Jill’s Marathon Training Week #15

Me and Julie!!!!

Me and Julie!!!!

Before I jump ahead and recap the marathon itself I realized I had one more week of training left to tell. Sorry to keep you all waiting with anticipation, I know it’s all so exciting!

Week 15, my very last training week. Ever! I had exactly 7 days till race day. That is all! And oh goodness how much did I just want the whole thing to be over. So much so, that the emotions from week 14 were pretty much permanent at this point. I couldn’t think of anything else, really, other then the stupid race and what was going to happen to me once it was over. Would I actually survive to tell that tail? Would I die out on the course? Would Erin have to save me and drag me home? Or would it be amazing and I would run so fast?! My vote was on running super fast. That’s what I wanted to do after all.

It was then that a different mentality struck me. It was my last Thursday run with Julie and the Running Room where the shift happened. Clearly it wasn’t during the run or even during the pep talk beforehand – why someone was talking to us about goal setting and where our mental state and minds should be prior to race day was beyond me, it totally stressed me the hell out! I was not ready for this. And during the 8k run I left terrible. I was worrying and freaking out in my head, but when Julie and I quickly decided that food and drinks were happening, I instantly felt better.

We were so close to the store when Alice caught up to us and had me some advice for me for the few days I had left. Drinking beer and eating burgers was not her advice. But honestly it was burgers and beers with Julie that settled my nerves. Sorry, Alice, I know this was not the healthy meal you had in mind, but it was the meal that I needed.

Alice gave me strict orders to start eating healthy that night, to not run again until Saturday, and to only run a slow 3k as a shake out run – I did none of these things. As bad as I’ve been with training I knew what I needed to do before my race, and the coaches said to stick with what you know. Thursday night pints after running is what Julie and I knew best. I probably shouldn’t recommend this as a training meal, but really all that I could have possibly have done to prepare for the marathon was over. I just had to survive the next few days, drive to Picton, wake up early Sunday morning, eat, then run. Easy… here’s hoping.

Getting marathon ready.

Getting marathon ready.

Before Erin and I set off on our voyage to Prince Edward County I tried to stick to the tapering schedule for race week. After running the long 32k (when I really shouldn’t have given how close it was to race day, but did anyway) I took Monday off as I usually do, Tuesday I went to yoga at Kula as a break from the heat. According to Alice yoga in the heat is not considered tapering. So I listened this time. Wednesday was a bit of a yoga overload as I taught two classes and ended up taking two classes. Oops! Good thing Tuesday’s class was a non-heated class.

Then the ups and downs of Thursday rolled around. Julie gave me the boost of confidence I needed to get me going and I actually felt ready. Or more carefree rather. I knew I was going to finish this marathon. I knew (despite my “bad” training decisions) I was ready then as I’ll ever be. What more could this race want from me?! When Friday came I ran a quick and easy 5k shake out run and got rid of all the worries Thursday’s actual run brought on. It’s scary to go running only days before your race and I couldn’t help but worry about everything. Every step, every twitch, every ache, my brain was playing some serious tricks on me! Friday was a day to clear all that out. I have a thing were I can’t run or do anything the day before a race so I was not going to run on Saturday. All I could hope for now was my months of training will finally pay off.

Warning here’s the spoiler: they did!

Race Recap: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon

Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 11.59.44 AMA week ago, I ran a sub 2:00 half-marathon. Hurrah! But I lost my Garmin charger and had a busy week, so the recap has been delayed…until now! I still don’t have a Garmin charger, so I can’t share my splits, but the basic understanding of my race pace is this: FAST, SLOW, DONE.

The weather on October 20 was perfect for running, sunny and cool. I knew a million people running this race and got to see a lot of them in the corral before we started: Nic, JW and Allegra. My mom was in town to see her friend run and she managed to find me before the start, which, in a race of 25,000 runners, is a bit of a miracle. Perhaps it was a sign. I was nervous because in the week before the race, I convinced myself that sub 2:00 was an impossibility for me. I hadn’t trained as long and as hard and my body hadn’t enjoyed my training as much in the past. Damn you, knees.

I found Allegra and we had the same goal, so hung out together, trying not to freeze, until the gun went off.

I lost Allegra immediately. Not intentionally, there were just too many people. And then I was on my own.

 

Kilometres 1-5: Oh my god, I am running so fast.

