5 Things I’m Excited About Right Now


This is a photo from my final long run, note the rainbow, how perfect!

1) Being done all my long runs of this training cycle! The next long run will be The Victoria Marathon, and then I will stop talking about it…after the race recap that is ūüėČ

2) This ADIDAS bomber jacket. I picked it up on Friday from Sport Chek, and I can’t stop wearing it. It’s perfect for the fall, when it’s not yet raining all the time.

3) Finally running my first marathon! I feel good going into it (thus far) and I have my heart set on running Boston in the future, so I am excited to experience the roller coaster that I believe marathon running is. It will give me an idea of where I am in my training and what I need to do to BQ.

4) This book! I am a running/ shoe-nerd and I love memoirs/biography’s so this is the perfect read for me. I just finished Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and while this book will inevitably have a different tone, I am excited to read it.

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5) My best friend from middle/high school/ undergrad will be here this weekend! She has been hiking The PCT since April, yes, April. She is finishing up the last bit of hike which will end in BC, Canada, and then catching a bus to Vancouver. I can’t wait to see her and hear all about her adventures.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Shoe Review: Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged

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Last week I received an email from Adidas Canada asking if I would be interested in receiving a pair of their new Ultra Boost Uncaged running shoes. The answer of course was a “YES” please! In case you didn’t know, the hype surrounding Adidas Ultra Boost is insane and certain colour ways can be found on eBay for 100s of dollars. The original Ultra Boost has plastic “caging” on the sides of the midfoot, so for the uncaged version this is not present. The Ultra Boost Uncaged were released for the first time a few weeks ago and sold out instantly!

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The specs on theses shoes are:
Weight: 9oz
Heel drop: 10mm
Price: $209 CAD

I tested these shoes for comfort while standing and walking in them for 6 hrs at work. They felt wonderful. I also took them out for an 11km run which consisted of a 20 minute warm-up, 8 x 2 mins @ 8km pace, and a 20 minute cool-down. They were a great choice for this workout due to the incredibly responsive, energetic “boost” sole of the shoe. I also really enjoy the hugged sensation provided by the “primeknit” material on the shoes’ upper. It is a pleasant and secure hugged feeling without being restricted in your range of motion.

The Ultra Boost Uncaged was originally released in grey and pink for women. I LOVE the grey colour way. More colour ways are coming very soon! I have my eye on the triple black (sole is also black), they are a great looking shoe.

The Ultra Boost Uncaged meets Adidas promise of providing a super responsive ride. They were great for a run that included speed work and I have no doubt they would continue to feel great on a longer run. Plus, they get mad style points, not many performance running shoes offer that! My rating is a 5/5.

*Though these shoes were given to me by Adidas, the opinions are my own.

Training Recap July 18-24

I have 11 more weeks of training until my 1st ever marathon! Yes, that is almost 3 months, but I have a feeling it will fly by and soon I will be toeing that start line anxiously! So, what did my training consist of last week?

Monday:¬†16km “easy”, part 1 with Sport Chek Robson Training Club, part 2 at The Adidas Runners Vancouver Launch x East Van Run Crew (my regular run crew), part 3 my solo run home. I also did Gracie Gold’s Core Strength Workout from The Nike Training Club app.

Tuesday: OFF. I did a strength training circuit, lots of body weight exercises like planks, squats, lunges etc.

Wednesday: Interval workout with the Sport Chek Robson Training Club at Beaver Lake. This was a 1-2-3-2-1-2-3-2-1 fartlek workout. They said it was hard, which was the idea. The total was: 10.82km. I also did Joselynne Boschen’s Alpha Abs Workout from The Nike Training Club app- my abs were sore for 2 days after, but it was great.

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Thursday: 40 mins “easy”, this ended up being 7.33km, while I tested out my new shoes.¬†You can about them¬†here:¬†Shoe Review: Under Armour Gemini 2

Friday: Run and circuit workout with Sport Chek Robson Training Club. We ran to China Creek Park and did laps around the park as well as body weight exercises using the exercise equipment there, we included hill sprints in our circuit too! The total was 10.07km.

Saturday: I did a 20 minute warm-up, 3 x 10 mins @ marathon pace, 20 min cool-down for a total of: 13.73 km. I also did the same strength training circuit from Tuesday.

Sunday:¬† I did a 45 min yoga class with the Sport Chek Robson Training Club, followed by 45 min “easy” run, 8km.

Total Weekly Mileage: 65.95km

I will be in Squamish for half of the week participating in a running camp led by my coach! I am super excited.