Prince Rupert 1/2 Marathon!

Ahhh. Hi. I am sooo disappointed about today 😦 but, one thing that’s way worse than plain disappointment, is being disappointed in one’s self, and that I am not!

Today was very painful for me, literally. Nothing went as planned after about 6k, and I definitely don’t have the cushion of confidence I was hoping to be sitting on going into marathon training (tomorrow), but what can ya do? It was still a beautiful sunny day and an awesome crew always comes out for this event. I am glad I got to be there, regardless. Here’s how my morning went:

Had a decent sleep, got up, had the usual oatmeal and coffee, got ready and then went to set up my portion of the course with husband. Felt a tiny bit hungry between course set-up and heading to the race, so I ate a blueberry muffin. After talking with Coach Andrew, I realize this was probably the worst idea ever because of the sugar, but who really knows.

I felt great and did my very legit warm-up of a light jog, drills, stretches and a bit more easy running. The race began and I felt pretty good, though my breathing was not under control. This happens sometimes on this course since it starts on an incline, plus I was so excited, so I didn’t worry about it. Everything felt decent for the first 6k aside from the fact that I couldn’t seem to get my heart rate down, but at 7k I was like, fuck, I have to go to the bathroom. (I wasn’t like, fuck, I have to go pee…) Runners talk about poo all the time and if you don’t like it, this is not the blog for you. Having to go poo in a race is THE WORST. Especially when you already went at home!!!

I picked up the pace to give myself some time for the pit stop, was quick, and came back on to the course. It felt like my stomach was caved in like when you’re so hungry your belly button is touching your spine (LOL) and my energy took a dive. I knew a big downhill was coming, so I kept at it and told myself I’d regroup on the decline and get past this. As I continued to run my stomach went absolutely haywire and I had a really brutal stitch under the ribs on both sides and a stabbing pain in my lower left side.

Stomach cramping isn’t something I deal with often, but when I do it’s usually pretty minor and I know how to breathe through it and make it go away. Not today. Holy hell. I was in so much discomfort going down that hill that I actually got a bit scared. It kept getting worse and as I got closer to the halfway point where volunteers were I was considering my first DNF. DNF means “did not finish”.

Made it to half and stopped, and I was pretty sure I couldn’t keep going. I felt emotional about it, since the thought of not finishing a race made me really sad, and my throat closed right up and trying to breathe was really scary. Sorry for freaking anyone out and thanks for being so nice to me. After resting for a minute, I decided that it was okay to accept that what I wanted to do today was NOT happening, but dropping out was not okay with me.

Going back up that big hill I mentioned earlier (the course is an out-and-back) even really slowly, hurt so badly. I walked a lot and tried to stretch my sides but nothing was helping. It felt like I had the strength and posture of Monty Burns and like there were knives stabbing into my abdomen. I’m laughing really hard about this now because that description is perfect and really funny, but it wasn’t funny at the time. Once I got to the top, my friend and race director Kathy was at her spot manning an intersection and again I thought, this hurts so fucking badly and I can’t even breathe in all the way, I’ll just stay with her and cheer.

Then my very special friend, Kerrie, came up the hill and she said now was the chance to run together. It was her first time running the back half of the relay. I love this chick so much and she lifted my spirits. I love you Kerrie! AND I still kept thinking about how heartbroken I would feel if I didn’t finish the race. So I joined Kerrie and we plugged away at the remaining 8km together, I walked quite a few times but caught back up, and wondered if I had appendicitis. This also makes me laugh, but I was legitimately wondering that and having visions of an ambulance coming to get me.

I am so proud of Kerrie, she fucking owned her half of the relay and she pretty much saved my life. Sorry for fucking swearing so much. ahahahahahah

I said I was disappointed, but not disappointed in myself, and I mean it. Diarrhea attack and feeling like I was getting stabbed in the gut like Arya Stark got stabbed by the waif, that was terrible. Refusing to DNF when it very seriously crossed my mind two or three times, that makes me feel so much better about this shitty run. I physically could not run any more than I was, let alone any faster.

