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6 km easy pace with 4 x 20s strides at the end
Well today marks the official beginning of training for Vegas. It’s only 12 weeks away, and we’re off! My goal for this race is more about the journey than the actual race itself. It’s time to see what I’m really made of. I want to commit to finishing this training plan strong and really benefiting from all the different facets of training.
Every time I feel like I’m totally inspired and have an iron will, I come across a story that is truly inspiring. At the Ironman competition in Whistler this weekend, a 50 year old woman completed the race while undergoing chemotherapy. You can read the article here. Sindy Hooper, you inspire me! She is a walking (running/biking/swimming) testament to you can do anything you set your mind to if you just try. Reading her story also makes me feel silly for every excuse I’ve ever made.
Question: Who or what inspires you to be great?
6 km EZ pace with 4 – 20s strides at the end
Today was one of the busiest work days I’ve had in a very long time, which is saying a lot because I’m pretty busy as a rule. Needless to say, after I finally wrapped up for the day, I was very unmotivated to do anything!
I went out to the barn and rode my fabulous horse. Spending time with him perked me up somewhat but I was still very unmotivated to do anything else. Particularly, any form of physical activity.
But then something magical happened. I put on my shoes and went for a run anyways. Guess what? It was a super decent run. Even though I felt like I couldn’t possibly muster the energy to even go for a walk, once I got out there, I got that second wind and even ran a negative split. Anyway, it just goes to show that you should never write a day off. A great run is only as far away as putting your shoes on and giving it a try!
The Fort Langley Historic Half is held on the third Sunday of every February. The start and finish line is right inside the Fort itself. The route is beautiful with some challenging hills but overall it is a nice rolling type of course.
There was a fire pit going in the middle of the fort to keep runners warm while we were waiting for the race to start. They let the runners go in three waves and we just happened to be right in the front of the third wave. That’s how this happened:
Since it was so close to home, we had some great cheering from friends and family, including this cute sign our friend Carrie made for us.
Afterwards, we celebrated with some mimosa action and half marathon number 2 was complete!
The Fort Langley Historic Half is organized by Try Events. It was a very well organized event and reasonably priced. I believe the registration fee was only $65 because we got the early bird rate. It goes up to $75 before the race. This is a great race to start out the season with. It’s close to home, scenic and well run. The downsides would be that it lacks the buzz that big races have and the medal and shirt were pretty cheap and cheezy. I give this race 6.5 back runner toenails out of 9 (why out of 9 you ask? Because inevitably one has fallen off if you are a runner).
5km: 3 km warm up, 1 km hard effort, 1 km cool down
My focus for the next 13 weeks or so is speed, speed and more speed! I’m hoping to bust out a big PR at my next race, which is (drumroll) Rock and Roll Las Vegas!!!
My goal was to run 6 races this year which I have totally crushed and to celebrate we have signed up for a big one to cap it all off.
Speaking of goals, remember when I made some New Year’s Resolutions? If you don’t, here they are:
1. Run 6 races…modified later in the year to be run 6 half marathons. Vegas will be number six!
2. Run more than 600 km. I’m just under 400 for the year so far so I think I will make this goal as well.
3. Go on 3 trips (not for work). I’ve been to Mexico for a week, spent two nights in Osoyoos, 1 night in Whistler, and have trips planned to Calgary (girls’ weekend!) and of course Vegas.
4. Be less fat. Still working on this one but now this has become my first priority given that the other 3 goals are very close to completion.
So it’s been a great year so far and there are so many other great things to come. Tomorrow I will talk about all the races I completed so far this year. Until then, good night!
You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve spent the last few months being crazy busy and sorting out my new routine. I’ve pretty much got it down now so I thought I would come back to the land of the blog and tell you all the details of my life that you don’t care about.
I don’t even know where to begin to catch you all up! For now, here’s a quick summary of what the last six months have been like.
Races completed to date:
- Fort Langley Historic Half
- Golden Ears Half Marathon
- Sun Run
- BMO Vancouver Half Marathon
- Half-Corked (not sure if this counts as a race but I did run an organized route with other “competitors”)
- Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
Trips so far this year:
- Edmonton x 4
- Medicine Hat
- Peace River, AB
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Other activities worth mentioning:
- Hiking the chief
- Rainbow Park
- Friday Night Live
I’ll be back soon with lots more to say. Good to be home people!