But I just want to run!

The voice inside my head, who normally talks of boredom or quitting, told me to keep going, “The finish line is ONLY 3k away. You can’t give into the pain, not now, not when you’re this close!”

That’s how I finished my half marathon 3 weeks ago – determined, despite the pain.

I started the race feeling great and by the halfway mark I was feeling AMAZING! I was running strong and at a good pace. I was DEFINITELY going to PR!

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Then IT happened. Around 18km I decided walk a bit – I had a dull nagging pain in my right leg and knee. But as soon as I stopped running my leg seized and the dull pain turned into sharp stabbing pain on the outside of my knee.

No, I did not PR, but I made it across that finish line…running-ish and trying to smile for the camera despite the tremendous pain.

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(I was sure I was fooling the camera, but the pain was written all over my face…not a pretty shot…lol!)

For the next week I couldn’t bend my leg or put any weight on it. From my research it was most likely an issue with my IT band. Phew! This is a lot easier to recover from than a knee injury. I was told to roll the side of my leg (where your IT band lives) to help recover. Maneuvering myself on top of the foam roller was nearly impossible, so I used my sister’s marble rollingpin instead. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be working and just felt like I was irritating it more.

Morgan over at Wildly Fit recommended I see her physiotherapist – he has a lot of experience with runners. And so, after two weeks of rest, I had my first appoointment. I found out that I have tight hips, a loose lower back, and weak core and hip muscles. Not a good combination for running and probably has something to do with my injury.

But now we know. And now we are going to correct these problems. And make me a strong runner. And I will be able to *gulp* run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (yes, the full marathon) in October…WITHOUT INJURIES!

My next session involves analyzing how I run. Who knew you can run wrong?

To be continued…

Sunday Runday – Toronto Women’s Sunnybrook Half

Tomorrow I am running my second half marathon – the Sunnybrook Toronto Womens Run. And I’m pretty damn excited!

Last Monday I ran my last training long run – 11.17miles in just under 2 hours. My goal for this race (and every race I run) is to cross the finish line. But it would be a bonus if I do it under 2:30.

I signed up as a birthday present to myself. What better way to start my new year than with a personal challenge?
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How about lots of birthday sweets, a night out with the girls, and a deep tissue message at a Four Seasons hotel the day before the run? Yes, that, let’s do that!

And that is what I did…

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Now, I’m resting, watching movies, drinking gallons of water, eating carbs (is leftover birthday cake ok?), and prepping myself and my stuff for tomorrows challenge.

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Louie's helping me prep

Did I mention that this race has a FIREMAN WATER STATION and a CHOCOLATE STATION?! This may have been the reason I signed up😉

Wish me luck!
♡LC

I’ve got goals, but I’m not a goalie

It’s taken a couple months, but I’m finally setting some goals for 2014.

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Running
2013 was a year of firsts. I ran my first 10k, 15k and half marathon! Mix in a few 5k’s and you got a pretty great running year. That’s a lot for 2014 to live up to! But I think I can beat it…
GOALS:
– PR Toronto Yonge Street 10k (April 13th) *I DID! Beat last year’s time by almost 3 mins!
– Complete a Warrior Dash (July)
– Run 5 races and set some PR’s!
1. 04/13/14 – #TYS10k: 10k PR 57:00
2. 04/27/14 – #BumRunTO 5k PR 28:01
– Run either 2 half marathons or 1 full marathon
1. 05/25/14 – #Torontowomensrun Sunnybrook Half Marathon 2:29:17 (not a PR)

Yoga
I’ve been getting into yoga more and more. I’ve been trying yoga challenges put on by a few of the yogis of instagram. The problem is that I start off strong and do the poses every day for about a week, but I have yet to complete a whole challenge. I’ve also grown to LOVE inversions and there are a few styles that I want to conquer this year.
GOALS:
– Complete at least 2 yoga challenges (May will be my first attempt)
– Conquer the following inversions:
   – headstand (CONQUERED!)

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   – tripod headstand
   – hollowback (w/out wall)
   – handstand

Fitness
My two trouble areas that I would love not to be trouble areas anymore are my arms and my midsection – I’ve got batwings and a jelly belly.
GOALS:
– toned arms
– widdled middle (slimmed and tightened)

Alright, so now that I’ve shared my goals with you they are set in stone (eek!) I will update you on my progress and hopefully by December I will be able to say, “Oh, those goals? Yeah, I CRUSHED them!”

So, 2014, let’s do this, let’s conquer goals and outshine 2013!

Running days are here again! #TYS10K recap

The ice has melted, the weather is warming…running season is back!

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I kicked off my 2014 running season with the Toronto Yonge Steet 10k race (#TYS10k). I ran it for the first time last year and absolutely loved it! It’s mostly down hill, well organized, and we get to take over Yonge St. Like the t-shirts say, “We run this city.”

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I had low expectations for improving my time over last year’s. The frigid, icey, and LONG winter made training for the race difficult. I was only able to run outside twice since my half marathon in October. Well, I guess a long winter’s rest is just what I needed. I beat my previous time by nearly 3 minutes! It was my fastest 10k to date! Whoop, WHOOP!

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I’ve got that runner’s high again and I can’t wait to run more races this year

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Speaking (writing?) of more races, the incredible Krysten of Darwinian Fail is hosting a virtual Happy Heart 5k from April 22 – 25 with some AWESOME swag to be won and the $20 registration fee goes to support the Heart and Stroke foundation. Sign up and join all the Happy Hearts run (virtually) together! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #happyhearts5km

Happy running!
LC

Smoothie of the week – Pumpkin Pie

Get out your blenders, magic bullets, ninjas, or whatever you have and give this delicious SPIN on a fall favourite a WHIRL!

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
– 1 frozen banana
– 4 oz apple sauce
– 1/4 cup almond milk
– 2 tsp pumpkin spice (amount depends on how spiced you like it)

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Step 1: Frozen Banana

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Step 2: Pumpkin Puree

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Step 3: Apple Sauce

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(Optional )Step 4: Protein Powder

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Step 5: Pumpkin Spice

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Step 6: Add The Almond Milk

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What smoothie flavours are your favourite?

A first but not last

On October 27th I ran my first half marathon. Let me say that again, my first HALF MARATHON! I still can’t believe it.1A

A year ago I ran my first race ever, a 5K. I just started running (first time in my life) a few months before. Training for that 5K felt like the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My body had no idea what was going on and every minute I would add to my run felt more like an hour. I was over the moon when I ran that first 5K in under 30mins (just seconds under but it was still under)!

And now I’m thinking to myself, “How in the world did I just run for over 2 hours?!”

It wasn’t easy. I had some hip pain near the end. But I did it. I crossed that finish line and got that medal!!!20131105-071147.jpg

I am a new member of the 13.1 club and I can’t wait to do another one, two, maybe three (next year)!!!

With all that being said, I don’t have any desire right now to advance to a full marathon. Running for four hours (and longer) sounds like torture. But I’ve learned to never say never. My body has an amazing way of surprising me with what it can do and how strong it can be!

For now I’ll just bask in the fact that I have done something that I NEVER imagined I could do. Woohoo!!!

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