PUMP up the JAMmie! – Weeks 14 & 15/16

Getting so close! One week til Jack & Jill’s Marathon! Husband and I were on Haida Gwaii for an overdue honeymoon for the last week and a bit. With respect to the taper for this race, it was good to be away and distracted. Lifelong Enduranceย has me maintaining some good intensity over the last two weeks and I really like that – it helps me stay sane! I am ready to run.

I am feeling so calm and neutral about this marathon. My goal has turned into a range of times and more importantly, non-time-related goals, like staying focused and fluid and appreciating the beautiful course. I re-read Elizabeth Clor’s book, Boston Bound, recently and this is something that really REALLY resonates with me right now, as I’ve loosened my grip on the goals for next weekend:

“Investment model running is the attitude that you put “x” amount of time and effort into training to receive “y”result on race day..To set a PR or run a specific time, you need to invest the time and hard work. And on race day, it will all pay off.

[this way of thinking] does a disservice to all your hard work. A race result speaks to how you performed on one day in one set of conditions.”

I look forward to doing my very fking best next weekend, whatever the day hands me. Pumped. Here’s what went down the last two weeks, training wise. I’ll be recap our trip on its own because it was THE BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE.

Monday, July 9threst day!

I was surprisingly not sore or overly tired after the triathlon, but I knew it was still a good idea to stick to this scheduled rest day. It felt good to take a day off.

Tuesday, July 10thhard day

  • 2k warm-up
  • 2 x [15:00 @ marathon pace, 3:00 easy]
  • 2k cool-down

later on (and WAY too soon after pizza..)

  • 2k warm-up
  • 6 x [200m hard, 200m easy]
  • 2k cool-down

Wednesday, July 11theasy day

10k relaxed with Erin!

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Thursday, July 12theasy day

10k chill along the Cannery Road ๐Ÿ˜€

Friday, July 13th hard day

  • 3k warm-up
  • 2 miles @ ~ 4:35/km
  • 5 min jog to a hill
  • 10 x [1:00 hard hill, 1:00 jog down]
  • 3k cool-down

Got the first 2 steps done but it was time to go to the ferry terminal! I slept in a bit! Haida Gwaii bound woooooo!

I DID get the intervals done! They weren’t hill repeats but beach intervals, which were just as challenging in their own way. Super proud to have gotten it finished after a long day of travel and an unplanned camping situation right off the bat (explain later)

Saturday, July 14threst day

First morning waking up in the tent! I did run today, but it was very relaxed and slow on a logging road, chatting with husband beside me on his bike, and then along the beach we were exploring!

Sunday, July 15thlong run day

A planned 27k with no special instructions turned into 20k of extremely challenging and tiring beach running. It was SO beautiful though!! Again, proud to have gotten this +2 hours of running in while on vacation in the middle of nowhere at this point!

I went back and forth along Gray Bay twice, with a few kilometers on the logging road along the campsite in between ๐Ÿ˜€ The terrain varied from hard-packed beach to soft sand (the WORST AHAHA), rocky beach, big rocks, crawling over huge logs and some weird bouncy seaweed hay.

Monday, July 16theasy day

A small piece of the Secret Cove trail and the whole Gray Bay recreation site for 6.5km! No one else was as the campsite! I literally ran into every spot and checked each one out. We were in the money spot, #1, but I would also recommend the 10/11 site ahahah


Tuesday, July 17thhard day

Omg. This run was SO good! Tow Hill Road is the most beautiful road and the best quality of unpaved road you could imagine. With husband along side on the bike making me laugh and snapping a couple sweet pics that I didn’t know about, this run was one of my favourites ever!

  • 2k warm-up
  • 6k ~ marathon goal pace (I ran a bit faster)
  • 2k cool-down

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Wednesday, July 18theasy day

I skipped my run today and I’m happy to say it! We rode our bikes on the sand of North Beach for about seven kilometers. Then we walked another 5k to Rose Spit. Then back to the bikes (got a ride in the back of someones truck for like 2k) and then biked back again into a serious headwind!!

Then later we checked out the Tow Hill boardwalks and viewing platforms. My legs did a lot today!

Thursday, July 19th

10k Tow Hill Run!

I went from Agate Beach Campground, a little down Tow Hill Road towards Masset for some extra distance, and then to Tow Hill, to the blow hole and back out, up to the top viewing platform, back to the blow hole, out to the parking lot and back to the campsite which gave me 10k!