Tomorrow is a new day, and the official start of a huge adventure with Lifelong Endurance. Pump up the JAMmie, week 1, day 1. I can’t wait for the 10 miler at the Tenacious Ten in Seattle with my badass lady gang in two weeks, and for another shot at the half marathon on May 6th at BMO Vancouver. This is random but I find sometimes it helps to say really obvious things out loud so here are a few:

“I can’t change the way today unfolded, so I’ll move on.”

“I will not eat anything except oatmeal before a race, just in case that muffin was a contributing factor, and if I feel a little hungry, just be okay with it.”

“I still fucking love running and I know what I’m capable of.”

As I’ve said before, YODO. You only die once, and it wasn’t today. Congrats to everyone who had an awesome run! Many of my friends PR’d and placed! I am so proud of you all and I’m so glad we had a beautiful day and a very organized event!

love you all! Congratulations everyone ran so well today, THAT makes me happy!

my girl Jess, 3rd place in the 8k!

Kerrie with her relay partner, awesome job you guys!!!!

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2018 week 14 recap!

Weeooo race week! Prince Rupert Half Marathon! Rupert Runners for life! Only one hard day this week for that reason. The only thing I love more than race week is race DAY, which is today since I’m posting this on Sunday morning. I’ll recap the race separately!

Another really fun thing this week is I’ve taken over the Lifelong Endurance Instagram account from Friday til Sunday, so if you don’t already follow them on Instagram, do it! @lifelong_endurance!

Operation: Pump up the JAMmie officially starts TOMORROW! I can’t believe it’s time. I’m ready. The plan is to run strong and finish on empty in this half, giving us an idea of where I’m at. Then, start shit-stomping the operation. Here’s what I was up to this week!

Monday, April 2ndeasy day

7k aerobic, trail πŸ™‚ nice change


Tuesday, April 3rd
hard day

First up, swim. 1650m

Next up, nap! followed by an awesome tempo run

  • 3k easy
  • 4k tempo
  • 3k easy

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and finally, GYM! I did workout #1 from Kristen, which is basically full-body. My posterior chain especially is like dammmmn.

Wednesday, April 4threcovery day

Swim only today, and holy shit my arms were tired! I did not expect that. Practiced the same thing as Tuesday, which was 5 x 300m.

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progressively slower today. lol


Thursday, April 5th
easy day

7k aerobic. Hamstrings still sore from gym day! Extra foam rolling.

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Friday, April 6th
easy day

Started with a swim, and decided to keep it simple but challenge myself with 2 x 500m. Success!! Confidence booster for sure.

Then I went to meet Jess for an easy run..

6.5k aerobic planned..except her plan called for ten and I didn’t say no..whoops. #sorrycoach

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Saturday, April 7theasy day

20:00 easy + strides, the usual pre-race agenda from Lifelong Endurance.

Then I went to grab my bib and that’s it, besides coffee, nap and deck, since the weather was fantastic! And the forecast is looking good for the race, too!! Ready to rock and roll

Talk to you post-race. Happy Sunday xo

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I have a Dream. Operation: Pump Up the JAMmie

Pump up the jam
Pump it up
While your feet are stompin’
And the jam is pumpin’
Look ahead: the crowd is jumpin’

Pump it up a little more
Get the party goin’ on the dance floor
See? ‘Cuz that’s where the party’s at
And you’ll find out if you do that

Six weeks of pre-mission prep have gone down, and now, it’s time FOR THE MAIN EVENT.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Alves vs Barberena

YEAH!

The main event, formerly known as Mission Impossible, has been officially named. If you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not recall a post from New Year’s Day where I made this explicit statement:

i’m gonna get so effing strong & take down my 2018 goals like the Undertaker.

This is an absolutely perfect statement regarding how I feel about my mission with Lifelong Endurance to beat my personal best in the marathon by TWENTY minutes.

THE UNDERTAKER! ahaha WWF is fuckin hilarious. Shortly after I posted that plank pic, my freaking IDOL, Laura (@nebraskarunner) posted this:

The Undertaker really speaks to people. I’ve gotten so many awesome suggestions for what to call this endeavor and I could not pick..so I was gonna go with Operation: Undertaker. But the Undertaker is a little grim..and scary….

