• Weekly running wrap-up #8

    This week held a bit of suffering and a lot of breakthrough.

    My mental health hasn’t been great over the last few weeks. I have been engaged in multiple rounds of interviews in hopes of getting a full-time position, while working a part-time job that is not ideal. I have felt lost in a limbo of sorts, and am trying my best to remember that rejection is redirection to something better.

    I wish I could say that is period of professional insecurity pushed me to take my frustrations out by pounding the pavement, but in reality I have wanted to do the exact opposite.

    My thinking fell into a negative spiral which made me feel really heavy, and incapable of running the distances I had planned. I felt resentful of my body for not performing how I wanted it to, and I decided that avoiding my planned runs would be easier on me emotionally. Thankfully, I have myself trained to release stress through movement (not just running), so I stayed active in ways that felt less daunting – going to the gym, walking, yoga etc.

    On Saturday, after a previous night of near depression and drowning myself in ice cream, I picked back up The Untethered Soul by Micheal Singer. I am not a religious person, but moments like this remind me that there must be some sort of higher influence out there. On instinct, I opened to the chapter entitled ‘Pain, the price of freedom’. Through reading I was reminded that life is not promised to unfold in the ways that we so desperately want it to, and that if we fight against what is, be build deeper blocks to peace and freedom.

    This was exactly the message I needed. In that moment I felt a deep sense of release flow through me, like I was finally able to feel the weights I didn’t even know I had picked up and carried on my back for the last few weeks. I have been deeply believing my negative thoughts, without question or reverence for the bigger picture of my life.

    As is relevant here, this way of being bled into my running because I was focusing so narrowly on where I was coming up short. I hadn’t been enjoying the time spent running and it was no longer a time for me to celebrate myself and explore movement.

    So, on Saturday morning, I decided to place the proverbial weights down and recommit myself to untethering from the heavy, negative thoughts. I want to recommit to running for fun.

    Saturday May 14th – 9km

    It was raining and I felt anxious about going out for my first run in over a week, but I let these situations be what they were. I focused on my breathing (in and out through the nose as much as possible), and listened to my body to tell me where to go and when to turn around. Less expectation allowed my mind to detach from the outcome and enjoy the process again. And it felt really good.

    Sunday May 15th – 6km

    The rain wasn’t letting up, so I wanted to try some intervals on the treadmill at my gym. The time ended up going by so fast and I felt strong and empowered, again with little expectation other than to get moving. You can see the interval sequence I completed in my TikTok video below.

    This coming week…

    …my focus is going to be on remaining in this accepting, open-minded state about running and my life circumstances in general. Even if everything doesn’t happen for a reason or purpose, if definitely helps me to think it does. So I will.

  • Showing up for Yourself

    I am back from a mini-posting break, which was needed to take some space and reassess. I have done some thinking about why I started this blog. My intent was to write about the highs and lows of running for someone who runs for fun. I named the blog The Average Runner because I am not someone who is competitive about their running (in a career sense), and uses running for stress-relief and exploration of my mind and body, as well as the great outdoors. I wanted to share my experiences of utilizing a running practice as a tool to gain more freedom and exploration, both physically and emotionally.

    I have noticed recently however that, slowly but steadily, I have come to focus my writing – and my thinking – more on setting and achieving goals, then about the enjoyment of running.

    My Devil and Angel

    This shifting back and forth between strict and fluid mindset has been something that I have dealt with for as long as I can remember, in all areas of my life. I like to think of it as the devil and angel on my shoulders; the more goal-directed and rigid mindset being the devil, the flowy, fun-loving side being the angel. I have been a competitive person, so leaning toward rigidity and focus is typically my default.

    I want to make clear that this is not a bad thing in itself, to be focused on a goal and achieving it. Where this can turn rotten is when focus becomes singular, and things like fun and creativity get sucked away.