Followed by a 20k easy hike with husband to and from Cape Fife!

Friday, July 20thunplanned rest day

I went to bed with a headache the night before and woke up with the migraine from hell. It was terrible! I was actually crying as we packed up the campsite and thought I might need to go to the hospital if it didn’t calm down. This also happened to be our camping breaking point. LOL. More on that in trip post as well.

That migraine robbed me of my day! I was hurtin’ and felt one hundred years old from seven nights in the tent so I made an executive decision to skip the planned workout and use the race the next day as a good, solid 10k workout. Later on when I was feeling almost normal, we went for a hike/walk/jog on the Pesuta shipwreck trail. It was 5k each way and that was more than enough for the day.

Saturday, July 21strace day!

Totem to Totem 10k for both myself and husband. What a great course! I ran it exactly as was permitted by Coach Andrew – around half marathon pace. It worked out great and on this day was fast enough for first overall female! I’ll write a separate post about the race itself. The event was so wonderful and I will be back next year, that’s for SURE.

Sunday, July 22ndlast long(er) run day!

7k easy, 8k @ 5:00/km

Holy headwind!!! This run was so frustrating! My heart rate was so jacked from how hard I was working against the wind. I’m glad it’s over ๐Ÿ˜‚ I stopped a few times to have an internal hissy fit. I’m sure the four-hour nap on the overnight ferry didn’t help either. YODO.

It’s time to bank some sleep. I plan to go to bed around 8pm all week and get up at 4:30am. I know it sounds insane but I need my body to be okay with how early I need to get up for the race (the earliest bus to the start line goes at 4am I believe) and I also need it to know to go poo by 6am. LOLLLL.ย Talk soon!!!!! It’s happening!

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 13/16

TWENTY DAYS out. This last week was big and awesome! One thing I very specifically took note of this week is the ability of my body to recover. Lifelong Endurance has guided me to becoming so much stronger, and I am really REALLY looking forward to running 42.2k on July 29th! I haven’t run a marathon in over four months. It’s (almost) time. LOL.

Monday, July 2ndeasy day

10k nice and easy. Didn’t really feel like going, ended up being awesome. Weird ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday, July 3rdhard day

  • 3k easy
  • 8 x [800m ~4:30/km, 2:00 rest]
  • 3k easy (I only did 2)

Average pace for the eight 800s was 4:25/km. I took the rests very easy, walking for at least a minute of the 2:00 each time. I wanted these 800s to be solid because the last time I was at the track I was sick as a dog and it was very discouraging. Awesome workout!!

Later that day, 7k easy before dinner

Wednesday, July 4theasy day

Back on the road! I headed to Telkwa to visit my friends for a few days and then go camping with the tri crew on Friday. This is one of my favourite places on the planet.

10k easy was on the schedule. My friends live at the very top of basically a 10k hill. The final 2.5k to their house is the steepest! Every time I go I envision myself being able to run back up slowly but consistently and it never happens. I did intervals of 200m jog, 100m walk for the final 2.5k of this run.

Thursday, July 5threst day!

Zero exercising today! My quad was sore from the track on Tuesday and then the pounding downhill on Wednesday, so I was glad to take it easy! Plus, 38km was on schedule for the following day!

Friday, July 6thlong run day

Thirty-eight kilometers!!! This was the kind of run that didn’t feel AMAZING but also wasn’t anything to complain about. I wasn’t able to pick up the pace in the last 8k, which was the plan “if feeling good” but I was consistent and my fueling was awesome.

After food, coffee, nap and more visiting, I headed down to the Tyhee Lake campsite.

Saturday, July 7theasy day

6.5k easy along the triathlon run course! I considered skipping this run…we were on our feet all day long at the farmers’ market and exploring around downtown Smithers, and then Erin, Corey and myself went for a mini-swim to test the temperature of the lake. Adding on a run seemed like so much work, but I went for it. The beginning felt terrible! My quad felt like it had a rock hard knot in it on the left, and my left ankle was hurting too. But things improved and as always I was very happy to have gotten it done and stuck to my schedule.

Then it was dinner time with the tri crewย (now called the Piranhas) and very early to bed!! Wooooo!!!!

Sunday, July 8thhard day! Tyhee Lake Triathlon!

