My weekend started Friday night as a volunteer with the rest of Team Myles at the Expo, handing out race kits. It was great to wander through the Expo – so many booths, lots of great giveaways and merchandise and so many happy people (see my theme here). Most of Team Myles stayed a little later and joined in the street party happening on Argyle Street to soak up the energy – I headed home for a good night’s sleep. Saturday morning my son, husband and I ran the Doctors NS Youth Run 2k. For those of you new to my story, I applied to join Team Myles after losing my son during the Red Nose Run before the Santa Claus Parade in November. He took off running and I just could not keep up. So for 25 minutes he was out of my hands! Luckily the HRP found him within minutes of my reporting him missing but he had run so fast that it took me another 15 minutes to get to where he was – after having evaded the HRP Officer for almost 2 blocks before they caught him (my son is 4 years old).
Saturday morning’s run with my family was the culmination of all my hard work. We took off from the start line with my little guy holding my hand so tight and we ran, and ran and ran. We stopped very briefly a few times for a quick drink of water but we kept running and I ran every step with my son until we crossed that finish line. My heart was full and my weekend was complete! Except it wasn’t.
Sunday morning was wet. I had had a restless sleep, was running late the get out of the house and was nervous and anxious all morning. Team Myles had a meeting place at the Delta Barrington (thank you Delta!) to collect our thoughts, get ourselves taped together from our wonderful coaches and physios from Lifemark and get our last minute hugs. Little presents and words of encouragement and congratulations were exchanged, a lot of tears were shed and off we went to the start line. I was bouncing with anticipation and took off from the start line like a bullet. the first 2k was ok. Then we hit the bridge…..and I remembered how much I hate hills and my lungs reminded just how much asthma sucks! It didn’t help that I was on the verge of tears pretty much all weekend and could never really get a good breath all day – but my legs felt sluggish, my lungs hurt, I was hot and wet (at the same time) and just generally not enjoying myself.
I ran about 8k feeling blah….but I ran. And walked. Then ran again. Because I had a goal – and God only knows if I have a goal I would rather die than miss it. So Kristen (one of our amazing mentors and a new friend) talked me through it. She tried to keep me on pace (sorry about that) and reminded me that at that finish line was my little guy waiting to give momma a big hug. So – I did it. It didn’t look pretty and it felt like crap but I crossed the line 3 minutes faster than my best time and 2+ minutes under my goal time. As with everything, our coaches and teammates were at the finish line with hugs, tears and lots of congratulations. We were all herded into the ScotiaBank Centre for post-race refreshments and massages (thank you again Lifemark!) then off to Tempo for brunch – bacon!!
We eventually all went our separate ways planning to see each other very soon (many of us are running together again this weekend) but something had changed. A huge part of what had been the last 10 weeks of my life was over. It really felt like the end of something spectacular and I was bummed. I spent Sunday afternoon soaking and icing (and icing and icing…) and feeling really down. Most of the team felt the same as we spent the rest of the day and most of Monday chatting, sharing photos and videos from the weekend and holding on to every last drop of the Team Myles experience.
So I think I’ve come out of my funk enough to finally write this blog. Yeah the race was hard. I didn’t have fun on Sunday, it didn’t feel good – but I accomplished my goal – I ran a race with my son without having to stop, without having to tell him “I can’t”. And this weekend is far from the end of anything. It’s just the beginning. I start my husband’s training routine next week and we’ve already signed up for several more races over the summer and fall. And my Team Myles family – well that’s what we are – family. So they’re all stuck with me! We’ll see each other often – we’ll train together, race together and just spend time together. Because we just completed something amazing – together. And no one can take that away from me.]]>
I have been trying to put together words to describe how yesterday felt and the one that keeps coming to mind is magical. Everything about the day was truly special from being in the hotel room together through to a celebratory dinner with a few of my friends. The day was beyond expectation.
Gathering in the room at the Delta, getting taped together and sharing some laughs with all of you helped to calm my pre-race jitters. Once we started our walk through the pedway to the start line, I had an overwhelming sense of pride hit me. In the short weeks we have trained and gotten to know each other, we have all come so far; sharing many laughs, tears and pushed through some challenging moments. Once we were at the start line and did our cheer, I took in the scene around me as we all walked to our respective time categories – it finally hit me that I am a runner; that the Bluenose was truly my race and at my pace. That slogan never rang truer to me that in that moment.
Then we were off, and after dealing with a slight technical snag, I found my groove but the best was along Agricola Street my friend Amanda, who I met just over a year ago at 360 and who has seen me through a lot on my weight loss journey, caught up to me and said “I am running this with you”. And that she did, she stayed beside me every bit of the way and as we crossed the bridge we first saw my friend Mark coming back who placed about 56th overall in the 10km, who just registered on Friday I might add and didn’t train. We saw other members of our 360fitfam and then we started to see some of the #ganggreen making their way back across, the first was Alex. Delivering the high fives as we saw everyone, just kept us going all the more and pushed us.
As Amanda and I were coming down Cogswell, we saw Sharon, another friend from 360. Sharon was the one who when I found out I was accepted into Team Myles first told me that I was doing the 10km race – there was no doing the 5km. I laughed at her. But she was right and she got to have her big I told you so moment about 300 meters from the finish line. As we got close to the finish, Amanda and put our arms on each other’s shoulders and crossed it together (Sorry to those of you who thought one of us were injured). I couldn’t stop smiling and as a result, at that point there were no tears. I truly lived the moment of having countless post-race hugs; all were special but none more so than from the coaches and mentors. WHAT A MOMENT. The moment that made me cry, however, was watching Christina come across that finish line with tears in her eyes and hugging her Momma, my podmate Becky. That moment had all the feels and epitomized what this journey was all about. It was OUR race, it was OUR pace and we all owned it.
My heart truly was filled to overflowing. It first and foremost started with all of you, my Team Myles family. Words cannot adequately describe what sharing this journey with all of you has meant to me. You all have inspired me in one way or another and these past few months have been challenging, but the one thing that was a beacon of light in all of it, was running with all of you. Coaches, Mentors, Ambassadors and everyone who supported us on this ride – you all mean the world to me.
My heart was also filled with pride yesterday as I watched my 360fitfam members crush their races as well. They have been beside me as I embarked on this weight loss journey two years ago; sharing the day them was the sprinkles on the cupcake (or in our case, the Reese’s pieces on the cupcake). And then there is my friend Sean, who is a co-mentor with me for the gym’s ProjectMe program. Sean lost his son just over 2.5 years ago at the age of 7.5. The purple shirts with Team Bryan on them that you would have seen Saturday and Sunday in all of the races are in honour of Sean’s son. Sean inspires me every workout we do together at the gym, and seeing all shirts honouring his son’s memory, kept making me watery eyed.
