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 πŸ˜‰

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 crewΒ (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:Β  95km

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

SLEEP?Β  fine

NUTRITION BRAGS?Β Β 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:Β  probably going to listen to How Bad Do You Want It on repeat until the marathon now..

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

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

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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 πŸ™‚

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:Β  100K!

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

SLEEP?Β  good.

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

NEXT RACE: the Skeena River Relay next weekend!

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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.