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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Sometimes, I’m an Idiot.

Most of the time, I pride myself on being a really great body listener.  Up until this wretched foot injury (circa Sept 27/13), I hadn’t been injured for more than a week or 2 at most in years.   Yes of course I had soreness after races or hard workouts, but I was pretty awesome at reeling myself in, resting and being smart about it.  Once in a while I’d make a questionable choice, and most likely I’d end up paying for it, but it was never serious.

Along came this foot injury which has plagued me since that fateful late September morning, almost 1.5 yrs ago.  I lost my routines, my fitness level, my competitive drive, and most importantly, I lost my running mojo.  In efforts to find all of the above, I saw many different experts, specialists, and people who could possibly help me.  It’s very hard to remind yourself that you aren’t who you were before, ie I wasn’t someone who could go out for a 25km, 4 hour run, with no issues afterwards.  On occasion I found myself agreeing to runs and then backing out when I realized just how dumb that idea was.

Unfortunately, I didn’t back out on Sunday, and now I’m paying for it.  Big time.

What I’m not paying for…memories of this gorgeous running!

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Weekend Update

Well, I survived a crazy busy insane weekend!  I’m tired today, a bit sleep deprived, but overall, I’m good, solid, and honestly not any worse for wear, which can definitely happen after a weekend like this one!

Friday the bridal party got together for dinner, drinks, and a chill pre-wedding evening.  Alla apparently didn’t get the memo that she was getting married, and sipped on wine until the wee hours of the morning.  I lasted until a respectable 12:45am before I begged off to go sleep in my own bed.  With the KneeKnacker starting at 6am, I figured I could get to the aid stn at Cypress for Mike’s arrival around 7:15-7:20 and stay for Candice around 8-8:20 and see everyone in between them before having to rush back to get my hair & makeup done at just after 9am.  Tighhhhhhhhht timing, right?

Well, makes it even worse that Friday night we had discussed not having to have clean hair, and then finding out Saturday morning that I needed it to be clean.  Shiiiiiiiit.

But, spoiler, it all worked out, and it was the perfect day!  Congrats again to Mr & Mrs Noullett!

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Here’s how the day went, from ultra cheering to wedding party…

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Month of August – Training Recap

Whooops!  Totally missed my August recap.  Been so busy these past few weeks, it slipped between the cracks.

Total Road KMs : 13 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~172.5 kms

KMs raced during August : 94kms

Total KMs this month : 185.5 kms

Total KM’s this year : 1762 kms

Hours running :  28 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : Hmm…2 hours of Grinding is all I’ve got…

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 2

How’s my month been?

Very similar to July, August was a crap shoot.  3 races, and a lot of recovery was basically the theme of the month.  I didn’t hit my goal of 200 kms per month every month in 2013 this month, but I did race close to 100 kms, and that has to count for something.  Anyways, let’s break it down.

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Month of July – Training Recap

July, July, July.

Total Road KMs : 26.5 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~177 kms

Total KMs this month : 203.5 kms

Total KM’s this year : 1576.5 kms

Hours running :  27 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : Hmm…3 hours of Grinding is all I’ve got…

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 3

How’s my month been?

Gosh. July has been a roller coaster of a month.  There is no other way to explain it.  It’s been a struggle all around, but particularly because I didn’t want to or expect to go into KneeKnacker with an injury and a head cold (obviously), and it really affected me leading up to, on race day, and in my recovery after as well.  BUT, we’re on the upswing heading into August, and I’m feeling positive.

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I’m not complaining, but…

I will NEVER ever complain about the amazing weather us Vancouverites have been spoiled with this past month, but I will say that I just really feel like I need a day of pissing rain, where I can curl up on my couch, and just nap, watch TV, and recharge my batteries, and not feel like I need to be outside and enjoying the sunshine!

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I feel like I’m still not 100% recovered from anything really – my ankle rolling, my terrible head cold, or the KneeKnacker.  I’m a tired beast.

ZzzzzZZZzzz…

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KneeKnacker – the forgotten bits & pieces

In trying to get my race recap up in a timely fashion (who am I kidding, I’m slower than slow when it comes to writing about my big races!) I might’ve missed a few things, like my splits, my gear, some of my running “strategies”, and some of the TMI topics as well!

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So, this is the KneeKnacker 2013 lost & found of my full length race recap.

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KneeKnacker – Race Recap

I honestly don’t know where to start when it comes to Saturday’s KneeKnacker ultramarathon.  Part of me is still in disbelief that I actually gutted it out and finished, and part of me is chomping at the bit to register and run it in 2014 with *hopefully* no injuries and no stupid head colds.

I’m conflicted as to how to write this recap, as I’m conflicted as to how my day went out there.  It was the hardest race I’ve even run, physically.  But mentally, I had a pretty good day.

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Anyways, I guess I’ll just tell you how my day went, and let you take from it what you do.

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KneeKnacker – short & sweet

My 13th race of the year, on the 13th of July was the famous KneeKnacker 30 miler from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.

It’s going to take me a couple days to write my race report, but I will give you the cliff notes, as well as some links to check out in the meantime!

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  1. As you know, I went into the race not 100% due to a slight injury to my lower left leg/ankle, and having a head cold the week of the race.
  2. My ankle/calf after being taped by my physio held up perfectly (say what?!)
  3. I had problems with feeling nauseous (why does this word never look like it’s spelled right?), had issues with my inner thighs seizing, had little rocks get stuck in my shoes creating huge toe blisters, and I had troubles with breathing – getting my full capacity of breath with the buildup of phlegm from the head cold combined with running for that long.  (Is this enough problems???)
  4. My mental game was spot on.  Not only was I able to turn my race around after the first ~2:45 hours were pretty miserable, but I was also able to help a friend in a low place get back in the race and finish strong.  I’m super proud of how I dealt with all my struggles leading into and on race day.
  5. I have the best friends and family a girl could ask for.  Knowing I had people waiting for me, cheering for me, helped me keep moving forward and helped me focus on the positives.
  6. The KneeKnacker is a fricken HARD race.  Rewarding?  Obviously, but very, very difficult.  Not to be taken lightly, but definitely something to put on the bucket list and train for.
  7. My body hates me right now.  I don’t think the ankle/leg is any worse at all, but it’s actually hard to tell what’s hurt, since everything is sore right now.

My Official Stats : 7:31:50 – 19/33 females 1-39, 34/77 overall females, 133rd overall out of 244 finishers

  • Full results can be found here.
  • There’s tons of interesting info, stats, and photo’s linked on the KneeKnacker website.
  • 2nd place finisher, new masters course record holder, 3rd fastest time EVER, and friend, Mr. Mike Murphy already has his race recap up, which can be found here.
  • Jay’s photos (mostly of me, but also of friends – yes you Terry!) have all been uploaded to Facebook, and I made the album public, so they can all be seen here.

Full recap to come!  It’ll be a long one, but a good one, I promise!

xoxo

-S