This day is one I will never forget. I will leave you all with this: STICKTOITNESS … “The act of seeing something through to the end, no matter how hard the challenge”. This is a phrase Devin’s (the owner of 360) Mom always would say. She sadly passed away suddenly earlier this year and 360’s shirts paid tribute to her with this phrase. This phrase is so very fitting for all of us. We all demonstrated a lot of STICKTOITNESS throughout this whole journey, not just yesterday. #ganggreenforlife]]>
I was absolutely thrilled to apply as a mentor and to be accepted
My first thought was actually ill be able to show people what I can do and they will look at me and think if she can do It I sure can. I now relate this thought that to that meme “what I think i lol like when i run….what others actually see” lol. This line of thinking led to instant failure. First off i was injured and my running abilities were almost non existent past day one. Secondly life happened and my availability began to dwindle, thirdly the members of my pod could not be more different, and lastly the mentors within the Truro group could not be more different.
Although this will make this long i feel i need to address these points. I promise there will be a happy ending if you just hang in there with me.
Last season as an ambassador i had some issues. I ran with a broken toe and stress fractures in both my calves. A little tape and some compression socks helped with the issues and for the most part as long as everything was compressed it was just slightly uncomfortable. This year was something else, the pain was real. Lyme disease and fibromyalgia were in full swing causing issues from head to toe but the knee was the worst. I couldnt run downhill it felt like my knee grew 3 times the size and the pain made me actually puke. During one run in Victoria park i actually had to get piggyback down serpentine hill by a stranger. All i could think at the time was why am i alone asking a stranger for help on this group run. It was a thought that came back to me often over this season. I was thankful for Alvins help trying to make the pain go away and with enough tape and bracing I can make it a good 7km before it hits.
On top of my own health issues my daughter was pregnant. She ended up having surgery at 38 weeks and I had to care for her and then when the baby was born things did not look good, but after a week in the hospital and some minor procedures she is turning around. It did mean missing a few more team runs and leaving the mentoring on others shoulders…FAiled again. So at this point, i am failing as a runner, failing as a mentor and feeling completely alone in all aspects of this experience. But its not.over yet…
I have a pod. Tera is eager and i know she will not have any issues except one. There was an error and truro ambassadors were told training would be on Wednesday and Sunday so she adjusted her schedule accordingly. Unfortunately training was tuesday and she could not come then. Tera and I spent Tuesday mornings running together and it didnt take long (1 run) to realize that she was going to out run and needed little motivation to get out there. I so appreciate being able to run with her as she reminded me of who i was last year and gave me hope. She was my mentor.
Jeanette had so many struggles but she never missed a regular practice. She pushed through it all and did it at her pace. I ran with her Tuesday nights. She didnt need motivation to get to the run
But to keep going once she was there. It was because of jeanette i realized that 10:1 didnt have to be a thing. I always felt that we had to run what was on the schedule period. But i wanted ti see this girl who was so dedicated cross the finish line. We went to 1:1and stole the 21 day fix mantra “you can di anything for 60 secs” when the 60 sec buzzer went off we would decide then what we would do for the next 60 seconds, sometimes we would di several consecutuve runs but walking was only allowed for 60 secs! She discovered dhe could do it and i realized these smaller intervals allowed me to go further before the pain set in. Again thanks for mentoring me.
Melissa. Ive known her 15 years, she is a special girl who has spent our entire relationship disappearing from my life and popping up when least expected full of surprises. This experience was no different. She disappeared from group runs early, wouldnt answer my emails or messages and I thought i had failed at getting her back. 2 days before the race she messaged me.that she would be there but felt guilty for not coming out to group runs so she paid her way into the race and finished with the best time of our pod! Thanks for mentoring me by reminding to never give up on anyone, some of us just naturally show up late.
The truro mentors themselves came in to this not really knowing what to expect. We all had different needs and expectations, and more importantly life was happening all around us. Work schedules, families and personal lives were happening all around us, and it didnt take.me ling to discover that i wasnt ready to give being a mentor the full commitment it deserved. We all did what we could but for me i felt it was something that I needed to schedule into my life months before and create plans and communicate. Thats who I am and if i am so privileged to find myself in a mentor position again it would look very different for me. I am especially thankful to Lorraine who I feel was the most consistent and reliable Truro mentor. That is by no means to say she was better than anyone else, but other than a planned vacation she was there without question.
Here I am 12 weeks later, the day after race day. The feeling of being alone through this process is gone because thanks to coach Leanne I finally figured out the most important part about being a mentor. This was not my race, it was Jeanette and Teras and Melissa’s and all the other ambassadors. It was about helping them reach their goals despite the obstacle of life that got in the way and not just this race but all of lifes races. I ran side by side witb Jeanette on the 5k and saw the smile never leave her face. Along the way we found Annette and while jeanette found her stride and took off to the finish line i was thrilled to be able to help Annette run accross the 5k finish line after having completed the 2k run
Earlier that morning. I never saw melissa but her fb post simply said Proud and i am glad that I was able to put this idea in her head. Tera was far ahead of me with ber sister but her excitement at the start line was so contagious. MY GIRLS MADE IT and thats what it was all about. The rest was just life trying to get in the way of an inevitable running high. I am blessed.
My own personal run yesterday hurt and when i saw all that green at the finish line all I could think was how the hell can i sneak by all of them. I wanted to cry but not because i finished, it just hurt so bad. I got lucky i ran the double double and medals for that were off to the side i wasnt going to have to go through the sea of green! And then there she was, Annette with a huge hug and telling me how proud she was and at last as i write this i know what the ugly cry is all about.]]>
The goodbyes at the end of the day are not really goodbye, they are see you laters as most of us are going to keep going and strive for another race.
For me this journey is coming to an end but it has led me to another wonderful one.
This opportunity has shown me so many doors that are all open. All I have to do is choose which one. I was ready for a physical challenge but ended up in a life challenge. My life has been forever changed by Tem Myles in ways that words could never describe.
I have made life long friends and challengers as well as a support system I will lean on in times of need.
Some family doesn’t share blood it shares sweat, tears and smiles. I am glad to have met this family I never knew I had
I did it and I am going to continue to do it. Because? I got this!!!!
Thank you soo much Team Myles. You are forever in my heart.
One thing I will never forget the encouragement I recieved, before, during and after the race. Not just from TMT but Halifax as well.
This year may be over but I am already looking forward to next year. Here is to Team Myles 2019, Bluenose 2019…. heck maybe even being a Mentor 2019.
I’M SO EXCITED!!!
This has been an incredible journey. 10 weeks ago I was terrified. I didn’t know anyone, never ran a day in my life, and was sure I was going to give up and fail miserably. But here I am. Here we are. A close knit family of runners (that’s right, I am a runner now) that have achieved so much during such a short period of time.
Team Myles is such an amazing program that I am so happy to be apart of. It has carried me through so many firsts that I never thought I would do. Together we have ran further then we thought possible, I completed my first 5k race, ran hills upon hills, and madenlifelong friends.