    It is my experience that our society rewards hard work, hustle, and pushing past when out bodies may be telling us to stop. I wrote about my history with eating disorders in this post, and this post. Personally, I think the unhealthy relationship I had with my body was born at least partially out of this competition-driven mindset our society seems to champion, and that this mindset of mine has morphed from being food and body obsessed into a habit of shaming myself into action – also known as, submitting to the devil-side.

    Returning to Intention

    Maybe, if you have been following my posts, you also see these tendencies within yourself. I hope that my experiences with running have been inspiring to have fun with your movement practice, and possibly also reflect on your relationship to running and your body. Ultimately, I hope that this blog can be a platform to encourage thought about the intention behind why we run and how running can be a tool for overall health and wellness, mental and physical.

    Over the last week I have decided to recommit to my running practice in a different way. I want to leave the number goals aside and play with how running feels again. I want to look forward to my running practice (at least most of the time) and be as authentic as possible in my writings about it, as well.

    So, look out for upcoming posts with a renewed focus on running for the joy of it. Because I want this space, and my life, to be about the experience, as imperfect as it may seem.

  • Weekly running wrap-up #7

    This week’s wrap-up is going to be brief as I ended up needing some time off my feet this week. My goals are important to me but so is listening to my body when it needs rest. Running is something that allows me to feel strong, empowered and creative…most of the time. When my running practice starts to feel draining and heavy, as it did this week, I know it’s time to take a few days off and re-assess.

    The Vancouver BMO Marathon happened today (May 1st), which inspired me to get back out there this afternoon for my second run of the week. I plan to run a full marathon in the future, but 40 kms is definitely no joke! Especially since the longest distance I have ever run is 21kms. If this past week has taught me anything, it’s that my running routine still needs improvements. I will need to focus more on rest, recovery and proper nutrition to build my endurance in the coming months.

    It is most important to me that I find joy and inspiration through running, so my goals also need to center around that. This may be an unorthodox approach since time-lines are of less importance, for now at least, but this is the way that feels the best to me. This also means that when my runs start to feel bad or heavy or frustrating, it is okay to take a break and explore movement in other ways. Even though this isn’t an easy thing for me to execute, it is something I am doing my best to practice; this week is an example.

    As always, read on for the summaries.

    Wednesday April 27th – 8.9kms / 63m elevation

    I came out of the gate way too fast and ended up paying for it about 3kms in to this run. My legs felt like lead, my lungs hurt, and my feet were sore. I did my best to stay present and keep a positive mindset but this run was just not it. Also, as much as I try to avoid hills around my neighbourhood on runs that don’t feel great, there always seems to be one whichever direction I turn. It always baffles me that one day I can run 20kms and feel fine, and another day 6 kms can feel like an eternity. If anyone has the science on this phenomenon, I would love to hear it!

    Sunday May 1st – 11.1kms / 97m elevation

    After this Wednesday’s slog, I experimented with taking 3 days off running. Where I would normally have laced up for a run on Friday after work, I decided to go for a walk and spend time on the yoga mat (and the couch if I am being totally honest). I think my strategy worked because I was looking forward to getting out for a few kms this afternoon. Though this run still felt about 75%, I was able to focus on being present and enjoying the scenery and route, something I was not able to do on Weds.

    Though I didn’t complete the goals I set out to this week, I am proud of myself for creating space for life to happen and my body to tell me what it needs. Here’s to a coming week/month filled with great sleep, enjoyable movement, and nutritious food.

    See you next Sunday!

  • 3 Tips to add Weight Lifting into your Running routine

    Are you looking to increase your running speed and avoid getting injured?

    You might want to introduce strength training to your routine.

    Adding a few days of light weight training to your weekly movement schedule can help you run faster and increase your endurance, as well as improve your running form and core strength to avoid injury.

    But how should you incorporate strength based days into your running routine without getting too sore or tired?

    Read on below for my 3 tips on adding weight lifting into your running routine.

    1. Decide on your goals.

    Whether you are hoping to rehab or avoid an injury, or increase your running speed, it is important to get really granular with what you want to achieve before adding weight training into your routine.

