Foam Rollin’ to Hafdis Huld

I went for a 13.1 mile run on Saturday and it hurts a little to say this out loud but– I’m a wee bit injured. It’s true. I said it and I can’t take it back as much as I want to. I now have pain in my upper calf that extends into the back of my knee. I would like to thank all the downhills in the Sporting Life 10K for this injury. At the 13K mark on yesterdays Saturday’s run- my calf hurt. I just kept running through it and told myself I would have a hot date with my jacuzzi, muscle rub, foam roller, and my lovely compression socks when I got home. And that is just what I did!

The pain is no longer there all the time and I will have to stretch and foam roll like no other to be 13.1 ready for the Toronto Half on Sunday. I have faith that I will heal by then. And with any luck, make it a 1:45.

Also, I have a fun artist to share with you!

Hafdis Huld’s second album Synchronized Swimmers is perfect for a sunny summer day. You can listen to her entire album HERE!

Friday’s Confession: When I Run, I Levitate.

Remember on my Friday’s Confession: Bad Race Photos and I said I was going to smile my whole way through the Sporting Life 10K?! Well, I clearly forgot because I don’t have any smiling pictures in the e-mail they just sent me. But the good news is, apparently my feet don’t touch the ground when I sprint to the finish line! I’m not kidding. If it was one photo I would say, “Crazy!” But when there is a second one I say, “Did my childhood dreams of becoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch come true?” Get ready for it. This is unreal:

Yes, my shirt is riding up. That’s just what happens when you are playing with gravity! But are you ready for this one? I’m convinced I’m full of pixie dust because I am floating and my foot is parallel to the ground:

Do you believe in magic? Because that seems to be the only thing that makes sense here! I’m kidding. Slightly. I hope these magical moments happen again at the Toronto Half in 8 days!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Sporting Life 10K Recap

This was a race that I have been excited about for a while now! 3 months ago I got my best friends to become my running bff’s. Some of them even went from zero to hero! Literally. On day one I may have got messages that resembled this, “I cannot even do one km. I don’t think I was made for running. How am I going to do this?” And yesterday, they made me SO proud! They all did AMAZING! And, I’m convinced that some of them caught the running bug. (At least that is what I am hoping for!) Seriously, they rocked the run.

On Saturday, we went to pick up our packages and I forgot my camera. Not to worry, I stole pretty much all of these pictures in this post from Shannon and Tasha! Thanks, ladies!

Tasha, Me, and Shan at Sporting Life

It was a beautiful sunny and warm day and the weather couldn’t be better. It was a perfect day to stroll the shops in Uptown Toronto. So, that’s exactly what we did. After we picked up our kits of course:

Shan’s kit!

Some ice cream may have been screaming our names:

And then we did what any athlete would do after eating ice cream– we relaxed and rested up for the big day:

Jess Loving Her Siesta

This is where I started to get antsy. For the last two weeks I haven’t been myself. I have had headaches, migraines, and zero energy to run for an entire week. I literally have been falling asleep at 5pm after work. The weather has been a roller coaster. Some days it’s sunny and humid and the next it’s a downpour of rain.

Lucky for us, the weather on run day was scheduled to be rainy and cold. And then I had a nightmare. I dreamt that I couldn’t get my ipod to work during the race and this weird monster looking Harry Potter creature attacked me. Weird, right? I don’t know why I was so strangely anxious about this run. I mean seriously, what was with me?! I was completely out of character. When I woke up, I tried to shake it off as best as I could and brushed my teeth:

The temperature had changed from morning cold rain to an overcast and nine degrees. So, it was a game day switch. I didn’t wear a jacket and just hoped that I wouldn’t be freezing in my corral before the gun went off. The best part of the location of the starting line of this race is that the Starbucks is literally right beside it. Grabbing your morning coffee half an hour before the start is perfection. And it almost makes you feel like you aren’t freezing in the bursts of wind:

Tasha, Shan, and Me

At the starting line, I had to leave my friends from their corral and make my way solo to the yellow corral.