I could have never done this without the amazing support group that LifeMark provided for us. Our coaches and mentors are the best around. They push us to our breaking points without exceeding them, the are there to talk and answer any questions or worries we have, and they tape is back together when we break.
Not just the coaches and mentors though there are also the other team members, the Team Myles Ammbassadors. 10 weeks ago we were all strangers but we have become family. These people are there for each other no matter what. We have laughed, we have , cried, we have celebrated each and every accomplishment together. You guys are amazing.
So in general I want to say Thank you. Thank you to the Sponsors, the coaches, mentors, and other ambassadors. Without you I would have fallen and never gotten back up. Because of you guys I am going to be crossing that finish line tomorrow and I can not wait!
I am so sad this time is over and that the training it complete. I am going to miss out Sunday Rundays and our hills nights. But I know that it is not truly over. We will still run, we will still train, and we will still be that family.
Team Myles has changed my life in so many ways. Thank you so much for allowing me to take part in this adventure, and thank you for the support and belief in each and everyone of us.
Team Myles Rocks!
Myles Mafia for life!
I am trying to stay positive and remind myself of all the things I have gained from Team Myles. Yes, race day is the big finale and our time to shine, but Team Myles offered much more than that. Team Myles got me out and moving. We ran in the snow, ice, and rain. I would never have been out in those conditions on my own. I’ve met many wonderful and encouraging people throughout this experience. Over the past 10 weeks I have become a stronger runner both physically and mentally and I don’t plan on giving up on that anytime soon!
Although I won’t be crossing the finish line tomorrow, I am proud of the accomplishments I have made throughout this experience.
Watch out Blue Nose, I will be back to cross that finish line!]]>
Yoga was never something I thought I’d like. I feel like I have too much going on in my head to find some quasi inner peace and quiet my mind. Physically, I despise core work outs, so another minus. On top of that, I hate sweating too much in public, with people to see.
So when we were told we would have the opportunity to try out a few lessons of Yoga as part of the Team Myles training I thought “well thats something I’ll never use”. Then when I realized it was Moksha yoga, hot yoga, I kind of laughed. More sweat, greaatttt.
Coach Jeanette got me out to my first class a month or two ago. It was a Moksha 60 + Yin Flow class. It was brutal. Even Jeanette thought so. The instructor was great, but the class was way too advanced. My mat became a slip and slide, and I looked like I had been on splash mountain 3 times by the end. Lets just say it scared me off.
Then a few weeks ago I saw Nole and Terra post about going to a class after hills. I knew they had been a few times, and were enjoying it, so they must know the right classes, let me go and see what they like about it. It was a Moksha 60 Flow class. The place was packed, we were sardines in a can, and this was again an advanced class (well at least I think it had to be). I kind of laughed my way through the class, apologies, but I laugh when I’m nervous. “Now flow into the downward facing dog, jump forward to the top of your mat and then do a back handspring into a twisted tuck at 50mph” at least that’s what I thought I was hearing/attempting to do.
I think the big sign from of both classes, that I missed, was when I arrived to both the instructors each said “are you ready for this”. I thought they were just being friendly as they knew it was my first and second time. But I think what they ment to say was “this is an advanced class, are you ready for how hard it is going to be” haha. Now I know, no Flow classes.
So third times a charm, this week I thought I’d give it another go so I signed up for 3 morning Moksha 60 classes. Nole and Terra joined some of them. They were great! They weren’t easy, by no means, but by the third I started to actually enjoy each motion and practice. I could see my improvements. I went to the third one sore, but left relaxed and ready for the day. I’m kind of getting use to how sweaty I get, but not so use to how often I have to do laundry.
Didn’t expect to be coming out of this liking Yoga, but I can see it happening! I’m even contemplating their unlimited summer pass, and I’ve even been telling other people about it! I’m hooked I guess.
With the help of Moksha Halifax, I’m stretched and ready for my 10k on Sunday!]]>
The weather isn’t looking great for Sunday morning, but we did a 10k in the rain only a few weeks ago and managed it, so I know we can do it again. My time might not be as good as I wanted, and maybe it won’t feel as effortless as I want, but I know I can cover the distance. And then get to hear about how everyone else did!]]>
Last weekend’s practice run was awful. I was in extreme pain from my knees and hips almost the entire run. I completed it – but I didn’t enjoy it. I’m hoping that the rest, ice, baths, physio, tape, adrenaline and Advil will relieve enough of that discomfort to let me enjoy the day. Forecast is for rain, cloud and 10-17 degree weather – I’m ok with that. Heat is not my friend so I’d rather run in the rain.
I’ve spent this past week thinking about this journey. 11 weeks ago we met at Point Pleasant Park and ran 1:1 minute intervals in circles around the container terminal….I did it but at the time I couldn’t fathom how I would ever be able to run 10k. Our first hills night – 10x 30 seconds of running, 30 seconds walking up and down Citadel Hill. I couldn’t finish them. That could have been (and under normal circumstances) would have been the only reason I needed to disappear from this group and say “maybe next year”. But then something amazing happened – Leanne Huck happened. She encouraged me to the end of hills night and then offered for her and Jeanette to stay with me to finish the intervals I couldn’t do. It was at that moment I realized that I was not alone on this journey. That there were people around me who would drag me up that damn hill to see me succeed.
Over the next 10 weeks it happened time and again – coaches, mentors, sponsors, pod mates, Team Myles friends – who would run with me, even at the expense of their own time, and eventually as I got faster – push me on to run ahead and do my best. Not once did I feel like I was alone and never again after that first hills night did I think I couldn’t do it.
This experience has changed my life. I love running! (that was for you Jill) and I will keep running after the Blue Nose. Anyone who has even considered trying this – please do yourself a favour and sign up! Trust me – no prior running experience required! Team Myles will change your life – I know it has mine.
To my team mates – see you at the starting line! I’ll be the one smiling from ear to ear and bawling my eyes out!]]>
Race Day is soon going to be here, exactly 4 more sleeps !!
This journey has made believe in myself again. Every week I had the dreaded drive on Sunday mornings that I would not be able to keep up with the team. How would I ever recover in one minute after running a minute, then two and so on up until I hit the 10-minute run/ 1 minute walk. On Sunday being able to complete the route with my Mentor Nicole Mauger and Team Myles 2018 team was an amazing feeling and I truly expected to shed a few tears, but I did not. However, it was Mother’s Day and when my daughter and Team Myles Mentor Christina Devine completed the route I did need to wipe away the tears, it was a “proud Momma Moment”.
For the past 8 years I have tried numerous times to get back into running and failed each time. This time was different with the support of Team Myles I reached my goal. There are so many people that I need to say, “thank you” to, my daughter Christina, for encouraging me to apply and supporting me to do this, Nicole Mauger, for being my awesome Mentor and inspiring me to look at future running events. The entire Team Myles 2018 team, coaches, mentors and ambassadors for your encouragement and support, it truly has meant a lot. To my husband Lacy, for coming out Sunday mornings and getting great photos of the Team, we will cherish them forever.
