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hilly

Well the Bear Mountain 10k was yesterday. Now I know why they call it the hardest 10k in Canada. Cuz it is hard. And hilly. I had some extensive chiropractic work done right before the race and I must remember never to do that again. One of the areas he worked on must have been inflamed or irritated because I was in excruciating pain for the entire race and then most of the day after. The usual things that hurt didn’t hurt tho, which was amazing, We’ll see how it is today, headed out after work for the usual sunday run with Vic.

can i run yet?…..how bout now?

so…..remember how much I hate running? well somehow whilst training for the marathon, something magical happened….did I start to love running? no….did I get good at it? not really..just faster….I got hooked. I’m totally addicted to running. Kinda like I got addicted to triathlons. I still hate it just as much, but I hate not doing it more….it’s wierd….I’ve been off, nursing my injured foot and realized that after the 3rd day I was going mental. I’m going to have to go for sure on friday or I might go completely nuts…..wierd. I have no idea when that happened, but it sure did. School is super crazy and I need to run to regain some clarity in my brain. It’s becoming a little cloudy in there. Just a little!

Definately Maybe

First run post-marathon went well. Just a little guy, did the Gorge route, tried to take it a little easy, ended up pushing my pace  and doing bench sprintervals, I can’t help it, the Gorge route just makes me feel the need to interval train. Everything felt decent, foot was achey but fine. And then I took off my runner after and my foot felt like it was going to explode. I think I need to get an xray. It’s not getting better. I’ll tensor wrap it before I run tomorrow, that should help. It’s making wierd grinding and crunching noises and it just feels wrong. yuck. Training now begins for the Bear Mountain 10k. Lotsa hills. ugh. Printed out the course map today, giving it a try with Marissa tomorrow.
Sidebar: I don’t feel good about Starbucks instant coffee. I know, I know, I haven’t tried it, but it just seems fundamentally wrong. Although instant coffee has gotten a bad rap. Maybe I should give it a try before I condemn it. However, my first reaction is to feel not good about the whole thing!

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!!!

20k

sooooo Vic and I ran 2 loops of Elk Lake today….20k…and by ran i mean ran most of the way and walked some of it….but the name of the game is getting the distance in….the most exciting part is that my cardio was awesome. Felt like I could run forever…HOWEVER, my hip gave out on me…stupid injuries….i feel like it will get better…when I first started training the 10k distance my joints hated me….and I pushed through it and now the 10k distance is easy…..now this is a new distance, new pain to push through…..so i feel like it’ll get better….in all fairness I made a huge training distance jump..it’s only fair that my body takes some time to hate me for it….so this week is tuesday 10k, thursday 15k and then sunday marathon!! sounds like fun, doesn’t it! No? I didn’t think so either…..

Mediocre at Best

Well, my run today was not so great. I guess in all fairness, I’m still recovering and 10k is quite a bit to push for this week. We did run/walk intervals and got the distance done, which is the important part, and better than nothing. So I’m still not 100% after the egg retrieval, which is understandable. They told me to lay off the excercise for at least a week and it was a week on tuesday. I still feel some cramping in my ovary but nothing major, and it was definately agrivated by the running. But, I made it out, did the distance, that’s all I can really hope for. Next run will be more running, less walking! Gave myself a day off the weights because I’m hoping to go train with Chris from PISE tomorrow evening so I want to be fresh for that. Not really sore today from my workout with Shorty except for a little soreness in the head of my bicep. Tomorrow is run, train, school. Love it.

owwwwww

Dinner and the evaluation for school went well. Good times! Workout was epic!! Got 20 mins into my run and Shorty showed up so off we went to workout. Bi’s and tri’s were on the agenda. We traded our favorite excercises and I MAY DIE tomorrow!! Shorty showed me a few new sweet cable exercises for both muscles groups and I got her to do some excercises on the bosu. We have two very different training styles. I tend to gravitate towards total body exercises because with all the triathlon training I don’t have time to focus on any one body part. Shorty does a lot of weight training and is more focused on training an individual muscle group in each workout. So for us to share and combine training techniques is really beneficial and a really interesting variance to my regular workout….therefore….i’m gonna be SORE tomorrow!! Horray. Did another 10 min run after our weights so that’s 30 mins running total which is about 5k. Which isn’t far enough. 10 k tomorrow and Elk Lake weds. That’s the goal!!

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