20 days down, 10 to go

In 2013 I embarked on a run streak of 3km everyday for 30 days. I have since tried many a time to repeat this feat only to drop after about a week. The closest I’ve come is 20 days in a row….

This year Capra a local running store in Squamish offerred the Capra 30/30 which is 30 minutes of running everyday. It can be fast , slow, inside , outside, trail , road you name it. You just have to run.

I’m now on day 20 and I must say…i’m feeling quite confident this time that I can finish strong.

Day 1

I ran after work. I made a lovely snapchat monologue about it. It wasn’t great but it was a solid start to the challenge.

Day 2

This was the start of lunch runs. I am now finally in a fortunate position that I get a full hour for my lunch so I decided to start using it properly. I also work not too far from the seawall so this helped a lot as well.

Day 3

Hill Repeats. A love hate relationship. It’s perfect for this challenge since you essentially just aim to do as many repeats as you can in a short amount of time..but they are hard as heck especially by yourself.

Day 4

I went for a run around my neighbourhood. Nothing very exciting.

Day 5

Jeremy (Mr Tall) joined me a run along the dyke in Ladner. He even indulged me with some mid run selfies with a stunning sunset.

Day 6

Another lunch run

Day 7

I did hill repeats but had to modify them slightly, either way I got my run done!

Day 8

Treadmill Intervals. Pretty straightforward. I put something to watch on my phone which was nice too.

Day 9

More of the same. I’m trying hard with this challenge to mix up my runs as best I can.

Day 10

Ran outside in the beautiful cold sunshine. Vancouver really is quite beautiful some days.

Day 11

Intervals and a shakeout run. Didn’t wanna push it too hard as the next day is a race…!

Day 12

Fall Classic 5k. It was wet , cold but a fun day overall!

Day 13

My body definitely was a little sore and tired after sunday but still managed to get out there with Mr Tall by my side < 3

Day 14

I opted for the treadmill since I needed a break from the wind and rain…and I was glad I did just that.

Day 15

The Halfway mark! Intervals on the treadmill heck yeah!

Day 16

I titled this run a shuffle since that’s what it felt like as I was lapping around the track but it got done!

Day 17

More treadmill fun times. Thank goodness for entertaining videos whilst I run!

Day 18

A saturday in which I could run in the daylight. I ran to Deer Lake and back and was pretty content. I definitely felt a lot better post run mentally.

Day 19

Ran my minimum 30 minutes in torrential rain. My legs took awhile to warm up despite a scalding hot shower.

Day 20

Treadmill antics again. Aimed for sprint intervals but found myself running out of breathe.

With 10 days left I feel confident with planning that I will complete 30 days in a row..oh and i’m looking at another run streak challenge as I’m trying to hit a certain mileage mark by the end of 2017…which is right around the corner!

Hope you’re having a great monday !

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World Mental Health Day

I have shared on here that running has saved my life. It really has. Running my first half marathon was an action that eventually lead to me heading to Therapy before my 21st birthday.  I was running 4 days a week in school had a boyfriend and still found that I couldn’t go more then 24 hours without sobbing I began missing classes…it wasn’t great.

In 2014 I wrote to Anxiety BC sharing my story of how CBT helped me. Below is the 2nd place winning entry.

