later this evening. Less than a fortnight (ahhaahaha) until race day!!!!!!! Anybody else have an event coming up quick?

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 7/10

As I finish this post, it’s 20 days from race day! Officially tapering! Looking ahead at the schedule, even though the volume tapers, there are still some wicked workouts coming up! This isn’t my goal marathon of the year, but I’m feeling confident that I will run well on the fast course in Phoenix. Thank you to Lifelong Endurance and my coach, Andrew, for helping me find this self-confidence as a runner! This week was up and down, but I’m better at going with the flow than I used to be, so it’s no big deal. I listened to How Bad Do You Want It a lot this week; it always helps me stay in a neutral mindset!

Monday, January 29th

Planned:

3k up, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1min intervals, progressing from 5:25-4:55, 2:30 jogs between, 3k down

What actually went down:

LOL! I was so tired and in such a bad mood. No kidding, I got off the treadmill and checked to see if it the incline was screwed up. Called it a day and went straight to bed, planning to hit this workout in the morning instead of the aerobic 8k on Tuesday’s schedule.

Tuesday, January 30th

Got up feeling quite a bit better but once I started warming up my calves were still sore and I felt off. I did manage to run each of the intervals, but this all felt a lot harder than it should have. I only cooled down for about half a kilometer – I was done. Tomorrow I’m taking a very easy day with no running or intense anything! #responsible

5min @ 5:25, 4min @ 5:16, 3min @ 5:10, 2min @ 5:03, 1min @ 4:55

Wednesday, January 31st

1000m swim! Followed by Coreflex with Kerrie at K2 Cycle Fusion

On Wednesdays I usually go to spin. I LOVE spin. The only thing is that I love it so much and get so pumped from the music, that I wouldn’t really say my legs get much of a break, aside from impact. I decided today a swim would be okay, and Coreflex at K2 since it’s all on the ground on the mat.

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Thursday, February 1st

3k up, 8x200m hills with jog down recovery, 3k down

Holy shit. I’ve never used this hill before. The average grade is about 10% and every single one almost killed me. Running down was slow too since it’s so steep. Getting that done by 7am felt amazing!

Friday, February 2nd

7k aerobic. I stayed inside since it was pissing and pitch black. This run was pretty whatever. Those kinda runs used to piss me off but now I just move on!

Saturday, February 3rd

Look at this treat from coach!!

  1. 5k easy
  2. 5k of 1:00 @5:15, 1:00 @5:55
  3. 10k easy progression to moderate
  4. 5k of 1:00 @5:15, 1:00 @5:55
  5. 5k easy
  6. 2k close on tired legs

First of all, let me just say I would love to know what this workout would feel like on a flatter stretch of the world. But anyways. It happened! It was hard. I stopped a couple times to regroup and there were two pit stops in there, but I made it! Here is the elevation I had to work with…stronger every day!

and here is what the pace looks like on Strava, excellent representation!

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Weeeoooo 21 days til race day!!!

Sunday, February 3rd

On schedule: 6.5km nice and easy, 30min of core

I woke up super lazy and my body felt like wood. This run and core work will take place this evening and I look forward to it, but for now it’s stretching and tea time!

Talk to you soon!

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BMO Vancouver Marathon Weekend! Who’s with me?

Have you ever taken part in BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend? I have, twice, and it’s AWESOME. So awesome, in fact, that I’m going back for a third time, and I doubt it will be my last!

Race day is thirteen weeks out as of this Sunday, February 4th. My coach has built plans for the half and full distances, so if you are looking for an AWESOME guide, see the end of this post for links and a discount code!

In 2014 I ran the half and even though it was MISERABLE out and we were soaked before even leaving the corrals, I loved it! Then, in 2016, I went back for my first go at the marathon distance, and once again BMO Vancouver seriously delivered. It’s hands down the most scenic of the six marathons I’ve fun so far. The 8k is a race I’ve yet to run, but the course doesn’t seem to skip out on any of the scenery Vancouver has to offer just because the distance is shorter. It cuts right through Stanley Park and winds around Brockton Point into Coal Harbour to the downtown finish line on Pender.