    For example, my current goals are to increase my running distance per month. I want to complete a run each month that is ~3kms more than the month before. Because adding distance is at the forefront of my goals, I want to be careful not to get too sore or fatigued in the days before my planned long runs. This means that I plan ahead for my heavier weight training days, and when I may want to keep my workouts in the gym lighter. It is important to note that I have been weight training for years and have a good base of muscle already.

    As an alternative, you may want to add strength training into your weekly routine to avoid becoming injured. In this case, it would be important to ask yourself which area of your body you are most concerned about. Often, runner’s have weak core and glute muscles and so you may want to focus on strengthening those areas.

    You can see a few example exercises to strengthen these areas before heading out to run here.

    Questions to determine your goals:

    • Is it most important to me to focus on distance, time, or consistency in my running routine?
    • Have I incorporated strength training into my routine before?
    • Am I concerned that I may get injured from my running?

    2. Plan your recovery.

    It is important to note that lifting weights that are heavy enough to strain your muscles will most likely cause those muscles to be sore post-workout. If you have planned a run 1-3 days after a strength training session, you may be compromising your performance. Because of the soreness and muscle fatigue that results from strength training, you will likely want to plan your weekly movement schedule in advance, and factor in recovery time.

    You may also want to incorporate practices that help with recovery of fatigued muscles. Of course these practices can be anything that helps you to personally feel energized. Some that I gravitate toward are:

    • Getting 8 hours of sleep per night (and going to bed/waking up at the same time each day.
    • Adding stretching and foam rolling daily; even better if you have the resources to pay for a massage!
    • Taking an epsom salt bath to replenish magnesium stores and feel less sore.
    • Alternating between cold and hot water when in the shower to calm my nervous system.

    3. Reach out for help.

    There will always be those who are more knowledgable then you are in certain areas, and if you are able, it can be really beneficial to hire a coach or trainer to fill in the gaps.

    Outsourcing to an educated individual who can create a running and weight training schedule for you will relieve pressure and allow you to focus on performing and hitting your goals. A trained professional can also recommend any exercises or supplements to your routine that are specific to your needs.

    There are a ton of options for running coaching and motivation. Below are a few that I would suggest looking into, and some examples that exist in the Vancouver area and online.

    If your running goals include specific milestones, outsourcing for help and guidance can make a huge positive difference.

    To run or to lift?

    At the end of the day, moving your body is a good thing. The method of movement does’t matter as much as being consistent with the routine that works best for you. But if you do choose to add weight training (remembering that this includes bodyweight exercises) to your running routine, hopefully the tips above have provided more clarity on how to do so.

  • Weekly running wrap-up #6

    This week started off a bit rocky; the runs were just feeling off and seemed to drag on. But I got my mojo back today and am already feeling more confident heading into this next week.

    It can be a bit of a mind-game when you are feeling off or not as strong as you typically do. Luckily, I have been running (and living) long enough now to know that dips and rises are all part of the process. The biggest learning I have had about feeling off your game, is that it is self-compassion brings you back more effectively than self-punishment. I was able this week to keep my self-talk mostly positive even when my default is to feel frustrated. Off weeks or singular runs, give us the unique opportunity to see where our thoughts go in times of discomfort. Do we talk down to ourselves, or build ourselves up? This week has allowed me to take inventory on and be proud of myself for my internal growth. Read below for more details on the routes!

    Wednesday April 20th – 9kms / 89m elevation

    This was a fairly busy Wednesday for me at my part-time job, so I didn’t get out for this run until a bit later than my usual run time. I was also trying to beat the incoming rain, which I did, but unfortunately not the strong winds that threatened to blow me off both bridges I crossed.

    I was just feeling yucky for this this run, right from the beginning. My legs felt heavy, I had acid-reflux (the worst!) the whole time, and I just felt slooow overall. A theme this week that began with this run was really focusing on placing one foot in front of the other. I did my best to focus on my surroundings or the music I was listening to. Overall, I was happy to have this one finished and jumped right into a nice hot bath afterward.