In the spring of 2013 I reached a breaking point with my mental health. Normally I was able to keep my emotions in check but as the semester progressed I found myself struggling to choke back tears and find the strength to attend class. I was putting on a brave face more than I would like to admit. When someone asked if I was wrong I would just blame school or some other activity in my life. The word anxiety was far from my thoughts. Finally my parents sat me down and suggested that maybe the time had come to speak to someone professional about my issues. So I then went to therapy. I recall the first day we met. I shook his hand and sat in the chair. He handed his business card, to which I responded “Seriously…that’s your name? How on earth do you pronounce that? ”I’d write it for you now but it’s a challenge to spell. I spent the first month dreading appointments, because all I did was cry. I even looked for excuses not to go. I found myself overwhelmed by anxiety and depression and thinking “I am too young to see a Psychologist”. I told my therapist as such and he simply asked “What makes you believe that?” I told him I don’t know but I’m only 20 , I don’t think I’ve lived long enough or gone through enough life experience to seek professional help. He then proceeded to ask if there was any evidence proving that I hadn’t experienced enough of life as well what made me decide that I was “too young”. It was these questions that assisted me in my regular use of CBT.I can recall the face, complete with eye roll I made when my therapist first explained the term and how it worked. “Seriously this is going to help?”My psychologist asked me to purchase the Stress and Anxiety Workbook. It would take roughly 6 months for me to get into the consistent habit of CBT .I eventually began to notice improvements within that time. Sometimes I would write the word breathe on my wrist as focus point which assisted when I was experiencing an anxiety attack This is now permanently tattooed on my wrist, a permanent CBT strategy ! It’s been almost 2 years since my first appointment and although I’m still working through a few issues with my anxiety such as driving, my life has improved dramatically. I don’t cry nearly as often, my interest in school and other activities has improved. I’ve even managed to run 7 half marathons! Running also works well with CBT for those who are curious. I’m not an expert but it continues to have a positive impact on all aspects of my life.

Ultimately I’m sharing this today with the highlight of running. Yesterday marked 5 years since my first 10k and it’s simply crazy how much has changed since that Thanksgiving. Mostly good changes of course but still!

I wonder what it’ll be like 10 years from now…I look forward to that day.

 

5 years ago …(A story I’ve been meaning to share)

This story talks about surgery and my personal choice in undergoing the procedure. Like all things in life we make choices that work for us. I am not giving advice but simply sharing my story and the impact the surgery has had on my life to date. 

First off I’d like to apologise for how quiet I’ve been. Seawheeze training was going well then Strep throat..then Iceland…Seawheeze happened! It was hot and the haze did lift and I ran walked to my hearts content and despite it all I had quite an amazing weekend with this event. So maybe the PR is still in the works(Life allowing looks like this fall I can stop worrying about job hunting!)..but Timehop reminded me of something very important this past month.

5 years ago in August my life changed one evening.

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Let’s start from the beginning. I’ve always wanted to tell this story but wasn’t totally sure if I was ready to share it online because as we ALL KNOW once it’s on the internet..it’s there forever.

5 years ago I made one of the toughest decisions of my life. I underwent breast reduction surgery.

“Melissa…you’re 25…you had this surgery when you were 20? that can’t be right!”

Yes I was and Yes I am.

In high school I was not known as an active child. I played sports sure but there wasn’t a strong connection to athleticism. I had low marks in PE up until high school when the majority of your mark was showing up with gym clothes and trying. I did always make an effort and I can still see myself running around the track with two sports bra asking myself “When? When will this end?”

I developed rather early. Between the summer of grade 5 and grade 6 my feet grew 3 shoe sizes and my chest appeared. I was the girl that came back to school..looking a little different. I always had a more developed chest to say the least. As I got older activity got harder. I am 5’5 and a half (a well known fact since it’s the reason I’m dating Mr Tall) I have been this height for quite sometime so despite the rest of me growing I didn’t get any taller as some girls do at this time. (I’m sure you can see where this is going..). I did maintain sport. But it wasn’t without challenges. I have distinct memories of running laps in gym with two sports bras and still feel uncomfortable.

Anyways…I remember my first jamboree 10 years ago and getting frustrated with how I looked because no matter what I did I always had cleavage in my tank top. So before anything else really began ..I was already unhappy with my looks. Sure I liked looking older because of my body but I didn’t always want the attention. I still remember grad dress shopping and getting upset when I couldn’t wear certain styles.

Time passed..I seemed to get bigger. At my biggest bra size I was a 34G. Now keep in mind EVERY BRA place has different sizing. But at the end of the day my band size was small and my cup size not. And given my height…there wasn’t a lot of room for the weight to shift…I began to realise how uncomfortable I felt. Bra straps cutting into me…headaches, neck pain and over all discomfort.

