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The Cankle

I have been a little absent for the last few weeks and I’m sorry about that….partially it’s because of an injury and partially I’ve been away. Let’s start with The Cankle. No matter how hard you try to prevent injuries as an athlete, it still happens. I work so hard to prevent injuries while I’m racing and training, and I very rarely injure myself during a race. However, two weeks ago, while walking back to my car with a coffee on my way to work, I tripped. Possibly on the air, possibly on an invisible cat, possibly on Doris Gravlin (don’t worry, she and I are friends, I’ve worked at the VGC for 5 years and we are very close.) Whatever it was, I flailed and sprained my ankle so badly that I was advised to not bear weight on it. This happened four days before Tough Mudder, which I wasn’t planning on missing. And I did not. But anyway, after this little mishap, my ankle swelled to a RIDICULOUS size, so much that I began calling it The Cankle, and making people do it’s bidding. Check it out…..

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So that’s The Cankle, and somehow the Cankle and I managed to run 18 km with 25 obstacles. More on that later. For all the other athletes out there who are cursing me for racing on this ankle, don’t worry, I’m paying for it now, but I’m stubborn and couldn’t not race. Sooo please forgive me, I’m a bad athlete, I don’t know how to rest.

Stay Hydrated!

Well, I just got home from running the Oak Bay Half Marathon. It was several different things. It’s such a beautiful run, being along the water a majority of the time. Mostly it was long. My knees aren’t a big fan of running that far right now, which is really my own fault. When I was living in Banff I was really focusing on my running and I got to be in really fabulous running shape. Which I am not now. I need to focus more on running more often. However I ran it in 2 hours 10 mins, with dying knees. I’m not super pleased with that but also not upset about it. Overall it went quite well.

I have to just address one thing about racing. I’m totally one of those people who throws full cups of water all over my face during a race. Some people might do this to cool their heads/bodies. But for me, this is for two reasons.

1. I’m just not co-ordinated enough to run and drink from a paper cup at the same time. Seriously. It’s just splashing all over me because I can’t manage to drink and run without covering myself in water.

2. I’m afraid that if I stop to drink, I may not be able to start running again. You know, you get that running groove on and don’t want to interrupt it.

So really my solution to these problems is to throw the cup of water in the general direction of my face and open my mouth and hope that I catch some. So if you ever see me or someone like me throwing water on their face, remember this, because maaaaybe that’s what’s going on.

So, I’m currently curled up on the couch, soon I’m off to ride a horse and then go for a bike ride! At some point in there I’m going to do something that I haven’t done since I was a gymnast. Have an ice bath. I’m feeling inspired by a post Triathlon Obsession wrote about it and I know it’ll make my knees feel better. Wish me luck!!

I’ll leave you with a lovely shot of the ocean that I took this morning on my walk to the race start!

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You can’t win EVERY day

A really big part of training and racing is knowing that sometimes you just aren’t going to win. It took me a long long time, and many broken bones to realize that! Today was one of those days. Davey and I went out for a run this morning, and we were both tired, I forgot my comfy running shoes so I got a massive blister…just an all around fail. So we changed our plans, ran some stairs, did some pushups and called it a day. It was just one of those days. You can’t win every day! But just because we lost today doesn’t mean we can’t win tomorrow. Plus we ran stairs and did pushups so it’s kind of a half win.

However, you know who IS winning?? My new baby horse friend Kosmo. I say baby because he’s green and untrained and turning 4, but when you’re picturing him, don’t picture him little, he’s actually quite large. He’s just the sweetest thing ever. Yesterday he went lunging in a saddle for the first time and he was so well behaved!! I’m very excited to be working with him, he’s going to be such a wonderful project. There’s something amazing about working with green horses, you really build a very special bond.

Spring Training

Well it’s that time again, when cherry blossoms are flowering and spring has sprung and race season approaches quickly and reminds me to get it together and go play outside. If you’re me, it’s also the season to go see your physiotherapist because your body hurts. So that’s what I’m up to this week. Physio, training, and working. It’s a good life! I’ve been running with a knee brace and that has been SO helpful! No knee pain this week, but my SI joints are terribly out of whack. Can’t wait for physio! Here’s a few photos from the other day when my sister and I went adventuring!!

Mudder

Well hello!! If you’re here it means you’ve made it over to the new site from the old blog! Welcome! I hope you like it here as much as I do!

Race season is fast approaching! My first little race will be the Times Colonist 10k for which I’m part of a fun little race team of co-workers and friends from downtown. After that it’s non stop through the summer. One race I’m getting really excited about is Tough Mudder!! In case you don’t know, TM is a 12 mile run with 25 obstacles designed by the British Special Forces. It’s pretty much the toughest event on the planet. I can’t wait!! There’s so many crazy obstacles, hay bales on fire, electrically charged hanging strips, mud pits with barbed wire above them….the list goes on! June 24th!! It’s happening in Whistler and I’ll be a part of it!!