    Friday April 22nd – 14.4kms / 46m elevation

    This run was titled on my Strava appropriately because Gritty is exactly what this run felt like, all the way through. Despite it being one of the most beautiful days that Vancouver has seen this year, I again felt like I was slogging through mud. I was trying to be really patient with my body, and with these new HOKA shoes (see my initial review here), which was difficult when my pinky toes were going in and out of pins and needles for the whole 14kms. I am holding on to hope that they just need a little more breaking in. Fingers crossed! I also recorded a summary of this run for my TikTok if you want more in-depth, intra-run thoughts and commentary.

    Sunday April 24th – 12.15kms / 63m elevation

    And this was the day when the melancholy broke! Although, I still was not gliding through my run with ease (I never truly am, let’s be real), this 12kms felt a lot smoother and more natural. The HOKA’s also felt more fitted to my feet which hopefully means they will only get more comfortable from here on out! (It’s not fantasy, it’s hopefulness).

    This run also allowed for a couple notable yearly milestones; 400km distance for the year (100 in April), and the first in shorts which is always a Spring-y milestone.

    Overall thoughts and next week

    Hopefully, if you have been feeling off about your running routine lately, this blog helped to normalize the ups and downs and encourage that you will be back to your energetic, km crushing self very soon. I have mentioned a few times in my blogs to keep the bigger picture in mind. Try to remember the quote:

    “You shouldn’t spend more than five minutes worrying about something that won’t matter in five years.”

    This week, I would like to test my speed again for my 5km pace and try to complete it faster than last time (26:22).

    See you next Sunday!

  • HOKA Clifton 8: Running Shoe Initial Review

    I took the big leap this weekend….meaning I finally bought new running shoes!

    It has been about 2 years since I revamped my running shoe collection, and it was about time as my current runners were ripping at the seams. I am currently only working part-time while interviewing for my dream job, or at least a job that I enjoy and get to use my creative skills, so I was putting off spending money on new shoes for longer than was comfortable. Having the knowledge that I do from working in the fitness industry for 5+ years about the importance of running mechanics, knowing that my shoes were crap was weighing on me, literally and figuratively. The final run I did last week sealed the deal.

    I have been a Nike girl for as long as I can remember but my last pair of shoes, though very light and highly-rated, were far too narrow. I did a little bit of research and came to find some great reviews for both HOKA and Saucony runners. I was planning on heading to a Forerunners store in Vancouver, but luckily found The Vancouver Running Company through a last minute Google search.

    The store is located right at the South end of the Burrard Street Bridge, right in my neighbourhood, and the staff were so friendly and inviting. The salesman immediately inquired about my running history, and my top desires for a new shoe. He then proceeded to suggest HOKA and Saucony, as well as a Nike pair, right off the bat. I was impressed that my research had come through! I was able to try on the shoes and then take them for a test run around the block to make sure they were a good fit.

    For my current running goals, which are to up my distances per week and per run, I need a shoe that is made to last and has good cushioning.

    I tried on the HOKA Clifton 8’s first and something just felt right. I used to be HOKA-hater, back in the day when it was cooler to run with as little cushioning as possible (remember the Vibram’s era?). The salesman reminded me that the data has changed to emphasize running shoes that work best for the individual, regardless of the amount of cushioning.

    The Saucony pair also had a good amount cushion, and were cheaper, but my heart was already sold on the HOKA’s.

    It was absolutely pouring rain in Vancouver yesterday, but I couldn’t wait to take my new shoes out for a test run. This may not have been the best idea as the rain bogged down the shoes a bit and made them quite heavy. I noticed that I had mild knee pain during and after the run which thankfully almost never happens. I don’t want to place blame on the shoes yet because of the conditions and the fact that my body needs to acclimatize to them. Good news is, my knees feel fine today after a good stretch and foam roll and I am excited to try the HOKA’s out tomorrow for a (hopefully dry) second attempt!

