My first race of 2013 was fantastic! It was a reminder of why I love running, racing, and sharing my love of running with others who feel the same.
The short version :
I convinced Nikki to run with me, and we had an absolute blast. We both had very strong races, both beating our guesstimates of overall time, and then we celebrated with brunch, a little shopping, and some good ol’ race planning/goal planning sesh. It was a perfect race day, I wish every race day was as great as Sunday!
Spoiler alert : I finished in 37:19 officially, and I felt awesome. I’ve never raced an 8km before, so it’s an automatic PR, and thankfully, it’s a PR that I’m very proud of.
Nikki & I chilling in the car, pre-race :
So, how’d I decide to run a random 8 km race? Well…
Quite often, when running in my neighbourhood, I head down to a beautiful hidden gem, Deer Lake in Burnaby.
Deer Lake is a small park, it’s approximately 5 kms to run around it, and has multiple paths if you want to make it longer. Sometimes I’ll do 2 loops, but change up the paths or direction to keep it interesting.
It’s a beautiful place, and is busy with runners, walkers, dogs, movie shoots, and often engagement photos as well. I don’t normally carry my phone and take pictures along my run – it’s just not something I do.
Recently, my friend Jen and I took my dogs for a walk around Deer Lake on a perfect winter day, and these are the pics I took showing you the view that I see during my runs…
As I mentioned yesterday, I made 2 solid new recipes on Saturday for our potluck dinner, the Bacon & Yam dish I blogged about yesterday, and a slow cooker pulled pork recipe. I usually make another version of slow cooker pulled pork, but decided to switch it up. This one is less smokey, more salty, and has the obvious addition of the oh-so-loved BACON!
This weekend, we hosted a potluck dinner at our place for my birthday. I asked my friends to try and bring paleo inspired dishes. I feel like this helps make sure that we have a selection of healthier choices, and also that everyone doesn’t just bring desserts or store bought items.
I decided to make 2 dishes, a slow cooker pulled pork recipe, and a bacon & yam side dish. Both turned out fantastic, and were all gone by the end of the evening!
It is SO easy to fall out of healthy eating habits. For each of us, the reasoning varies, it could be a bad day, a cheat day turned cheat weekend, lack of food prep, planning, etc etc etc.
For me, it’s always a challenge to be good over Christmas. This year was a bit different – less Christmas parties, but after spending 2 weeks at an all inclusive in Mexico, it was really hard to get back into the groove.
And yes, we got our money’s worth…
That cup was basically filled with pina colada’s, every day, all day. UGH.
When we got back, it was only a few days before my birthday, and of course, birthdays always include an array of treats, most of which are not considered healthy, or smart choices.
So, here I am, the worst of the damage is done, and I’m 17 lbs over where I was 14 months ago. CRAP.
I knew that I was going to run a spring marathon. I just wasn’t sure of which one. Now that I’ve decided on, and registered for my race, Whidbey Island Marathon on April 14th, it’s time to get down to training.
Road Marathon #3, here we go. 87 days & counting.
I like a program with some structure, but I also like to play around with how I’m feeling, and do workouts that complement my body’s mood, because I feel like listening to your body is more important than doing a specific workout on a specific day.
I guess you could say that I don’t follow a day-to-day plan, but I do follow some general guidelines. You may disagree, which is totally fine, but this is my blog, and what I feel like are the keys to a successful marathon program!