PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 10/16

I can’t believe Jack & Jill’s Marathon is in six weeks. Week ten has been great. Lots of variety, especially with the triathlon creeping up in just three weeks! The rest day on Monday was so valuable, and the long run workout this morning was exactly what Lifelong Endurance wanted it to be for me – a confidence builder! The perfect way to close out the week, especially since my long run last Sunday was no bueno.

Monday, June 11threcovery day!

I recovered so hard today! Spent the entire morning bingeing on the S Town podcast (thanks for the recommendation, Karmen) and cleaning my house.

Then I went for a stability session with Kristen, which was perfect. It was gentle but challenging and about as much as I could handle today.

Then I got some groceries and basically cooked and baked all day. Here we have the sweet potato cookies, superhero muffins, and meatballs, all from Run Fast, Eat Slow.

Tuesday, June 12thhard day

  • 3k easy
  • 8k ~5:00/km
  • 3k easy

That felt fantastic and very manageable, which is great considering GMP is 5:00/km! So happy that I love running again after last Sunday..

Next up, my last swimming lesson + 650m. Huge thank-you to Anne-Marie, who has me feeling like I more or less know what I am doing and will swim confidently at the Tyhee Lake Tri!

Before dinner (the meatballs, omg) 7k cool-down run. Felt so fucking good! I love rain running! And maybe I was excited for dinner? The effort felt relaxed, but pace was quicker than usual easy pace!

Wednesday, June 13theasy day

I did a lot of stuff today, but all things were kept easy!

1750m swim, which was awesome and I felt smooth and confident. Right after, 10k of dirt road and trail (tired AF) – this run felt like shit. Happens. I still had fun playing with my GoPro!

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Later, an unplanned 27.5k ride with a bike gang of girls! I think I’m really getting the hang of the gears on my road bike.

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Thursday, June 14theasy day

2000m swim – awesome.

10k at easy effort, but it happened to be one of those magical runs where it felt easy but I was running fast!

Finally, a glider session with Kristen! I asked if we could leave the legs alone because of the workout tomorrow.  We did all core, holy crap.

Friday, June 15thhard day

  • 3k easy
  • 8 x 1k @ 4:46-4:30/km, 2:00 rests between
  • 3k easy

I was so excited for this workout! I woke up with a sore throat but felt okay. My core was SO sore from the workout with Kristen, but the good kind of sore. Once I got going thought I realized how sore my arms and shoulders were, too.

It went pretty okay, but in the third rep I almost threw in the towel. I was so fking frustrated with the excessive traffic and wind, on top of how tired I was feeling. Looking at my Garmin, I’d already run over 6k. I asked myself “why the hell would I bail on this now? Just do your best and stop being obsessed with it being perfect.” And so, I kept going, and it went fairly well! on number seven, it was so windy that I could barely hit pace while going DOWN a huge hill and that was also infuriating haha. I got this new woman app on my phone and yesterday it gave me a notification that said “PMS is coming” HAHAHAHA I wonder if this had anything to do with my attitude? I finished the last interval, slightly under pace, and was almost back at my vehicle, so I just ran to my chocolate milk and called it a day. Over it! 13.25km total.

Saturday, June 16theasy day

Easy 7k in Terrace

Lake swim!!! I picked out a ~150m stretch between two buoys and swam lengths. The swimming lessons have done WONDERS.

Sunday, June 17thlong run workout!

  • 5k easy
  • 8k of 90 sec @~4:50/km, 90 sec @~5:20/km
  • 5k easy
  • 6k progression ~5:05 down to 4:49/km
  • 4k cool down

Omg. The cold that started Friday morning really got me. I almost cried when my alarm went off because I didn’t even sleep, just rolled around mouth-breathing all night. That being said, I was still looking forward to this workout after listening to The Champion’s Mind on the whole drive home from Terrace the night before. I gave myself permission to take the two easy 5ks really easy, and vowed to tackle the faster parts piece by piece and try not to think ahead.

I can barely believe I made this happen, but so proud that I did. During the second easy 5k, I felt that the next progressive set was impossible, but a lot can happen in five recovery kilometers. I went back to reminding myself to just run one kilometer at a time and to NOT obsess about it being perfect. It fuckin worked. SO HAPPY.

After food, water, bath and nap, Jessie and Erin picked me up for our swimming practice!

yes!!!! Lakelse was really good practice, but I could see the bottom because I was so close to the shore. This was a better simulation for the race. Dark sea monster water, way longer stretches, and no boats or sea-doos to be nervous about.

