Catching Up (Weeks 18-23 of 30)

A LOT has gone down since I last swung in here to say hi. So much in fact I hardly know where to start. So here’s the short ‘n’ sweet synopsis.

I really didn’t hit any of my mileage targets and I didn’t really do any of my planned workouts… But I did run a bunch of half marathons!

1. Missing Targets and Workouts

Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan it.

No, seriously… I thought I had a darn good plan in place. But after the Sun Run, I was very tired. I struggled for what felt like weeks. I’m just finally beginning to figure out why I struggled so hard – I promise to share in a future post.

I got in about two thirds of the mileage I was hoping for, and shorter versions of pace workouts. Some of them got switched up altogether on the advice of my run coach I’ve been loosely working with.

Mostly I’ve realized that this will not the last time I’ll go “all out” in training. I had boasted back in January that the next 30 weeks were going to be the highest mileage I’d ever put in, the toughest training – and after that I’d scale back, run more for fun.

Silliness. I am @runfastersarah and I’ve renamed this site runfastersarah.com — for the love of running I’ll always be “runfastersarah”.

Granted, I’ve decided to run a marathon this fall purely for fun. But mark my words, next year I’ll be back with hopes to drive times down. It’s who I am.

2. BMO Half Marathon

We woke race morning to wind and rain. That was probably a sign to just stay in bed. In fact, I know a few peeps who totally did do just that! However, I kept an optimistic outlook on the whole thing, all the way to the bottom of Cambie Street. I will admit the first 4km of a race flying straight downhill was awesome. But when I hit the bottom, I hit also hit a wall – all too soon of course – and the rest was a tad bit miserable.

At 11km I contemplated pulling out because it was freaking hard. At 14.5km I contemplated pulling out because my calf got wonky. At 16km I contemplated pulling out because I didn’t want to end up injured. At 20km I contemplated pulling out before running up the hill to the finish. Well, not really – but it was one of those races where my last kilometre was my slowest. Which has never actually happened to me before.

My race pictures made me look like a drowned rat and I decided I don’t like the yellow race t-shirt (despite choosing to wear it that day). In an attempt to be overly optimistic I’d somehow ended up entirely miserable and utterly disappointed in both my performance and myself. I finished 4 minutes off my PB.

bmo 2014

Other people that day pulled in PBs despite the weather and the yellow t-shirt (in fact hubby came within 6 seconds of his PB – and he also wore the yellow t-shirt!!). I’m quite certain my problems were almost entirely of my own making. I’m also quite certain we all have days like that… And it’s choosing to learn what we can from them and moving on that helps build character and strength.

It took me quite a while to fully recover from BMO. Between my calf and fatigue, I struggled for a few weeks. I did some of my mileage and some of my workouts… And don’t get me wrong – I was still having fun out there. It just wasn’t as much as I’d originally been hoping for. I ran a 37km training run 2 weeks after BMO and while I was darn proud of that run – I almost didn’t get the distance in. I actually walked in the door to our condo after 33km and told hubby I was done. He convinced me to get up off the floor (where I’d slid down to upon walking in the door) and finish my run – and so I did, finishing strong.

training postBMO

3. Whistler Half Marathon

I was excited for this race. First off, it fell exactly on hubby’s 40th birthday; second, I knew I’d be ‘racing’ my little brother who has a faster 10k PB than me; and third, I love Whistler. However, I’d actually managed to forget just how excruciatingly difficult those hills are! Having run this race only one year ago, you’d think I’d have been better prepared… But nope. Got to the third kilometre, straight uphill (so, essentially, I hit my wall 1km earlier than in BMO), was slowed to nearly a walking pace – and wondered what in the world I’d been so excited about.

I managed to pass my little brother at about the 8km mark – he’d slowed to grab some water. I’d hardly pulled past him when all of a sudden he dashed back in front of me, stuck out his right arm in front of me and flexed his bicep. Well okay, if that’s how he wanted to play… Game on! I let him take off. Sure enough, about 2km later, I caught him again. As I passed him I could see he was struggling. I kind of was also – the hills were doing quite a number on me… But maybe he was struggling a bit more than I was. And indeed, although I was too scared the rest of the race to check over my shoulder to see if he was on my heels, I beat him with minutes to spare.

Although my time was slower than last year (probably due to the heat, which I do not do well in), hubby beat his time by one minute and won his age group! Not a bad way to turn 40 😉

I still love the Whistler Half Marathon – despite the crazy crazy crazy hilliness of the course. And I’ll be back next year to do it again!

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PS. Will be back to you shortly, to continue “catching up” with my story of my difficult week post-Whistler, my super awesome Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon experience and my best week of training ever!

  1. Dec 30 to Jan 5 – 50km (actual – 57km)
  2. Jan 6 to 12 – 60km (actual – 63km)
  3. Jan 13 to 19 – 60km (actual – 63km)
  4. Jan 20 to 26 – 75km (actual – 77km)
  5. Jan 27 to Feb 2 – 105km (actual – 108km)
  6. Feb 3 to 9 – 90km (actual – 90km)
  7. Feb 10 to 16 – 75km (actual – 75km)
  8. Feb 17 to 24 – 105km (actual – 100km)
  9. Feb 25 to Mar 2 – 135km (actual – 135km)
  10. Mar 3 to 9 – 120km (actual – 105km)
  11. Mar 10 to 16 – 135km (actual 110km)
  12. Mar 17 to 23 – 150km (actual 83km)
  13. Mar 24 to 30 – 120km, with specific pace runs (actual 100km – no pace runs)
  14. Mar 31 to Apr 6 – 120km, with specific pace runs (actual 100km, nailed my pace runs)
  15. Apr 7 to 13 – 105km, with specific pace runs (actual 75km, got sick in the middle, but nailed all my pace runs)
  16. Apr 14 to 20 – 135km, with specific pace runs (actual 100km, nailed my pace runs)
  17. Apr 21 to 27 – 70km, with specific pace run and The Vancouver Sun Run 10km race (actual 48km, good pace run, race = 45:43)
  18. Apr 28 to May 4 – 105km, with specific pace runs and The BMO Half (actual 74km, race = 1:40:40)
  19. May 5 to 11 – 150km, with specific pace runs (actual = 58km, with pace run)
  20. May 12 to 18 – 135km, with specific pace runs (actual = 89km, with pace run)
  21. May 19 to 25 – 120km, with specific pace runs (actual = 128, with pace run)
  22. May 26 to June 1 – 150km, with specific pace runs (actual = 94km, with pace run)
  23. June 2 to 8 – 135km, with Whistler Half (actual 64km, race = 1:45:11)
  24. June 9 to 15 – 105km, with specific pace runs 
  25. June 16 to 22 – 150km, with Seattle Half 
  26. June 23 to 29 – 120km, with specific pace runs
  27. June 30 to July 6 – 105km, with specific pace runs
  28. July 7 to 13 – 105km, with specific pace runs
  29. July 14 to 20 – 90km, with specific pace runs
  30. July 21 to 27 – final taper week
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