Okay. Triathlon is the BEST. You know how I am obsessed with marathons? I might be MORE obsessed with triathlon. I’ll write a full review of this race because it’s so great people need to know more about it, but in summary…

Swim: despite having gotten into the water pre-race and practicing some breathing and warming up, I couldn’t calm the F down for the first 500m. It was frustrating. I’ve worked so hard on my swim! At the second buoy, I started to pull myself together over the next 250m. The second loop was AWESOME and went by in the blink of an eye.

Bike: great! I am not an experienced cyclist and didn’t train nearly enough. This was hard, but bike riding is soooo fun! I worked as hard as I could and enjoyed myself. Forty kilometers felt long!

Run: started amazing, faded quite a bit and had some negative thoughts, told them to STFU, and then smashed the second half. I passed a lot of people! AND it was hot out and I didn’t even notice. Stoked on this run overall!

my girl Erin here got second place!

Such an amazing way to cap off the week! A super fun and exciting full-body workout that ended with running on very tired legs – excellent practice for the marathon! Such a positive racing experience with my friends.

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:ย  95km

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?ย  quad was concerning me but it seems to have loosened up and isn’t irritated anymore!

SLEEP?ย  fine

NUTRITION BRAGS?ย ย Um Skratch Labs powder has now served me well three times during hard and/or long workouts. My fueling on the 38k and during the tri was really good!

CURRENTLY READING:ย  probably going to listen to How Bad Do You Want It on repeat until the marathon now..

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S):ย ย the triathlon! Specifically the last 5km! Also putting 38k on these legs just two days before.

NEXT RACE:ย ย Jack & Jill’s Downhill Marathon. Holy shit.

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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 podcastย (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.ย  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” HAHAHAHAย 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:ย  90 km

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?ย  good to go

SLEEP?ย  good! lots of naps

NUTRITION?ย  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):ย  definitely today’s long workout.

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

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PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 9/16

Another huge week of running from Lifelong Endurance. Lots of naps. Ferocious hunger. No strength training at all, which I vow to get back on TOMORROW…but a good amount of cross training on top of 114 km! Tomorrow is my first non-running day since May 23rd and I’ll be taking full advantage of it so fatigue doesn’t interfere with any of the important workouts later in the week.

Monday, June 4theasy day

10k easy

Today reminded me of what I read in Meb for Mortals, where he describes pretty much all easy running as recovery running. I started very easy and was feeling tired and sore, but as the splits ticked by I felt better and better. It ended up basically being a progression run from 6:35/km down to 5:45.

That was it for the day.

Tuesday, June 5thhard day

First time there’s ever been a scheduled double on Training Peaks! Woo!!

First:

  • 3k easy
  • 6 x (3:00 ~ GMP, 3:00 easy)
  • 3k easy

Then, swimming lesson!!!! This was the third of four lessons, and today some shit really came together. I got in 1250m after my half an hour lesson and felt soooo good!

Later: run number two! 7k easy – changed up my local route a little, felt a little tired but still happy to be running. Good sign haha.

Wednesday, June 6theasy day

Happy Global Running day! I met up with Jess and Sam for 10k of trail and some road. Such a good morning with other runNerds!

Then I went to the pool. Warmed up with and without the pull buoy, then 3 x 500m, and a couple lengths cool-down for 2000m total. Officially re-fuckin-stoked for the triathlon!!!! Hey, you, reading this, if you live around here (northern BC) I want you to come! Read this ๐Ÿ™‚

In the evening I went to the waterfront for a Global Running Day meetup and about fifteen of us ran just under 5k at a relaxed, conversational pace.

Thursday, June 7thmedium day?

13.5k controlled

I knew a medium-length run was going to pop up mid-week, sooner or later! Yessss!

When I woke up, I was so cranky for no reason. I didn’t understand the comment on the schedule, which said “use the swim to get your legs under you and relax.” My swims aren’t scheduled, and I was just so crabby and like wtf does that mean, maybe I don’t want to go swimming today. (LOL I’M SORRY ANDREW THIS IS NOT PERSONAL).

So, first, swimming pool. Warm-up, 2 x 750m, and cool-down for 1800m. Swimming totally snapped me out of my bitchy mood and I felt like a million bucks. My lungs felt massive ahahaha. This run ended up being fuckin AWESOME. I just kept thinking about the fluidity of swimming and it worked well for me.