This race was packed. I ran STWM once before, in 2011, but I have never run a race this big. Ever. The course was CROWDED, and I spent my first two kilometres dodging people and trying to get into a rhythm. According to my race plan, I was supposed to stick to 5:30 kms. Hahahaha, that didn’t happen. I was running just under 5:00 per kilometre, which was way too fast. But I felt good and was still dodging people as we rounded the corner to Bloor, so I decided to run this fast for as long as I could and put some time in the bank. I tend to positive split all my races, regardless of my race plan, so I thought having an extra few minutes in the bank would do me some good.

My race plan also involved me taking a 1 minute walk break every 5k. At 5k, I took a gel (WHY do I keep trying gels? My stomach hates them. Rookie mistake.) and walked for a minute and checked my pace. I had about 4 minutes in the bank. Let’s pick this up and try to ignore the stomach grumbles.

Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 12.00.33 PMKilometres 6-10: Ugh, this isn’t sustainable.

As we ran down Bathurst and onto Lakeshore, I knew I couldn’t keep this pace much longer. I was supposed to take my next walk break at 10k, but took it at 9k for a moment to re-set and make a new plan for my race. I decided to try 20 and 1s, but skip the break if I felt okay. I like this stretch of the course because you get to watch all the elites running back east. They are fast and it’s both miserable and inspiring to see them and to hear other runners yell for them as they go by. I looked for my coach, Andie, and my friend, David, but missed them in the giant crowd.

I passed the 10k mark in 52:29, my all-time fastest 10k. I knew I could achieve my goal if I didn’t give up. Breaking 2:00 took over everything. My water bottle got empty? Chucked it. My gloves too annoying to hold? Chucked them too. Just get to the finish line as fast as you can.

Kilometres 11-15: I’ve got time in the bank, let’s slow down.

After seeing my 10k split I knew I could ease up. I took my 20 and 1 walking breaks with no guilt, but I spent this entire stretch focused on my watch and not losing too much time. It got hot, so when I took off my long sleeved shirt (which was a gorgeous Around the Bay shirt that I love), I tossed it aside. Nothing would get in my way! Nothing! I didn’t take a gel at 10k because I didn’t want to deal with more stomach issues, but around 14k I was fading fast. So I took one. Same problem. Luckily, it never became more than mild discomfort. I also changed my walking plan to walk through the water stations and nowhere else.

This part of the course is boring, boring, boring. You’re coming back the same way to came along Lakeshore. You can kinda see the lake if you look for it, but when you’re focused on running, trying to find beauty isn’t a priority. In my case, it didn’t matter. I just wanted this race done.

Kilometres 16-19: Okay, it’s time to dig deep.

I took another gel around the 17k mark. Allegra also caught up to me around here. I tried to run with her a bit, but I was spent. She was going just a bit too fast and I had no gas in the tank left. At the next water station, I let her go ahead and started to panic about my time again. I kept focus on my watch and tried to keep my pace as close to 5:30 as I could. What’s interesting about this — and demonstrates my evolution as a runner — is that 5:30 felt like lead. A year ago, I couldn’t run 5:30 for 5k without feel like dying. I still felt like dying at this point, but for a different reason. I took another walking break around the 19k mark and another runner yelled at me “you’re almost there! don’t walk now!” I wanted to punch that guy. And while he wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t sure that if I picked it up now, I’d break 2:00. I wanted this break to assess and prepare for the final kilometre, in case I needed to sprint at all.

Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 12.05.00 PMKilometres 20-end: Is it over yet?

This is all a blur. I remember turning up Bay Street and having no energy to sprint. I wanted to rip down all the signs that said “400m to go!” “300m to go!” Whoever decided that idea was a good one is the worst. I passed the “100m to go!” sign with 1:55 on my watch and I knew I had it in the bag. I picked it up a bit (or it felt like it. I probably didn’t.), crossed the finish line and wanted to puke. (I didn’t.) I walked through the finishing corral, got my medal and my bagel and tried to not to fall down.

Post-race:

I found my mom easily after the race. She was on the bleachers (highly recommend bleacher viewing, race spectators. You see everything.) and we watched Lanni Marchant break the 28-year-old Canadian women’s marathon record. I then found Matt, who bought me the most delicious latte I’ve ever had in my life. We went back to the bleachers and watched marathoners come in. I missed my pal David (who broke his ambitious time goal of a sub 3:00 marathon) but saw Ed Whitlock. The spirit at the finish line was so joyous and loud. It was inspiring to see a city come together to celebrate running and personal achievement this way.