High school ended, boyfriends changed. It didn’t seem to bother me for awhile…until I finally went to my doctor and said enough is enough. I told myself I could just..hold out. Maybe wait till later in life. But I knew that if I didn’t do something soon it was only going to get worse. I could feel my posture being affected even just as I was sitting in class. However there was the fear..the fear that once this changed no boy would ever like me again….because I truly felt this was THE MOST attractive part of my body. Not even red lipstick would help if I didn’t have a big chest.

At the time the current boyfriend was extremely understanding when it came time for surgery. Fun fact  it’s a cosmetic surgery so there is a wait list but you only pay for the bra afterwards and prescription medication. (Which by the way at time was all together under $100 dollars!)  I had seen a doctor to discuss my options take some photos and then wait. Eventually after a few months of waiting I received a call in February 2012 saying a slot had opened . June 11th 2012 I went in for an 8am surgery. I was crying. I dislike tubes in my arm and this was my first major surgery of any kind. Barring my wisdom teeth removal (the dentist gives me more anxiety then driving !)

“We still want to get the surgery..?” Asked the doctor. 

I nodded with my lips pouting and my eyes red from crying. My mother chimed in saying I was very nervous about the IV being put into my arm. Dr Reid politely asked if he could draw on me. But before he did he asked me “So what size are you thinking?” I shrugged. I really didn’t know. “…C ? D cup. Let’s do D cup you’re young and will make them look proportioned ” This comment to this day still makes me smile and giggle.

A few hours later I woke up very disoriented. Healing time is between 3-8 weeks. You aren’t allowed to lift anything heavy and you can’t wear any bras with underwire for at least 6 weeks…(Wooo sportsbras) Work at the time was challenging as I was on the trams at Grouse so no door opening for me. But even in that time…I noticed a change.

All my shirts fit better. I could buy smaller cheaper bras (Hello bay clearance section!) and most of all I felt better. Not to mention gravity wasn’t being so cruel. Let’s just say I finally have the body of someone in her mid twenties!

One night Tristan suggested I come to the track and try running. I threw on what running clothes I had and took the track and started. It was amazing…! I barely felt any bounce! I got too excited ! I sprinted! and then spent the next 5 minutes dry heaving.

From that moment on..everything changed. Running became an outlet for me. It helped me diagnose my depression and anxiety it’s been a pretty consistent thing in my life these past 5 years. I can’t believe it’s been that long since my surgery and since that night at the track. It feels like 2 seconds have passed since that evening.

If you had told me 5 years ago I would run a half marathon (let alone 10!) I would have called you crazy and started laughing hysterically. I didn’t know that I could addicted to such a fun sport. Heck even now Mr Tall is my running partner and we’re gearing up for another Seattle road trip for the Blerch. I love chasing him and he makes a great running partner.

Although the surgery altered my appearance it also helped alter my mindset. I have pretty low self esteem on a good day but the minute I let go of my chest being my only attractive quality…things got a little better. I still have work to do when it comes to my body and how I speak to it..but this surgery played a huge part.

Even this past year I’ve gotten stronger and during a camping trip in Iceland in which I summited some interesting hikes. Last moot in 2013 I wasn’t as confident in my athletic abilities and I had been running for a year.

I’d like to say surgery isn’t for every one. But it’s definitely an option. I had been warned that the weight might come back but I for one..consider it to be the BEST decision I ever made. I sometimes wonder late at night..what would have happened had I not had the surgery since it ultimately was a catalyst for a lot of events.

It lead me to running, which lead to a job at Running Room, then a job at Forerunners, then eventually a trip to Ireland….a lot of free shoes and friends , travel to Banff , Blerch the list goes on really. 

I am finding my fitness is going through a major shift right now and although it’s only September 1st, I look forward to the fall. Autumn is such a great time of year to run.

But for now I will try and enjoy the sunshine and heat while Vancouver still has it.

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Day 6/100 (1st Run of 2017)

For a few days I’ve been saying “I should run” over and over again in my head. Today I finally did.

It was short 30 minutes (well 27 minutes followed my 3 minutes of stretching because my hip flexors are tight too much sitting!) but it’s done and it’s the beginning of being my happy running self again.

It’s also a painful reminder to please shovel your sidewalks. I wore my New Balance Summit shoes which although they are trail shoes they are rigid and have better grip then the saucony guide’s that I am currently sporting.