    I will check back in with a more in-depth user review in the future. I am curious, what type/brand of running shoes do you swear by??

  • Weekly running wrap-up #5 + the importance of mental breaks

    I travelled south to Palm Springs the majority of this week for a long-awaited visit with family. Before leaving, I set the intention of being as present and intuitive as possible on this trip. I wanted to soak in the moments with family as much as I wanted to soak in the sunshine, something we don’t get a lot of in Vancouver. This intention also meant that I didn’t go into this week with a set running plan. My Dad loves to be active, especially throughout the Palm Desert foothills hiking paths, and movement together has always been a big part of our relationship, so I knew that we would be moving, I just didn’t want to be structured in how it occurred. Sometimes there are more important things than running!

    This blog is going to be a little longer than my normal wrap-ups because I also want to discuss more on the importance of being intentional and aware around breaks, especially when on vacation.

    But first, to the runs!

    Tuesday April 12th – 7.5kms / 28m elevation

    Although my legs felt surprisingly un-sore after my half-marathon last Saturday and a flight on Sunday, they did feel quite heavy on this run. I took it slow and used it as a moving exploration through areas of Indian Wells that I haven’t seen as much. There were way less runners around Palm Springs in general than I see in Vancouver. But the few I did see, as well as the walkers, were very friendly and in good spirits.

    I ran over to El Paseo, the fancy shopping street in Palm Springs, and back home down the ‘highway’. This is more enjoyable than running along the highway in YVR because the sidewalks are made for golf carts aka. very large and surrounded by grass on either side. If you’re lucky, you might get misted by the sprinklers that keep the desert grasses green and the humans cool :).

    Weds April 13th – 11.5kms / 545m elevation

    My boyfriend and I joined my Dad on his usual route up and over the foothills in Palm Desert. This route started off as the ‘Bump and Grind’ trail which is fairly well known, and continued up the ‘spine’ of the hill as my Dad called it, which basically means 10-15 minutes of exposed rock trekking straight uphill. I like to call it ‘type 2 fun’, meaning that it is more fun (and rewarding) once it is over.

    I am including this as a run because it was a lot of effort and a great memory to have in the fitness bank. This is a lot more elevation than I typically do or enjoy but I find it motivating to throw in challenges like this every so often. I think it also helps me with positive perspective about flatter running routes back home.

    Check out my views on mindset here.

    Friday April 15th – 5.7kms / 25m elevation

    The caption on the image above kind of says it all already; I was just glad to make it out for this short recovery run. Travelling sometimes kicks my ass and I was not feeling well yesterday. However, I was gentle with myself and knew that a short, easy pace would be good for me. Following an afternoon nap, I chose a route near my house with a loop so that I could run without having to think too much or make too many decisions. I put on a fun podcast (check out my suggested podcasts for running) and went out the door.

    Taking Breaks

    Being on vacation got me thinking about the importance of mental breaks when working toward a goal. Personally, I have tended toward ignoring break periods and pushing through so that I can avoid feeling lazy or unaccomplished. Unfortunately, motivation isn’t an unlimited resource. I have come to learn that whether I have a goal of running X kms / week, or saving X amount of money, or writing a novel by X date, taking breaks from that goal is necessary.

    It might seem counterintuitive to spend time away from something that you want to create or achieve. In the past, I have feared that I will lose momentum and regret the time spent away from my goal later on. No matter how much my body was telling me to stop or my mind was lacking creativity, I would continue to push through. This pushing often ended in so much frustration that I would end up giving up on my goal altogether.

    It has helped me to reframe my goals within a larger, more objective perspective. Rather than the goal being a race to the finish line, I have planned to view it as a process. When a goal becomes a process, breaks can be more easily factored in because there is more space for life to happen.

    It is important to remember that even when our goals are significant, we are human, not robots. We get tired. We lose motivation and creativity. We shift our natural interests. We get sick or need to help an ailing loved one. Taking a break from a goal does not need to equal a moral failing. It can be a beautiful time to refresh your desire toward achieving what you want.

