Post Race Weekly Recap

Ummm….last week was a zero running week for me! ZERO!!! It wasn’t because I didn’t want to but it just didn’t happen. And, I’m okay with that.

Last Sunday I ran my 5th half marathon at Johnny Miles, if you missed the recap you can find it here. It was good, bad and ugly and good again – I’m happy with it. I took Monday off work (planned) and was wanting to rest and take it easy but it ended up being a really busy day of errands (unplanned). This is what my week looked like:

Post Race Running…or Rest Days.

Monday: Rest & Recover Day. I wanted to do a shake out run but that didn’t happen. My thighs hurt so much going down stairs.

Tuesday: Yoga. Oh, yoga felt great…except for the chair pose. I wasn’t having any of that and everyone laughed at me as they knew I just ran a half marathon. I did alternative poses when needed. My thighs still hurt.

I also wasn’t feeling awesome and thought I might have had a touch of heat exhaustion based on the systems I was having. Lots of water and rest in between work and kid stuff.

Wednesday: Rest Day. Relief with my thighs came on day three post half marathon. Hilary had soccer which I’m coaching so I was on my feet that night for a bit.

Thursday: Rest Day but I really wanted to run.

From my garden.

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Friday: Rest Day. I planned to run but decided I need to just do nothing. Honestly, I sat down in front of my TV and couldn’t even figure out how to watch a show because it’s been so long. (We don’t have cable but Netflix).

Saturday: I planned to run that evening but totally wimped out last minute and watched Netflix that night. (It was a busy day between errands with the girls and an outdoor birthday party in the rain (it was fun!) in the afternoon. That run just wasn’t happening that evening.

Sunday: SOCCER!!!!!!!!!! Finally, I moved more then walking! Oh, how I love soccer! I do, I do! It was great. Well, not great, we lost but it felt great to play. I need a tan!

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That’s it. Super relaxed, super non-active week! I’m thinking I really need to get my butt in gear as I’m pretty sure I should be at least one week into my next half marathon training. That would be for Maritime Race Weekend 5k & Half Marathon September 15/16th. I might not be on track with training for that but I’m going to get more focused this week and figure out my training plan.

Anyone else take a full week off after a race?

What’s the best thing you do to recover after a race?

How long do you wait to run your next race?

Today I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Zenaida Arroyo. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Johnny Miles Half Marathon Recap 2017

Just like that, another half marathon done! It’s been a full year since I’ve run a half so it was kinda nice running the same race/course again. It was great, it was hard, it got a little ugly but got better again and I finished!

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Pre Race

Since it was a family trip, we took our time getting on the road Saturday and left just after lunch. It was raining and the girls weren’t loving the 2.5 hour drive but we only had a handful of “are were there yet?”. My friend picked up my race kit so I didn’t go to the expo. We went directly to the hotel, had birthday cake as Krystol’s son was turning 7. We went down to the pool and swam and hung out in the hot tub with all of the kids – three families, 7 kids. No photo’s were taken at the pool but I’m pretty sure the THREE DAD’s had more fun then the kids did on the twisted slide! (They went back Sunday morning too…with the kids).

We had dinner and tried to take it easy that evening but with bunk beds and a tv in their room it was a much later night for the girls then we wanted. I had a horrible sleep – not sure why but that’s just life sometimes.

Morning of Race

I went and had breakfast with Krystol and Melissa, who were running the half and 10k, respectively. My husband and girls came down after and then we left for our race around 8am. This was probably the best weather a runner could ask for! It was cool but about 18c with an overcast sky. The marathon started at 7 am (lucky!!!) and we started at 9:05.

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Half Marathon

The first 10k was really awesome! My pace was better then I expected (6:20 – 6:57)/km, I felt really good and I was enjoying the course. My plan was to run and walk when I have to. It was a 10k loop, so I had to run it twice and since I ran it last year I felt good about it. I knew where the hills were, where the trail was covered in shade and when I would be in direct sunlight.  The humidity started to increase around 13k which didn’t help me.

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I want to say the wheels started to fall off between 10-13k but they didn’t really fall off. I just felt like I didn’t have anything left in me to give. There were a few moments of “I hate this”, “I’m NEVER running a full marathon”, to “I hate the half marathon distance” but also many moments that I loved.

The times I loved: when I wasn’t expecting to see a friend of mine at the race but she passed me on the route and we quickly chatted. Or the time when an older guy passed me coming in the opposite direction. When he saw me, he put on this big smile and I smiled back. He reminded me that I do love running, that I can love running during hard times and that I’m lucky that I can run right now. It was a good reality check.