In general, I’d say this race was my least fun race to date. I didn’t enjoy any of the actual running, except watching other runners. I felt miserable and exhausted the entire time. I threw away a high quality water bottle, gloves, and running shirt for the sake of my goal. I didn’t acknowledge spectators or high five any kids. It was the opposite of the County Marathon race with Jill in every way. In fact, I felt exactly like David did (read his marathon recap here). But David, my running guru, promised me it gets easier every time. My next sub 2:00 half-marathon might even be fun. And then I read this second post and realized he’s right. (David is always right, at least when it comes to running.)

So. 1:56:49. I did it. I guess sub 1:55 is the logical next goal. We’ll see. It will probably hurt. And I’ll be okay with that.

 

Eat. Pray. Love. (Fitness) Adventure.

We arrived in Bali!

We arrived in Bali!

Wow, my brain and life have been on warp speed since god only knows, to say the least. It feels like this anyway. Really, it all started back in August when my life took a dramatic turn – I lost my part-time job, discovered mold in my apartment, was struggling to find some kind of balance between my desk duties and teaching at MYD, and found myself struggling personally on a number of different levels. To say the least I was stressed. Stressed out with so many things. But oddly enough it was my marathon traning that kept me sane. Marathon training and Cecilly.

See Cecilley and I signed up for another retreat with Jackie many months ago, but this time we were going to Bali! I offered to help Jackie and Julia with the organizing and planning of the excursions for this retreat, therefore I had to go! But both of us were in need of some serious balance at this point in our lives. Little did I know then exactly how much balance I really needed. It was after all the above series of events unravelled when I really felt stuck. I needed a serious change. It was then that Cecilley and I decided to pack our bags and book a one way ticket to Bali. She quit her job, I left the studio (but on a temporary bases) we now had nothing holding us back! It was time to leave the comfort of Toronto and see the world! I have never done any extensive traveling in my life, this is a huge first for me (and for her!).

So hello from Bali! And sorry for the lack of posts on my behalf! Thankfully in my absence Erin has been keeping busy while I’ve been busy planning my next whereabouts. But I promise to keep you all in the loop of my traveling, working, and trying to find ways to be healthy and fit abroad. Right now I am settled in Ubud, Bali for a month. To fill you in on the Bali portion to our travel plan, Cecilley and I will be WWOOFing on an organic farm and plan on making a visit to the greenest school in the whole world, The Green School.

Now that I have a much better understanding of what brings me balance (running being one very important thing, more on this later) I feel better about so many things. One being a better blogger!

Let’s talk about doing yoga in my kitchen

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So for the past few weeks, I’ve been doing yoga in my kitchen. A lot of yoga in my kitchen. Through the powers of the search engine that is Google, I discovered YogaDownload.com, an online community that offers yoga podcasts. I liked that the classes were plentiful and diverse and — best of all — they had several free 20 minute classes you could download and try out.

I immediately downloaded all the 20 minute classes that appealed to me. (Their list of free classes is here.) 38 in total. I haven’t yet to to all 38. My go-to is their 25 minute “yoga for runners” class. I’ve done their “mat pilates” class a handful of times. When I want something more chill, I put on one of the hatha flow options. It’s worked out pretty well (full pros and cons to be listed below), so when I got an email from Yoga Download saying their yearly membership was 30% off — which meant for $60 I could have unlimited yoga downloads for a year — I figured why not try it? Even if I got a handful of go-to classes longer than 20 minutes out of it, it would be worth it.

Since I’m now all-in with this yoga from the internet thing, I thought I’d share my pros and cons with you.

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Pros:

Free classes, and lots of them: I never, ever would have paid money to give this a try. The fact they have free classes and a lot of them made it appealing — and gave me the opportunity to thoroughly assess their produce.

Convenience: When I’m training for a race, yoga is the first thing to go when I need to make time for other stuff. The fact that I can wake up, put on coffee and throw my mat down makes all the difference in the world. I don’t have to get dressed, walk to the yoga studio, check in, wait around. With a regular one hour yoga class, the class is an hour and a half of your life, minimum. With this, 20 minutes is 20 minutes.