This year, I’m registered to run the half marathon. Lifelong Endurance and my coach are preparing me to get there feeling confident and strong. My goal for the 21.1 km distance in 2018 is a 1:45. Whether or not I’ll be ready to lay that down at BMO will become more evident as we progress, but as of right now, that’s the plan!

This is what the BMO 1/2 route looks like. If you aren’t familiar with Vancouver, the map may not mean much, but you can still take note of a few things:

  • the fact that more than 1/3 of the distance is along the Pacific Ocean!
  • running over any city bridge kicks ass! Crossing the Cambie Street Bridge over False Creek is no exception. It’s literally BREATHTAKING (trust me)
  • participants get to run some big chunks of the Stanley Park Seawall, plus run THROUGH Stanley Park as well, which was named the best park in the WORLD according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2013.

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Other things that I remember are:

  • the glorious downhill during the first few kilometers from Queen Elizabeth Park to the Cambie Bridge
  • one very short and sweet out-and-back – perfect for high-fives, encouraging others, and seeing other runners you may know who are slightly ahead or behind you (normally I don’t enjoy out-and-backs, but this one is short)
  • emerging from Stanley Park with 5km to go, for round two of Seawall action, and the stunning Coal Harbour

The full marathon is equally as amazing. Looking back, I would say it is an ideal marathon for your first, if you are going after it for the first time. EFF YEAH!!!

I’m really looking forward to running this course again. I will continue to recap my weeks on the blog as I train for the BMO half within my build-up for my goal marathon in July, JACK AND JILL!!!!! You should come meet up at BMO weekend!!!

Here is a half marathon training plan for you built by Andrew. You can use code JAMMIESENTME for 25% off.

Here is a full marathon training plan for you built by Andrew as well. Again, you can use code JAMMIESENTME for 25% off!

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the Universe WANTS me to qualify for Boston!

Hi!

A few weeks back I put my BIG 2018 goal out there. Mission: axe twenty minutes off my best marathon time to run a 03:31:18 and qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon. (under the guidance of my incredible coach at Lifelong Endurance, Andrew)

One thing I didn’t mention was that right around the time that this BQ-attempt training cycle is set to commence (end of March/beginning of April), I’d be moving away from home and starting the very condensed two-year Registered Massage Therapy program! Yeah! I am going back to school!!!

I don’t let much get in my way when it comes to goal-chasing, but I fully expected that the most intense training block of EVER, combined with a full course load, studying and homework would be extra challenging!! Bring it.

All plans were in place. I’ve given notice at work. My replacement has been recruited, which gives me peace of mind as I live in a somewhat hard-to-staff location. My husband and I were set to move me down to his (AMAZING) Mom’s house the week before my program began…

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED. Alleged arsonist arrested in Kelowna.

I know. Someone pretty much tried to BURN DOWN MY SCHOOL. WHO does this kind of shit?? Thanks to this turd, the school has been forced to reschedule my RMT class as well as a nursing cohort, from March to September. The damage requires a pretty extensive renovation inside as per fire inspection and it will affect classroom space for the small facility. Sigh..

After receiving the email about the postponed start date, I had a short and minor “moment”. Holy shit. I quit my job and my replacement is already hired! I’m almost ready to move! I bought the MEC Okanagan 5-race value pack! (LOL.) I had a bunch of events I planned to drive to from Kelowna. Now I will have five-ish months with no full-time work!?!?!? A stay-at-home cat-mom??

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But then, I stopped and calmed down. Okay truthfully, I flip-flopped from super worried to neutral for a couple days. But NOW…I am PUMPED.

The four months that I will be training for a 03:31:18 are ALL MINE. I have to say it again. MY FULL-TIME JOB FROM APRIL THROUGH JULY WILL BE TO LIVE AND BREATHE MARATHON TRAINING. WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Of course I’m NOT going to sit on my ass and not work. Aside from being a casual relief pharmacist I’m planning to go to my favourite place in the world and help my friends with their bees (yeah, I’ma be a fkn BEE KEEPER) and pick up any other random non-pharmacist work that I feel like in the mean time. If you need your house cleaned, get at me. But my prime focus for the months leading up to Jack & Jill’s Downhill Marathon on July 29th, will be TRAINING. YES!!!!!

