Pick up the pace!

What’s UPPPPP!

HOLY it is COLD, I just got back from a run and I have that super chilled, I-need-all-the-blankets-and-sweatpants-all-over-my-body feeling.

The good news is, my run was GREAT. The best run I’ve had in a long, long, long time. It was a 13k run with 9k at tempo, and I managed a 5:00/km pace including the warm up/cool down, and I still felt great when I was done! Okay so the “cool down” kilometer actually ended up being a 4:43 pace, because I was a bit overexcited about how good I felt. Hah, woops.  I haven’t been able to hold a pace like this for more than 4k without dying in a LONG time. This my friends is the magic of COLD WEATHER. (Remind me of this when I start talking smack about the winter in 2 months). It could also, however, be the magic of 8-10 mini Halloween chocolates…but who knows.

Last week went well too! I got all my training runs in, and I did my biggest long run (21.1k) on Saturday. I was super windy and kinda wet, and my legs were really tired from two speed sessions that week, but I managed 1:55 without tuckering myself out. Happy enough with that!

After my long run, I spent most of my afternoon lounging and brainstorming what I perceived to be the most amusing race sign ideas I could think of. I had a lot of friends running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, and since I wasn’t racing for the first time in FIVE YEARS, I was pumped to cheer people on instead!

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My partially Type A personality required that I trace the letters off my computer screen, cut them out, trace them onto the bristol board, and then colour them in, so they would be perfect. Now you understand why it took all afternoon.

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It’s okay though, cause I nailed it.

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I didn’t see ANY of the people I went to cheer for during the race, but it was still really fun because as soon as we busted these signs out at kilometre 14, the smiles started cracking. These quotes were entirely based on what I would like to see during a race…sorry if you are offended. But you should really get out more.

SHOUT OUTS to Christina who freaking crushed her race with a 1:41 PR! #myidol. I at least got to see her post race for a congratulatory hug!

What’s the best race sign you have ever seen? I need more material!

Happy OCTOBER 21ST!

For no reason at all.

Danielle

xo

 

The countdown is on!

HI!

Last week was so busy that I only ran once! On Sunday!  Are you taking notes on all the right things to do when you’re trying to PR in a race? Cool. Glad I could help.

UPDATE TIME.

1. We set a wedding date! July 4, 2015! We were hoping for June 20th or 27th, but the location we chose didn’t have it. Only 263 days to go! We have also booked the photographer, bought the bridesmaid dresses, the suits for the groomsmen and I am going dress shopping in two weeks! THE BALL IS ROLLING PEOPLE.

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2. I’ve seen TWO movies in the last two weeks! Josh and I saw ‘Gone Girl’ on opening night and then this past weekend we saw “This Is Where I Leave You.’ These are literally (I think) the 4th and 5th movies we have ever seen in theatres together in 7 years, so this is very strange for us! Josh’s sister and I took the opportunity to dress as twins because why not…

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3. All and I mean ALL I have wanted to eat lately is soups and stews and warm things. My crock pot has been put to good use already this season. It helps that the meals I have been craving are also the ones built for lazy people. In addition to the crock pot, baby carrots also complete my life in circumstances such as 11pm emergency lunch making episodes.

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4. I went to my first Oktoberfest event! Here in K-W, Oktoberfest is kind of a big deal. I have lived here for 3 years now, and when I tell people I have never been, they look at me like I have 6 heads. Technically, I still haven’t been to a real event since this was my friend’s house party, but it’s cool…no one needs to know. Now how hilarious are these cupcakes? I took this outside in the middle of the night…sorry so dark!

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5. For Thanksgiving we had TWO dinners! Saturday night with Josh’s family, and Sunday night with mine. All of my sisters/cousins are in our 20s so we have a grrreat time at fam functions. This year we set up the ol’ self timer for a group shot featuring my no-so-baby cousin, Cole, front and centre.

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6. Walks along the credit river with the fam never get old!  We have been doing this as long as I can remember. This is the time of the year when the salmon run so it’s pretty neat to see the giant fish people catch!

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7. Did you know snails could be this TINY?

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8. My doggies proved yet again that they can’t handle three day weekends. Too tired to move to the other bed. They’re STILL asleep, I swear.

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9. I’m sleepy, too. So, bye!

Hope all you Canadian peeps had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

 

Danielle

xo

 

Marathon Monday: Not slower (!)

Hiiiiii!!!!

HAPPY FALL! Holy this weekend was so cold. I’m really not ready for the colder weather, but as long as there is no snow, I’m not complaining!

Time for a training update!

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First of all, I have decided for the first time since I started running (5 years ago now!) not to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this year (in two weeks). Did I tell you that already? I dunno. I talk too much so I can’t keep track. Anyway, I am just not where I want to be speed wise. I figure I will spare myself the now absolutely insane registration fee of $100. I’m still dealing with diaphragm issues, and I’m happy to take the extra time to just keep preparing for the Hamilton Road2Hope half in 4 weeks! I can’t even believe it’s already been 1 year since I ran this race (and PR’d!)

I have missed a couple runs over the last couple weeks (I think literally just 2 though!), for no real reason other than I wasn’t feeling it. I am pretty sick of having average runs with average times, all while feeling at least a little bit like poop through ever kilometre. I realized recently that my mental game is just not there. I can be really really good at convincing myself I can do something, and really good at keep negative thoughts at bay. It has always been something I pride myself in. But these days, I welcome negative thoughts with open arms, and listen to all the mean things I tell myself. I’m giving up too easily.

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The power of positive thoughts guys.

So today, before my long run I decided to crunch some numbers. I decided to see just how much slower I am now in comparison to last year. I looked at two things.

1. My last 10 long runs before Hamilton last year, compared my 10 most recent long runs this year. (From 10k up to 22k)

2. My last 10 short runs before Hamilton last year, compared to my 10 more recent shorter runs this year. (From 7 to 9k)

What I found was pretty uplifting for me.

A) I AM NOT SLOWER!

B) I am on average, 7 seconds per kilometre faster in my long runs. Not much, but I’ll take it!

C) I am on average, 19 seconds per kilometre faster in my shorter runs. Apparently 10k races are my calling…hah.

I feel so much better having learned this. This is what I need to get back on my mental game! If I was slower last year, and still managed a 1:48:46 in Hamilton, there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to shave off at least 1 second!

I powered through my windy, hilly 17k long run today and managed a pace not CRAZY far off my race pace. I came in at 1:30 (5:19/km) and the conditions sucked. So I feel good about that with 4 weeks left to train!

Wish me luck!

Danielle

xo

p.s. I secretly wrote this on Sunday, where I spent most of my night like this:

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