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

Just Run

Just Run

What does it mean when you not only run in your running clothes, but you also work, eat and sleep in them too? I find it’s easier. Think of it – you wake up and just run right out the door. No changing required! You return from your run, shower and then put on your … Continue reading

Pretending to Die

Pretending to Die

When I crossed the finish line of the Whistler Half Marathon this past June 1st, I immediately did what I always do when I cross the finish line of any race. I made a face like I was dying. Hubby is a faster runner than me. He is always waiting for me at the finish … Continue reading

How Much do You Want It?

How Much do You Want It?

It was at kilometre 26 that I noticed I was running beside Walter. “Walter!” I said. “Sarah!” he said. “I hate marathons and I’m never running one again” I yelled. Then I did a little freakout – a jump hop and punch the air kind of move. Unfortunately, it really didn’t help anything. Possibly made … Continue reading

When You Least Expect It

When You Least Expect It

What do you do when you really don’t feel ready? What a silly question. You go out and give it your best shot of course. See what happens. And sometimes, it just all comes together. Saturday night. I go to bed but I don’t sleep at all. Truth be told I’m upset. I’d entered a … Continue reading

Making the Best of It: CIM Race Report

Making the Best of It: CIM Race Report

Make the best of it… No matter what. That’s what was going through my head as I jogged towards the start line, hugging my warm-up pants and sweater in my sweats bag to my chest in a desperate attempt to keep them dry. A useless attempt really, as the heavens let loose torrents of rain … Continue reading

It is What it Is (but do Enjoy it)

It is What it Is (but do Enjoy it)

I always get super nervous before a race. I wake up race morning and think, “Ohhhhh, why did I sign up for this race?” and, “Am I ready to suffer?”. Because when you race, you run fast… And when you run fast, you inevitably suffer a little bit (or a lot). I woke this morning … Continue reading

Lessons from the Ground

Lessons from the Ground

I’m back. With some new scars, to say the least, but I’m back with a few solid weeks of training now under my belt. Where did I go? Well, after my BMO Vancouver marathon May 6th, I couldn’t seem to stop falling. Maybe my legs were tired and that was their way of telling me … Continue reading

Qualify for Boston? …Check

Qualify for Boston? …Check

You can achieve anything you want in life. I wanted my Boston qualifying time. I really, really wanted to qualify. That was all I could think of as I turned another corner and left Stanley Park behind. So darn close now. I tried to check my pace band to see if I was on track, but I … Continue reading

Eat to Run Strong & Healthy

Eat to Run Strong & Healthy

I am intensely grateful to sit here strong and healthy, after 17 weeks of intense marathon training that by all conventional standards was ramped up much too quickly. I jumped from averaging 20km per week in December right into 70km the first week of January, then 90km, and then 100 and something per week from … Continue reading

Time to Taper

Time to Taper

With two weeks to race day, my major quality workouts are now behind me. The last, my run yesterday, was better than awesome. It was my 3rd of three marathon-paced training sessions… I got to run 24km at my marathon race pace. My coach asked me to run it progressively, with a 5:10/km for the … Continue reading

For the Love of Racing

For the Love of Racing

2012 Vancouver Sun Run 10km Race Report I woke this morning with more excitement than I’d anticipated. It was still dark, but I figured it was nearly 5am and my alarm would go off any second. When it didn’t, I got up to check on the time… 2:00am… Geesh. Back to bed but sleep eluded … Continue reading

Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the Journey

I was recently reminded to “enjoy the journey”. It was meant in the context of my running a lot in an attempt to qualify for the Boston marathon. As in, my life revolves around running to the greatest extent possible while still: Working Going to school and completing my client case studies Giving speeches at … Continue reading

Why I Run

Why I Run

I was both excited for and dreading yesterday’s ‘M’ (marathon) pace run all at once. Excited for it because here was another chance to mimic race day and feel the pace I’ll need to hold for 42.2km. Dreading it because I already knew that holding that pace is tough, and what if I couldn’t even … Continue reading

The Ups & Downs of It

The Ups & Downs of It

My run last Monday morning was 12.5 km of rain and discomfort. I have to say, I feel for Dylan Wykes and his GI issues that gave him a DNF (did not finish) instead of an Olympic Standard qualifying time – I guess I thought I’d sympathize with him or something. Anyway, it all slowed me … Continue reading

Racking up the Miles in Nike Free 3.0s

Racking up the Miles in Nike Free 3.0s

A (Lighthearted) Case For (Partially) Minimalist Shoes I love Nike free 3.0’s! So much so, somehow I convinced my co-worker to bring me back my fourth pair from Seattle this past weekend (GjG, you rock, thank you so much!). I’m clearly biased, yes I know. They’ve now carried me more than 1,200km. Why do I love … Continue reading

One Hundred Forty Kilometres (140km)

One Hundred Forty Kilometres (140km)

In one week. When I first set out on this journey I’ll admit I arbitrarily landed on the number 140 as my maximum weekly mileage after reading a few books and analyzing the numbers (outlined here). I pegged myself as highly competitive (competitive against myself, that is – just to be clear!!!), therefore needing a max … Continue reading

Those Who Inspire

Those Who Inspire

I often run alone. I used to run more with my running groups, but with my new schedule and the odd hours I run, I’m usually on my own. The groups still meet regularly however one individual, who was a regular (if there was anyone you could count on to show up, it’d be her) – … Continue reading

Running Before Sunrise

Running Before Sunrise

Running 70 to 140 km per week means finding the time somewhere within each day to run for anywhere between 1 and 3 hours. Last year, if you’d told me I’d be running upwards of 2 hours per day, I’d have laughed at the very idea. I’d have told you that I have no time to … Continue reading

Achieving my Goal (and a PB)

When I crossed the finish line I did it with my hands in the air and huge grin on my face. I started laughing and nearly crying all at once, gasping for air as the reality of my PB hit me. My coach, my friend, and my husband were all there to share the moment … Continue reading

Easy vs Hard

I was reminded of the importance of speed workouts in Sunday’s race, the 8km Steveston Icebreaker. It may have been a PB had the wind not been so violently strong between kilometres 2 and 4, but alas, the wind really was unrelenting, so no PB for me. I ran the same course 6 seconds faster … Continue reading

Excuses

Excuses

Your potential is limited only by how many excuses you have.* Sometimes we just feel like staying in bed, especially when we can see a good excuse for it. Last week (January 15 to 21, the 16th week until marathon day) was a miserably cold and snowy one for Vancouver. Granted, it was nothing like … Continue reading

More Mileage

I built my plan to qualify for Boston with a key focus on bumping up my mileage, and in a drastic manner. I picked up Jack Daniels’ book “Daniels’ Running Formula: Proven programs 800m to the marathon” on January 1, 2012. I had not intended to make any New Year’s Resolutions (and will still argue this goal … Continue reading