It was hard. I felt out of breathe and found myself wanting to go faster but just couldn’t . But I didn’t feel sore , my shoes were great and I didn’t fall. So I’d call that a success. Not to mention Bluetooth headphones are amazing and if you are debating buying a pair I highly suggest you do so asap. Talk about freedom! #nomoretangling

I feel good. Tired but good . My mood was instantly lifted post run and it’s a very important reminder as to why I run in the first place. Also the snow managed to hold off so although it was cold it was cloudy and not too windy

Tomorrow?

It’s my first saturday off in 2017 who knew I’d get so lucky in the new year?

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The Race to Kinvara

And so begins my recollection of my adventure in Ireland. I kept meaning to post this sooner but I kept having thoughts of OOO I forgot that…so here is my summary!

 

I packed the night before   and was given a lift to the airport by my gracious parents. (love you Boo Mum and Dad) I had attempted to pack everything in a carry on but ended up checking in luggage . I got through security quite quick and proceeded to acquire a starbucks dinner/lunch as I knew I would not be fed on this flight. The joys of flying within Canada

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The first flight was shorter or at least i felt short for 4 hours, I proceeded to race to the bathroom and then attempt to find my second gate. I quickly began recognising people as they were rocking the Kit shirts we all received in the mail. They were a lovely poly cotton and super comfy for travel! I met Jenny who was not only on my team but was my roomie for the duration of the trip!

The second flight? was pretty glorious for me I had a WHOLE row to myself. So I took all 3 pillows, john bear and two blankets and made myself a little bed. I managed to get a few hours of sleep and was also surprised by how short the flight was…..I always forget that flying from the centre of the universe is quicker then Vancouver.

We arrived 10:40 local time and proceeded to customers. the Response “wow that’s a short trip” “Yes I am aware” was funny…but also quite old as everyone had been making that joke when I had first mentioned the trip.

I got my luggage right away (others did not) and we proceeded to head to the bus! We all received our kits. This is where I felt like an Olympic athlete. All of the gear was in my size and put together for us! I loved the yellow colour . In particular my favourite item is the jacket .I felt so beautiful as I tried the gear on. We then got settled freshened up and then had a delicious late lunch

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A few of us then wandered into Dublin. We came across a running store and hit a pub. I forget that when you order a cider…they really mean a BIG glass of cider….at this point I hadn’t really slept so I was probably pushing almost 20 hours of being awake despite my sleeping on the plane.

After some more wandering and photos we then proceeded to the Guinness storehouse tour. You may not know this internet but I am in fact allergic to beer! But this was now my second time in Dublin and dammit I was going to try some! Luckily as part of the tour..you get a small taster glass in which you are given specific instructions on how to properly drink Guinness. Word to the wise Guinness is a very dark beer and is essentially a meal. So I couldn’t even finish the taster…but I can see the appeal (and had no major skin reaction..I know It’s really sexy isn’t it) and proceeded to share my remaining taster with Trey from the states…who was really stoked. We became besties after that.

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I will say the Guinness tour is really fun even if you aren’t into the beer since you learn all about the advertising the company has done and the history on how it’s made. Not to mention the amazing 360 view at the end from over top of the city!

 

With that we were rushed off to our fancy dinner..where Team Canada White would begin to plot our legs of the race. So at this point my mileage was quite low so I opted to run 2 shorter legs which worked out well since some of my teammates only wanted to run once! We were strategic in picking because we all agreed at the end of the day we wanted to enjoy the race.

The food was delicious, we all got a beer stein glass (I gave mine to Mr Tall!) and proceeded to get to know each other as well as our driver Paul.

DAY 1

I got up at 530am. I am a morning person internet. But anything before 6am I considering quite gross. I proceeded to apply all the body glide and then perfect my lipstick as Jenny and I geared up to check out and eat. Breakfast at the hotel was perfect. Lots of variety and loads of time before the race started. We checked out and then procceeded to our shuttles….when I say shuttles I mean then :

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There were tables and proper seats. There was food and drinks and CUPCAKES. I could not believe this was all for us. OH and wifi because tweeting is important. Least in my world anyway . We drove to the start took photos and then geared for the first runners to leave. I kept finding myself just shaking my head. We hadn’t even started running it and I couldn’t believe my surroundings.