Sunday morning will soon be here and we have all done an amazing job preparing for this 10KM race. We will wear our T-shirts proud and hold our heads high, while in our heads we will say “Team Myles Rocks, Team Myles Rolls, Team Myles Ready to Reach their Goals”
Again thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart
Where do I begin to Thank so many great people who have helped me over the last 10 weeks.
Lifemark, right from the assessments, nutrition advice and of course the best running coach ever! Alvin you rock! I know I will miss our weekly runs, your encouragement and advice you gave us every week. Also a shout out to Lorraine Ryan, my mentor, you kept everyone organized and motivated. You are the best!
Goodlife Fitness, So happy to have Lorraine Ryan join me for 6 am Body Pump class 3 mornings a week. Without her I’m sure I would have come up with excuses not to get out of bed that early, but we did it together and so happy with our results. We will continue pumping together!
Aerobics First, my new running shoes feel great and I will definitely be back to see your wonderful staff when I wear them out, with all the running I intent to do.
One of the best parts of this journey is the wonderful friends I have made. I look forward to keeping in touch and getting out and continue running with you.
I feel amazing and so happy with the results of the program. Team Myles Rocks!
If anyone is reading this and is on the fence about applying next year my advice is, do it! It has been such an amazing experience and 10 weeks ago I was so freaked out about running 10 kms and today I am super excited to hit the streets in Halifax on Sunday and do this!
The training is over but my running is not. Team Myles has set me up for success and I am excited to continue on.
Team Myles Rocks!]]>
It feels absolutely amazing that we have accomplished our goal of running 10 km. WOW!!!
Look at all of these smiling faces.
All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!]]>
Running was another challenge to conquer, however it was one that I had a fixed mindset of in the beginning. I brought this up on one of my earlier blogs. Even in playing sports growing up, running was not a strong suit. I was pretty much fixed going into this process that I wouldn’t like running, and I was sure as heck only going to do the 5kms. I have huge fear of failure, and when it rears its head, it can be crippling so the 5km is what I felt I was comfortable with doing at the time.
Like with the rest of my lifestyle change journey, running has been another area that humbled me.
I had to look failure in the eye this past Saturday. Previously to me, coming in last meant that I failed. It’s been bred into me playing and watching sports and the competitive person in me does not want, nor does it like, to be last. Being part of Team Myles has showed me that it doesn’t matter where you finish, that it matters most that you finished. Having my mentor Nicole and my cousin Lorraine come to meet me to finish the last 0.5km plus meant so much, and to see the rest of my fellow teammates that ran on Saturday cheering hard at the finish line was an amazing feeling; that even though I was last across the line it did not matter, it mattered I crossed the line.
That said, it wasn’t just my victory I celebrated that day, it really was all about celebrating what we, as a team, accomplished that day. We proved we could run the full race route and for people who just started this journey two short months before, it is outright impressive. We all should be proud of how far we have come on this journey.
Saturday, I looked fear in the eye, but I ran for the name on the front of my shirt, not for the name on the proverbial back of the shirt like in sport. I have pushed through this past two plus months because of my fellow teammates and I honestly cannot wait for race day. You ALL inspire me.
TEAM MYLES ROCKS! TEAM MYLES ROLLS AND TEAM MYLES IS KICKING ASS GOING AFTER THEIR GOALS.]]>
My goal of below 60mins on race day is in sight! We had perfect weather for both days, so fingers crossed for race day we get some of the same.
I can’t believe how fast this has all flown by. Time flies when your having fun?! Who knew I’d be saying that about running, definitely not high school Alex.
The next week consists of taking it easy, doing some short runs, and lot’s of Team Myles bonding! I think im going to pack in a few Moksha yoga sessions as well, to stretch me out, and engage my core, while I give my legs a rest.
Now it is down to fine tuning my running playlist, choosing what to wear on the big day, and a little bit of mental prep.
Most of my cross training and runs outside of the group have been done at the gym at Delta Halifax, often with no one else there, or at most 2 other people. The crowds on race day are starting to give me a little anxiety, so I’m getting a playlist of upbeat, loud songs, that I can tune it all out and power through.
I’m sure on race day the crowds will give me the energy to keep going, like everyone says, but for now I find it a daunting idea.
All the physical training that will make a difference is done. It’s now about mind over matter!]]>
On that first night at Tempo I remember feeling out of place and awkward. I looked around and knew no one, looking back I really had no idea what I was in for. That night I met two women that I am sure I will have as friends forever.
I remember going into that first Sunday run thinking it was only 20 1:1 I could do that right? It was a humbling experience. I wanted to stop after the first set, the second set and I swear each set that followed. But right from that very first day the mentors had our backs. They were there saying exactly the right thing at the right time. Encouraging, supportive and motivating. We all made it through that day. And then the next training session. We all bonded and at some point it became so much more then just a team. We became a support system for each other. Whether you are having a good day, a bad day or just needed to vent there was always someone there to support you.
About 5 or 6 weeks into the journey is when it all clicked for me. It stoped being all about the group and started being about me as part of the group. I was no longer running cause I had to follow the schedule as part of the group, but because I enjoyed it. I was feeling so much stronger then I ever had before. I was doing it for me. I had finally given over to the process.
The Sunday long runs became fun. The Wednesday hill nights became doable ( well except for that one week when we did sprints up the hill, common really? Lol). When I started I never would have dreamed I’d be running over the bridge and enjoying it.
This weekend was an emotional one for so many of us. Watching everyone’s videos and reading all the posts and looking through the countless photos you could see it. We are all on this wonderful crazy journey together and this is weekend was one of the peaks. Waking up in Fredericton this morning to lots of messages from the mentors and my team mates was amazing. And as a ran my 10k today I thought of everyone on the team and the emotions came flooding in. I am not ashamed to say I have cried a few times this weekend watching videos of my teammates finishing their runs, or when I finished mine today. Or when my biggest supporter and bestie crossed the finish line of her fourth full marathon today (full disclosure I may be crying while typing this now).
This journey has helped me find a strength in myself that I am not sure I even knew existed. What a crazy, wonderful journey this is turning out to be!
The final countdown to the big race day is on and of this weekend is any indication I’m going to need to stock up on Kleenex !!]]>
A huge thank you to Team Myles Truro and Halifax, our coach, Alvin, mentors, and ambassadors for all the support and training over the last few months. Never could have gotten this far without you guys!
Both exciting and nerve racking, so many emotions, as even more on race day. Good luck to everyone]]>
I am having mixed feelings about both the end of this journey and what will be a start of a new chapter in what will my new life.
I have moved on to a level I never thought possible in my fitness goals. I am excited to go forward with matching and exceeding the new goals I set.