From there, I didn’t care if I walked or ran. I powered up all the hills so strong I’d make anyone proud. However, after I’d get past the top and try to recover I struggled so much. I walked on straight stretches feeling a little sour that I was choosing to walk and that I didn’t come here to walk the race…so I’d run again.

I also saw another friend who was volunteering at a water station so it was fun to quickly chat with him and run on. After 15, I was kinda done. I drank my Nuun in between water stations, grabbed Gatorade and a glass of water as well at each aid station. I’d take a swig of water and poor the rest over my head to cool down – relief! Gu’s, chew’s and even a fruit to go bar made it’s way into my mouth over the course.

 

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I noticed a blister forming on my left pinky toe (and later my right) and that wasn’t really all that fun. It’s pretty big (I’ll spare you a photo) but from 15k onwards that pain of a blister forming was zapping me in the toe. (I normally don’t blister).

I wasn’t give up but I surely was done by 17k so I just kept thinking that I only had four more kilometres to go. Then 3k. Then 2k. As you ran, you would see people on the other side of the road – essentially ahead of you. There was so many people saying “great job”, “way to go” and I was saying it back as well. There is something about the running community that can lift you up when you need it OR, you can lift someone else up.

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I had the finish line to myself. There was no one in front of me and I don’t remember anyone behind me. It was kinda fun running in by yourself and hearing them call your name. I was happy and relieved I finished. High fives and hugs from strangers – you know, those people who volunteer at races are awesome people! They hug you when you are extremely sweaty 😉 But seriously, thank you to all those who volunteer!

I finished the race in 2:27:11 and was happy it was under 2:30. Was I disappointed with my time, hell no. I finished a race 12 weeks after a winter car accident with no pain. It was great, it was hard, it was was ugly and I finished 🙂 After finishing, we made our way back to the hotel were the girls were enjoying father’s day with Saï. We eventually made our way home but not before lunch at Subway and then ice cream sundae’s and a milkshake for me!

Happy kids!

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Today (Monday), my thighs hurt the most and I’m really hating stairs. All stairs. They – Are – Everywhere! I’m hoping to get in a short shake out run but that’s on the fence as soccer season starts for both girls tonight and Saï is on shift. Even if I walk around the field tonight for a walk, I’ll consider that a win!

How was your weekend?

Anyone race?

Did you enjoy Father’s Day?

Today, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Run & Live Happy. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Half Marathon Goals – Johnny Miles

It’s race weekend, wooohooo!!!!

Okay, I’m ready. Birthday party is done, actual birthday for Lilly has passed, 1 more work day, went to yoga, ran two days (5k) and now I’m ready for my 5th half marathon. For some reason this time around I’m not nervous (yet) but kinda feel nonchalant about it. It’s not that I’m being negative or don’t care, I think I’m just really relaxed about it.

Nice to see 5:55/km on last night’s treadmill run!

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Changing my mind set from trying to reach a certain goal time was the game changer for me. I’m not where I was 3 years ago (PB 2:05) and I’m probably not even close to a 2:15 finish but I’m ready. This race is part redemption and part celebration for me.

Redemption run because this race was horrible last year for me. Short story – it was bloody HOT and my dog died two days prior. I finished in 2:31:xx – almost a personal worst (I actually had to look up my time from last year because I still didn’t know it). Background – my first marathon was 2:33 and I’m so proud of that time.

Celebration run because I wasn’t running 12 weeks ago due to a winter car accident. So, running any distance right now without pain is a celebration in my eyes.

Goals

Really, what ARE my goals for this race? Well, I’m not going to lie….I sure like to do better than 2:31 this year but I really don’t know if my pace is there. Ideally, I want to finish under my time from last year (2:31) and I’m hopeful that it’s doable.

Besides doing better then last year, I just want to enjoy the run and not hate it like I did last year. I didn’t hate the course or the event but I hated my run and the experience I went through in my head. This year I’ll have my family with me and I’m really looking forward to spending the weekend with them and enjoying my run.

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Okay, now that I’ve written this post, I’m getting excited. I’m pretty sure I’ll be just as excited as our girls (above) running through their sprinkler come Sunday morning! You can follow me on Instagram for some race weekend updates.

What kind of goals do you set for races?

Any weekend plans?

Happy Friday!

 

 

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Week 11 Recap

Well folks…this is the last week of my half training and I feel as ready as I’m going to – which is good! Johnny Miles Half Marathon is next weekend (they also have 5k,10k and Full) which I’m ready to run! Week #11 was pretty good but I threw in a few changes due to work and life.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Cycle | Rest Day.

