TCM W16:D5

Easy 5

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:13 min/mile

Some days call for red velvet cake for breakfast at work. Today was that day. I put off this run too long. But it’s done. And now I can go to bed at nine on a Friday because I’m officially 80 years old.

TCM W16:D5

Easy 5

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:13 min/mile

Some days call for red velvet cake for breakfast at work. Today was that day. I put off this run too long. But it’s done. And now I can go to bed at nine on a Friday because I’m officially 80 years old.

TCM W16:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:46 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup and 2.1 miles cool down because I wanted to say “yeah, it’s Thursday night and I ran a half marathon.” Also, I really need to watch my eating on Thursdays because I had my stomach was giving me grief again this week. Needless to say, I had to pause the Garmin for a quick pit stop. But overall, I felt great and legs were strong today. I actually believe I might be able to pull this off in two weeks!!  This marathon is rapidly approaching. I made my packing list yesterday for all the running gear I need to bring. Of course, I have to pack for every possible weather scenario including torrential rains, snow, heatwave, and normal run of the mill weather. Running a marathon locally would be so much easier…but so boring. Plus, where can I get deep fried cheese curds and a Jucy Lucy in Winnipeg? Nowhere. 

Easy 5 tomorrow!! I love these 5 milers! Over before they begin!

TCM W16:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:46 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup and 2.1 miles cool down because I wanted to say “yeah, it’s Thursday night and I ran a half marathon.” Also, I really need to watch my eating on Thursdays because I had my stomach was giving me grief again this week. Needless to say, I had to pause the Garmin for a quick pit stop. But overall, I felt great and legs were strong today. I actually believe I might be able to pull this off in two weeks!! This marathon is rapidly approaching. I made my packing list yesterday for all the running gear I need to bring. Of course, I have to pack for every possible weather scenario including torrential rains, snow, heatwave, and normal run of the mill weather. Running a marathon locally would be so much easier…but so boring. Plus, where can I get deep fried cheese curds and a Jucy Lucy in Winnipeg? Nowhere.

Easy 5 tomorrow!! I love these 5 milers! Over before they begin!

TCM W16:D2

Strength 4x1.5 mile (0.5 mile recovery)

Target Split: 16:00
Actual Splits: 15:44, 16:00, 16:00, 15:56

Plus 1 mile warm up and 0.5 mile cool down. Gorgeous sunset. Right on target. One more strength workout to go!

TCM W16:D2

Strength 4x1.5 mile (0.5 mile recovery)

Target Split: 16:00
Actual Splits: 15:44, 16:00, 16:00, 15:56

Plus 1 mile warm up and 0.5 mile cool down. Gorgeous sunset. Right on target. One more strength workout to go!

TCM W16:D1

Easy 5

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:37 min/mile

First things first: thanks for all the encouragement yesterday. It really meant a lot to know you guys have my back! I just got into this weird mindset after my run yesterday. I’m feeling better today. I know exactly what’s bothering me. There’s this quote I’ve seen about running, something along the lines of “you don’t get out of running what you don’t put in” and I know this to be true. See my last two marathons for proof. But I think that there should also be a quote “what you put into running you don’t necessarily get back on race day.” I think it’s because I know that when you least expect it, a crap run can happen and you might not know why. I guess I’m mostly worried that I’ll have done all this work and that off day will happen on race day. But I can’t worry about that. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Anyways! Check out that calendar! Look how little time stands between me and the marathon! I start my taper in 10 days! Aw yeah! I even held back on pace today to get the full benefits of recovery. Feeling better today. 20 days!

TCM W15:D7

Long 16

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:23 min/mile

I should be over the moon. I ran 16 freakin’ miles without a single freakin’ walk break. And I am proud. I didn’t pause my Garmin once. I got a sub 2:30 half time on a training run. I kept my legs moving even when things got rough. I kept my pace steady the whole damn time. But that doubt kept creeping back in. Have I done enough to merit a 4:45 on race day? Will I even break 5:00? It feels like I’m not doing enough. It feels like everyone is doing infinitely better (and I know, it’s not about that, but when everybody around you - online and IRL - is kicking ass and taking names it gets hard to not be like “why not me?”). I don’t know what to do to get rid of this stupid doubt that keeps coming back. I just need to believe that I have done everything in my power to earn that 4:45 on race day. I’ve only missed 1.5 runs through 15 weeks. I have to know that there isn’t much else I could be doing. Believe it, Brooke. You need to.