Tasha, Shan, and Jess

I didn’t mind it and I loved that there was a Boston Marathoner beside me. Do I want to BQ even more now? You better believe it! Especially when I was running this race and saw the 2011 Boston Marathoners in their new jackets.I’m not gonna lie, I was not in game day mode during this race. I had to convince myself that I wanted to run and had to pump up the jams to get going. I was at the starting line and I had to be ready.

Starting Line!

I know– seriously, what was with me?! I still don’t know. I did have a good run but it just didn’t feel right for some reason. Don’t get me wrong- I did get excited and even sang a little while running but it wasn’t my usually happy-go-lucky, I-love-everything-in-the-entire-world kind of run. I blame the ridiculous weather that we have been getting for the past two weeks. My energy is gone like Nemo and I just want it to come home.

My goal for this race was 47:30. I felt great and that last kilometer I sprinted like no other. My finish time on my Garmin was 48:13. I was happy with it. I feel like I could have pushed myself harder but then remembered I was in a funk and I probably am just being too hard on myself. And then one of my old cheerleading coaches Runner Mama called my name just past the finish line and I was so happy to see her! I love that I keep literally running into my cheer family at races! And the funny thing is, I had NO idea she was even at this race let alone near me during the run! Seriously, where was my mind at?!

I couldn’t wait to see my running bff’s at the finish with their well-deserved bling! Somehow we colour co-ordinated a picture unknowingly. If that’s not talent- I don’t know what is!

I’m so glad that they all set out and finished this amazing goal. I mean really, go from zero to hero in 3 months and run a 10k race?! You ladies are an inspiration! And I love, love, love you all!

At the end of the race, my stats weren’t posted on for some reason. It was so strange and I didn’t understand why my chip wasn’t working. And then hours later, my stats appeared– so bizarre! The world just did not want to love me during this race. 
I think we will be making this our annual run! Who doesn’t love running from Uptown Toronto to the Lakeshore and it’s pretty much all downhill?! 
And this just in– Tasha did get the running bug and signed up for the 10K Zoo Run in September! So keen! And hopefully I’m in my running head space again stat because the Toronto Half is just 12 days away! 
Stats of the Run

Distance: 10K
Time: 48:36
Age Place: 124/1441
Gender Place: 529/6928

March Goals

When I realised that today was March 1st, it dawned on me that my spring races are coming up REALLY soon. So soon that I decided I should keep reminding myself of how many days away they are on my office computer.

Knowing that my races are coming up pushes me to train harder. Really, only 32 days until my hilly Harry race? It feels like just yesterday the snow was starting to fall. Having my goals staring at me in the face is an amazing constant reminder that I have to keep pushing myself. I’m the type of girl who loves deadlines. If I don’t have a deadline and an agenda– I forget. I just have too many thoughts in my head that always come out. This is why one of my nicknames is Dory after the fish from Finding Nemo. I guess everyday is a Triple Tangent Tuesday for me!
Goals and post-its. They’re my favourite.
Last night at boot camp I really felt that I have come a long way from day one of stepping into that class. Last night I was competitive. And not with the others in the class but with myself. When we did speed intervals- I was running like I was being attacked by a dog. I’m scared of dogs. Only the ones that are bigger than me. That is pretty much all of them. When we started doing tire runs I started feeling like Kelly Kapowski in the episode of Saved By The Bell, “Zack’s War” when they are training like they are in the army. The only difference was that I had to imagine the tires because we didn’t actually have them.
I guarantee I looked ridiculous (not as ridiculous as the platypus walk) and I felt great! I’m really sad that next week will be my last boot camp session for the winter. I’ve really learned to love boot camp! 
This also means that it’s the last night of coming home and having a post-workout smoothie while watching The Bachelor. A season finale and the last winter boot camp class?! It’s just crazy that they both end on the same night!
Last night’s smoothie was a four fruit (raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry), ground flax seed, and soy smoothie. Deeelish!