Tuesday: Yoga | 5k Treadmill Run. Was on the road for work, so I missed my lunch time yoga class. Tuesday evening I ran 5k on the treadmill and my legs felt great! Dirty treadmill run…

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Wednesday: 8k | 8k. I ran with my running buddy and it was rolling hills the whole time. She continued on and ran another 7k! Did you run on Global Running Day?

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Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. But really, I was spending time with my husband….getting ready for a birthday party. Party planning isn’t something I love and procrastination is my game. I wanted to at least jump on the bike and peddle out a few km but that didn’t happen.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it! It was also known as “frantically clean the house while the girls sleep night”.

Saturday: 15k | 12k Treadmill Run. The morning was spent finishing cleaning and setting up for 12 girls to come celebrate my daughters 7th birthday. This meant that the afternoon was party central….12….girls….for….2….hours! Wow, they are busy and loud!

I wanted to get my run in but it was going to have to happen on the treadmill (hubby was working all weekend). So, I jumped on the treadmill and figured after the day I had I’d run 10k. It was 8:30 PM. I ran at a steady pace yet I pushed the speed a little bit throughout my run. As I approached 10, I figured I had another 2 in me so I finished off with 12k.

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I’ll be completely honest here – I’m probably more stuck in my ways or stubborn and less determined but I’m so glad I got that run done. I  got off the treadmill feeling ready for my 5th half marathon next weekend.

Sunday: Cross Train | Soccer Game! Yup, I’m back at it! It was my first game since March and my car accident. I was a little “off” during the first half but felt a lot better in the 2nd, we tied 3-3.

Smile for the picture. Hilary – NO!

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Total km this week: 25k.

This training cycle has seen the lowest amount of “km” I’ve put in during 12 weeks of running! I know that I should have done speed work to improve my pace but I also know that I listen to my body way more then I ever have. This would be because of the whiplash I’ve been dealing with and I’m finally feeling good about where I am.

Week #12 will have me running a little bit, going to yoga and celebrating our daughters 7th birthday. This race will be what it will be and I need to keep in mind how far I’ve come in 12 weeks (not running due to car accident to running a half marathon).

 

What’s your favourite thing to do during your last week of training? 

How was your weekend or week of training?

Birthday parties at your house or elsewhere (pool, theatre etc.)?

Today, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Kooky Runner Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

Weekly Wrap

May Mileage & June Goals

Happy Global/National Running Day!

Are you getting out for a run today? On your own, with a friend or group? I’m looking forward to running tonight with my running buddy. I haven’t been blogging much lately and I’m behind on sharing my May mileage/June Goals. I figured today would be a good day to share them.

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May Mileage:

No doubt, May was a great month of increased mileage. It helps when you have long runs to do!

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May Goals:

Okay, I’ll be honest – I wrote my May goals and never looked back at them until drafting this post! I have such great intentions but don’t always use my own resources to keep me on track. Having said that, I do try to make my goals realistic and things that I want to work on anyway – nothing new or outrageous. There were:

  • Run more outside + Runches – Did this.
  • Add in more strength training to my half marathon training plan – a little bit but not really.
  • Continue with my PT exercises for my back, ankle and hamstring – Yes.
  • Go outside more with the girls (running, biking, hiking etc.) – I think so but wish I had more time to do this.
  • Start Bullet Journaling since I’ve put it off for months – Nope. Thought about it.
  • Bonus: Clean up my house (so many piles of “stuff” lying around everywhere!)  – I started this, so yes.

Having gone through my list I didn’t really miss anything. I’ve thought about starting my bullet journal many times in May but just never sat down to actually do it. I clean randomly when I have time…ha ha, what mother has time to deep clean!!!! This is going slow. Moving on….

June Goals:

  • Relax about my running pace.
  • Decrease social media time (gasp!!!).
  • Figure out our summer holidays (book hotels/cottage etc.)
  • Set up 1 page in my bullet journal to track “x” daily.
  • Enjoy my upcoming half marathon.
  • Check in at least once a week on these goals. *Yeah, this should be a good one.

That’s it. Now, let’s if I can stick to all of this. June is a busy month for our family. Lilly turns 7, I run my half marathon on Father’s Day – yeah planned that one well. Both girls and I start back up in soccer (5 days/week), work is busy, school ends on June 30th. Let’s hope we survive!

Have you set goals for June?

How was your month of May?

Are you running as part of Global/National Running Day?

