Fitness Friday: Summer Shredding Workout Recap 4.

What’s up peeps! (<- side note: this is how I start most of my work emails… how am I not an executive or some shit yet?) I didn’t really think about the fact that I was running a half marathon this weekend, like really think about it. I knew I was travelling to BC and all, and I knew I had signed up but it didn’t really sink in and now I’M FREAKING OUT.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not PR’ing or anything, I don’t even know if I’ll try and run fast or if I’ll get a solid two hours in of my audiobook, but there’s something so formal about a race that makes me so nervous. In the end, I’m running around Stanley Park with thousands of other people, chasing down the hottest runner dudes, and thinking about what kind of Vancouver-hipster-kale-smoothie will be waiting for me at the finish line, so it’ll be fun no matter what!

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Did I train hard specifically to run this race? No.

BUT, Did I run a few times a week for the months prior to the race? Yes.

Did I work my long runs up to 13 miles every weekend? Yes.

Do I feel like I’m going to crush this race? No.

I have been able to balance 3-4 runs a week, two spin classes each week, and 5 days of strength training without injury *knocks on wood* and I feel pretty good about that. I’m super excited to be running another half marathon because that is my favourite distance for a race. It’s not too far that you are close to death by the end, but far enough that it is a challenge for the average runner. Also, half marathon training doesn’t take over like like marathon training does. As my friend Brett says, “people can roll out of bed and run a half marathon.”

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I don’t even have a time goal in my head for this race! What kind of runner am I?! It should be fun, nerves aside, and I can’t wait to get some half marathon pavement time in Vancouver! Here is a look at my training from the last week, the final “taper” week heading into this half marathon!

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As soon as I landed in Vancouver, I booked it to the skytrain to head downtown. The benefits of carry-on luggage = quick airport getaway times! I reached the AirBnb apartment I was staying downtown by about 4pm, settled in with my roommate-for-the-weekend, and then quickly changed into running clothes and hit the SeaWall. It was a humid and warm run but felt AMAZING. I did just over 5 miles at about 8:52 min/mile, then headed straight to the marathon expo because I was looking to run into Kaella! I found her at the final part of the expo and then joined her, her mom, and her adorable toddler London for dinner at Cactus club. Blogger friends are the best!

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It was a great evening and a perfect way to spend my first night in Vancouver. I got home around 9pm (after grabbing some fruit and yogurt for the morning at a nearby grocery store) and was wiped! That 80 minute flight from Edmonton to Vancouver, I tell ya it takes a lot outta ya. πŸ˜‰ I am planning a short lifting session this morning and one short shake-out run tomorrow. Despite being nervous, I know it’ll be a fun race so let’s do this!

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8 Comments

  1. I think you’re going t rock this race – you definitely have the running, cardio and strength to back you up! Haha, I find 80 minute flights can still take a lot out of you – I blame it on the altitude changes πŸ˜‰ Good luck this weekend!

    1. Me too, I am always WIPED after flights.. no matter how short. Also, I feel the need to shower after flights too… weird?!

  2. Hi!

    This is going to sound super random, but I was in downtown Van for an interview and I was walking up Howe st and I either saw you or someone who looks a lot like you. I didn’t say hello just in case it was a random, but hello! and good look at the half! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m not sure how you’re not an executive at work, but you’re most definitely an executive status in my life.

    I love your attitude to this race – that’s how I basically go into most races. Zero f**ks. Of course I put in effort, but if I can TELL I’m not going to be Usain Bolt, I just chill out, enjoy the scenery and not worry about trying to accomplish it in a certain time.

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