So yeah! Six weeks out from the marathon! As Coach Andrew would say, about four weeks left to “get the hay in the barn” and then we taper. A bunch of my taper time will be on Haida Gwaii so there will be some sick photos coming at you!

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:  90 km

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?  good to go

SLEEP?  good! lots of naps

NUTRITION?  got back on track this week! Also, long-run fueling went well.

CURRENTLY READING:

just finished The Champion’s Mind – Jim Afremow. I listened to this on audio. The narrator was okay…the content was what I like. If you are goal-obsessed, you’ll like it.

now it’s time to re-visit How Bad Do You Want It – Matt Fitzgerald (one of my faves)

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S):  definitely today’s long workout.

NEXT RACE:  Scotiabank Vancouver Half & 5k – next Sunday!

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 7/16

Biggest week yet! I told you shit got real! I’m feeling strong but it’s also becoming more evident each day how truly important fueling, rest, RE-fueling and stretching/rolling are during this process. Operation: Daily Nap kicks off next week once I’m all done at work for the summer! Lifelong Endurance has me feeling on track but there are still nine more weeks of work of to be done before Jack & Jill.

After my relaxed long run this morning I had a minor moment and told Coach that I was scared and wanted to know if my goal was possible. I already know it is, but at that moment I felt so unsure. He asked me if I’ve ever climbed a mountain before (yes) and whether or not I could see the top when I started (no). All I can do is keep working, day by day and trust what we are building together. I’ll get there.

Monday, May 21steasy day

This run was seriously magical. If you read my post about the observations I made about my third sober May Long Weekend, you’ll know it was once my hungover dream to run on the Millennium Trail on the way home from Terrace after a big weekend.

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Tuesday, May 22ndhard day

  • 5k up
  • 4 x [1600m @ 4:20/km, 3:00 rest]
  • 3k down

Holy shit this was awesome. As you can see, it took me three tries to complete the last interval, but I did it! That was the hardest I’ve worked in a while!

After work I was able to see Kristen for a session in the gym! Today we focused mostly on glutes and abduction, that’s why I had the orange band around my thighs for the first half of the workout. I’m doing everything I can to correct or minimize hip drop while running. Here’s an article I liked reading about it. Also, Coach Andrew is leading a running form clinic on the 31st and I’m hoping it will be on Facebook Live. Follow Lifelong Endurance on Facebook!

Wednesday, May 23rdrecovery day

Still feeling less excited about swimming than I was. I know it’s because mileage is getting high and I have less time/energy for the pool, but I’m glad I’m still working at it! Lesson number two next week should help!

Thursday, May 24theasy day

Today was my day off and it was super nice out. Prince Rupert people tend to have a hard time not playing outside on sunny days!

Marcie and I got in 10k in town, including the Rushbrook Trail 🙂

Later, I wanted to run to the mailbox but took the long way and went exploring a bit down at Port Ed Harbour.

In the evening, husband was down for a run so we got in 10k on the Cannery Road! This was a big day but there was no fast running and everything felt great!!

Friday, May 25thhard day

  • 5k easy
  • 10k progression from goal marathon pace down to ~4:40/km

This run was decent but not 100%. As you can see, my progression only lasted for 7k and I died on the hill. That’s okay though, still a strong run and I kept the pace much faster than “easy pace” until 15k was complete. Cooled down for 1.5k to my house for a 16.5k Friday.

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Saturday, May 26theasy day

6.5k easy on the schedule

F yes this is EXACTLY what I needed! Went for a double Butze loop with these ladies and kept it super relaxed. Finished running at 7k and walked the final chunk back to the vehicles. Lots of talk about the Skeena River Relay next weekend!

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Sunday, May 27thlong run day

28k! No sets or fast finish scheduled.

Weather forecast for today: +50mm of rain. LOL. It’s been such a long time since I had to head out for this kinda distance in this kinda weather. The Des Linden jacket and a Ciele hat saved me from a bad experience, that’s for sure! On this run I was focusing on three things

  1. everything I’ve been reading in Beyond Grit by Cindra Kamphoff
  2. taking a gel every 4 miles (6.44km)
  3. the video below

Obviously fixing form is NOT simple, and no single tip or drill is going to correct it immediately. But I’m working on it!

“You could have canoe’d.” – Husband

a 45 minute session of recovery (rolling with the stick and a lacross ball, stretching) and that wraps up week SEVEN. LOOK! 100KM! My biggest week ever in history, and this month will also be my biggest month in history because I’ve already surpassed January’s 312km. Woooooo!!!!!