All the running! Strength training. Cross training. Spin, swimming, hiking, yoga. WOOOOO! Rest days! RECOVERY! BLOGGING! Can you tell I am seeing the good about this monkey wrench that got thrown into my plans?? You guys. I was always determined, but now I have been given the opportunity to launch a serious attack.

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So thank you, Universe. I’m being forced to trust the process, stop planning quite so far in advance, and go with the flow. Oh, and to confront my addiction to buying every colour of ProCompression socks. I’m being given the chance to put everything I have into the biggest, scariest, most seemingly impossible goal I’ve ever set for myself with respect to my passion for distance running. I can and I will!! Oh, and I’m gonna blog the shit out of this journey, so stay with me!

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 6/10

Okay. In less than four weeks I get to do my favourite thing in the whole world for the 7th time…run a marathon!!!! As it gets closer and Lifelong Endurance gives me workouts that challenge me, but leave me feeling strong and confident, I keep getting more excited!! Plus, seeing things like this start to pop up on social media…wooooo!

if you’ll be there, let me know!

Monday, January 22nd

I started with Coreflex at K2 Cycle Fusion. Just like last week, it was awesome. Lots of planks and push-ups (I have a new love for the tricep plank), hamstring and glute strengthening with foot gliders and back strengthening with resistance bands. OH, and bird-dog holds with a bender ball under the supporting shin…kicks my ass and I love it!!!

Then the first run of the week was my favourite kind again – the longer workout!

3k warm-up, 6x [5 minutes up-tempo, 2.5 min recovery], 3k cool-down

I used to whine about having nowhere flat to do interval workouts or tempo runs. Once I quit thinking that way and just did my best on the terrain at hand, I realized that most of the time I can make it happen anyway. Yeah, it’s way harder in some spots, especially when my Garmin beeps to run fast for x amount of time, just as I’m coming up to a long hill, but this has made me a better runner. 14.4k total and that felt AMAZING.

just beat the snow

Tuesday, January 23rd

8k aerobic

Wednesday, January 24th

Early Bird Spin at K2 with Karen ❤

Today I bought myself the MEC Kelowna Okanagan Race Series Value Pack! I could not be happier about this, FIVE RACES (even though I can only for sure run three or four of them..) for seventy bucks!? There are so many MEC Events that I am just becoming familiar with. The races are AMAZINGLY priced and there are also tons of Run Crew meet-ups, clinics, etc, in lots of cities. Check out MEC events here. The line-up is…

Race ONE West Kelowna 21.1K April 15/18
Race TWO Rose Valley 10K May 6/18 (same as BMO Van…can’t go)
Race THREE Myra Station, KVR Trail 21.1K August 12/18
Race FOUR Knox Mountain 10K September 9/18
Race FIVE Mission Creek Greenway 10K October 14/18

Thursday, January 25th

Hill workout! I stayed inside for this one due to darkness + iciness.

3k warm-up, 8x [30 sec. @ 8% incline, 90 sec. recovery], 4k cool-down

I like to adjust the incline about 15 seconds before the interval actually starts. The machine takes at least that long to transition from the 1% that I usually run on, to 8% for the repeats. Then when my Garmin beeps to start the interval, I’m already at the grade I want. This workout was so sweaty and so awesome. Today was also the day to enter the draw for SeaWheeze 2018! I’ve never run the SeaWheeze! Fingers crossed.

Friday, January 26th

Fantastic run with Mary and Sam! We started on the road, ran to our go-to local trail for two loops, and then parted ways. I ran back to my vehicle and the girls crossed the highway to head up the Tall Trees Trail. 13k total for myself, and Sam got in 21k and lots of elevation as she prepares for a 50 MILE ultra in Oregon!

4pm rolled around annnd not looking good for me with respect to SeaWheeze! Ah well!