    @kikidoyaloveme2

    YVR to PSP ✈️ travelling is good for the soul #fyp

    ♬ Soak It Up – Sol Rising

    When going after a goal, I consistently have to remind myself to check in on how I am feeling and whether a break is necessary. Sometimes, I still push too hard, and sometimes I am too complacent but, in the end, I can remember that it is all a part of my process. I am a human working toward something that I want and trying to be as aware of my needs as possible along the way.

  • Weekly running wrap-up #4

    This was a week of unintentional milestones!  I find it so rewarding to see what I am capable of through running and am really excited by this weeks accomplishments. I challenged myself to a 5km speed test and completed my first half-marathon since 2015.

    The through line with my running successes lately has been keeping it super simple. One foot in front of the other and remaining as present as possible with whatever is coming up.  Here is the breakdown:

    Monday April 4th – 10kms / 82m elevation

    Like I said in my last weekly blog, I hardly left the couch last Sunday, so Monday I was definitely ready to log some kms. Running the seawall is always straightforward and enjoyable, and I was able to find my stride very easily. I am increasingly learnings that rest and recovery days between runs is really important as I up my weekly distances.

    Tuesday April 5th – 5kms / 31 elevation

    I was really stressed after a more difficult shift at my part time job and wanted nothing more than to move. My job right now includes a lot of driving, so being seated for hours sometimes makes me restless. It actually benefitted me this Tuesday because I decided to do a 5km speed test once I had begun my post-work run. I ended up pushing the pace to complete the 5kms and take 1 min off my best time (____ total time). Unexpected PRs are the best! I want to throw one of these tests in once a month from here on.

    Saturday April 9th – 21.1 kms / 219 elevation

    Boom. I set the goal last week to complete a half marathon in April, and felt up to it yesterday. It definitely was not easy, the last 5kms hurt a lot, but the weather was beautiful and I planned a scenic route to explore around South East Vancouver. This is the longest distance I have run in over 5 years so I am really proud of how my body and mind performed. I was able to stay positive and enjoy the majority of the run.

    Today, my partner and I are off to visit my parents in Palm Springs! My first time on an airplane in 5 years. It will likely be too hot there to run outside but lots of stretching, swimming and recovery will be taking place over the next days 🌴🍹 Back to regularly scheduled programming next Friday!

  • Why Mindset is so darn important.

    This blog is going to be different than my previous posts because it is not focused on running. This topic plays a large role in running, which I will discuss, but here I want to centre on the concept of mindset more generally.

    I am personally going through a chapter of life where my mindset has become very important to how much joy and productivity I experience, and in this blog I want to explore what mindset is and how it can affect the ways we navigate our worlds and our running goals.

    What is Mindset?

    A quick Google search defines mindset as a noun that means “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” Mindset is also defined by the Marriam-Webster Dictionary as “a mental attitude or inclination.

    From these definitions, it seems to me that mindset is a process that happens in an individual human mind that dictates this person’s attitudes toward something. I would add to this that mindset is a constant process; something determined by you, that dictates how you view each choice you make and its outcomes.

    It might be more simple to view mindset as binary, either positive or negative.

    I think we can all relate to a personal situation where we tend to default to a negative mindset. For me, it is my current work situation. I tend toward a negative mindset about my abilities and likelihood of success and happiness in a future career.

    Where in your life do you default to a negative mindset?

    Body image? Relationship status? The current global events of late?

    What about a more positive default mindset?

    What do you believe yourself to be good at? Is this more difficult to think of?

    The two types of Mindset.

    Carol Dweck and Mary Badura are leaders in the world of mindset research. Dweck and Bandura’s work posed questions about how people interpret the meaning of failure, and how these interpretations relate to beliefs about their own capabilities.

    You can listen to Dweck’s TED Talk on the topic here.

    The research done by Dweck and Bandura lead to understanding of mindset being split into two categories; Growth Mindset vs. Fixed mindset.

    Growth Mindset is the belief that human attributes and abilities can change over time; they can be acquired with enough effort and determination.