Before bed: solid foam roller/stick roller session before I did an imagery exercise. What a good day.

Friday, June 8thhard day

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

This workout… it scares me. It beat me last time. Today, I almost nailed it. In the second progressive kilometer, someone pulled over to ask me a question LOL. That only took about two seconds, thankfully. He was looking for an escaped kayak that I ended up spotting in the ditch on my way back in! After the second to last kilometer, I was about to explode, so I stopped for a few seconds before forcing out the last one. But I did it! I count this as a very successful workout, though I do look forward to next time when I hope to get it 100% without stopping ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday, June 9thEASY day

7km with Jess on her 15k

Sunday, June 10thlong run day

Dun dun dun. The infamous 32k long run. That’s how I used to feel about these, but something has shifted and I’m not phased when seeing this distance on the schedule. However, I haven’t had a shitty run for sooooo long, and guess what? Today was the day ๐Ÿ˜‚

I was so lethargic but decided to just be patient and consider the first 10k a very easy warm-up. But, after 10k I still felt like laying down on the road and sleeping ahaha. I was fueling well and keeping at it, but changed the screen on my Garmin to the clock screen because I was getting discouraged – the lap paces did not match the feeling of my effort at ALL. At 22k, I got a side stitch on both sides and slowly went from uncomfortable to legitimately in pain. Probably stopped ten times and sent out brain signals to husband…”please wonder what’s taking me so long and come and pick me up” LOL, didn’t work. At 27km, I sat down at a picnic table at the rest area and cried for approximately two seconds. SO frustrated!! Somehow, I made it home. Why did I just tell you my sob story? Because shitty runs happen and I am not ever going to pretend that they don’t. We see enough highlight-reel-only content on social media.

Guys, I am tired. Tomorrow I have a strength session with Kristen and I’m not doing anything else except foam roll, stretch and sleep between domestic duties.

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 114

INJURIES/PRE-HAB? good to go

SLEEP? was awesome til the weekend…napped every weekday!

NUTRITION BRAGS? no bragging right now…not the best quality fuel this past week

CURRENTLY READING: The Champion’s Mind – Jim Afremow, PhD (audiobook)

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S) Thursday and Friday in particular were such high-quality runs in every way!!

NEXT RACE: Scotiabank Vancouver 1/2 AND 5k wooo! Two weeks away

PUMP up the JAMmie! – Week 8/16

WhoaaaaOOOOOH we’re half way therrrre!! LAWL. OMG. Seriously you guys my first seven marathons and all the work that went into them was all just foundation for THIS training cycle. This shit is bananas and I love it!! Lifelong Endurance is giving me what I’ve asked for.

Monday, May 28theasy day

Scheduled: 10k easy and controlled

I headed out along the Cannery Road and continued all the way to North Pacific Cannery instead of turning around at 5k for a total of 11.2km.

Tuesday, May 29thhard day

  • 5k warm-up
  • 8 x 3:00 ~ 5k pace, 2:00 moderate jog
  • 3k easy

The intervals were challenging today, so much traffic on the highway and it was raining but I took it from Beyond Grit to accept these distractions as extra challenges and got it done! I even felt so good after the 8th rep that I was able to run the last 3k at goal marathon pace, on average. YES.

Next up, swimming lesson 2/4. Awesome!!! After my 30 minute lesson I stayed at the pool for 1400m.

Then I found out a spot opened up in Kristen’s schedule, so I headed for a session with her at 7:30. As always, fan-fking-tastic. Anyone who has me walking on my hands on a treadmill is my kinda person. LOL.


Wednesday, May 30theasy day

When I saw 10k on today’s schedule I did a double take. Usually Wednesdays are my non-running recovery day, but I didn’t question it because my body is feeling good and strong and I’ve fit in some naps this week. Coach says we’re just testing it and to let him know if/when I need a rest.

Thursday, May 31sthard day AND LAST DAY OF FREAKING WORK

  • 5k warm-up
  • 6 x 1K @ 4:22-4:18, 2 min rest
  • 3k cool-down

HOLY!!!! This was awesome. I think it’s worth mentioning a couple of things I noticed.