But, don’t think this journey is all about the physical side of fitness. Its not! Not at all!! There is a huge emotional side. The exercise helps get endorphins flowing but the people you meet on the team really make you look at life in another direction or well at least it did to me.
The positive encouragement that the team has shown me how much a person can be lifed up back up where everyone should always be.
I am back up and I am sticking with it. My life had so much negativity and I was living with it. I accepted it and let it pull me down. Team Myles has shown me how to cut the drag lines so I can fly high on positive days and have more of them than bad days.
Its like the bridge, I thought at first I vouldn’t run the bridge and back but once I got going there was no stopping me.
So, with just 10 days to go. This girl has shed her armour and is excited to crush the race and get going on living my best life.
Thanks Team Myles you have done more than I could ever put into words.]]>
The crowds. The cheering. The happy tears. Race Weekend – I can’t wait!
As a mentor I have had the pleasure to watch so many incredible people giv’er this spring. It gives me chills to think about our first run – firstly because it was freezing – but also because that bunch of strangers who gaggled along on the run that day had no idea what they could do, and know they know.
Those self-doubt moments have turned into self-assuring hill-climbs and mileage milestones as we have watched ambassadors blow past what they thought they were capable of, and set sights on race day with excitement.
The training is the accomplishment. Race day is the celebration! Last year I posted this list of tips to help you prepare for race day. As we head into our LAST LONG RUN (omg!!) this week, I thought I would share it again:
1. Test out your race day outfit. Literally everything you plan on wearing. Pants, shirt, underwear, headphones, socks, bra, even your hair tie should be tested. There is NOTHING worse than having something bug or chafe you during a race. Pants falling down is probably the worst. You want focus on running and not wardrobe malfunctions. This is your week to test out your race day attire!
Also to add to that, figure out whether you will run with your phone / iPod / etc. and where you will store this on you, trial it as well.
2. Don’t eat anything weird between now and race day! Stay away from the stuff you know doesn’t agree with you. In the week leading into the race, up the healthy starchy carbs, like sweet potato, banana, quinoa, and eat lean meats like chicken and fish if you can. In the last 3 days before the race be extra cognizant of this & try to up the portion size a bit. Eat what you would normally eat before a run on the morning of the race. Aint nobody wants an emergency porto-potty stop during the race!
3. HYDRATE.Drink as much water as you can between now and race day. Try to reduce coffee and alcohol (…who am I kidding though really) because these dehydrate you. We can celebrate after the race!
4. Be cognizant of your bathroom habits starting today. Try to time your #2’s so you might be able to achieve a pre-race poo the morning of the race. You’re welcome.
5. Cut your toe nails, but not the night before the race. Long toe nails cause problems but also newly cut ones do too. I cut mine 2 days out. Getting real personal here.
6. Take it easy. This is called a “taper”. Leanne will likely touch on this. It might be hard to resist but just try to do little, easy runs 1-2 days of the week leading in and don’t lift any weights or do anything that could give you muscle soreness. Relax, take a bath, stretch. You’re not going to gain much more fitness by givin’er after this last training week, and you risk hurting yourself or being tired on race day.
7. Sleep! As much as you can. Race day jitters can be real – if you think you’re going to lose sleep, figure out ways set yourself up for sleepy success. You know yourself best. Get your Z’s!
8. MOST OF ALL: Take a sec to check in with yourself. Think about those freezing cold runs this winter/spring, and remember how far you have come. You’ve put in the work. You’ve ran when you didn’t feel like it. You pushed yourself until you made it up that pesky Citadel hill. You accomplished things you didn’t think you could, and enjoyed a few brunches along the way. Take it all in, listen to the spectators that see TEAM MYLES across your chest and cheer for you because they know what you’ve been through (you’re so hali-famous now!). Smile the whole way and enjoy every single step of this race!
I’m crying happy tears just thinking about race day. I honestly can’t wait to see all of your hard work come to fruition. Feels all round!
However, although yesterday was great today SUCKS! My body feels like it has been hit by a train. Every muscle and bone aches. Although I rolled and had a nice salt bath after the run I guess it wasn’t enough because my body is screaming today. I feel like I’m about to experience the worst “flu” ever.
I have a hard time getting around the classroom today and kids are asking me if I’m okay. And although I feel like I have the body of an 80 year old today I’m damn proud when I tell them i’m sore because I ran 10 km yesterday.]]>
We’re only 2 short weeks from race day and I’ve been anxiously counting down the weeks as I reach longer and longer distance. Yesterday our coaches and mentors paired up with some of us one on one to help keep us motivated. I was fortunate enough to get Coach Leanne who pushed me as far as I could go but also calmed my self-doubt in the same stride. We had a great run and a great talk. After about 9k my hips started to really hurt (the good news – it took my mind off my super sore knees) and the running intervals became shorter. But Leanne just wouldn’t let me quit – I was going to hit 10k today if it killed me (and it almost did!). As we were waiting for the light at the corner of Spring Garden and South Park a lovely lady approached us and told us how great it was that we were doing this race and wished me well – then I stepped off the curb and my phone told me that I had hit 10k! We walked the rest of the way back to the meeting spot and for the time being nothing hurt – all I felt was joy, pride and a wonderful sense of accomplishment! I can make my body move in a forward motion for 10k. Who knew?!
Not going to lie – I spent most of the rest of the day between a hot Epsom salts bath and ice packs on my knees and hips but I woke up this morning feeling almost good as new. I spent a good part of my “ice-time” yesterday thinking about how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. That first day of 1:1 intervals when I was more than ready for a rest after just 1 minute of running; and our first hills night where I could not finish all our running intervals because my lungs just would not let me breathe. I did multiple 11:1 intervals yesterday with a few 8s and 9s thrown in (and a couple of 5s and 6s too when dealing with a hill) but what a change!
I originally wanted to get the 10k done in less than 1hr 30mins and I was literally seconds off that mark. I now have two weeks to let the uber-competitor in me work on carving off seconds and minutes from my pace and getting across that finish line even faster. Looking forward to race day!!]]>
My first symptom started during week 3. I had a tingling in my left lower leg. I got in for my assessment with Paul and found out that I pronate and have an early heel rise. Paul put a wedge in the heel of my shoe, which stopped the tingling immediately. Amazing!
The pronating started to irritate my knee, so Paul recommended insoles for my sneakers and I also started seeing Lifemark PT Shara Quinn. Shara identified that I had glute weakness and she gave me exercises for strengthening. Treatment was extremely helpful and I’ve continued to go biweekly for follow ups.
I then went for a sneaker assessment and found out that I was wearing a sneaker that was too small. It was recommended that I increase by 1/2 a size to allow for my foot to have full range of motion. The larger shoe allowed for a bit more pronation to occur, so I started to have some hip pain. I saw Paul about this today and he’s built my insole up a bit to offer further support to prevent the extra pronation.