I agreed to run twice that day on the shorter distances. I ran 3rd after Shelby who is a wicked amazing trail runner and just seemed to breeze past the other runners on some serious hills. I waited at the transition zone. My nerves started to hit me. Next thing I knew Shelby was coming around the corner with the wristband . I initially ran the wrong way but then got back on track and started my trek. There were some seriously steep hills but I kept pushing myself along. I found myself in awe of how many sheep there are ….like whose taking care of all these sheep?

Next thing I know I see Marc come up beside me…he ran everyone in all day. What a guy. He was such an encouragement because I found the last hill quite taxing…but turns out I ran my fastest 5k in quite sometime. Given everything…I was so shocked..and I had major runners high going on.

We did have some slip ups. Shelby got lost on his 2nd leg and we lost some time with it. And poor Alex was having some stomach issues. But my god what an amazing support system this team was.  Oh and 3 of my team mates jumped into a river…so that’s the thing! We had so much fun as each of us took turns running. Shannon was definitely the mum of our team and is my inspiration of what I hope to be running like as I get older. Seriously shes a beast.

Jenny and I also bonded a lot! She was an excellent roommate and I could not have lucked out better with her. So cheers to her for being such a great buddy!

Marc ran everyone in as I mentioned. Tyler was such a great captain and sprinter. I don’t think I can speak highly enough of my teammates. As well our driver and motorcycle driver.

The 2nd leg was quite flat. I felt stiffer just from sitting in the van but again I found a good stride and pace. I was alone at one point running alongside a river and just enjoying the quiet. Strange thought but my usual running places are quite crowded so it was nice to enjoy the serenity of the run.

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Also life goal achieved. I made it onto the Saucony snapchat story TWICE.

After my 2nd leg I enjoyed this cupcake and we finished in Kilkenny. We got massages drinks….i felt so pampered! (Also slightly in pain as you can see in this photo….)

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We enjoyed an amazing dinner at our hotel and went around all the tables and talked about the highlights of our day. I went to bed that night after some drinks and relaxation .

DAY 2

Another early wake up call. But before we ran we played Tourist! I finally can say I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher and my god are they stunning. Even the drive there seemed beautiful. About 10 minutes of taking photos the rain started to roll in a bit…but Ireland in July is quite mild .

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We then began our start from Doolin. Today I would be running the very last stage of the race. Meaning I had to wait all day but I was ok with that! The landscape on this run was quite different compared to the countryside the day prior. We were right by the ocean..and the sun was out!

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We cheered . We laughed. And then it came time to my run. I was running in not quite a back alley but that’s what it felt like…and eventually I made it on to a main road (don’t worry people were directing traffic)

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I honestly found myself getting nervous every time cars came by simply because I was seeing them on the other side of the road. I came down a slight hill and there was my team! We had a Canada flag and all sorts of stuff alongside our team sign. Tyler made it clear that we crossed as a team ! Marc even ran in cowboy boots. I’d like to give a special shout out to Alex who was an excellent cheerleader as I found myself wanting to slow down but I was so close to the finish.

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We then could see the finish line, we linked arms and crossed together. I could have cried and just about did. Massages drinks. We were done. The race was over.

Next thing you know we head to our hotel get changed and we head out to a traditional Irish dinner at bunratty castle which I would 100% recommend.  The food was excellent the dancing and singing were amazing and the staff just a riot to interact with. Everyone got finishers medal and the winners got plaques !

Some of my team partied. Some of us didn’t. But all of us toasted at dinner to our success and how much fun we had ! Also I believe almost every single person asked me in some variation “So do you just like live in red lipstick…because you had it on this entire time?” I was also asked on how I manage to keep it on so cleanly post run . What can I say? I like to run pretty!

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I woke up the next day, finished packing and we then bussed back to the Dublin Airport. Shawn made for an excellent bus buddy as I attempted to nap on his shoulder. I honestly felt like a sponsored athlete as I walked through the Airport in all my saucony gear.  The flights home were decent and my parents were there waiting for me as I waited for my bags.

