It’s Time To Get Serious

“Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious.”

Those were the words that kicked off this week’s training plan email from my coach. It’s time to get serious. I have a 15K run scheduled for Sunday, my first LSD (Long Slow Distance) in over a month. Am I REALLY signed up to run a Marathon in May?!? I was talking to my friend Christa this weekend and said “So, are we really doing Ottawa?” and simultaneously experienced a mini panic attack. I’m serious, the room spun for a minute and I felt faint.

My training has changed a lot since I started working with my new Coach Brock Skywalker of Skywalker Fitness. Using Training Peaks, I get a personalized plan emailed to me every single morning so I know exactly what to do. Strength training has become an integral part of my training routine, with 2-3 sessions per week.Β  My eating has become more focused on good fats, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and I have cut out a lot of the gluten-free “frankenfoods” that I was relying on. Both of these things have made a significant difference in the way I look and feel, but it’s also been hard work…and things haven’t even got SERIOUS yet.

I was reading this post, “Training: The Good, The Bad, and The I Want To Give Ups” written by my new running friend Rebecca the other day and it really resonated with me. I liked it because Rebecca was really honest about those moments when all you want to do is QUIT. We all experience those moments, but they aren’t the ones that make it onto Instagram or Twitter or Facebook. For many of us, our online social media profiles portray the adventures of a happy, successful runner, even though we all have our ups and downs. Rebecca’s post reminded me that there are going to be times during this marathon training that I AM going to want to quit, but I am lucky enough to have a tremendous number of awesome running friends who I know will get me through.

Asics from Black Toe Running

To kick off this marathon training journey in style, I headed down to Black Toe Running this weekend to pick up some new shoes. Being a loyal Asics girl, I settled on the BRIGHTEST, MOST COLOURFUL shoes in the store: The Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8. I don’t want to wear them outside until the snow goes away because I am scared of getting them dirty!

Well, tomorrow’s the day that things get serious and my marathon journey officially begins. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, so LET’S DO THIS!

Onwards to 2014!

It’s funny to wake up on January 1st without any BIG “resolutions”, but I am pretty damn happy with my life right now and all the amazing people that are in it. For years my resolution was always to lose weight, but I am proud to say that 2013 was the first year when my weight didn’t fluctuate and I was able to maintain a healthy relationship with food and my body. I’d like to thank running, a primarily whole-foods diet, and Pulp Kitchen at Queen & Broadview in Toronto for helping me stay on track!

2013 was a good year. I learned A LOT about myself as a runner and as silly as it may sound, I feel like this was the year I became a “real runner.” I say that because my relationship with running went through quite the transformation and at times, I didn’t know if we would make it. You can read more about my experience with running and anxiety here and here, but in a nutshell, it was a tough year. BUT it was also an AWESOME year and I know that the struggle and challenges I faced in 2013, have only made me stronger.

On Saturday I reached 1000km for the year!

On Saturday I reached 1000km for the year!

2014 is going to be a HUGE year. My race schedule is growing and it’s only January 1st. This is what it looks like so far:

– March 30th 2014,Β  Around the Bay 30K
– April 5th, Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8K
– April 27th, Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC
– May 5th, Mississauga Half-Marathon
– May 25th, Ottawa MARATHON!

I was originally going to run my first marathon in Mississauga, but after we got into the Nike Women’s Half, I switched to Ottawa so I would have some time to recover and get ready to race again. The best part about Ottawa is that so many of my favourite running friends are running it! There is going to be a serious finish line party…if I can still walk. The Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in DC is going to be pretty awesome too. I am planning to run a PB at this race as well as add a new Tiffany’s charm to my bracelet πŸ˜‰

If I do have one running-related resolution, it’s to keep this blog updated! Since marathon training officially starts TODAY (thanks coach), I promise to update this blog at least once a week, but hopefully more, as I go through the training journey to 42.2K. HAPPY NEW YEAR and here’s to a kick-ass 2014!

What races have you signed up for in 2014? Which are you most excited to run?!?