Merry Festivus and all that Jazz

Well well well, the holidays are slowly slipping away. I’ve been catching up on SLEEP….which is unusual and very welcome! I’m getting old I guess, but sleep seems more important than it ever was before! Speaking of getting old, we had a little birthday party on monday at Touch that went amazingly. Crazy party, so many awesome people came out, it was wonderful. There was even a cake, which is wicked cool!! Because the holidays are so hectic, especially considering I’m in the middle of moving, the gym has been a little lacking. I’ve been doing 20 mins cardio then jump rope intervals with weight training and then 60s of jump rope in between each set. That way I get everything in as quickly as possible and still feel like I’m accomplishing something!! It seems to be working. Marathon in february in seattle. I guess that means I should be running more. fml. ok. I’ll do it!

This is What We Came For

Marathon day was yesterday….it was hard, long, painful….and I can’t wait to do it again!! All things considered I’m pretty proud of myself for getting it done. I was unprepared for the the full. With the amount of training I had done, it would have been more appropriate to have run the half. But when I went to register the half was full, so I said screw it and went for the full, but I did register for the early start time (6:30am instead of 8:30) which gives you 7 hours time limit instead of 5 hours, which is the regular time limit. Which I’m glad I did, but that doesn’t mean I was properly prepared, considering the furthest I’ve ever run is 20k, 42 was a bit of a stretch! After work on saturday night, I went home for an hours rest, slept in, and missed the early start time. Not to be deterred, I just decided to go for the 8:30 start and hope I made it in 5 hours. As per usual, the first kilometer sucked. But once I found my pace, the first 26 went by pretty quickly. My hip started to go after that…i told myself some funny stories, zoned out on my music and kept going…by the time I got into the 30’s I was hurting…my knees and bad hip were hating me…i had to take a few walk breaks but ran most of the way….if you’re not someone who’s as crazy as I am, you won’t know what happens to your body when you run that far….things hurt…EVERYTHING hurts…especially if you aren’t prepared….even my skin hurt…….my feet cramped….my back spasmed…hip dislocated…but you run through it…my Sugoi fizz tank is the best performing piece of clothing I’ve ever owned…..no chafing or moving…it was amazing. Other race highlights include:
– making new friends along the way…when you have the same pace as some people you spend a lot of time with them…you’ve got 5 hours to chat..
– the cheerful cheering volunteers along the way….they really are motivating
– whomever put the motivational posters on the trees along the side of the road during the last km, you are my god!! “you started this…..now finish it”, “you own this” and other such posters really made the last km not so bad

The only lowlight was the volunteers on the side of the road who were sleeping, or looking grumpy, or yawning….seriously? Are you really sleeping in front of marathoners? Really? If you’re gonna sleep, you should have stayed home. All my friends had the courtesy to sleep far away from me….

At the end of the day, 5 hours and 16 mins later….I crossed the finish line….aches and pains and all…..my mom and dad were there cheering, which was amazing….i’m so proud of myself. Best training run ever. Just another stepping stone on the road to Ironman Canada….

1 more day..

hooooly crap……it’s almost that time…MARATHON TIME!!!!  this time tomorrow I’ll be drinking a bloody mary at the local and eating a soft pretzel with hot mustard sauce….as a reward for having run 42 frickin kilometers….ack….i can do it!! I was BORN ready…..doesn’t mean I’m not a little scared….that’s a long way to run…today is the fun part…CARB LOADING!!! yay!!! loves it!! at the end of the day, the marathon distance is just something I have to start doing if I plan on making it to ironman canada, which i do…..so I have to look at this as training, not the end result…somehow that makes me feel better…not sure why…i guess i need to justify why I’m doing this when I hate running so much….i’m a triathlete, not a runner….that makes it ok….picking up marissa in a little bit, we’re doing a nice lil 10k, just to work out the kinks….i know that apparently you’re not supposed to run right before a race but my body responds better to constant abuse…rest, not so much…lol…or at least thats what I tell myself…..wish me luck!!!! marathon countdown is ON!

soooo soon

well, it’s thursday….the marathon is on sunday. I really feel like running is a cataclismic battle within my brain where half of me is yelling to keep going and half of me is yelling to stop….it’s festive in my head, I tell ya. But, I’m doing this, for better or worse….my winter training goal is to work on my running and that is what I am doing…Bear Mtn 10k in November, should be delightful….I know that all this work will make me a better triathlete, but that doesn’t make it any more fun….at least I have some fantastic friends who are helping me along the way!! Marissa and I have a scheduled weekly run in between classes on weds and I will be running 20k with Vic every sunday (other than race days, of course). Having happy, motivated people around you makes you more happy and motivated!! It’s a scientific fact!! My sugoi order arrived today….sweet new Brand Champion tank and Picadilly armwarmers…love my life!! Getting back on the bike on thanksgiving monday…SWEET!!!!

Creepy Mc. Scarealot

Kickin it at the golf course….all night….all alone…well except for the ghost…it’s a long story, suffice it say that it’s worth my while to be here til 5am, checking the attic for fires…..CREEPY!!!! It’s a good thing Doris (the VGC ghost) and I are buddies…she’ll take care of me! The cleaners arrive at 5:30am, which is when I get to leave. At that point I’ll go pick up Marissa and head out for a lap of Elk Lake before school. I wish there was more time for sleep in there but I can sleep when I’m dead. Hoping to keep the 10k time under an hour…which means we’ll have to keep the pace up….marathon on sunday!!!

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