THEN a suggestion rolled in on Instagram. The name of one of my favourite songs as a little kid in the 90’s, and still one of my favourite pump-up songs to this day. PUMP UP THE JAM! I remember my dad actually had the Technotronic CD LOLOLOL

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It’s so perfect and I’m totally sold! I want to run fast just thinking about Pump up the Jam!!!!! And so, we have it! More fun than the Undertaker, and more up-beat.

Operation: Pump up the JAMmie – a sixteen-week training block commanded by Lifelong Endurance and executed by me. A quest for 03:31:18 at Jack & Jill’s Marathon in North Bend, Washington. Fuckin watch me.

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you’re still gonna see and hear a lot about this guy. LOL

The basics:

Who?Β  Me, under the wing of Lifelong Endurance

What?Β  take 42.2k tha fuck down (like the Undertaker) and run a 20:00 PR (and BQ)

Where?Β  Jack & Jill’s Marathon, North Bend, WA

When?Β  July 29, 2018

Why?Β  because I want it more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my whole life and I will do WHATEVER it takes to make this happen.

How?Β  stay tuned. Sixteen weeks of what may be too much information, is coming at you

Thank you so much to everyone who gave me SO MANY awesome, fun, creative and badass suggestions. That was fun! The PRO Compression socks go to Jane, thanks for the perfect idea! (she picked the neon candy socks, good choice)

And now, I will leave you with the dance I’ll be doing for a warm-up from now until..ever.

2018 week 13 recap! (One week til mission launch)

A week til 03:31 marathon mission officially begins! I’ve picked the name and I’ll let ya know tomorrow! Lifelong Endurance and I go full-speed ahead starting April 9th, the day after the Prince Rupert 1/2 Marathon. I hope to run strong that day and add to the base of confidence I’m already sitting on. Having started off the spring season with a solid 5k on St. Patrick’s Day, plus the last few weeks of training going very well, I’m in a good place.

Monday, March 26thhard day

Hills!!

  • 3k easy
  • 6 x [2min with 4% incline @ 5k effort, 2min jog]
  • 3k easy

 

This was a killer workout and a wicked confidence booster. Two minutes doesn’t seem so long…until you’re running hard uphill! So often in previous workouts similar to this one, when the holy-shit-this-is-SO-uncomfortable feeling inevitably hits, I would just freak out and jump onto the sides of the treadmill. Not today. I’ve been significantly stronger mentally lately, and I know it has to do with meditation!

As soon as I was finished I got on my yoga mat for a round of Dirty Dozen, squats, deadlifts and lunges. And then pizza. Solid Monday.

Tuesday, March 27theasy day

8k aerobic, super early today

Next up, swimming pool. Warmed up a little and then 7x 200m for 1550m total. One of the main reasons I registered for the longer triathlon this year (besides the challenge, obviously) was because I knew it would keep me in the pool, therefore I’d be crosstraining a lot for Jack & Jill. But I’ve seriously fallen in love with swimming! So challenging and always something new to concentrate on to get more efficient.


Wednesday, March 28threcovery day

Back to the pool. Today I decided to try 6 x 250m with a short warm-up and cool-down. So awesome. I guess next week I’ll go for 5 x 300m!

Then I headed upstairs for my second session with Kristen. Today was almost all core work with gliders, as we were leaving my legs alone. Okay and GRASSHOPPER pushups? Holy shit. This girl rocks and I have officially added her to my army for the quest for a BQ.

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Thursday, March 29thhard day

11k as:

  • 6k easy
  • 5k @ 5:10-4:59/km

It was monsooning like a mofo and I didn’t want to go. But then I asked myself, how bad do you want this? Sounds cheesy, but I want it really fucking bad. I got out there and SHIT KICKED this run. I know I said a week or two ago that I want to be better at sticking to the prescribed paces from coach, but I was so relaxed, my heart rate was LOW and breathing totally under control…so I ran the last five at more like 4:55/km. Plus, it’s hard day. Extreme sense of accomplishment getting home after this one! Felt like I was wearing a diaper I was so soaked HAHAHAH

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Friday, March 30theasy day

10k aerobic…which became 14…amazing morning with these girls! Chatty pace.

