“Proof” that I ran the 2013 Goodlife Fitness Marathon 🙂
Somehow, I managed to run a 3:41 at the 2013 Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. That’s almost a 25-minute improvement over my previous marathon time of 4:07 something from two years ago. Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are about that… especially considering that I only just decided to sign up for this race a few days before the event date. Apparently not training properly works well for me?
Last year, I ran a personal best at the Goodlife Fitness Victoria half marathon without proper training, either. In fact, I did everything you’re NOT suppose to do before a race (I wrote a post about it here), but somehow managed to beat my fastest half marathon time by five minutes. I chalked it up to the fact I was racing under somebody else’s name and was doing it “just for fun”, with no intention of getting a PB. (more…)
My running buddy Debbie and me post race. PBs all around, plus finally took down a friend’s half marathon record he’d been taunting us about for years… (hence the number 1s!)
I think I did everything you aren’t supposed to do before a 21.1k race. I hardly ran in the weeks leading up to it. I went on a 18 km hike the week before followed by a 19.22 km run the next day “just to see if I could do it.” I did strength training the day before ’cause I felt like it. I drank beer the night before the race, also ’cause I felt like it. I didn’t stretch. I didn’t eat my go-to pre-race breakfast. And I waited until the very last minute to register.
On a Mill Hill trail run with running buddy Debbie… clearly out of shape.
First of all, apologies for not blogging about what it’s like to work “behind the scenes” of an endurance event. To be honest, I was just so incredibly busy. I barely had time to run, let alone blog. I also didn’t have any training updates for you, as I wasn’t really training or racing. I managed to do a bit of trail running here and there, but no swimming or biking 🙁
But enough with the excuses. After a summer being the communications coordinator for four triathlons, I have a new appreciation for everything that goes into running safe and fun events. In about a year I went from being a total tri newb (what the hell is a bike bib?? How do I transition??) to knowing every little detail about the event, down to how many tins of Gatorade we’d need to prepare at each aid station on the course to provide for 800 competitors. (more…)
Running the 2011 Goodlife Fitness Victoria marathon.
Really dropped the ball on posting a race recap after the marathon.
But no matter, there wasn’t a whole lot to report anyway. No crazy mishaps or injuries this time — I actually ended up having a really great race.
I stuck to my training plan, which was to go out slow until I found my legs, and expect a 1-2 minute positive split. I actually maintained a decent pace throughout the whole race, and only really struggled in the last 3 km.
Besides a sweet playlist to distract me, I also had my best friend join me on the course for a brief jog (she lasted one minute — granted she was carrying a coffee mug and wasn’t in running gear, but I was super excited she came out to watch and run with me), my coach Noa wait near kilometre 15 and 30 to check in on me, and an old coworker who filmed me running this same race for work last year find me on his bike and escort me for a couple of kms. (more…)
For the past few half-marathons, I’ve been taking it pretty easy the week before a race. I might do two runs, one 10k and one 20-minute easy run, 30 minutes of yoga and maybe free weights. The week before the Oak Bay Half, I did one 30-minute run and one 20-minute. The problem is, I’m training for a marathon, yet when I sign up for these half-marathons, I feel like I’m in a constant state of taper. I think to myself, you have a race next week, you can take it easy… but really, I should treat these races as part of my training, since they are not my goal races.
Or maybe I’m just using that as an excuse to be lazy?
Not this time. I’m filling my schedule this week with normal workouts – 30-, 45-, 30-, 30-, and 20-minute runs, free weights twice this week and at least three 30-minute yoga sessions. Friday will be my rest day.
I ran the Fort Rodd Hill Half-Marathon loop once, minus the portion down by the lighthouse. It’s about a 10km loop, and I ran it in about 55 minutes. Let’s see how my training schedule will affect my race on Sunday!