2017 until now
K so I've ran a lot in 2017.
Like, A LOT.
I started prepping for my first Marathon (2017 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon) on January 1st. I kinda just created my own training schedule and based it loosely on a lot I found online. I typically run Monday (8-10 km), Wednesday (8-15 km), Thursday (8-15 km) and then there's my long runs on Saturday or Sunday which is anywhere from 15 to 40 km. This plan worked well for me with my work and life schedule, but I also kept it very flexible and would move runs around if i needed to but would always shoot for a weekly goal. I should mention that a good trick to be able to balance running with life is to not have much of a life at all haha.
My Nike APP tells me:
- January - 16 runs - 5:33/km average - 175.1 km in total
- February - 17 runs - 5:37/km average - 224.4 km in total
- March - 17 runs - 5:35/km average - 242.4 km in total
- April - 17 runs - 5:28/km average - 218.6 km in total
In that time I also ran in 4 races:
HYPOTHERMIC HALF MARATHON - CALGARY - Feb. 11, 2017 - Chip Time 1:53:11, overall placed 95/478, 24/270 female and 6/45 for my division. First race of the year! It started and ended at Fort Calgary and ran along the south side of river, crossed at Crowchild and turned around at 29th. Luckily it was only -4 and the trail was pretty bare except for a few icy places. I was really stoked to see what my race legs were like this early in the season and was super happy about my time. I'd probably do this again but I could see it being a bad run depending on the weather.
RUN FOR L'ARCHE BY ROGERS INSURANCE - CALGARY - Mar. 25, 2017 - Chip Time 1:55:12, overall placed 99/155, 39/76 female and 6/12 for my division. This was not a good race and I wasn't very happy about it. It started and ended at Eau Claire and ran along the river. I really don't like making excuses but I would have loved to get a better time than the Hypothermic Half. I was really sick during this and the weather went from really cold to warm really quick (classic Calgary), so I had to stop and take off my jacket, then tried to make up for lost time and ended up getting crazy chest pains and had to walk. I've never walked in a half marathon before! Even though I wasn't very happy with this race I did learn something: don't be so damn hard on yourself! Not every race will be a great race, but you just pick yourself up and move on to the next one!
BE THERE RACES SPRING TRIO 15KM - CALGARY - April 23, 2017 - Chip Time 1:15:30, overall placed 17/89, 3/46 female and 1/6 for my division. It started and ended at St. Patrick's Island and ran along the north side of the river and turned around around Kensignton. Kailey ran in the 10 km and Allan ran in his first 5 km race (super proud of him for this!!). I WON MY DIVISION! This was a great race and I felt really good, killed my there and back splits and had a lot of fun. I was running shoulder to shoulder with a guy most of the way and at the end we both sprinted to the finish, he pulled ahead but it was cool to see how much juice my legs had left in them. I went into this race will the full expectation of racing it - mainly because it's a 15 so I might as well make it harder for myself!
EYEBALL THE WALL 30 KM - CALGARY - April 29, 2017 - Chip Time 2:43:39, overall placed 67/209, 18/133 Female (no division stats given). This was my longest race so far and it was awesome! This race is around the reservoir X2. It does have a 15 km option which Kailey ran and did awesome in! I was pacing some Iron Man athletes the whole time which was really cool, we kept taking turns passing each other and if one of us slowed down we motivated them to keep going. My legs felt great and I really felt like I crushed the hills. I'll definitely make this race an annual thing.