Training and Seawheeze Recap August 7-13

I am a little late to post my training recap this week, oops. I have just been having a little too much fun, I guess. Half of this week was in Vancouver for Seawheeze (the most fun half-marathon ever!), and between the pre-sea-post wheeze it was 5 days of fun!

Monday: OFF. NTC Ab Burner 2.0

Tuesday: Last little workout before The Seawheeze, 20' easy, 5'@HM, 3×90'@10km, 15' easy. There was a brief moment in this workout where I was moving so fast it freaked me out, it felt like I had tunnel vision and was only focused on moving forward as fast as possible, it didn't last long, but it was pretty cool. I did NTC Core Strength.

Wednesday: 45' easy, did a simple, relaxed out and back on Lochside trail, and then NTC Core strength.

Thursday: The Pre-Wheeze begins! My running buddy, Lisa and I took the first ferry over to Vancouver. We went to the Van Run Co. x Lululemon Pre-Wheeze event which began with a beer in the shop and then a 5km run, yoga (which we opted out of in favour of tacos) and then an after-party at Turf. We also found The Test Truck and got to try it out. I got back to my hotel pretty late and tried to sleep for a few hours before my early wake-up call for The Seawheeze Showcase store.

Friday: My alarm goes off at 4am, but I have been awake for what feels like hours. The hotel room is too hot and I probably had a coffee too late in the day on Thursday. I dress quickly, grab my inflatable lounger and head out the door, into the dark. Lisa and I arrive at the Vancouver Convention Centre eager to see how long the line is, to our surprise it ends near Steve Nash Fitness, not bad, especially because many people have blow up mattresses and beds and have been camping out for hours or days. We situated ourselves in the lounger and try to determine if any Starbucks are open. They aren't and we have 90 minutes to wait. We watch the sunrise and wait. Before long the line starts to move, our position quickly improves as mattresses are gear are deflated, we are now outside subway around the corner from where we started. Lisa heads to Starbucks 15 minutes before open to be one of the first in that line, she returns with coffee and bagels ūüôā We eat and take pictures of the creepy red sun, hoping the smoke will dissipate before the race. Shortly after that we make it inside the convention centre in what seems like record time, we talk strategy with a lady behind us and Lisa suggests the reflective pants will be the hot item. She was right, there are no reflective items to be found when we enter and later find the pants on Ebay for over $1,000. We cruise around looking at the limited edition items, spend time searching for specific leggings and successfully procure some, and head out – only to join another line for package pick-up.

The race swag this year was the typical water bottle, Nuun, and a Lululemon bag. We went outside to look around and get some sparkly tattoos. We don't stay long because we are absolutely starving and walk over to Gastown for breakfast at The Birds and the Beets. We stop in The Lab, which is full of other Seawheezers then head back. We make plans to meet for dinner at Cactus Club, so we can eat before yoga. I relax in my hotel for a while watching mindless TV before dinner, I feel very tired and my legs are heavy, I am not sure tomorrow is the day for a PB. I walk down to the convention centre to meet everyone and have a pre-yoga veggie burger. The yoga class was fantastic, the teacher describes it as spa yoga and she is right. It was a great way to stretch out and prepare for the next days' race. I walk home and go to bed immediately setting my alarm for 5am.

Saturday: I awake at 4am an hour before my alarm, I try to sleep for another hour and then start getting ready. I eat granola and almond mylk and drink Nuun. I decided to skip the coffee and stay hydrated. Soon it is time to start my warm-up, 10 minutes easy towards the start-line. The streets are full of Seawheezers and the energy picks up the closer we get to the convention centre. I drop my bag at bag check then find Taylor who is excited for her first Seawheeze, we snap a photo then head towards the corrals. I make my way to the front, not wanting to get stuck in the crowds and before long it is time to go. As soon as we start, my legs are already heavy, I think if I can settle in they might be okay. Once we hit 2km and pass Chinatown, I am feeling terrible, my skin feels like it's on fire and I am sure I am going way slower than my target pace. The other thing is, my GPS never got a signal and I am not sure of my pace. Once we get to the casino, a nice breeze kicks in and I feel a bit better, but I know better than to race and force it. I decide it is a better choice to enjoy the event and focus on form and being present. My cardio effort doesn't feel hard throughout the entire race, it's just my legs that are heavy and tired. The km tick by, I know this route well. With the finish line in sight in narrow in on it and give it all I've got for the final few hundred metres, passing my moving target as she goes over the first timing mat. This is something I often do at finishes, pick someone and decide to surpass them no matter what. Once I cross the line I see a finish line proposal, receive my medal, water and towel and walk up to receive the rest of the goodies. I eat some tasty banana bread, briefly see Taylor and Lisa, hand off my stuff and head back out for another 45', my target mileage is 30km, so I need to continue.