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After an awesome lunch with friends, I took my bike out for 18k, nice and easy. And gorgeous.


Saturday, March 31strecovery day

Recumbent bike, 50min βœ” boring but done.

Sunday, April 1st!hard day

Long(ish) run with fast finish

13k easy with last 20 minutes working hard. That felt SO good.

 

 

There goes another week. It’s April. WTF. Fun week coming up, my favourite race! The Prince Rupert 1/2 Marathon and 8k road race! Tomorrow I’ll share about the name of the mission and some more details about how Lifelong Endurance and I plan to make impossible possible. Peaaaccce

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2018 week 12 recap!

As you may or may not know, I consider myself to be in pre-Jack & Jill preparation right now, which I sometimes refer to as Mission ImpossibleΒ ..(but I’m in the process of changing the name!) Not so much with hard training, but disciplining my brain with meditation and visualization, plus getting the hang of managing each day of a busy week. Time management is a key part of this prep, figuring out how to accommodate all the running, plus swimming, cycling, strength, proper diet, rest and recovery! Tetris.

Under the guidance of Lifelong Endurance, I will be adding weights to my strength training regimen to prepare for Jack & Jill. Since January, I’ve been consistent, doing some sort of strength session twice weekly. They’re home workouts, mostly core, but I do functional strength exercises for legs, hips, glutes, etc, from Coach, too. However, aside from using ankle weights at times or small dumbbells, I haven’t incorporated weight training. That’s where Kristen will be coming in!

This week I’m setting myself up for that, aiming for a manageable once/week in the weight room during marathon training, and keeping one or two other strength/stability sessions at home through the week as well. Kristen is going to show me what’s up, and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Monday, March 19theasy day

8k aerobic before work

definitely some muscle soreness from Saturday’s race and yesterday’s long run plus deep-tissue massage! (Thank you, Diane!) I planned to swim after work, but changed my mind – went home to make dinner and go right to bed. Sleep was so needed.

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Tuesday, March 20thhard day

Intervals!

  • 3k warm-up
  • 4 x [1600, 3 min rest]
  • 2 & a bit km cool-down

holy. shit. I reminded myself beforehand that the prescribed pace for these reps is not as fast as my overall pace in Saturday’s race. A good reference point. But the third and fourth nearly killed me! I had to re-start the 1600 on those last two, as you can tell from the graph, but completed each successfully. That’s just the way this running thing works. Each day feels different. F yeah.

Then I fit in an 800m swim and stretch in the steam sauna before work

After work, I was so crabby and tired. Husband was getting on the treadmill so I joined him in the basement and did a round of Dirty Dozen plus a variety of squats and single-leg deadlifts. Felt so much happier after that and we made my favourite dinner ever from Run Fast, Eat SlowΒ – burst cherry tomato linguine. Seriously omg.

Wednesday, March 21strecovery day

Hump day! 2000m in the pool.

I had no intention of doing anything else today, but was pissed off about something at work, so I threw on my shoes when I got home and went for 5k with my watch covered up.

ahh. All better.

Thursday, March 22ndeasy day..until it became hard day

The plan from Coach today was simply 10k aerobic. But today was the day I was able to do my first session with Kristen and she has a busy schedule! It quickly became hard (AF) day. Going forward, I’ll make sure not to be going hard in the gym on easy days, but I wanted to get going with her so I just went with it.

After a detailed consultation about current fitness, types and frequency of exercise, we talked diet, goals, injuries/problem areas, took measurements and did a weigh-in. Then she put me through a SOLID full body workout. Ten minutes of challenging cardio to start, and then legs, arms, back and core. I am so stoked about this. She’s planning lots of stuff for me that I know Lifelong Endurance and Coach Andrew will be so happy about, and will help with the Mission. Since Kristen trains out of the pool gym, I went for a sauna and stretch after we were done.

Later, 10k aerobic, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be after that gym sesh, but a few times I noticed my upper body feeling pretty fatigued.