REFLECTION

It’s been almost a month since the trip…and honestly it still doesn’t feel real. I have a lucky penny charm on my Pandora bracelet because I honestly had a lot of luck on my side going into this trip. 2016 has been an odd year and it really felt like things weren’t going my way. I met so many interesting people. I felt like the biggest nerd talking about running non stop but that’s why we all work in running retail. Because we have a passion and maybe even an obsession with the sport. Running enriches my life in so many ways and this trip is just one more reason. Not many people can say I’ve run across Ireland. Or parts of it anyway. The majority of people we spoke do locally were quite shocked that any person would attempt to do such a thing even in relay format.

Not to mention I’ve been consistently running every week since I’ve been home and still speed focused..! So huzzah!

 

But this trip couldn’t have come at a better time.

Thank you Saucony

Thank you Forerunners North Vancouver

Thank you Team Canada White

And thanks to all my friends who continue to support my running online and offline

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The Next Adventure

So a thing happened…and with that I have some updates to share!

I won a trip! Turns out I made enough sales through a contest at work that I have the pleasure of representing Forerunners in the Race to Kinvara.  I plan to if I have time and wifi to share the trip through here. I leave on July 19th and fly home July 23rd. It’s short but it’s going to the experience of a life time!

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How am I feeling? Anxious excited and just overall ridiculously lucky.

My running ? Not as a frequent (averaging 2 runs a week ) but the runs have been strong. Been focusing on my form a lot more.

I hope to blog more…I dislike how quiet I am on this platform…!

Oh and looks like I’ll get to bring the #buffbridesmaid project again . Come August 2017 I’ll be standing alongside long time high school friend Kayla as she and Mikey tie the knot!

Similar goals but it’ll be different this time! I get to pick my own dress and I plan on breaking down the months differently with different goals.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this summer now. I’ve got Beat the Blerch on the brain. I’ve now got steady employment so I can commit to some fall races and really start training on a semi regular basis.

I’m also planning on committing myself more to the fitgirl challenge . I hope this will help with #buffbridesmaid goals as well as my overall fitness!.

Until this I must pack! Despite the trip being so short…I still need to decide which lipstick I’m wearing..!

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Defining Success

This is going to be a reflective post so please bare with me.

We are currently 5 months into 2016 and although this is a running blog this blog is also a platform for me to share my voice. Be it in the running world or otherwise. So please allow me to ramble about some of my challenges.

I’ve alluded to my job hunting on here which hasn’t been going as I anticipated. I’ve also been sick twice in the last month. I normally never get sick and I even had to miss work which I dislike doing but sharing germs is not part of the Beaver Scout motto!

With all this I was trying to use running as an escape to clear my head and really focus on the positive things in my life. Because lately it has felt like the universe was really testing me

My only major brag is I’ve had more gym sessions this year even with my #buffbridesmaid project last year. A special shoutout to Nick Gill for all the hard work he has put in to lose weight and finish the sun run ! So I already feel stronger this year and I plan to gym even more and work on dead lifts….wish me luck!

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I started out this year with strong hopes for the Sun Run but I wasn’t any faster . However i wasn’t the slowest I’ve ever been. In fact I just managed to have fun running the first 1k with Mr Tall and then meeting him at the end amongst the thousands of people running.

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Leading up to BMO I seriously considered deferring to next year. But something inside of me said not to. I had a lot of conversations the next few days about how personal running is and doing your best. And of course most of all judgement. With sport there is competition. One of the things I love about running is how you can compete against yourself. The sport is really what you make it and I don’t think running is unique in that respect.

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So why was I getting so hung up on how I didn’t train? It was my own fault so instead of dwelling on it..I worked on the mantra of finishing strong and injury free. As long as I could do that then I could focus on the next race and what that looks like for me. Yes I want to be faster of course but what is faster to me? I need to properly define these goals and form routine. At the end of the day this is my running journey and I have to remind myself of this when trying to overcome hurdles. Be it speed or otherwise.