I’m a Lifemark employee, so I might be a bit biased :), but I am grateful for the awesome team of clinicians that have kept me running! I highly recommend not ignoring any symptoms that you may be having. Get in to see a clinician and address those aches/pains before they become injuries!
Bluenose weekend is just 2 weeks away. Keep stretching, keep foam rolling, keep cross training!]]>
Tonight running Point Pleasant in the rain with some amazing Team Myles ladies in the park with me as inspiration, I found a way to push through over 9km. Admittedly the last 1/2 of the second loop I did, I was having a hard time coaching myself through and silencing the inner voice. Then, I started to think about the journey of these past two months of running, how I knew I was getting closer to that 10km goal and how race day wasn’t as daunting.
The one image that came to my head in visioning the finishing line was knowing my cousin Lorraine is going to be there as she is one of the Team Myles mentors. I visioned our hug at the finish line and that helped me pick up my pace and finish out that last half of the loop. I thought of how proud Lorraine’s Dad and my Mom would be to know that their daughters are sharing in this journey together; and how proud they would be of us.
Now that we are finally in the month of May, I am excited for race day, I am excited for the finish line to celebrate and share tears with each and every one of you.]]>
The questions were great, a nice variety so you could get to know a little about your coworkers, who would you most like to have dinner with dead or alive, what would your dream job be and most embarrassing thing you have ever done. Great questions and I did learn so much about everyone but the last question actually caused me to learn the most about myself and this journey I am on.
For those of you that know me I am not someone who tends to do things for myself. I do things for my children, my boyfriend, my team, pretty much everyone but myself. This past few weeks I have felt a shift in that, I have started to do things for me, early morning yoga, meeting with our dietician Amanda and actually following the plan she is helping me with. All these things for me. And then the last question today, What are you most passionate about? What am I most passionate about?
Normally some thing like volunteering, or my family, my work would be my go to answer. But today I said me. I am most passionate about me and this journey I am on. I am loving the journey, I am loving the results, I am loving me. So I told person after person about my journey, our team and how passionate I am. It was amazing to say the words I never say. To really brag about myself. Why is it we feel like it’s a bad thing. We are rocking this.
Everyone should take a few minutes to congratulate themselves, to brag to people about their journey. We are inspiring others but I think we are also inspiring ourselves week after week and run after run.
I am passionate about me!]]>
Great job guys!! With every step you take putting one foot in front of the other is getting us closer to the finish line! Lets Give er’!
Photo credit : Phylicia Pettis]]>
Kim; “I have felt behind this entire process. Chances are you are behind some and infront of others”
In those few words Kim redefined the word “behind” for me. While yes, this program includes a pretty laid out training schedule, the main goal of all the mentors and coaches is to help us reach OUR goals and be the best WE can be.. so why am I comparing myself to others?
“Avery you CAN do 9:1! I know you can, 100%!! The mental game in running is the HARDEST PART. Physically, you can DO THIS! Mentally you just gotta get there as well ”
In a short paragraph Melody was able to remind me that I CAN run 9:1, I just have to let myself. I often stop running before I’m out of breathe, before my legs hurt etc because mentally I am not in it! So here comes the time to fix the way I think and allow myself to do those 9 minutes of running no matter how fast I am going.
Thanks to all of the people I’ve reached out to, I feel refreshed. I will go for a run tonight and I WILL hit 9:1s.
Moreover seeing everyone else posting about hitting their goals, reaching new times, seeing improvements. It’s what makes thhis group so great. When others hit their goals it makes you want to hit yours.
On Sunday, after a long week of training already, Coach Jeanette pushed me. It was our first run on most of the route for race day, over the bridge. This city is all hills, and the bridge is the worst. We were doing a 72 minute run, some doing the interval training, some stopping when needed. I had already clocked 3ok+ prior to this run during the week, and my body was feeling it. At the 8k mark I was ready to throw in the towel. But Jeanette said no, we are hitting 10k. Walk, run, moaning, we were going to make 10k, and she wasn’t letting me off. So we kept running, taking breaks when I needed. I did it! 10k in 61 minutes!
My goal for race day is anything under 60minutes. The goal is in reach! I couldn’t be happier, or more determined!
Not only are the running goals in reach! I’ve hit some personal goals. Training and eating better has help me shed some weight. I’ve gone from 240lbs to 205lbs since the new year started. Actually fitting into size 36 pants. The last time I fit into 36 pants was maybe 6th Grade. 5 years ago I was size 48. 12inch difference. When I started my weight loss years ago I have tried to limit goals, as with weight loss I’ve often found that when I’m not reaching them it discourages me to continue. So I dont check my weight until I’m feeling happy with the results im seeing. I’ve always subconsciously had a goal in mind of a waistline around 34-36. I’m here! It is a personal win.
On top of that I’ve reached my Scotiabank Charity Challenge goal! Which wouldn’t have been possible without every sponsor! Thank you to all who have donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation by sponsoring my run, in honour of my Dad. With all donations we have raised over $2000 in honour of him! It truely is appreciated, and just another drive to hit the under 60min mark on race day. I have to keep this momentum up.
Looking forward to the next Sunday run, I need to work on overcoming that bridge!]]>
As I set out, I felt butterflies. The last time I ran the bridge on my own, it was a disaster. I got about a quarter of the way up the incline, then had to walk to the middle. It was exhausting and frustrating and demoralizing. This run, though, was a huge improvement. I ran over, along Brunswick, and back without needing intervals and without having to slow down on the uphills.
It seems impossible that I am a person who can run 7km as “the short run” of the week. 5km has always been my upper limit, but that self-imposed ceiling seems to be gone for good now.]]>
I had already walked 4km with my mom about 2 hours before so I was not feeling up to running for 8 mins!
One of our Ambassadors, Jeanette; wasn’t either. Mentor Lorraine and I ran 5kms worth of 4:1s with her! That was enough running for me for the evening! HAHA I did however walk back out and meet up with the other group who were doing longer runs than we were.
One ambassador Cathy, got her first 10k in last night!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!http://staging.teammyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/img_7972.mov
Not gonna lie she totally inspired me to get my butt out there for my long run as the furthest I’ve ran this year is 8kms on a treadmill at Goodlife.
I woke up this morning with the temp outside already being nearly 10 degrees!!!
Couldn’t waste that!!!
So I got ready and headed out the door with intentions of completing 10kms. I wasn’t sure what interval I was going to do at first but I decided on 3:1s and would run through my walks occasionally (except that didn’t happen) the 3:1s were SOOO long to me (I really enjoy having someone to talk to while running – it makes the time pass so much quicker)
I ran into Victoria Park
and through town until I reached 5kms at 43:24 I might add.. a PB for this year!
Too bad I wasn’t finished there!
I had to get home…
I made it to my moms work at 7km and was dying for a drink (I didn’t take my water belt today cause I’m experimenting with the hydration effects of my AllMax CARBion+ which works really well as I didn’t feel really thirsty until about that 5km mark)
I quickly got a drink and headed on my way. Except this stupid put a damper in my route and I had to back track a little to avoid standing and waiting for the train to pass.