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Lastly, I went to Learn to Run, because it’s fun and awesome. That added on another 3.5km of running/walking and I was done for the day. Cat onesie and chill.

Friday, March 23rdhard day..again

progression run!

  • 3k warm-up
  • ~ 30min progression from 8:30 to 8:00/mile (i.e. ~5:20 – 5:00/km)
  • 3k cool-down

I was scared I’d be soooo sore from yesterday and that this might suck. But then I said Fk that! I’m not that sore, it’s beautiful out, and this isn’t any sort of vicious workout. Let’s do this. IT WAS SO GOOD.

 

left it at that for the day!

Saturday, March 24threcovery day

One of the lifeguards at the pool told me that now it’s time to start swimming 200m intervals to work on endurance. I decided today was the day to start doing that. After a 150m warm up, I got started. Turns out, like running, you really do need a legit warm up. The first 200m I thought I was going to drown. But each one got better and better, until after six of them I did a 250m, and seeing that I was now at 1600m in total, I decided to go for it and try 400m to finish it off. Success! Swimming stokage is at a new level woooo!

Sunday, March 25thhard day

long run!

On the schedule today was 24km, with the last half an hour at 5:05-5:10/km. Jess and I ran the first 19km together at a conversational pace, and then we high-fived and said bye. I cannot believe how good these last 5.5k felt. Like, I felt like Mario when you get a star. Faster than prescribed, but everything felt so under control I just went with it. VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

 

Followed up with some pancakes, stretching and foam rolling and I’m done for the week. That’s a 77k week for me and I am feeling like a million dollars. Two weeks til the Prince Rupert 1/2 Marathon, four til the Tenacious Ten, and six til BMO Vancouver 1/2!!!! The future is stacked with awesome races. Let me know if you’ll be at any of them.

Oh and lastly, some of the best suggestions so far for renaming Mission Impossible (LMFAO)

  • Operation: Kick it in the Dick
  • Operation: Foxtrot Yankee Alpha
  • Hustle to the Hub
  • Pump up the Jammie
  • Operation: Rolling Jam Jam
  • It’s Boston, Bitch
  • Operation: Randy Savage
  • Hurricane Jammie

HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO PICK???

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Help me re-name my marathon mission! (Contest! Weoo!)

Hi!

In January I confessed my big, scary marathon goal for 2018! If you want the details, HERE they are, but the quick and dirty is that I want to work my f#ckin ass off and see what happens if I train with a goal to hack twenty minutes off my marathon time. 03:51:18….to 03:31:18. Yeah, that also happens to be a Boston Marathon qualifying time (BQ) for my age/gender. I keep calling it Mission Impossible..

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AHHHHHH!!! But it IS scientifically possible! Is it realistic? Maybe…Is it likely? Don’t know, yet!

I am going to do everything under the sun to succeed, and Lifelong Endurance is my guide, as always. We will work together through a sixteen-week preparation, starting Monday, April 9th and concluding at Jack & Jill’s Marathon on Sunday, July 29th! There will be races in between, some tune-ups, some pacing practice. There will be full disclosure on how it’s going throughout. It’s going to be fun. Follow along!

Since returning from the Mesa-Phx Marathon in February, I’ve been training my brain, and working on other general disciplinary stuff like getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. I’ve been working on my time management, fitting in lots of cross-training, strength workouts, REST, and improving my diet, on top of running five days a week.

This is happening. What’s the worst that could happen? A personal best? Strong AF? Yeah, I’m not scared of that! So I need your help, because continuing to refer to my goal as Mission Impossible is not going to work for me anymore. It’s like the opposite of believing in myself. It doesn’t have a good enough ring to it, either!

Create a name for my undertaking!

A few tips..

  • should be pretty short
  • funny is good
  • swear words are okay
  • doesn’t have to include “BQ”

I will pick the winner during the first week of April! Winner will be rewarded with one pair of their choice of over-the-calf PROCompression socks from the Marathon collection! Any pair, as long as it’s available in your size! Let me know your new name for Mission Impossible by contacting me here πŸ™‚

Talk soon!

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