TCM W15:D6

The day started off with a 5K race! It’s the “Run the Awesome Twosome for Haiti” - basically you run the course with a partner, but each person runs the course in the opposite direction. Nothing like getting a high five mid run from your partner! I ended up PRing the race! Imagine that - I’ve already run 37 miles this week going into this race! I wonder what I could’ve done on fresh legs! Our team “No More Burpees” ended up placing first in the Women’s 75-99 age group (they add your age together). My partner Sherri killed the race in roughly 25 minutes! We got cool medals made by artisans in Haiti! Plus, post race cinnamon buns!

After the race, I ran another 6 miles with Mckenzie and Sherri @ 11:20 min/mile pace and then post run yoga! It was a perfect start to the day!

46/62 miles for the week complete! Time for chocolate milk and naps!

Fall - A Love Story

It’s 36F/2C. Unlike the masses, I welcome this weather. This was the temperature when I PRed my half marathon in May. This weather is my jam. If this was what winter was, I’d be the happiest (sadly -30 is the reality). This weather means shorts and long sleeves for running. No toque, no gloves, no jacket. Just that crisp, cool air. The leaves are already turning here. There are less than 13 hours of daylight now. Welcome back, autumn (though your official equinox is still a week away)!

TCM W15:D5

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:02 min/mile

I think the best part of this run was the fact that I only had to run 6 miles. It’s weird that this training makes me say things like “only 6” but it really did feel like this run was over before it began. Also, no pausing of the Garmin today. Oh! I was able to get Fitbit #2 working today so I was actually able to get my steps in - the benefits of having three fitbits is that at any given time maybe one will work.

I’ve completed 37/62 miles this week. It’s the heaviest week of the plan and I threw in some extra mileage for good measure. Tomorrow I am running a 5K race, followed by a 6 mile run. Sunday is my last 16 miler. I’m trying to emulate the Ultra Loony Challenge I’m doing race weekend (5K, 10K on Saturday; full marathon on Sunday). I’m also doing yoga on Saturday because my legs are really sore/fatigued and could use some loosening up.

In the meantime, poutine for dinner!!!

Who has two thumbs and a third Fitbit that is unresponsive?  You guessed it!  Me!  I’m starting to wonder if it’s even worth it to try and get yet another Fitbit from customer service.  My first Fitbit lasted a year, my second Fitbit lasted about a week, and my third Fitbit had 3.5 good weeks.  I really like tracking my steps and the vibrating silent alarms, but I’m on my third Fitbit since July.  I think Fitbit is having product issues they haven’t resolved or aren’t admitting to, and are simply solving the problem by throwing customers free units.  I’m not sure I’m interested in using it anymore.  I’ll email them (again) to let them know I have another defective unit but if I’m going to get a fourth unit, I want a fun new band colour.  Like pink.  And a unit that’ll last, please. 

Tagged: fitbit, seriously?, .
TCM W15:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:58 min/mile

First things first: I paused my Garmin. I lost about five minutes when I was panic speed walking, praying to any and every deity that I would not have an accident of jordan-gets-fast's proportions. I gave myself that time to take my emergency supply of pepto bismol tabs and hopefully survive the run. Also, take note that I was in the middle of suburbia hell where they rip out the trees and name the streets after them. So options on facilities were limited. And by limited I mean non existent. The good news is I survived and though this run was a gong show, I'm happy enough finishing 6” slower than target pace. I'll get you next week, tempo 10. 

I also visited the doctor today! I hate the doctor. I hate physicals. I hate having blood drawn. But I did get to leave work early, so it evens out. 

Now it’s time for icing my knees and cherry juicing. Exciting times in this marathoning life!

TCM W15:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:58 min/mile

First things first: I paused my Garmin. I lost about five minutes when I was panic speed walking, praying to any and every deity that I would not have an accident of jordan-gets-fast's proportions. I gave myself that time to take my emergency supply of pepto bismol tabs and hopefully survive the run. Also, take note that I was in the middle of suburbia hell where they rip out the trees and name the streets after them. So options on facilities were limited. And by limited I mean non existent. The good news is I survived and though this run was a gong show, I'm happy enough finishing 6” slower than target pace. I'll get you next week, tempo 10.

I also visited the doctor today! I hate the doctor. I hate physicals. I hate having blood drawn. But I did get to leave work early, so it evens out.

Now it’s time for icing my knees and cherry juicing. Exciting times in this marathoning life!

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