Saturday, January 27th

32.2km!! (= 20.0 miles)

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KILLER morning. So gorgeous out! The girls came over and we took my truck out to Rainbow Summit, which is about 22k from home. We ran back in, Sam saying farewell around 17k (her car was at the bridge), Crystal finishing up at my place, and then I went for my own 5k out-and-back along the North Pacific Cannery road. Boom. Four weeks til race day!

Sunday, January 28th

7k relaxed. Felt pretty tired today but it was expected.

Got in 40 minutes of functional strength exercises with my ankle weights on.  So good. Now for complete Sunday-mode. Another week, DONE!

Talk soon! I’ll tell you something really cool about my BQ-attempt training cycle in the Spring.

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 5/10

January is more than half over. WTF. Good thing I ran that 33km on my birthday because there isn’t much time left for super long runs between now and a short taper for Phoenix! As always, thanks to Lifelong Endurance for getting it, and keeping this not-too-serious marathon prep to exactly what I needed – to feel ready to take on a marathon safely with no real expectations this time, aside from a good time!

Monday, January 15th

Long-ish workout run! My favourite!

3k warm-up, 8x [3 min medium, 2 min relaxed], 3k cool-down

This was on the treadmill since I prefer to do any sort of structured outdoor running in the daylight, but since it was a work day, I couldn’t. I shortened the cool down by a kilometer because there were like six containers of sushi in the same room as me and husband was already digging in!

Tuesday, January 16th

8k aerobic before work! Love getting it done before work! How sick is the Firecracker Long Sleeve!? I’m gonna wear the matching shorts next time 🙂

Wednesday, January 17th

Coreflex at K2 Cycle Fusion! This was my first time taking this class and I loved it! I am absolutely going to pencil this class in whenever I can to fulfill my 2x/week strength commitment! Thank you to Kerrie 🙂

After, I did some errands and then hit up Spin for Lunch, also at K2. There we go, one strength sesh down, and crosstraining for the day DONE.

Thursday, January 18th

10k for breakfast! Seven nice and relaxed, final three kilometers working up to a 5min/km pace. I didn’t really read the instructions properly…sorry Coach. The last three were supposed to be progressive from about 5:25 to 5:05…whoops. Check out the reflective painbrush mini stride shorts! Ya, I know they look like underwear in this pic..

Then I had a really bad day at work, so when I got home I jumped on the treadmill. My intention was to run 1k super easy-feel, one HARD, and one more easy. The fast one felt so good that I decided to do five total and run slow-fast-slow-fast-slow. I felt like a million dollars after this!!!!! The Backstreet Boys didn’t hurt either.

Friday, January 19th

7k aerobic before work!

one day I’ll spell something with my route..

Saturday, January 20th

28k in the bank! So, initially my schedule from Coach Andrew on Training Peaks called for 15k. I was being an annoying athlete about this and worrying why I had such a short run five weeks out from a marathon. He must have felt me, because when I got the daily reminder email that comes the day before each run, it had been changed to twenty-eight. LOL. Ask and you shall receive, Jamie! I hit the road just before 6am on Saturday with my unreal 90’s playlist, headlamp, lightning layer and NoxGear vest and got it done. That felt REALLY comfortable and I had no foot pain!!!!!!!! Ecstatic about the no pain.

Safe is the new cool. This is after, by the way

At noon I used the random name picker to draw a winner for my PRO Compression AZ sock GIVEAWAY and the winner was @running_is_awsome_21 ! Those are my favourite socks and I hope Mason likes them as much as I do! Thanks to everyone who entered xoxoxoxoxo

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Sunday, January 21st

It was pretty quiet in the morning and I managed to get in 32 (intermittent) minutes of strength! As well as the Dirty Dozen, I did lots of lunges and clamshells.

Tonight I plan to get on the treadmill and do some downhill power walking with weights. And Destiny’s Child.

Up next week: my second go at Coreflex with Kerrie, hills and a 32k long run! Talk soon!!! 34 days til Mesa-Phx!!!!