Eugene Marathon: Race Recap

Eugene Marathon: Race Recap

The hour arrived (6am, Sunday morning, on July 27th, 2014), it flew by (42.2km / 26.2mi), and then it was over. Okay, so it didn’t really ‘fly by’. But for so many weeks upon weeks of focusing and prepping for this one single event – The Eugene Marathon – it did kinda feel like it was … Continue reading

Fat-Loading Experiment (Week 29 of 30)

Fat-Loading Experiment (Week 29 of 30)

I’ll admit as I entered the second last week of training, it was with more excitement than usual. Why? Because I decided to conduct an experiment! First of all, just let me say… You should never try anything brand new as you approach race day. Don’t wear brand new shoes on race day, don’t try food … Continue reading

Not Always Easy (Week 28 of 30)

Not Always Easy (Week 28 of 30)

Entering the third last week of my training schedule should have felt like a relief… Almost there! However, with a few tough tempo workouts ahead of me, a 30km Saturday run and a goal weekly total of 120-125km / 75-78mi, I decided not to think of it as entering taper. Whatever mind games we might … Continue reading

Hitting it Big (Week 26 of 30)

Hitting it Big (Week 26 of 30)

I took Sunday off after my Seattle Rock n Roll Half marathon. The day after a race, sometimes I’ll do a recovery run, sometimes I just take the day off. I’m glad I took the day off, because then I had this grand idea. Why don’t we run 150km in our upcoming training week? (By … Continue reading

Fighting Fatigue & Fogginess (Week 24 of 30)

Fighting Fatigue & Fogginess (Week 24 of 30)

After the Whistler Half Marathon, I experienced severe fatigue. For the next week I didn’t feel at all myself – my legs were heavy, my brain was foggy and despite getting enough sleep I remained very, very tired. It wasn’t until one week later, the next Saturday, that my strength had somewhat returned and I … Continue reading

Catching Up (Weeks 18-23 of 30)

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 … Continue reading

Life is Bumpy (Weeks 10, 11, 12 & 13)

Life is Bumpy (Weeks 10, 11, 12 & 13)

Ha! Bet you thought I’d fallen off the face of the planet?! Or maybe you are so busy also, that you didn’t even notice 😉 That wouldn’t surprise me. We are all SO BUSY! In fact, that’s where I’ve been these past 4 weeks – being busy. But it’s more than that –  in fact … Continue reading

It’s All Good (Weeks 8 & 9 of 30)

It’s All Good (Weeks 8 & 9 of 30)

I didn’t blog last week. I had just finished week 8 and it was my toughest week to date. In short, I’d struggled every single day and even though I’d managed 100km, it wasn’t fun. I began to question what I was doing. When you don’t have anything good to say… Today? I’ve just finished … Continue reading

Seriously… Again? (Week 7 of 30)

Seriously… Again? (Week 7 of 30)

I’m running. Like… Hard. You know, and… Fast. Just flying along, when… “Hi Sarah!” I hear my name. I glance to my left. Oh no. No no no. I should definitely not be passing these guys. He continues, “How’s it going?” It’s the fast group from a run clinic I’ve given a talk at a … Continue reading

Fun… And Food (Week 6 of 30)

Fun… And Food (Week 6 of 30)

No way. Another week down already?!! Yep, 90km down. Haha,  and posting this as I’m well into week 7 – so much exciting stuff going on – and so many talks!!! But back to week #6… When I first outlined these 30 weeks, I was a little hesitant to begin so far out. I mean, … Continue reading

Let’s Get Racing! (Week 5 of 30)

Let’s Get Racing! (Week 5 of 30)

It’s funny… I’m almost surprised to say I feel great! Especially because I ran the Steveston Icebreaker 8km race today, after running 22km yesterday, and at the end of my highest mileage week thus far in my 30-week schedule. I’d wanted to hit 105km this week, and I easily hit 108km. You might think I’m … Continue reading

Too Much Fun (Week 4 of 30)

Too Much Fun (Week 4 of 30)

Boom. Another week down – just like that. 77 kilometres (48 miles) – covered in 7 days and I even took Friday off. My favourite run of the week? Oh man, that’s a tough one – there were a bunch I really enjoyed… Fun Run #1 It’s early. Monday morning. My alarm hasn’t even gone … Continue reading

The Easy Stuff (Week 3 of 30)

The Easy Stuff (Week 3 of 30)

It’s happening again. I’m sitting here working, typing… In my running clothes!! After an early morning run, I’ve showered and dressed myself in the gear I’ll wear for my 2nd run in a few hours time. Soon I’ll start sleeping in my run stuff. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. This post … Continue reading

Lighter on My Feet (Week 2 of 30)

Lighter on My Feet (Week 2 of 30)

I didn’t do any pace work last week (other than a few strides). Or the week before. And if I do any this week, it’ll be with a group slower than my target pace. Why? Because I intentionally dedicated the first few weeks to simply ramping up mileage and getting back into the swing of … Continue reading

Go Time (Week 1 of 30)

Go Time (Week 1 of 30)

I think I was hoping for fireworks and applause. At least a few sparklers. I mean, after all, it’s the launch of my new training season! But Monday morning dawns with only a loud BOING BOING BOING. Which is the sound of my alarm. I’ve always thought about getting a kinder alarm – you know, … Continue reading

My Off-Season (is almost over)

My Off-Season (is almost over)

I’m starting to get antsy. You know, like, actually wanting to run those hard and long workouts again. Which is perfect. That is exactly what this off-season was for. To get back that desire and drive to train hard and long again. I’m ready. But I’ve got a few more weeks to go of these … Continue reading

Missed My Mark (oh the marathon)

Missed My Mark (oh the marathon)

The marathon. Forty-two point two kilometres. Twenty-six point two miles. It’s a long hike, no matter how you look at it. It’s a great accomplishment, no matter what time you complete it in. One that deserves huge congrats upon crossing the finish line. But wait. What if you cross the finish line in a time … Continue reading

Strong ~ Fit ~ Fast ~ Fabulous

Strong ~ Fit ~ Fast ~ Fabulous

It’s 5:15am. My iPhone sounds suddenly – boing boing boing!! And I’m up, and then hubby’s up… And we’re throwing on our run gear. I grab water, he grabs juice, we both eat a banana. Shoes, GPS’s, gloves… And we’re out the door. Why am I telling you this? Because last time I mentioned the … Continue reading

Reality Check

Reality Check

I worked with a coach when I was training for my Boston Qualifier marathon. I’m a bit of a stubborn gal and I had it in my head I needed to run at least 140km per week as my top mileage weeks with the remaining weeks anywhere from 100 to 126 (I’d been reading a … Continue reading

It’s What I Want. Right?

It’s What I Want. Right?

I, um,  have a confession to make. I’ve been riding on the coattails of hubby’s enthusiasm. His motivation and keen attitude to run. I’m honestly not sure I’d have gotten out there some days if he’d not have hopped out of bed first and put on his running clothes. And goodness knows I won’t be … Continue reading