With the word routine I noticed that was my intial challenge. I have a fair amount of free time with only one part time job no schooling and only some Scouting commitments. So I could have planned better..as someone or normally thrives on time management my mental health over job hunting seemed to take over my life. Something that I need to stop from happening this summer.

So BMO happened. I woke up early ran when I could. Walked when I had to. I admired how beautiful Vancouver is and had fun just watching the people around me. I was over 3 hours but I finished strong, upright, injury free…and best of all. NO SUNBURN! That in itself is worth so much! #teamporcelain. And I realised that I wasn’t the only one struggling I ended up chatting with a lot of people around me who also struggled this training cycle leading up to the race. So this was a nice reminder that we all wish we could do better but ultimately you can learn from each race and what you would do differently.

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This summer isn’t just about speed. It’s about the mental side of running and breaking through that blerch . But don’t worry…I’ll beat it again in September.

Today I went for my 1st run post race and I felt so springy in my new shoes. I’m already trying to figure out regular run days and gym days and most of all just trying to enjoy the experience. Gotta sort out some 5ks and 10ks to build with but once that’s set out I should be ready by September.

I will run strong. I will run faster. Most of all I will run happy and beat the blerch that is my slow steady running.

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New Year , Similar Goals

In 2013 I ran the Sun Run then BMO. I had only run 1 10k prior but already I was addicted to training for events and running them. I think that’s honestly what I love about running so much is the individuality of the sport.

You run your own race. You compete against yourself. If that’s what interests you.

So it’s now 2016. I’m running again and it’s not perfect but I’m pushing myself more. The mental block of speed work.

Hill repeats along with tempo runs with friends shall really help. Also hoping to run with my partner more who is a foot taller then me..therefore forcing me to quicken my pace. I’m also trying to commit to speed workouts with the Forerunners Running Clinic. Been to a couple sessions so far and so far so good. I managed to survive the Fartlek style workout last week !

I plan to repeat 2013 in some ways. I want to try and break an hour at the Sun Run. It’s a massive event..but in some ways that adds a lot of pressure. The Sun Run is also a good training run before BMO since I’ll be tapering anyway. (Or pretty close to it)

So I’ve got that plus the Modo8k a race I ran last year and would love to beat my time. If I can do that in under 50 minutes that’d be amazing.

I’m trying very hard this year to do less races and focus more on quality events.

Rock and Roll Vancouver I will definitely run the half I’m just debating the 10k as well the day before. A new challenge plus extra bling. And of course since I was away I will be running the Turkey Trot again. I would like a 3rd half this year. I’m hoping the Blerch race is happening again. If not I can find another smaller local event but I’d like to make RnR my last half of this year. I’m even looking at the 10k for Run for Water as a fun way to change things up.

I’m having some challenges. Part of it is finding that routine. But I’ve been gyming twice a week using the app Stronglifts and am really enjoying the structure it’s giving me!

Long runs are coming. Gotta start upping my mileage!

Stay tuned as always!

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Back to Basics

Not long after #buffbridesmaid goals wrapped up. I let my fitness slide. I then went backpacking through the UK for two months!

In some ways I was a little disappointed in myself and letting my running take the back-seat . But the trip allowed to reflect on a lot of aspects of my life including fitness and health.

I’ve been home a few days now and have been writing down dates of races, looking at training plans and trying to get myself sorted.

I need to start over. For a couple years I keep saying I’ll run faster and then start training as such and then it just stops. It won’t happen overnight and I need to just keep pushing myself.

When I first started running in 2012 I could barely run 5 minutes without coughing. I need to go back to that point and build up. Instead of trying to run faster all in one go. Much like training for a marathon or 10k you need to build up to it.

Things are different now. I’m out of school. I currently only work part time and so I should take advantage of the extra time I have before things change!

So before I run a half marathon faster, I need to work on my shorter distances . Much like my bridesmaid goals I want a clever tag to keep my going and check in points. My hope is to stagger some races with one of my big end goals being the BMO half. That was my first half marathon in 2013 it was slow hot but I finished. I am more determined then ever to run it faster..if only by a few minutes!

I’m looking forward to this reboot of my running. Especially what comes of it!

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