Good morning! I think Monday has officially become my favourite day…but more on that later. Last week wrapped up my 14th week of training for the Golden Ultra. I find that so crazy. How have I already been training for this thing for 14 weeks?!?! I had a few bumps in the road since the start but things are looking up and I had a pretty decent running week:
Monday: BBG legs & cardio
Tuesday: 6.4 miles @ 9:26/mile
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 9:25/mile + BBG arms & abs
Thursday: 6.10 miles @ 9:18/mile + adidas #HereToCreate class
Friday: OFF (there was an optional BBG workout today but I decided to skip it and take a rest day)
Saturday: 5.67 miles @9:18/mile
Sunday: 19 miles @ 9:31/mile
TOTAL: 43.17 miles
I finally bought my hydration pack from Salomon over the weekend and can’t wait to try it out. I purchased it on Saturday and was hoping to run with it Sunday but when I got home, I noticed it was a bit big so I had to go back Sunday to exchange it.
I got the S-LAB ADV SKIN 12SET and while it was pretty pricey ($220 CDN), it is a million times more comfortable than all of the other ones I have looked at. I’ll be taking it out on this Saturday’s long run so I will report back on how it feels! It holds two water bottles in the front and also has the option of adding another bladder in the back. I definitely won’t go thirsty with this thing on.
I have officially signed up for (probably) the ONLY Toronto race I will run this year. I’ve run so many races in my city that I wanted a little change of focus in 2016. It feels a bit weird that I haven’t participated in any races yet but at the same time, I’ve liked not feeling any pressure. I’m running SeaWheeze next month (with the only goal being FUN), the Golden Ultra in September (with the only goal being SURVIVAL), and the NYC Marathon in November (with the only goal being HOLY SH!T I’M ACTUALLY HERE).
I have added one more race to my calendar though. I will be running the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run here in Toronto on September 11th. I ran this race once (five years ago!!!) and it was fantastic. It’s a super fast course and in 2011 I ran a 23:17, which ended up being my PR for a LONG time until I finally ran a 22:09 at the Toronto Women’s 5K last year. I’m not in that kind of race shape this year but it will be interesting to see what I can do.
The B & O Yorkville Run also hosts the Canadian 5K Road Race Championship where Canada’s top competitive, masters and age group athletes compete for their respective titles. This all goes down at 9am and then the actual race starts at 9:45am.
One of the things I love most about this race is its focus on raising money for local charities. The B & O Yorkville Run has raised over $600 000 in its first six years!!! One of the (many) reasons I wanted to sign up for this race was so that I could give back. I always feel like I’ve been pretty selfish when it comes to racing and running so the focus for me and this race is to raise money for Golden Rescue. This organization helps find safe, forever homes for Golden Retrievers who have been surrendered, abandoned or misplaced. I have an enormous soft spot in my heart for dogs so I really want to do my best to help as much as I possibly can. I just started a personal fundraising page so if you’d like to donate click HERE! Anything and everything helps!!
Back to why Mondays are my favourite days… Equinox in Yorkville has started a run club in preparation for the race and guess who is leading the runs?? JULIAN HO. So not only will he be kicking my butt on Thursdays but now I have him to run with on Mondays too!
Quite a few people came out last night and it was a really nice run. I tried my best to stay with the lead group and ended up running 3.33 miles @ 8:11 average pace. I felt Kenyan hah. Running in the low 8s used to be the norm for me but now…not so much. I’m pretty surprised at how good my legs felt running at that pace after Sunday’s 19 miles though. Maybe I just need people to push me on my runs. I go into cruise mode when I run solo and don’t challenge myself enough.
Post-run was full of Freshii, pizza from Pi Co, a hot tub, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Mondays are going to be really good days.
Alright, this has got to be the longest post I’ve ever written. I’m glad we are all caught up!! I hope you have a great day!! I’d love it if you considered donating (HERE!) to help me and the goldens out! 😀