Solid. I feel solid.

Well, CRAP.  This was supposed to post more than a week ago, but for some reason, it’s still sitting here.  Ah, technology, you jerk.  Anyways, nothing more has changed, I had ANOTHER solid weekend, this past weekend, with the girls.  Did 4 days of running, with 13 ladies, 4 dogs, and covered some 80kms.  BAM!!

So, let’s go back to the original post from last week…

It’s amazing what a few good training days does to a person.  I’ve had back to back SOLID training weekends the last 2 weekends, and I’m riding high.

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December #BeastStreak, Let’s Make It Happen.

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.

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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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Guest Post – Candice & “The Road to Boston”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that when I started running, and started running marathons, I never ever thought that I could run fast enough to qualify for Boston.  It was an unattainable dream for me.  And then you’ll remember that I ran my third marathon in a 3:35:51 on a VERY hard course.  And you’ll remember that I learned the hard way that marathon courses are always long, and even though you have a buffer, when a race measures 42.66, you’re going to be over the time cutoffs.  A 22 minute PR, and yet, a bittersweet and tearful end to the race.  A dream that I never thought was attainable, magically (through hard work and dedication to training) then ripped out of my hands in the last 5 minutes.  It was a tough spring for me,  and my body just can’t handle road marathons the way some people (like Candice) can.

This post isn’t about my journey, because although I was close, there’s no close in Boston.  You either qualify, or you don’t.  And even if you do qualify, you’re not guaranteed to get to actually go and race.  This post is about how Candice, who I am so blessed to have randomly met through Twitter a few years back, not only qualified for Boston last spring, but took a big bite out of her PR, and killed the Run For Water Marathon.

Some might think I’d be bitter over as close friend qualifying right in front of me.  But, surprisingly, all I felt that day was extremely proud, and happy for my friend.  I knew Candice had trained hard, I knew she had pushed herself out of her perceived limits, and I knew she deserved her time.  Yes, tears came to my eyes as I saw her come through the finishing chute, but they weren’t sad tears, they were happy tears, if it couldn’t be me, she’s the next best thing.  And I can’t wait to cheer her on and support her from afar on April 18th.

So, here’s her post, on her “Road to Boston”.

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Sending Our Love to Murph

I think it’s almost as stressful to be a crew member or supporter, as it is to be the actual runner in a race.  I found this out this previous year, with not being able to race, and having to settle for being a head cheerleader or coach to my friends.  It’s edge of your seat exciting to be involved in the race in any way, but there’s so many unknowns that cause you to stress and fret.  Your racer doesn’t come through in the time range discussed your thoughts instantly go to “what’s wrong?” and “what if?”.  Of course it doesn’t help that I’m a passionate person and I get very engrossed in the race and racers.  My trail friends I consider extensions of my family, except I chose them, I wasn’t born into them.

One of my most random trail friendships is that with our local elite runner, Mike Murphy.  I cannot say enough nice things about how amazing of a person Mike is.  He intimidated the crap out of me when I first saw/met him, but it was surprisingly easy to fall into a comfortable rhythm of friendship with has grown over the past few years.

Murph is currently running The Coastal Challenge, a 6 Day, 230km humid as heck race in Costa Rica that covers running from all spectrums – road, beach, jungle, swamps, waterfalls, you name it, they’ve got some of it.

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Above picture – Murph crushing the previous course record.

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RunGo – Dash for Dogs

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know about a cool little charity running event I’m helping out with in February.  My friend Craig is the founder behind the RunGo App, which is an app for your phone that gives you turn by turn directions for your running routes.  Imagine traveling to a city you’ve never been to, but you want to run a local favourite route and NOT get lost?  Plug in your headphones with the RunGo App and it will guide you effortlessly around the area.  Or if you’re planning for a goal race, you can head out and run sections of that race without ever having to worry about checking out a map or writing down directions.

Craig’s inspiration for RunGo came from his dog Dynasty who is a retired Guide Dog.  That why it only makes sense for RunGo to host a charity event with proceeds going to the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Assoc!  And not only is a portion of the proceeds being donated, but every single dollar is donated, and your registration fee actually doubles as a charitable donation.  Oh snap!

So, I encourage you to come out and join us on Saturday February 21st at Stanley Park for the first ever Dash for Dogs!  There will be a 5K, 10K, both guided by the app, (no markers to watch out for!) and a 2K guided walk.  And obviously there will be puppies there, who can resist puppies?!  If you aren’t local or aren’t a runner, you can still donate to this great event.

For more information and to donate – http://dashfordogs.rungoapp.com/

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xoxo

-S

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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January 5th

I can’t write too much.  Short story, we went out for a long run in miserable weather yesterday, and on our way down from deep snow turned into icy slush, I slid out on a rock covered in slush, and came crashing down on my lower back.  First and foremost, I’m OK.  But I’m sore, I’m whiney, and I can’t sit here blogging even though I have lots to say, so let’s go point form.

  • The BeastStreak is actually still alive and kicking.  I thought for sure it would end Dec 31st, but then the 1st is a given for a family run, and well I’ve just kept going.  I’ll admit, today looked like a no-go, but then I got to thinking, and realized that it’s really hard to say no to Day 38 without at least trying.  So, treadmill with a little Bachelor and whopping 2.5kms.
  • My back doesn’t really hurt if I’m still, and walking/running is okkkkk, but any bending over or twisting of my right side, and it’s OWWWWWWW.
  • Jay’s new Go-Pro and stabilizer is RAD.  Trail running adventures with my hubs just got way more fun, and way more stressful.  When you’ve got someone running behind you, filming your every step, trust me, you’re re-thinking the dessert from last night, or the way you’re hunching your shoulders.

A few stills from our Saturday run :

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Monday Runday

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.

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