2500!!

2500!!

So I like running. Shocker, I know.

As of July 13th

As of July 13th

This is pretty cool and it includes TO DATE:

  • 10 Half-Marathons
  • 1 30km Race
  • 1 Marathon
  • And many, MANY training KMs

In January I was at 1000, after being only mildly into running, so I guess 1500 in 7 months is a lot. 7/10 halfs were in this time and both the 30 and full marathon. Yet, it weirdly feels like it wasn't much and that I should have run more.... that's probably just a me thing though? Maybe?

I feel so weird now because I don't have a real RACE for a long time and this is now the actual build up to the Okanagan Marathon, not just maintaining my endurance. 

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This happened too. I started using these ones at 1000 KMs but didn't use them all the time. I've been sole-ly (ha!) using them since the Calgary Marathon after I retired my old faithful runners. SOO then I went and spent far too much on new runners, but honestly it's a pretty solid investment for me. I got some new Saucony Freedoms in the new colour (and a size bigger) as well as a pair of Brooks Glycerine 15s cause I've head great things and they would be better for fall/colder weather running than my Freedoms so I might as well start breaking them in :) 

The rest of July might be a little bit of a break for me, I wouldn't mind at least ATTEMPTING to relax a bit. I'm house sitting more doggos this weekend, so that should help! Plus the heat makes it very hard to run both long/slow and short/fast. So I guess I'll just do what I can and listen to my body. Also, I'm starting to forget what Whiskey and Wine taste like. 

Training has been going VERY well this last little while though and I'm so incredibly happy about it. 5:05/km is now pretty comfortable, even 4:50/km is! I now just have to work on keeping that pace longer. Like, 42.2 km. I've also been really good with strength training. Amanda kicks my ass every time I go to The Athlete Factory and I kick my own ass anytime I go alone. Squats are cool. Cleans are cool. Box jumps are cool. I should probably work on agility training more.

On another note...

How anyone wouldn't know that running is something I love, something I work very hard at, is part of HUGE goals I've made for myself and the source of so much of my mental and physical health, makes no sense to me. Especially if you've read anything on here! I recently had someone imply that I should run less and start doing things THEY wanted me to do, also wondering how long I'm planning on running for. Can you guess how impressed I was? Needless to say, I don't need that in my life. I plan on running until I'm that 99 year old who completes full marathons. Yes I want to have a life, yes I can be flexible and move my schedule around if I want to, but running is my thing, it is very important to me and I WANT to run. Plus, I'm on this love me for me kick right now, so don't try to change me bro!

MEANWHILE I've set some hefty (this is an underrated word, I'm going to use it more) goal for myself for 2018:

  • Many training KMs - easily another 2500
  • 3 Marathons (Vancouver, Okanagan and MAYBE Hamilton or one in the states??)
  • 7 - 10 Half-Marathons
  • A bunch of 10s and 15s most likely
  • AND!!!! 1 ultra-marathon! I've decide to do the 50km for Calgary rather than the 42 because I don't like the course that much and it would be harder to BQ than the other marathons I'm planning to do, so I might as well challenge myself something new! I've thought for a while that I'd like to do an Ultra so this is a good place to start. It would also be a couple weeks after the Vancouver Marathon so it would be good timing!

Maybe a 100km race one day too.

HEY!! ALSO!! I'm running in my first ever trail race, so that will be interesting! Also, very hot. I'm nervous and excited. Fingers crossed I don't trip over a root or rock, or even worse fall into the river -  the trail runs along it. 

Five Peaks - Race Three

Five Peaks - Race Three

Stampede Road Race - Half Marathon

Stampede Road Race - Half Marathon