TYS10K Race Recap

It’s a week later but better late than never!

So the Tuesday before the Sunday race was the last run I did that week. Things were not feeling right, and I decided to take some rest time and just see what happened on race day…COOL.

Claire picked me up at 6am, still looking like she was in her cozy bed, and we hit the road (grabbing Kate on the way).


It was pretty chilly that morning, so we got ready inside Running Room and met up with the other ladies running that morning. Below we have Janet, moi, Kate, Claire and Christina.


After we checked our bags, Kate, Christina and I decided to go for a quick warm up. One thing I know about my obnoxious diaphragm issue, is that it’s much more tolerable if I warm up at a much slower pace than I plan to actually run at, so this was necessary! We ran to an empty Second Cup, used the facilities, and blasted back to our corral!

Christina and I weaselled our way through the corral to a place I had no business being in, hah, and I told Christina I would drop back immediately. I think she thought I was kidding….but I wasn’t, hah. I was NAATT going to try and keep up with her because I knew my insides would shut that down in a matter of moments.

I don’t really remember what went down in each kilometre, but I do remember lots of wind and feeling the tightness/soreness in my diaphragm from the beginning.  I was fighting not to allow it to blow out of control to the point where I had to stop– which happens on every run now. Thanks to some chiro and taking 4 days off, I was lucky enough not to have the severe stabbing pains.  It was however uncomfortable enough that I held back and didn’t run as fast as I wanted to, for fear of really exacerbating the problem. I crossed the finish line in 48:11, which is only 20 seconds off my PR. I was happy that I didn’t TOTALLY blow it, but I was really bummed that I didn’t PR. I had put in more mileage in the months leading up to this race than I ever have, and I know I could have pulled off a way faster time if I wasn’t feeling like I was being held prisoner by my insides! I was pretty bummed for a few days, but not every race will go my way, and that is okay.

Now these are my girls who freaking killed it. At least 4 of them hit PBs! Kate ran a 39:49…casual.


Last week I only managed ONE 6k run, obviously cut short by pain. Today I was to run 32k, but I only managed 22k before I was stopped in my tracks. I’m going to get some more treatment this week, but I only have until Thursday to decided if I am still going to attempt the Ottawa Marathon. I feel like it will be disappointing either way, so I am really torn. WHAT TO DO? Words of wisdom below would be so so welcome!

Sorry this wasn’t the most uplifting post…you win some, you lose some!





Marathon Monday: I spoke too soon…


’cause I’m on the ball this week.

So I spoke too soon.

Since my last post, my diaphragm has blown up LIKE WHOA. Last weekend I did my 32k (20 mile) long run, and for the first 8.5km I was in pain. Pain that was only tolerable if I ran my kilometres about 30-45 seconds/km SLOWER than I like to for my long runs. COOL. The good news was that after that first chunk, it went away for the most part and I was able to finish the run. Monday night, I had an osteopathy treatment which helped loosen things up. Tuesday I was supposed to run 16k. I gave myself an extra day of rest, and decided to try Wednesday instead. Wednesday morning I managed 4k before I decided it was pointless, since I was a few treadmill notches away from walking, and still in immense pain. DOUBLE COOL. Wednesday night I had another osteo treatment, and Thursday I missed my run again for a hair appointment…#priorities.


All the way brunette, wee!

Saturday I decided I had no choice but to suck it up and do my 34k long run, since next weekend is the Toronto Yonge Street 10K, and I really want to race that and not worry about being tired from a long run the day before. SO I DID IT. But it wasn’t pretty. My insides were in so much pain everywhere, all the time! I remembered yesterday that when this happened last year, the thing that seemed to help the most was stretching my hips a lot and doing trigger point release on my psoas. I am going to try that again this week and see if that helps.

Side note: I stopped running with music about a month ago. The iPhone 6 is way too freakin’ big to fit in any pockets, so one day I decided to ditch it, and I have done so every run since. I can’t WAIT to make a new playlist for TYS10k. It’s so fun to get used to running with no music and then next time you do, BOOM, POWER UP. 34k with no music and then 10k with a new playlist? Pretty sure I’m going to win the whole race. AM I RIGHT?

Other side note: The place we booked to stay at for the Ottawa Marathon (on Airbnb) CANCELLED on us (the THIRD place to do this), so we have no where to stay. Help me. Someone.

In  FUN news, on Saturday I had a solid crafty afternoon making flower crowns for our engagement shoot on Sunday.


I only needed one, but I made 3 different types so that once my hair was styled, I could just choose which one looked best. (Please excuse my post-34k sweat ball top knot with hair flying everywhere, mmmmk?)




There are a bajillion tutorials online and I looked at about 10 and then winged it, so hit up that Google machine if you are interested! I ended up going with the around the back one.

Can’t wait to see how the pictures turned out!

Anyway, here goes the next week of training!






Marathons for mini eggs

Hi friends!

Time for an update!

So I don’t want to jinx it or anything but everything is going really well.

I am training for my second full marathon, the Ottawa Marathon on May 24th. And nothing hurts.  If you were following me this time last year, I was training for a couple half marathons and nothing was going my way. I had shin splints, diaphragm issues, respiratory illnesses, and no fun. So far this season (KNOCK ON WOOD), my shins are fine, my diaphragm is doing significantly better, and I haven’t been sick once yet this year! I feel like I have come to understand the mileage my body can take, and it is also getting better and better at handling the abuse, HAH. Not to mention I actually managed to run all winter long (almost all outside, except for tempo runs and one 23k long run…my new dread mill record). The only minor issue I have dealt with is from some minor pain on the top of my right foot.  I have been running in the Altra Superior 1.5 (I won’t lie, I picked it only because it was the prettiest of the zero drop shoes), but my physio and I agree that they are entirely too wide for my feet and seem to be causing some funny landing patterns.


And so! I’m on the hunt for a new shoe. (If anyone is interested in these Altras, you let me know because the blue pair has never been worn! …online shopping will getcha.) Most of you know me as a minimal runner, I have run in Vibrams or the New Balance minimus for the last several years, but these rough Canadian winters encouraged me to look for something more substantial. With this, I have found that a minimal shoe doesn’t seem as important now that I have transitioned entirely from a heel strike to a mid foot strike. Everything just feels better this way, and a little extra padding seems to keep my shin splints at bay. I won’t argue with that! (Although I do miss feeling the ground right beneath my feet.)

Other things that are occupying my time in addition to running…

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Oh just a casual 96 days. I know that sounds like forever, but Josh and I had this big idea to plan an entire wedding weekend instead of just a wedding day. And it’s not at an actual wedding venue, it’s just some random giant house on the beach that we rented. Does it sound wonderful? Yes! Are we excited? So excited!  It’s just proving to be very time consuming. We have to think about things I never even considered having to think about. What length of linens do you want? (Pardon?) How many forks do you want to rent? Where are you going to plug in the lights? Is there enough power? How do I get a permit? How many drinks will people drink per hour? What types of drinks? Did you know people drink more white wine than red wine when it’s hot?  Will it be hot? I don’t know…

Hahah!  It’s actually really fun, just stressful at times! I try to keep reminding myself that it’s really not that serious. Which explains why I am eating so many mini eggs. Sweating for the wedding? NOT ME! Josh has lost almost 20lbs, and I am apparently trying to find it. I legit lie to Josh about my mini egg intake. IS THIS NORMAL? WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD? I CANNOT STOP. I AM ASHAMED. The struggle is so real.

In other news, Winslow continues to have zero regard for anyone’s personal space.


Poor Lemon is so tolerant.

Hope you are all having a great start to spring!