Speed: I’m the kind of person who feels if I can’t sweat it out for an hour, it’s not worth my time. Having 20 minute podcasts — and only 20 minutes podcasts — taught me that it’s better to incorporate a little bit of yoga in my life when and where I can than not do yoga at all because I can’t make it to class. I spend more time goofing off on the internet. And doing a little yoga more often has helped my running: my knee problems disappeared when I started doing yoga 3-4 times a week, and, in general, I feel stronger and more flexible than I did when I was doing yoga only once a week. (Even if, by math, 3 20-minute classes is the same amount of yoga as 1 60-minute class.)

Flexibility: I can now do yoga wherever I want, whenever I want. I’m already looking forward to summertime flows in my backyard. I’m also looking forward to having more options, time-wise. The classes as part of the membership range from 20 minutes to 70 minutes.

Choice: This website has so many classes, instructors and different kinds of yoga. I was grateful that I didn’t have to buy into a single instructor in order to get free yoga from the internet.

Cons:

I feel less zen: Now, I’m not sure if this is because the classes I’ve done so far are only 20 minutes or because I’m doing yoga in my kitchen with cats clawing at my pony tail, but I have yet to get the blissed-out yoga feeling I have gotten at Kula.

No teacherly connection: The teacher is just a voice coming through my speaker. There’s no personality, no jokes, no special attention. While this doesn’t bother me that much (and isn’t that different from some of the generic classes I’ve taken), it’s made me realize the value in a teacher you create a powerful connection with.

No guidance: If you don’t know how to do a pose, too bad. If you are doing a pose wrong, too bad. Even the most beginner level podcasts expect a basic understanding of yoga and how to do the essential postures. I would not recommend these to a newbie yogi. This is also why when I put on a more advanced podcast, make no attempt to try the Bird’s of Paradise pose — I’m not going to risk my health and safety for the sake of a yoga pose. I’ll save that for actual classes.

I don’t work as hard: This is true for all fitness for me, not just yoga. Without an audience or a buddy, I’ll only work half as hard as I should, because I can.

In sum, these podcasts aren’t a replacement for my regular yoga practice. But they are a good stop-gap until life settles down a bit — and a good bandage for when I’m too tired/lazy/late for a traditional class. I just downloaded 25 new classes — we’ll see if fitting in the 45 minute classes in my daily life will be as painless and fitting in the 20 minute classes.

 

 

Erin’s STWM training: The County Half-Marathon

Marathon HQ before the race. It was dark. It was cold. There was coffee!

Marathon HQ before the race. It was dark. It was cold. There was coffee!

I’ll try not to spoil too many things about the County Marathon, as Jill will write her own recap — it was her first full marathon!. But I was there and ran my own race and that is deserving of a recap on it’s own, is it not?

We left Toronto on Saturday afternoon, around 3:30. I had a meeting, hence the late departure. We planned to say at the Edwardian House B&B, a place I found online, because of it’s proximity to the finish line/marathon HQ and it’s reasonable price.
This place was a-freaking-mazing. It was literally a 2 minute walk from the race HQ. AND they gave us double breakfast on race day — one before the race and one after! They woke up at 5:45 and fed us exactly what we wanted: toast and peanute butter and banana. They were delightful, supportive people and I highly recommend staying there should you ever go to Picton.

B&B breakfast #1!

B&B breakfast #1!

Jill’s race was early, early so I got up and went with her to the bus. I then hung around race HQ (which was a converted heritage barn) until my bus was called. We headed to the half-marathon start and I waited some more. The route is point-to-point, with the half-marathon starting halfway along the marathon route two hours after the full start. I liked this a lot, as we got to cheer on the faster marathoners and the course seemed more full for the marathoners in the second half — after running a lonely second half of my own marathon, I could see the boost this could give runners.

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Jill was aiming for a 4:00-ish marathon, so we thought the timing would work out great and we could run together! And it did! She hadn’t come through by the time the official half started, but I decided to wait for her. It was a training run, after all, and running with ill was more important than getting a “proper” race start. ┬áJill came by about 6 minutes later and looked great. I jumped in right away, adding an extra .36 to my distance. I let her dictate the pace and the walking breaks (we did 10 and 1s). It was misty when we started, but eventually it poured. POURED, I say. The rain started around 5k and didn’t let up until 15 or 16k. Then it was an off and on drizzle until the end of the race.

