I’ll be honest, this morning was not pretty. I woke up with a headache the size of New York, and I felt really super crummy. The Beast Streak was almost not even started. It was raining outside, my ankle/foot has been iffy, my head hurt, my day was a bit turned upside down to start with. So, I questioned whether I would even get out the door. But, I grabbed the dogs, and forced myself out. You may have noticed, I haven’t been wearing a watch or tracking my kms in the past few months, so I just put the stopwatch on my phone on and off I went. I took my phone to time myself, and grab some photo proof, but I didn’t think it was going to be particularly pretty in my trails. I was wrong.
The last 2 Novembers we’ve rocked a BeastStreak, a running streak for the month of November, 30 days straight of a minimum of 3K a day. It’s a great way to keep moving when the weather turns cold and wet, and by making it into a group challenge, we keep each other accountable, encouraged, and keep moving every single day.
So, with being away for the first 2 weeks of November, I wasn’t able to organize or participate in a run streak, I’ve never really liked December for this sort of thing, because December is BUSY. However, I’ve decided it’s worth doing, and we’ll change up the rules to make it manageable for everyone. In short, let’s do this.
I got spoiled yesterday with a great day, and started off today on the same note. Candice ran and crushed her first 50Miler at TNF SF a few weeks ago, coming in just under 12 hours, while she went into the race scared of cutoffs (14+ hours). Killed it. And she’s going to be writing us a guest post on her experience soon too, so stay tuned. Anyways, she took a couple weeks off running, and this morning was her first time back on trails, and we just went for a little run, checked out where exactly trails and closed and got to catch up properly.
Ahhhhhh I love Vancouver so much, but sometimes it really pisses me off. Mentally I know that we need the rain to feed the rainforests where I love to run, but emotionally, I just hate running in the rain. I posted this picture to my instagram yesterday, with a caption about hating running in the rain, and it started quite the conversation and controversy of running in the rain. It appears that most people love it, or hate it. And I guess I’m in the wrong camp for living in Vancouver.
Anddddd the weather forecasts calls for a rainfall warning this week, so this week is probably going to suck and be really hard for the #beaststreak. Sighhhhh.
Guys, I’ve ran the last 7 days in a row!! Whoa. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I did that. Maybe last November, the last time I did the run streak? I don’t know. It’s seriously crazy to think about it for me, because I’ve felt so injured and so hopeless for really the past year. And even last November when we run streaked, I struggled with my feet. Right now, my feet feel pretty good. A bit sore and tired after runs, yes, but not sore during the runs, which is a major improvement. Majorrrrrrrrrr.
I don’t really have much to say today, and I wouldn’t be blogging if I hadn’t committed to blogging every day in December, but since I have to write, I might as well tell you how I’m feeling, since that’s why I blog in the first place.
I had a coffee/breakfast meeting this am, and I could’ve got up early and ran beforehand, or I could’ve run after before getting to work. I had plans with Cathy and Theo for a stroller run, but I could’ve done a double. Cath had to bail, and it was sunny outside, I could’ve gone for my run as soon as I heard. But, I didn’t. I procrastinated the shit out of today. And when I finally got my shoes and buff on, it was raining. Duh, of course it was raining, that’s what happens when you let the procrastination monster rule your life.
But, here’s the good news, I got out the door, Nikita and I hit the pavement, and we got it done. And once we got out there and moving, despite the rain and cold, and snow turning to slush factor, we went longer than planned, putting another 6K in the bank.
And that my friends is WHY the 2K a day works.
Not today, but from yesterday, Day 3′s run around Burnaby Lake with Jen C.
Yesterday was Day 2 of the #BeastStreak and in actuality, it was Day 4 of my runstreak, since I ran Saturday and Sunday before deciding to do a December streak. It wasn’t easy to get myself out the door, but I asked Nikita if she wanted to go in the woods, and she was gungho, so we (me) decided to head into our local woods for a quick little romp.
Niki navigating the snow covered trails of Robert Burnaby Park.
Running is hard. It’s not a coincidence that many people want to start running and never do, and others attempt to start running, but can’t quite get into a rhythm, or quit after a few runs, saying it’s just too hard, or they aren’t built for running. And there’s the people who run every now and then, when they feel like it, but never train, and never run any long distance. The reason for all of this happening, is that bottom line, running is not easy, it’s really hard.
But thankfully, there’s benefits and there’s rewards to running, like views like this…
As per usual, I have SO much to tell you. But of course I’m a bit like a squirrel “ohhh shiny object!” and then I’m distracted. I’ve been swamped since coming home from Mexico, and of course I planned to blog while I was in Mexico, but I really enjoyed being lazy, and it’s hard to be on a laptop when you’re in paradise. I did a little bit of work everyday, which was fine, but blogging just didn’t happen.
And now, somehow it’s DECEMBER tomorrow. Holy Hannah. So, I’m a bit of a mess if I’m honest. I’m up in weight, I’m completely out of routine, I’m kind of just running whenever I make plans with a friend, and I’m obviously not blogging. All of these things kind of make my life suck a bit. It’s just harder. Weird because being in a routine and in training is technically much harder and much busier, but it just ebbs and flows and it’s just life. It just makes sense, and it just works for me.
But, it’s always easier said then done to get back into the groove. But, I have an ace in my pocket. I already know what works for me, it’s just making that damn commitment. So, for December, I’m making some commitments. And guess what? December starts tomorrow, so here we go, let’s KICK ME IN THE ASS!
Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 1 BCMC, 1 yoga sesh, and a snowshoeing run.
# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 1 – Grind closed, but got up the BCMC once for my December Karma Challenge!
How’s my month been?
December was all about my big race of the year. It was all that mattered this month, getting through the race safely and without injuries, and then recovering the rest of the month. And I’d like to say that I pretty much excelled at these tasks and leaving December, and 2013, I feel pretty darn good.