  1. My self-talk has changed a lot, and for the better. When I first got on the machine I felt so tired and thought about waiting til after work for this shred fest. BUT, I had a dinner date with a colleague, so that was not an option. I literally said out loud to myself, “it’s only been a couple of minutes, give it a chance” and “don’t worry, it always takes a while to warm up this early in the morning” What do you know, by the time I’d run a mile there was a smile spreading across my face and I was rocking out to my Dad’s music! It pays to talk to ourselves as we would to a good friend.
  2. My ability to negotiate with myself has improved. During the fifth of six repeats, I got that sense of giving up, resting, and trying again. I said “no!” out loud more than once, and then I explained to myself that last week I ran this same workout but the intervals were 1600m, so 1000m was SO doable. Then I said the ABC’s in my head and thought of someone I know who started with every letter. Then #5 was done and there was only one more!

Friday, June 1steasy day

After some Skeena River Relay preparations with race co-director Crystal, I got in 10k nice and easy and then a hard nap.

Saturday, June 2ndhard day (race)

hmmm..haha. So today I ran the 21.2k stage of the Skeena Relay. This leg is very PR-supportive. I don’t know if it was realistic of me or not to gun for a sub 1:45, but that was the plan. Considering I’d run 100km in the seven days leading up to this, I think I should have been more careful. Dammit. Good old hindsight. Lifelong Endurance and I aren’t working around these races along the way during Pump Up the JAMmie. Tapering and full rest days around non-goal races just takes away from marathon training. So yeah, I understand why there was no scheduled taper.ย  And I guess the importance of a taper before a hard effort is now knowledge that lives in my muscles, not just a rumour ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took the first kilometer, which is uphill, pretty steady, and then found a really good rhythm on the huge 4k downhill. I let my body relax into gravity and things felt good, but I think I ran faster than I should have.

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There are two hills before the course flattens around 10k all the way until the end. The hills felt fine, but I wish I slowed down as soon as the big downhill ended. Once I got over the second hill and onto the river, my pace started to really slip. Legs did not want to turn over and I fell into a ~5:15/km pace that I couldn’t seem to escape. It kinda felt like there was a spell on my body and it wouldn’t do what my brain was telling it to do ahahah

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A headwind wasn’t helping, but I just kept going and enjoying my run, which is something I didn’t know how to do about a year ago when things weren’t going as planned!

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Then I got the stomach ache. FUCKKKKK. I swear I am eating nothing but white rice for 48 hours before my next race. Two very fast, ninja-like pit stops happened between 12k and 15k. What a frustrating waste of precious time..ANYWAYS.

Thanks to my awesome team for the water support (and honking and cheering!!!!) which kept things extra fun, and I was able to pick it up a bit for a strong finish into the transition stage to high-five Marcie and send her on her way for stage 4.

The Skeena River Relay is the best day EVER and I loved every second of it this year, as usual. Here are the Gooeyducks, after Jana finished hard in the tenth and final stage.

Sunday, June 3rdeasy day?

Originally the schedule said 20k easy, so I got a ride out to where I started running yesterday and ran the opposite direction home. I knew from past training runs that it is almost exactly a half marathon. I actually had a solid run, starting easy to see how my body was feeling and then increasing to moderate for the majority of the run.

The run turned red on Training Peaks and then I saw that the schedule had been changed to only 8k!!! WHOOPS.

Yesterday, after my part of the race, I ate a protein bar immediately and drank a ton of water and Gatorade. We snacked all day, ate at the awards banquet, and later when I got home I chugged some green powder, a protein drink, took an ibuprofen and foam rolled my whole body. I will assume this was at least part of why I was able to churn out a sub 2 hour half marathon the day after a race. It felt good.

Week 8 is done and Jack & Jill is 56 days away.

SUMMARY

WEEKLY MILEAGE:ย  103 km

INJURIES/PRE-HAB?ย ย just callous foot

SLEEP?ย ย good but need more

NUTRITION BRAGS?ย  added a calcium supplement, increasing daily protein

CURRENTLY READING:ย  Beyond Grit (I’ll try to finish it soon)

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER(S)

  • huge mileage for me, no pains
  • second fastest half marathon ever, despite a less than ideal day and no taper

NEXT RACE:ย  Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k, June 24th

No clue if I’m racing the half or running some sort of training workout. We’ll see!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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:ย  100K!

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

SLEEP?ย  good.

NUTRITION BRAGS?ย  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)ย  highest weekly mileage ever and feeling strong AF

NEXT RACE: the Skeena River Relay next weekend!

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