As for my running, I felt good the first 10k. It felt brisk, but not race pace. I didn’t even mind the rain all that much. 10-15k was tougher, but I think that had more to do with being soaked to the bone than anything else. My own aches and pains started in around 25k. I started to feel it in my hip and calf. This was only my second long run in my Mizunos, so it will be interesting to see if they help at all in the long run.

At 17k there was a hill, and Jill pulled ahead of me here. Just a bit. She stayed about 20 seconds ahead of me as we went down the hill and turned into town. Jill is a rock star. I was impressed with how many people came out to cheer, despite the rain. The last bit of the race is the only part through town, the rest passes a provincial park and farm land. It’s very pretty.

In the end, the race was strong, a good warm-up for my goal race on October 20th. I ran 21.46 in 2:09:05. My official HM time was 2:14:14, thanks to my delayed start.

As for STWM, if I can get my hip under control. I think sub 2:00 is doable. I had so much fun running with Jill and having a romantic weekend in Picton after. I highly recommend it as a little destination race. Super organized, small but not too small, pretty scenery, and lots of support. The B&B was so interested in our race and watched it from their window. It’s inspiring to see a town get behind their events!

Jill’s Marathon Training Week #14

Last long run with the Running Room ever! My Sundays will never be the same!

Last long run with the Running Room ever! My Sundays will never be the same!

At week 15 I knew my training days were numbered. I had exactly two weeks left till The County Marathon. At this point all hope felt lost. My short runs, and even the long ones, didn’t seem worth it anymore. All I wanted was for this stupid race to happen and be over with! I was getting really anxious for my marathon, but at the same time I wanted to find a way to actually enjoy it. But how? Running 42.2k can’t be enjoyable?! Or can it? Erin seemed to really enjoy her first marathon so maybe it is possible. I’m sure there will be good moments and bad ones too, but running for that length of time your mind and emotions are bound to change, like every kilometre that’s my guess.

On top of all that is going on – in addition to my race – I was also packing to move out of my apartment for the end of the month and trying to get my personal life sorted out. With the wild summer that was, I was in for a much needed break! I’m attending another yoga retreat (this time in Bali!) with Jackie and Julia and have decided to stay in Bali for quite sometime. Cecilley will be coming with me! So have no fear for me I will not be alone on this giant travel I have planned. Which brings me to Monday – Monday was a packing day. Oh, I hate moving and packing with a passion. And I’m so bad at it! But thankfully Cecilley is not and knew where to step in and help me stay on track. Monday I also practiced yoga, clearly I had to more than once!

Because Monday was a total write off for moving/working purposes I made Tuesday the day I would add on the extra milage I didn’t do in week 13 after The Island Girl Relay. As bad of a marathon trainer I’ve been, when Alice tells me to do something I try and do it. Her instructions for this week were to begin tapering and start dropping down. But I needed another long run under my belt first! And the 27k I did alone seemed to help my moral. Wednesday was another day of doing a whole lot of packing and not a lot of running, but I was okay with taking a rest day. I did run really far the day before. When Thursday rolled around I promised myself I would go to the Running Room clinic, which I did and ran a solo 8k. But it was the talk before the run that really peeked my interest. Liz, a running blogger and marathon runner, battled with weight issues her whole life and shared her story with all of us and how running changed her idea of heath and wellbeing. I really enjoyed it!

This is Liz talking to our marathon group. She is great!

This is Liz talking to our marathon group. She is great!

Friday was a full day of yoga for me – both teaching and practicing – I taught two classes and took two classes. I needed to get something done because Saturday was going to be another write off from running. Cecilley and I planned a giant yard sale to sell all of my things before moving out. It was actually a pretty great afternoon. Then Sunday I woke up early to run the Sunday long run with the Running Room. This would be my very last before my marathon! I know Alice said to taper, but I couldn’t help myself. I needed to know I had another 32k in me before the marathon. I didn’t get the 36k training run in (way, way back when) and it was stressing me out. So I let myself run the 32k and didn’t even care. I knew what I needed to do. But holy moly it was long! This run literally took forever, but the good thing about it, it wasn’t terrible.

So 32k was tapering for me this week and I didn’t run much more other then that. Sorry Alice, this was bad. But I needed to run with Julie and my 4:30 pace ladies one last time.

I will miss you all 4:30’s. It’s been fun!

Erin’s STWM training Days 34-41: So busy!

