Yesterday I ran Peninsula Runners’ Golden Ears Bridge run. While I’ll admit, this one is a tad beneath my training goals for 2014… it is personal between this bridge and I, and it was a must that I repeat the race this year with a way better experience than last year…. As I briefly admitted during my 2013 running recap, I had not only a moment of realization, but also a moment of total embarrassment at this event last year. After moving into the neighbourhood of the route, and becoming a much stronger runner this past year, I really wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and just have the experiences to compare and contrast.
My point of view coming back over to Pitt Meadows from the Langley side of the bridge. Taken on my practice run the week before.
After including the bridge and then some in a 14km run the weekend before, I was feeling pretty confident. I had set 2 main goals for the race: 1) Consistency. Maintaining one pace with minimal to zero walking breaks. (My first year of racing, this was not my forte) 2) PR at 1hr or under. (To be fair my current 10K PR sits at 59:53, but I only juuuust scraped by).
I had planned a proper night of sleep around having to take care of some personal matters the night before the race. I had planned out the perfect amount of sleep, but that was interrupted by my lack of ability to plan for daylight savings… oops! After 3 or 4 smacks of the snooze button I finally talked myself out of bed. My saving grace was a 9:15AM start time and all I had to do was drive straight down the road to the start.
I pulled up right to the start line, parked the car, hoped out and stood at the start. Less than a min of pacing back and forth and kicking my legs about that way us runners do, and we were off. I wanted to start strong, but I also wanted to finish strong. I quickly found my comfortable pace and flew through the first km like nothing. Half way into the 2nd km I felt felt that awkward sitting toenail snap right off… not pleasant. It got to me… “seriously? I’ve barely started…” but no sooner did I let that negative thought into my head, did I hear honking and screaming coming from the round about beside me… I looked over to see my best friend going around in a circle yelling out the window with my nephew. I flashed them a quick over smile and thumbs up and put my head back into the game.
Tell yourself this about every goal. The first step is believing in yourself. From there, anything is possible.
Now I may not be up to the Ultra level yet – but I will be some day! One of my favourite tumblr blogs is What Is Ultra? If you’re a runner, especially a distance runner, you will love to laugh and relate to the hilarious gif backed posts.
This morning while I was scrolling through over my morning coffee, this one was a natural reblog.
When you’re running, and something cool/weird/interesting happens to you…
I’ve been a condensed course for the past few weeks and its been kicking my ass all over the place. Quiz at the beginning of every class, long Saturday lectures, and so, so much homework.
To keep my sanity, I always make sure to get my long run in on Sundays, no matter what the weather is. This Sunday was no different…. even when I woke up to snow! I know the rest of North America is having a rough winter, but its been beautiful even on cold days here. We finally got our share this weekend, and I loved it!
I got out for about 10km of trail. Thanks to the tree tops most of the trails were clear and dry, but the scenery was beautiful!
Although I am very much in love with running, I don’t always love running. While most runs make me feel amazing, there are days when my body feels heavier, days when my pesky ankle nags me, and there is always at least a small thought of stopping somewhere to walk or even rest for a moment before I really need to. On the flip side, there are also days when I notice I’ve really been pushing myself, or I’ve been flying through a long run with ease and I throw some words of encouragement my way to keep pushing.
Here are some of my favourite things to say to myself, and just all around favourite quotes to think of while I’m out there – my “Running Mantras”, if you will…
Believe you can & you will.
Keep moving forward.
You wont get better at hills by walking up them.
There are not shortcuts to places worth going.
You’re in this for the long run.
You’re working to be the best version of yourself.
I love smoothies. I feel like the word love isn’t even enough to describe the way I feel about a blender full of all the best things for my body… In the morning, when I’m too lazy to cook or make a snack, right before a run, or to replenish my body after a run. I do many flavour variations but my smoothie basics are usually this:
I’m not a measure-r. I like to throw in a handful, use the 1 and half cup measures as scoops and spoon in “some”… if you like to measure things out perfectly, don’t sweat it, it would take real talent to ruin a smoothie made of such delicious ingredients.
- Spinach/Kale… or both! – a huge handful
- 1 banana (I cut up extra ripe ones & freeze them just for this)
- Frozen fruits/berries of your choice
- 1/2 cup milk (almond, skim, soy, etc)
- 1/2 cup fruit/vegetable juice of your choice
- Ground flax seed, small handful.
* If it’s too thick, add a bit of water or even some more juice to the mix.
* The ground flax seed is optional; you will never taste it. I always try to include it for the health benefits.
Throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend it up! Pour it into your favourite smoothie/shaker cup and go!
I love my on the go smoothie cup. I bought it at the dollar store for $1.50! Such a score.
I saw this quote posted on Facebook and I found it so relevant. I just love this.
*watches tumble weed roll by*
Hey! I’ll admit, I’ve been slacking the past couple of weeks. I like to train for every race I do and then take some time out after to recover/eat whatever I want. After training my butt off all through December and January for the Chilly Chase, I was ready to give my legs a nice week off. After finding out the date my boyfriend was leaving for his out of town job, that week turned into 2 weeks of only a couple short runs… but it wasn’t all unproductive.
I’ve spent the majority of my free time the past couple weeks avoiding most social situations, even on my lunch break at my full time job, to study and work on my homework. I’m proud to say that so far I am doing twice, if not 3x better than I was last semester.
While I’ve been working so hard in school, I’ve also been working on revamping my meal plans. I’m about 80% clean eating, and have been for the past 4 or 5 years. In general I love healthy foods, but lately I’ve been getting bored. I’ve tried out a lot of recipes lately – many I plan to share here.
With my rest week(ish) coming to an end, I was so happy to get out on Sunday morning to get about 12kms of trail in at Golden Ears Park. When I lived in the Coquitlam area, the trails at Buntzen Lake were my home, but since moving further out I’ve been falling in love with the trails at Golden Ears (funnily enough, where my cross country meets used to be when I was a kid). I can’t wait to explore them all.