 

Half Marathon Training Week 10 Recap

Sometimes training seems to take forever when training over 12 weeks (or more) and then sometimes race week creeps up all of a sudden! I’m feeling a little shocked that I’m in 10 weeks out of 12 already but also happy to be wear I am.

10 weeks ago, I wasn’t even running as I had just got in a car accident. 10 weeks ago, I was in a lot of back pain because of that accident. 10 weeks ago, I hadn’t even decided what spring race I wanted to do! And here I am running 19k this past weekend.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Cycling | Rest Day. I slept for 4 hours Monday afternoon because of my head cold. Then slept 6.5 hours that night. (Listen to your body!)

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga + Osteopath – which required 2 days of absolutely no activity.

Wednesday: 8k | Rest Day. Had great results on my back from the Osteo appointment.

Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. I was eager to be active but had to rest – that was hard.

Friday: Rest day | Rest Day – nailed it!

Saturday: 18k | 19k. A hard run.

Sunday: Soccer Game | Rest Day. Just not feeling well.

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What I learned from my run:

One – Mosquitoes can bite through compression socks.

Two – I stopped 20 times on that run….TWENTY! Thank you Garmin connect for letting me see that on my profile and Thank you to my running buddy for putting up with me.

Three – Running with a friend is way better then running alone.

Four – Running your hills at the beginning is a great way to get them over and done with.

Five – Ending your run with 1 more hill that you’ve come to love over time makes you feel accomplished. (Even despite the 20 stops you had to take).

Six – I can’t run and talk, especially when I still have a head cold. Results in stopping lots.

Seven – My pace sucks for me and that’s okay. Training for my 5th half marathon isn’t about a PB. Remember, I wasn’t running 10 weeks ago.

Eight – Being reminded by a running friend that speed work during training will make your pace improve was just what I needed to hear (thank you).

Nine – Coming home to my daughters and husband is still one of my favourite parts of my long run.

Ten – Though running is REALLY hard for me right now, I still love to run.

How was your weekend?

Anyone race or have a long run?

What have you learned lately on your most recent run? 

I’m linking up today with HoHo Runs, MissSippiPiddlin and Tutus and Tennies. Don’t forget to check out their blogs!

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Happy Monday!

Half Marathon Training Week 9 Wrap Up

Half marathon training is moving along, hard to believe week 9 is done. I’m kinda loving the fact that June is in a few days and hopefully some more consistent warmer weather for us!

Last week wasn’t the best and at times I felt like I wasn’t progressing with my pace. At the same time I don’t want to put all kinds of pressure on me to complete my 5th half marathon in a certain time. I just want to run it and enjoy it…okay, and finish better then last year.

My pace is way off for me and I’m finding that hard to accept but your pace can’t change over night. In 2014, I ran A LOT!!!! And my pace got really good (for me) but with so many injuries in the last few years, my pace has gone out the door. What I need to remind myself is that I’m just lucky to be running at any pace and not injured anymore.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest Day | Cycling 17km. I’m really loving adding in a day of cycling to my half marathon training. I’m hoping that it will help reduce some injuries yet keep my legs active.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. Still loving my Tuesday yoga class.

Wednesday: 8k | SLEEP. I just needed sleep and nothing else after a few sleepless nights.

Thursday: 5k | 8k. Somehow, I managed to get in 8k after a full day of work. My husband was home so I went for an evening run and it was a hard one but I got it done.

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Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. I woke up with a nasty head cold – just not my week! I was pretty run down from lack of sleep and trying to do it all…I guess.

Saturday: 10k Race | Rest Day. Still was feeling horrible and spent the afternoon at a parade in the cold. When we got home, I made hot chocolate, put a fire on (yes, May 27th I had a fire in my woodstove!!) and did nothing that night.

Sunday: Cross Train | 10k. No racing. Ha, the thought of “racing” a 10k right now isn’t pleasant. Actually, let me rephrase that – I’m not “racing” anything. I’m simply running the distance in whatever pace I can manage these days. No “racing”.

This long run (cut back week in my plan) was kinda last minute in between swimming lessons for the girls and my husband leaving for work. I was cranky, still sick and was encouraged out the door….so I went.

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It was an ugly run. There really wasn’t anything pretty about it. I’m confident it was the head cold, not enough food, warmer weather and just being in a cranky mood that didn’t help. BUT, I got it done and for that I’m happy.

Sometimes you can’t have a great week of training. Life happens and you have to readjust your training and take care of yourself. That was me last week and so far this week too.

Weekly mileage: 18 km running, 17 km cycling.

Last year’s week nine was a great training week, you can read it here.

How was your week?

Anyone else wishing the weather was warming up?

Do you worry about your pace?