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What a week, what a week. It’s a miracle I got any fitness in at all.

Sunday: Did 17.4k in 1:52:51. I ran the first 6k solo and met up with Kate and Kendal to do the rest. I felt strong and this run was relatively speedy for a longer run.

Monday: Kitchen yoga.

Tuesday: I ran home from work, a 10k tempo run. I hit so many red lights it felt like an interval training and not a longer run. Oh well. I chose to run home from work because I had a meeting at 7pm. I was running late and ran super fast to make up for it, resulting in my fastest 10k ever: 54:23. Only, thanks to all the red lights, I don’t think it really counts.

Wednesday: Kitchen yoga.

Thursday: I had not one but two work events to go to in the evening, so I got up early to do my speedworkout. I had to do a 10 minute warm-up, 8×400 sprints and a 10 minute cooldown. I ran to Riverdale Park track (warm-up) and alternated between running 1 loop and walking a half-loop. I think this made my sprints less than 400m (I think the track is like 360m) and my breaks a bit longer than a minute, but it got done. Then I ran home and felt like a smug jerk for the rest of the day.

Friday: Nothing. I probably should have done yoga, but after the late night, sleep was my #1 priority.

Saturday: Kitchen yoga. I’m supposed to do a 45 minute “easy” run, but it was pouring when I woke up. And Jill and I are heading to Picton this afternoon for the County Marathon tomorrow. This is only the second run I’ve missed since starting training, so I’m not going to worry about it too much.

On a related note, I’ve decided I’m sick of looking at my phone every time I need to know the time of day. So I’ve picked out a fancy schmancy watch (which will also solve my ‘I never wear jewelry’ problem) and I will buy it for myself if I run Scotiabank under 2:00. Bribery. It works every time.

At least I hope it does.

Jill’s Marathon Training Week #13

Oh goodness, my marathon is weeks away. Weeks! And with all the training and running I’ve been doing you’d think I’d feel somewhat ready. This is not the case. Well some days it is and other days it is not. Although my epic long run with Julie – ya the run were we ran to Downsview – actually went really well, but there are just so many runs I keep thinking about where I didn’t run or skipped out and did something else. I’m starting to worry those decisions are going to come back to haunt me come race day. I haven’t gotten enough long runs in, didn’t do enough hill training, nor have I run any sprints. Oh goodness October 6th could be terrible.

Morning sunrise from the Beaches. So pretty!

Morning sunrise from the Beaches. So pretty!

So Monday, like most Mondays during training, was spent doing yoga. I taught the morning community class, stayed and practiced, then came back that evening to work the desk, then practiced again because I always take the 9:45pm class on Monday. Tuesday I taught again and practiced that evening. Alice was teaching I had to practice! But it was another day I didn’t run. Of course. Wednesday I met Julia – she was in a “I need to go for a run mood” just as bad as I was – we ran a quick little 3k around Trinity Bellwoods before her class and I ended up teaching again at MYD this day! Thursday was Running Room Clinic night and thank goodness I did make it to the run, this night I actually ran fast! And felt good about it. It’s those moments when you feel like a hope is lost, then all of a sudden you gain a burst of endurance and take off. This is exactly what happened and it was so great. I needed a good run knowing Erin and I had the Island Girl Relay to run on Sunday. We had a goal in mind placing in the top 10 and perhaps a podium finish? Ha! Or not.

Friday I had a date with Marianne to go SUPing one last time before the season ended. We drove out to the Beaches for our last paddle with Jennifer and caught one more sunrise for last time. It was another beautiful morning. Afterward we headed back to the studio and I took the 10am class. Yes, I am yoga obsessed. When Saturday rolled around I took a break from the heat and went to Kula instead for a hour flow class. It was lovely.

Sunday was race day! Erin recapped her leg of the race, and mine is to follow. The race was great – how can you not have fun running on the Island? I, sadly, wasn’t as fast as last year, but I had bigger things to worry about like not running 30k. Alice told me to not run the race at race pace and to add on afterward. But Erin and I needed to have post race brunch together, and then I had to meet Cecilley to attend the Go Global Expo (we are leaving on a very big and long trip!) and then I had to work! Adding on was not happening. So I accepted that fact and tried to recalculate my milage for week 14 and figure out how I was going to squeeze in an extra 20k. Squeezing in an extra 20k come on! This is not normal.