Wow I guess I’ve failed at blogging again. I haven’t posted since last year… Whoops!
So lots of big things are happening in my life. You might remember that I had a job interview a few months back. I ended up getting the job and it will start later this year. Woohoo adulting! That means I have a few months off to relax and enjoy some time before working full-time. And that means more time for running!
The current races that I am training for are: Around the Bay (30k), Big Sur Marathon, and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (half marathon). You may recall that I am an ambassador for Race Weekend and have started receiving some cool things for it.
I have an official “Team Awesome” t-shirt, and they also sent us a pair of nice sunglasses from Zizu Optics. I’ve used them quite a bit now and have really liked them. They aren’t too dark but block the sun out nicely.
My training has been ok. Two things have interfered. The first one was my fault because I went to Mexico in January. I still ran a few times but it wasn’t full volume training. And I also ate about 100 pounds of guacamole which I’m sure was counterproductive.
The second was much more unfortunate. I was out running one afternoon while it had been snowing and the sidewalks were not quite cleared. I ended up stepping on a rock or a hard chunk of ice and rolling my ankle. It didn’t hurt right away, but I eventually had to stop my run and take the bus home. That resulted in about a week off to rest it. In that time, I also did a promo shoot for Race Weekend (which hopefully will be coming out soon). My ankle wasn’t 100% but I hope they managed to get some cool shots anyways. Here I am with Kristi and Patrick. It was nice to finally meet some of the other team members!
I can also finally announce that I have been selected as a member of the Frontline Team for the Army Run (another race ambassador gig!). I’m super excited to be representing my two favorite races! (I will be writing a separate post to explain more about this awesome opportunity!) They have been so great and even gave some of us a free entry to the first MEC race at the race track. I opted for the 10k.
It was the weekend after I twisted my ankle, so I just went with the intention of testing it out. The course is two 5km laps so I figured I would run the first lap and then bail if my ankle was bothering me. It ended up feeling fine but the traction was pretty greasy so it was hard to race. As my friend put it, you could try and go faster but you ended up going the same speed and working harder. So I ended up having a pretty slow time but was super grateful that my ankle was better.
During the race, a lady complimented my hair and I’ve never felt so fabulous lol. Normally I’m a pretty big mess while running so it was nice to get a compliment 🙂
Aside from those hiccups, I’ve been fairly consistent with training. I’ve also managed to throw in some cross training most weeks which was something I was missing from my marathon training last year. Around the Bay is quickly creeping up on us and my focus now is just to up my mileage to make sure I will be able to cover the distance. My longest run to this point is 12.7 miles (should have actually been 14…). I had to go home early because my toe was bleeding. I had a hole in my sock and my toe started to rub on the top of my shoe. It must have been bleeding for quite some time because it looked like I killed someone when I was cleaning it after.
That long run was great otherwise though. Despite some cold and snowy weeks closer to the beginning of the year, we got some early spring weather the past few days. My long run on Monday was in about 4 degrees Celsius weather with sunshine (until it started to rain!). You can also see that the canal is totally melty now and it’s been closed for the season.
I’m not feeling too worried yet but I need to really stay consistent if I want to do well at my upcoming races. I think I’ll be able to cover the distance but I am worried about the hills in the Big Sur Marathon. I’ve started taking less flat routes (which isn’t easy in Ottawa) but there’s just nothing close to what is on that course. I am going to do hill repeats once I get my mileage steadied out.
I think that’s all I have for now. I will write again soon about be a Frontline team member!