I had to run around my block a bit and add in a hill sprint to get to my 10km mark but
I DID IT!!!!!
This is the longest run I’ve done since my half marathon last year and hurting my knee. I could defiantly feel some tension in my knee even with KT Tape on it. I’ll defiantly be foam rolling tonight and taking a couple days off from running to cross train before our run & brunch on Sunday! YAY FOOD
I feel super excited and proud to have finished 10km in just under 1:30!
Can not wait to train more and make a better time for Blue Nose Weekend!
Time for some lunch and a hot bath to relax these legs!]]>
For our Sunday run (and holy cow was that a long one! Great job, everyone!), I started listening to music for the first time since we started Team Myles. I put together a Spotify playlist with a BUNCH of my favourite workout songs (mostly Kesha…cause, KESHA!!) and I’ve gotta say, it ended up being my most fun run YET!
I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE run as far as we did on that day, and between the sunshine and the music, I just felt awesome to be doing what we’re doing, with the amazing people we’re doing it with <3
Here’s my current Team Myles long run playlist:
Die Young REMIX – Kesha
Woman – Kesha
We R Who We R – Kesha
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus (but in my head I change it to ‘Party in the B3K’ cause I’m a PROUD NORTH-ENDER!!)
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys
If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
Ante Up – M.O.P. Warriorz
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
And I’m looking for MORE so what songs on your playlist REALLY get ya moving?]]>
Time to stop worrying about things that are out of my control and to enjoy the process (every bit of it). We have less than four weeks to go and I when I look back on the memories of this journey, I want to remember the important things like how fortunate I was to be given the privilege of being on this team, and the lessons I learned along the way.
The next time I run across that bridge, I’m going to count my blessings with every step and toss the worry and negativity into the wind!!
My last run prior to yesterday was hills night on Wednesday. Since then I’ve been swamped with life so did very little physical anything before our long run yesterday morning. Saturday afternoon I did manage to get out to buy my new runners thanks to the help of Luke at Aerobics First (awesome guy!) I was kitted out with new runners and insoles to help correct a minor pre-disposition to pronate (say that 5 times fast). I was forewarned that my first run would be tough as I was still breaking them in – so try to take it easy… Most impactful to yesterday was my inexplicable but very real fear of the bridges. It’s a mix of the fear of heights/falling/falling into water. Every time I drive over that bridge (which is every day to get to work) I drive in the middle lanes and do not EVER admire the view.
So we took off on a beautiful sunny day with my new runners and started the route that we will be tackling in a very short 4 weeks time. The first couple of kms are fairly flat and was a nice jog at a great pace (for me) and I was feeling good. Down North Street towards the bridge my wonky knee made sure I took really short strides but I was still feeling strong and I was having a great little run with Kristen. Then we hit the bridge – I managed to get a few good strides across before my lungs started to labour a bit (the asthma never leaves – I’ve just learned to breathe better – for the most part) I then made the mistake of looking out towards the water…then my breathing became a big problem and my heart started to race a little faster. I recognized that feeling I hated so much and started my walking interval early – and hugged the far left of the walkway as tightly as I could. Just so you know – that bridge is LONG!
I eventually made it to the other side – but my head was not into this run at all. I seriously considered hailing a cab to bring me back over the bridge but I had a goal for the day and I was going to finish my 8km by the time our 72 minutes were up. I grabbed a quick drink, stretched out the hammies a bit (they were killing me all day) and started back over. The run back was no better – worse in fact. I couldn’t keep on my intervals at all. My head, heart and body were not into this run. I walked/ran in weird intervals to get off that bridge as fast as I could. Walked up most of North Street and only really started the long run back to home once I hit flat ground again. My legs felt like lead, every muscle below my belly button screamed at me and I finished my 8km in JUST 72mins and felt miserable about it.
Sometimes it’s just my purely stubborn nature that gets me across the finish line – because yesterday was not fun. I need some serious physical and mental work this week to be ready to do that again next Sunday. Wish me luck.]]>
With all that whining out of the way – this is why I so love being apart of this team. Christina and Carly’s encouragement helped to get be back on track and I started to come into my own once I turned onto North street and set my sights on the bridge. As we were going over the bridge, I ran into someone I went to University with who is training for the half marathon which was a nice surprise. And as I was working my way to get half way across the bridge, some of the others were on their way back and all of the high fives and words of encouragement helped me keep going.
I was able to get out of my head because of all of your support. I am so thankful to be part of this team and I cannot wait to cross the finish line in four weeks and celebrate with all of you.]]>
So there where a couple of other great highlights today, couple of great compliments from other team members running behind me and making comments on my “behind”, lol. Thank you Melissa Hilchey and Shauna MacNeil you sure know how to make a gal feel good when starting out on 8 8:81’s. Photo courtesy of Melissa Hilchey.
And then there was my POD, these ladies are some of the strongest ladies I have ever had the opportunity to meet. They all conquered those 8:1’s today like champions. They all did so amazingly well, Becky White, Cindy Haines, Jocely Hiltz and Stephanie Clark I couldn’t be prouder to be your mentor, POD mate, team mate and friend.
Today one of our team mates messaged just as we where getting ready to start to say don’t wait for me as I am not feeling well and then BOOM there she was at the start line ready to give it a go. Cindy you started the run not sure of how far you would get today due to not feeling well. I’m not going to lie, when I seen you on the bridge I looked at Stephanie and said, Cindy is killing it for someone who is not feeling so well. And you did you killed it today. And then there is Stephanie, at yoga on Thursday night I kind of jokingly said to Stephanie and Cindy that they would get their 10k today, with Cindy not feeling the best I told Stephanie that we where still going to give it our best shot to get it done. And we did, or I should say she did, Stephanie you did amazing today and to find out that your goal on race day was to finish in 80 minutes and knowing that you did it today in 73 minutes. I can’t wait to see what you actually do on race day. Jocelyn seeing that you are running side by side with my old POD mate from last year Chrissy I know you are in good hands. Becky, just back from vacation and learning that there was going to be a change in where we start our runs. You did amazing and I love reading your blog and seeing that you turned back around and went back to the toll booths because you knew you had time to get it done. You four ladies are the reason why I love this program, to be a witness to your accomplishments and to see you crush your goals that you have for yourself is so gratifying to me. #KICKINGA$$PHALT bonded for life.
Not only our POD but this entire team is truly amazing and I so look forward to spending time with each and everyone of you each week. After an amazing morning with this team I got to go and speed the afternoon with my little monkey man (Jackson). No matter what kind of day I am having he can put a smile on my face so when I am having a great day already then it is just icing on the cake to get to spend time with him.