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:  100K!

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?  feeling good! ..though always dealing with callous fire-foot

SLEEP?  good.

NUTRITION BRAGS?  the extreme hunger arrived this week! Filling up as much as possible on nutrient-dense whole foods but also eating everything in sight..

CURRENTLY READING: Beyond Grit – Cindra Kamphoff

clearly this book is not one you sit down and read cover to cover. But I am loving it and I already recommend it for anyone who likes self-help, personal development, mental game, that kind of stuff.

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S)  highest weekly mileage ever and feeling strong AF

NEXT RACE: the Skeena River Relay next weekend!

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 6/16

Shit got real this week and I love it. Lifelong Endurance really has committed to prepping me physically to run my goal. Ten weeks til Jack & Jill. Lots of work to do, both physically and mentally, but things are going really well.

Monday, May 14theasy day

10k by myself on the Cannery Road and then 5k trail with Pippa!

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Tuesday, May 15thhard day

  • 5k easy
  • 10 x [30 sec hard, 2:30 relaxed]
  • 3k easy

There was no designated pace for the “hard” parts, so I ran hard! It felt good and it was far more challenging than I expected. The 2:30 recoveries seemed generous at first glance but I needed it!

Then, swimming lesson! First of four. It was really fun and helpful.

Last but not least, a session with Kristen! Good variety and lots of legs!

Wednesday, May 16threcovery day

This was the least motivated I’ve felt in a very long time! It wasn’t until 8:30pm that I got on the recumbent bike for 30 minutes. My ass went numb so I got off and stretched for a bit, then put in another half an hour for my hour of cross-training. That was all.

Thursday, May 17theasy day

10k aerobic – struggle!

So tired and SO sore! Like, so tired and sore that it felt like I forgot how to run, and I’m sure not remembering how to run didn’t help me along. LOL. Days like this happen I guess.

Friday, May 18thhard day

One of my favourite workouts! I got up and got this done right away, which was the perfect way to start my four-day weekend!

3k warm-up, 1-2-3-2-1-2-3-2-1, 3k cool-down

  • 1 = one minute ~5k pace, one minute easy
  • 2 = two minutes ~10k pace, two minutes easy
  • 3 = three minutes ~half marathon pace, three minutes easy

Later that afternoon once I was at Lakelse, I suited up in my wetsuit and did a little open-water practice. I’m so glad I brought my swimming stuff because I forgot how different it feels to swim in the lake. Every single lake practice I can get in will be super valuable for the triathlon.

I feel like this is an inaccurate representation of my swim LOL

Saturday, May 19theasy day

Jess met me out at Lakelse at the cabin and we headed out for 10k along Highway 37. Together we put in 10k (longer than I was supposed to run..but took it easy) and then she continued on for her 30k total!

In the afternoon I basically did the exact same swim as the day before.

Sunday, May 20thlong run day!

Omg. Check this one out.

26k as:

  • 10k easy
  • 8k alternating between 90 sec ~10k pace, 90 sec easy
  • 3k easy
  • 5k ~half marathon pace

I woke up in our trailer really tired and unmotivated. The first seven kilometers were on dirt road which was an awesome warm up. This whole run went pretty well until I got to the last section. My problem callous foot was on fking fire and I was generally hurtin overall. It probably didn’t help that I was wasting energy carefully running on a skinny highway shoulder to not be a dickhead pedestrian. I was also changing directions to avoid a big hill LOL. Oh well. Overall it went really well for a long workout on Maylong weekend out of town.

Stoked to keep this all going! Done work in ten days which is going to be so helpful for accommodating better warm-ups, recovery, naps and meal-prep!

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:  87 km! Getting up there!

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?

ankle is off and on, still icing and doing some mobilizing stuff I found online

SLEEP? fine

NUTRITION BRAGS?

kept with my usual pre, during and post-run fueling over the long weekend away, and didn’t let nutrition get as derailed as usual on a camping/cabin weekend.

CURRENTLY READING: Beyond Grit – Cindra Kamphoff

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S)

  • felt fantastic on Friday’s pyramid workout
  • hammered out the mid-run reps no problem on the long run, even with a brutal headwind at times

NEXT RACE: The Skeena River Relay! June 2!

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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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! – 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 😀 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 😉

 

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:  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?  almost back to normal 🙂 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 🎉🎉🎉

NEXT RACE:  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!!!