Training Recap December 11-17

Taking the new team gear (and new shoes) our for a spin because I was too excited not to! We got lululemon kits this year in 3 options: tank, t-shirt and long sleeve. I went for a tank and long-sleeve, so both seasons are covered. I am extra excited about this gear because I designed the logo!

This week was half in Victoria and half in Vancouver. Here is what I did last week:

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 60′ easy, departed from home which is a rarity on weekdays. Sometime shortly after my out-and-back turn-around, my GPS went wild and my paces began to “triple”. This was odd and continued for the rest of the run, fortunately I knew exactly how long it was. I also did an arm workout.

Wednesday: WO for 1, at the track: 20′ easy, 5’@4:14 (supposed to be 4:35-4:40), 3’@4:45, strides and ABC’s, then: 3 x 400 m, 4 x 100m, 3 x 400m, 20′ easy. This was tough! It’s definitely much more motivating and FUN to do track workouts in a group.

Thursday: 80′ easy, ran from east van to the sea wall and along beach drive, it was so dark I was freaked out by the sea walk at sunset beach, so I went up to the sidewalk. I also did a core workout.

Friday: OFF. Woke up sicker than ever. Food poisoning, enough said. Luckily no run home as scheduled.

Saturday: Supposed to have been a hill workout at Mt. Doug but on account of the previous days’ stomach trouble and inability to eat at all I missed the WO. I did go for a slow walk to say hi to everyone and grab my new team gear!

Sunday: Supposed to be 90′ but I did 60′ just to be safe. Fortunately by the end of the day I was feeling pretty well back to 100%. My running buddy and I also stopped by the Lululemon Victoria grand reopening later on. There were cookies from the cookie guy and 25% off the whole store, which looks great by the way. Now that’s a solid Sunday.

Total Weekly Mileage: 47.1km

This week I have 3 runs in Victoria before heading home to Toronto for the holidays! Time to dig out my winter running layers I guess.

Training Recap Oct 9-15

This week consisted of 6 runs in beautiful Vancouver. My mileage dropped even further, and I have started waking up and going to bed early to prepare for the 3-hour time change in Toronto next weekend. I wake up between 4 and 5am, unfortunately this is too early for places that offer GOOD coffee to be open and I have had to drink Starbucks, which I only do out of desperation. We are spoiled in Vancouver and Victoria with so many options to get coffee with locally roasted beans. Anyway, this is how the week went:

Monday: OFF. I did the NTC Abs and Arms workout.

Tuesday: 45′ easy, I ran around East Van and the sun was out, a great fall day.

Wednesday: Solo WO: 20′ easy, 10’@MP, 4 x 4’@10km pace, 20′ easy, ran to New Brighton Park and used the gravel loop for my intervals. I even missed the rain. I did the NTC Core Strength WO afterwards.

Thursday: 50′ easy, back to New Brighton Park for a relaxed run.

Friday: 40′ easy, did a little neighbourhood loop down Powell St to downtown and then back along Hastings. I also did the NTC Core Strength WO.

Saturday: WO with Tay, 10′ easy, 30’@MP, 20′ easy, it was brisk on the Seawall, but lovely to do a WO with Tay who crushed it as usual. I also did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Sunday: 60′ easy, and I did the Ghost Race as well as some extra km. There were many more people out on the Seawall than usual, and I have a feeling many of them were fellow Ghost Racers. Leave it to Lululemon to encourage more people to get out and run on a Sunday, always impressive!

Total Weekly Mileage: 58.6km

The taper begins, fingers crossed the crazy stays at bay.

Training Recap: August 8-14, 2016

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When your week of training includes running The Seawheeze Half-Marathon, you know it’s going to be a GREAT week. Other highlights include my first 30km run. So here is what my week of training looked like:

Monday: 55 mins easy with The Sport Chek Robson Training Club. We went along The Seawall and it was just what we needed.

Tuesday: 10 min warm-up, 8 min @ half-marathon pace,  4 min @ 10km pace, 5 min @ half-marathon pace, 2 min @ 10km pace, 15 min cool-down. I did this solo on The Seawall before work. I also did The NTC Gracie Gold Core Strength Workout.

Wednesday: 55 mins easy, ran with The Sport Chek Robson Training Club and we got to test out some Polar watches. I am a Garmin user so it was interesting to try another brand. We went out to Lost Lagoon for some timed intervals so those who don’t run with a watch could see the benefit.

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Thursday: OFF, though I did bike some 28km around The Seawall and downtown since my family is here visiting. I also did The NTC Core Crunch 2.0 it did the trick!

Friday: 40 mins easy/ pre-race shake-out run with The Sport Chek Robson Training Club, we went along The Seawall and man was it hot, but at least it was short and sweet…

Saturday: 20 mins easy pre-race, Seawheeze Half-Marathon, 30 mins easy post-race. I am not going to do a full race review because I was pacing a team-mate through her first half and it was HER race, but I will provide a few details. I felt great when I woke up at 5am, felt amazing during my warm-up, and in spite of the heat and humidity, I felt pretty awesome throughout the entire race! Like I said in my Friday Five: August 12, 2016 post, this is my absolute favourite race. Lululemon organizes a FLAWLESS event and it is impossible to have anything but a spectacular time. I think I had beyond runners’ high, I felt ecstatic during the entire event and for everyone around me. I will definitely be running for a fourth time next year. Oh yeah and my total mileage was 30.4 km, my longest run ever.

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Sunday: OFF.

Total Weekly Mileage: 66.7km

I am off to Tofino until Thursday and can’t wait to do my runs in such a beautiful location. Prepare to be Insta-spammed!