Reality Check, T-Minus 1 Month

Signed onto Facebook this morning, and pretty much the very first thing I see…”1 month till KneeKnacker!”

Uhhhhhhh…SAY WHAT?!

Well, shit.  I didn’t realize that it was that soon.  It’s really hard to grasp that it’s almost mid-June already.  I feel like this entire 2015 has just flown by.  Especially since the beginning of March.  It’s just nuts.  And the biggest issue I have is that it’s super easy to just do the day-to-day stuff, and before you know it, a week has gone by and you’ve accomplished nothing really.  Or you have so many grand plans for the upcoming weeks or months, but without a plan, a serious, detailed plan, it’s super easy to blink and those weeks have passed already and your to-do list is still just a list because you haven’t moved forward step-by-step.

Which brings us to where I’m at with KneeKnacker.  It’s just a month away and while I had grand plans for this year’s training, I feel like I’ve lost a ton of time and only accomplish so much…

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Well, that’s not super true.  I’m a bit conflicted.  Half of me thinks that I’ve done a great job the last 4-6 weeks of building a base and getting my running on the road back to where I was 2 years ago.  But the other half of me feels like “I need another 3 months to be ready!!!”

I agree with both of these sides.

My month of May was pretty rad for my training all around.  I ended up clocking 337 kms, 68 hours of running, and that included 1 bucket list adventure up to Swan Falls & Mount Beautiful, a Hanes Valley loop with the Erik the Red connector, a 10 km road race, an 18 km trail race of Survival of the Fittest in Squamish, and working the BMO Vancouver Marathon, and race directing the 5 Peaks Golden Ears.  BUSY MAY.  But, really, a super awesome month of May.

Here’s some of my favourite photos from May…

Cathy running with Theo around Rice Lake – The Bob stroller works great for those “easier” trails!

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Mom and I flagging the 5 Peaks Golden Ears course:

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The day after Golden Ears, Mom and I run a Mother’s Day 10K around Stanley Park:

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Candice’s congratulatory dinner at the Hart House restaurant:

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Orientation run up at Alice Lake with all these bright smiley faces:

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Mom and Dad testing out the Alice Lake course:

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Huge group from We Run Mas out for the Swan Falls & Mount Beautiful day:

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Took Mom up the Diez Vistas trail to cross this route off her bucket list:

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Jay and I went for a solo Hanes Valley loop, and realized after it was our longest run just the 2 of us!  Perks of having my husband training for the same race as me!

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And then we took matching husband and wife course records on one of our favourite downhill trails, Seventh Secret on Fromme.  Fun!

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Wow.  Ok, I’ve changed my tune a bit after seeing all these pictures.  It’s been a super busy May, but I’ve seriously accomplished a ton.  Reminiscing over the adventures and the kms I ran during May, I feel way more confident then I did reading that post this morning, and when I starting writing this post.

Sure, I’m not where I was 2 years ago, but I’m leaps and bounds past and improved from where I was last year at this time.  You’ll remember that May 2014 was my last ultra, Sun Mountain 50K (the one I should’ve DNS’d but ran the whole thing with Dave and cried lots and took 8 weeks off running, that turned into way longer).  So, YEA, leaps and bounds above last year.

It’s really not fair to compare myself to 2 years ago.  It’s just too long ago, and just not productive.  I’m not going to get anywhere by comparing and getting upset, it’s dumb.  So, I’ll focus on where I am, RIGHT NOW.

Right now, my competitiveness is missing, and my base is nowhere near as strong and wide as it’s been in the past, but I’m not starting from step 1, I’m not in a terrrrrrrrrible position.  Really, I’m setting myself up for a successful first ultra back.  Not the ultra I wanted to race and crush my KneeKnacker 2013 time, but you know what?  When I look at pictures like these above, I feel pretty damn good about where I am.

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention that when I first started thinking about getting back into a training program and plan, I reached out to my good friend and local elite runner, Mike Murphy.  I’ve talked about Mike many times on my blog, as he’s a great friend of mine, and mentor to me as well.  I’ll never be able to race like Murph, but I do see some similarities in us, and as the current 2014 winner of the KneeKnacker, and 2nd fastest overall time on the course ever, well, I’d be an idiot not to listen to him.

Murph has been crucial in this past month of training, and I really do feel like I’ve been able to do everything I’ve done because of his advice and wisdom, and that I’m so lucky and so thankful to have his support.  So thankful that I even got up and met him on the North Shore for a 6:30am hills workout one weekday am!  And….we even smiled afterwards.

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How was your May?  What are you training for and how do you feel about it?



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One Response to Reality Check, T-Minus 1 Month

  1. Cathy says:

    I like this ‘self pep talk.’ Much more productive to focus on what you HAVE done and set realistic goals. I hear you on the smaller base, feeling like your legs don’t have the same ‘amp’ as they did previously. It’s frustrating, but that’s life: ebb and flow. And, you have ran a lot in May-KK here you come!

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