Just 4 more Hill nights and 3 more long runs until RACE DAY, where as the time gone. Just seems like we just started and here we are just a few short weeks away. “WE LOVE RUNNING” “WE ARE DIMES”
It helped that today was gorgeous! It was sunny and warm, which was a first for our Sunday morning runs! A perfect Sunday morning to tackle that bridge and to get that 10k distance under my belt!
My mentor (Nicole Mauger) is wonderful! So encouraging! She ran with me today. We started out at a great pace and did our first 1k in 6 1/2 minutes which is super fast for me! I was pumped- ok bring on the bridge, we got this!
The bridge is in fact a beast! It is long and steep and definitely tests your leg power. The gorgeous view of the harbor definitely helps
We finished the route and was back to the finish line with 12 minutes remaining for our 72 minute run so Nicole says “You want to do Citadel Hill to get your 10K in?”. Ummm No! haha But off we went, and we reached our 10k goal in 73 minutes, which is AMAZING!
My legs and ankles are definitely sore since the run. There is an Epsom salt bath in my very near future.
4 weeks until race day. 4 weeks to practice the bridge and to work on my time. When I started Team Myles my goal was to finish on race day in under 80 minutes. Today I beat that goal by 7 minutes. Extremely proud of myself, Extremely thankful for a mentor that helped me reach my goal today and Extremely lucky to be part of such an amazing team of people!
#TeamMyles2018 #10k #MacDonaldbridge #CrushYourMiles]]>
The alarm goes off at 7am and I think to myself, I could miss this one, but within seconds those thoughts passed. I have committed myself to this training and was selected to be part of Team Myles and I will not let the team down nor my Pod “ Kickinga$$phalt” or my mentor Nicole Mauger.
We meet and do our warmup and I am feeling very positive, I’ve got this. So, we start the 8:1 and before long I am running across the MacDonald Bridge and feeling so proud. As I meet others running on the bridge, there are high fives and words of encouragement not only from fellow Team Myles participants but other runners. As I reach 36 minutes, I mistakenly think I am supposed to turn around now, so I do and think if I had only had a few minutes, I could have made it to the tolls, then I realize it was not 36 minutes that I was to turn around, so I turn around and run to the tolls. I then turn around and ran back across the bridge to our starting point and met up with my team mates.
My run today was almost 8km and my pace was 9:59km and I am so proud! Without the help and support of everyone on Team Myles, Scotiabank Bluenose Lifemark Atlantic, Nicole Mauger – my Mentor and Christina Devine – my daughter who encouraged me to sign up for this journey I would not be doing this and loving life as a runner.
I met everyone at the starting point and said my hello’s and some small chat like I usually do. But, that is where my usual ended. I looked around and I was alone in the large group thinking how scared I was when a woman popped up in front of me and said “Hi Nola I am Annette, I am a team myles alumi from 2017 and I am here because of you. Your video inspired me to get back out”. Then she started to cry. When she hugged me I lost it. I thought how could I inspire a total stranger? So much that they get up and move again?. I am just me. I made somw jokes to cheer the mood and pushed it to the way side.
I finiahed my run, thanks to another mentor egging me along and challenging me every step of the way.
When I got in my car to drive home it all hit me like a ton of bricks. People are watching and following me. This was a peraonal challenge for me whwn I started but that is not how I am going to finish it. I cried ALL the way home.
Lesson learned hard core today. Wvwn if you don’t see it threw your eyes your actions can have a big impact on the world around you.]]>
Distance has not been in the cards for me this week, I can get in 5km but my time is just not what I want it to be.
60 mins for 6km is basically double what I would like to be running come race weekend 4 weekend from now.
Today I went to Goodlife for an early morning cardio session.. I wasn’t planning on running any distance I just wanted to get my blood pumping. I did foam rolling before I started to loosen up my tight muscles, approx 25 mins on the treadmill and 15 on the elliptical.
I got home realized how nice it was out FINALLY and decided I would try for a outside distance run.. HAHA .. the thought was there anyway .. I got those 3kms in and that was it.
I thought about giving up at 1km but what’s the point of getting all dressed and ready to go if you’re not going to put in the time.. so, half hour out and 3kms in.
Although my distance isn’t there my cross training days and recovery sessions have been on point!
I might be over doing leg day a tad as it’s difficult to run the days after .. hahah
As for recovery; my foam roller has been my best friend. The knots in my quads and IT bands are unreal.
HELLO LUSH BATHS + HALO TOP ICE CREAM!!!!!
One thing that I has been accompanying my runs at the gym lately is Allmax CARBion+ , it’s full of important electrolytes (Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium) and delivers a energy source to get through tough runs! It comes in a yummy Fruit Punch flavour and is available at Supplement King!
I find it super helpful for staying hydrated running exhausting and extreamly sweaty runs!
Unfortunately due to my work schedule I’m thinking I’m going to miss tomorrow mornings run. I work backshift tonight and get off at 7am and the run starts at 9am. If my sleep before backshift was better I could probably make it to post backshift runs but backshifts have not been kind on me lately.
Going to rest up my legs and be fully prepared to run Tuesday evening. Although not prepared to start 7:1s I’m thinking I’m going to stick to 5:1s for a bit and work my way up as my legs get stronger.
Even us mentors are having troubles this year.
Not every run can be a good one but the important thing is to try!
We are only 4 WEEKS away from race day! How did that happen? I feel like training just started yesterday and we’re already 6 weeks in. I’m still terrified of the 10k, but not really as much as I was a couple of weeks ago (remember this post?). I feel like I have made a lot of progress since then, including:
– running my first 6k
– running my first 12 minute non-stop interval
– running around the perimeter of Citadel Hill without stopping (both weeks)
– getting all the way to Inglis Street on our Sunday run (at least a km further than I got the previous time)
– attending my first Body Pump class
– attending my first hot yoga class
The best part is, I have had no injuries (*knock-on-wood*)! Some minor aches and stiffness, yes, but overall my body has been taking it like a champ. This process has definitely made me more appreciative of my body. Who knew it could do these things? Melissa C knew and wouldn’t let me stop until I knew too (thanks girl!).
Another fascinating change has been the effect on my mental health. I didn’t notice drastic changes during the weeks I kept to the schedule, but the few times I missed runs – wow, what a difference! The next day or two I would feel depressed, low energy and irritable. Running has proven to be a mood stabilizer as much as a body strengthener! I still struggle, of course (mainly with the mental battle of getting through a run, and using the treadmill as a “crutch”) but I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m a work-in-progress and always will be. Besides, once you meet milestones, they seem much easier. You met them once, you can definitely do it again!
From now on, our Sunday team runs will be along the actual race route, and for the first time I find myself more excited than nervous! The nerves are still there before every run, but they shrink a tiny bit every time I get out there. I am actually looking forward to the race. And I’m learning not to compare my progress. At the rate I’m going, it will likely take me an hour and 45 minutes to complete the race, and I’m ok with that. I’m not focused on my finish time, I’m focused on finishing. And doing my best.
S**t’s getting real, and I’m loving it!]]>