Sunday: OFF. Very needed, my legs had not been this tired and sore in 3 months! Welcome back, marathon training.

Total Weekly Mileage: 51km

Training Recap July 24-30


This was my third larger week in a row, and I am happy to say I feel great! I get a slightly lower week this week (maybe 10km less and an extra rest day!). Then it'll be a slight taper leading up to the Seawheeze Half-Marathon, which is just 2 weeks away (not excited at all 😝).

Here is what I did this week:

Monday: OFF. I did the NTC Core Crunch 2.0 workout.

Tuesday: Double run day, AM: 45' easy, PM: 30' easy. I also did the NTC Core Strength workout.

Wednesday: Track workout at PISE, 20' easy, 2 sets of: 1500m @MP, 600m, 400m, 200m, 20' easy. It was hot AF on the track, but we still gave it out best and I rewarded myself with Tacofino.

Thursday: Double run day, AM: 60' easy, PM: 30' easy. I also did the NTC Abs and Arms workout.

Friday: 45' easy, snuck this one in before work since I had a going away party after work which lasted around 8 hours and again ended with a Tacofino. Any week that includes 2 trips to Tacofino is a solid week.

Saturday: Group workout at Beaver Lake, 20' easy, 2 x 3km @HM, 2 x 1km @10km, 35' easy. This was good and hard. I also did the NTC Ab Burner 2.0 workout.

Sunday: Long run, planned a point-to-point route with my running buddy, which took us to Sidney so we could eat crepes and vegan affogatos at our friends' shop. We put in 20km on Lochside trail. I also did the NTC Best Foot Forward workout.

Total Weekly Mileage: 87.8km

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!

Training Recap August 1-7

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Now there are 9 weeks until my marathon! But first, next weekend is The Seawheeze Half Marathon, which is basically Christmas for runners. This will be my third consecutive year running it. This year I will be running with a co-worker who has never run a half-marathon before. She is super fit and plays varsity rugby, so I have a feeling she might kick my butt! After a few solid days of running and training in Squamish last week, I was feeling ready for more. Unfortunately, I got some sort of food borne illness while in Squamish that lasted until Saturday! I still ran though, it just wasn’t the most comfortable.

Monday:¬†OFF. NTC Gracie Gold’s Core Strength Workout.

Tuesday: ¬†40 minutes “easy”completed early morning on the seawall. I also did my regular strength training circuit which is made of up various body weight exercises.

Wednesday:¬†Intervals with the Sport Chek Robson Training Club. We typically do speed work on Wednesday’s so we did a fartlek workout that went like this: 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. You take 1 minute easy jog break between each interval and we were targeting 10km pace for each interval. Our training club gear arrived (finally) as seen in above photo! I also did¬†Joselynne Boschen’s Alpha Abs Workout¬†from The NTC app.

Thursday:¬†80 minutes “easy” completed early morning on the seawall. I was entertaining friends from Toronto in the afternoon and we ended up cycling 28km all over the seawall and false creek so they could get a feel for the city.

Friday:¬†The workout with the Sport Chek Robson Training Club was hill repeats, so we ran across the Cambie St bridge to do hill repeats on what I refer to as “those tree streets”. We did 6 repeats total, 2 each on Willow, Heather and Ash St up to Broadway. I also did the NTC Yoga Ready Workout,¬†I missed the word “workout” when I started this, thinking it would be a relaxing yoga practice. Not the case! Lots of planks! It ended up being a good arm and core workout though.

Saturday:¬†I finally had a run where I didn’t feel nauseous the entire time, it felt great to feel great again! My workout was: 20 minutes easy, 12 mins @ half-marathon pace, 2 x 3 mins @ 10km pace, 8 mins @ half-marathon pace, 5 mins @ 10km pace, and 20 mins easy. I was super happy to hit my paces after a week of feeling sick. I also did my regular strength training circuit.

Sunday:¬†80 mins “easy” on the seawall as (almost) always.

Total Weekly Mileage: 66.1 km

Next Saturday is The Seawheeze Half and then I am off to Tofino with my parents, who are visiting from Toronto!