    Fixed Mindset is the belief that human attributes and abilities are mostly static and innate.

    It might help you to relate this duality to positive vs. negative mindset as discussed previously.

    If you tend toward a negative/fixed mindset about your abilities, you are more likely to fail at whatever you attempt. For example, if I go into a job interview with a fixed mindset, I am likely to be nervous, to underplay my abilities; ultimately to self-sabotage myself.

    If I am able to shift my mindset to growth/positive, I am more able to think of the possibilities open to me, to be conversational and have fun with the people interviewing me, and to come up with ideas that are inspirational and authentic.

    Many things can affect whether you tend toward a growth or fixed mindset. I am not going to focus on that here, but I will provide resources for further reading at the end of this blog.

    How this relates to running.

    Running can be hard. Wherever you are at in your running journey, the physical and mental discomfort that happens when you challenge your body can be a roadblock to getting out there and logging distance. Now having the knowledge about mindset that I have discussed so far, notice that the key word in these statements, is CAN.

    A fixed or negative mindset can change in to a growth/positive mindset with a little awareness and thought shifting.

    Before your next run, notice the dialogue that is happening in your mind about your capabilities. Are you excited to run? Are you feeling tired or defeated? Capable? Afraid? Energetic? Try to shift your thoughts toward a growth mindset. “I can do this” and “I am so capable of running the distance I want” or even, “I can try my best and be content with whatever happens out there”.

    Through positive thought and the action that follows, you can prove to yourself you are capable. Doing so will also start to shift your mindset to one of possibility and courage. Luckily, with continued practice, this cycle can be positively fulfilling; the more you practice growth mindset, the more capable you feel.

    What is one area of your life where you could begin to shift your mindset to one of growth and positivity?

    Let me know in the comments 🙂

    Further Reading:

    https://thedecisionlab.com/reference-guide/psychology/mindset-theory

    https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-a-mindset-2795025

  • Weekly running wrap-up #3

    This week’s wrap-up is coming to you a little late because I hardly moved from the couch all day yesterday! A hard rest day was needed. I am currently applying for jobs in a new field while also working part-time doing deliveries. I am someone who tends to default to feeling like I am never doing enough, so burn out can happen frequently if I am not careful. Luckily, my boyfriend is great noticing when I seem more exhausted and kindly reminding me that rest is OKAY. So, long story short, this weekend was filled with couch time and not so much running. That said, I did still hit some goals last week; More details below:

    Wednesday March 30th – 17kms / 87m elevation

    Kits Seawall Views

    I took Monday and Tuesday off running for some light resistance training and a yoga class, and felt good to go to attempt my long run on Wednesday. It was a beautiful afternoon in Vancouver; nothing beats the seawall on a sunny spring day.

    The first 10kms felt really easy breezy, although I had to turn around early due to seawall closure and re-plan my route a little bit. I ended up adding on a few kilometers around kits point to finish off instead. This was a beautiful addition but my legs begun to ache and it took some mental energy to finish out the last 3kms strong.

    Overall, I am happy with my pace, although pace isn’t my main method of tracking process, and I am looking forward to adding in a half-marathon over the next month or so!

    Friday April 1st – 7.91kms / 57m elevation

    I was really beat after work on Friday but I wanted to get out in the fresh air and make it 300kms run for the year. I decided to allow myself to take this one as easy as necessary, which ended up being a pretty solid place, and hit my second major goal of the week.

    Sometimes, running is about using willpower for motivation instead of enjoyment. I have found that about 20% of my runs are fuelled by goals and promises I have set for myself, while the other 80% are because I want to get out there and move. This breakdown has worked well for me in staying consistent and allowing running to become a habit in my life.

    Next Week

    This should really read ‘this week’ as it is already Monday somehow…Either way, I have a trip planned to Palm Springs leaving early this Sunday morning, and am not sure how many runs I will be able to do while I am there. I do not exercise well in the heat, so unless I can find some early morning motivation, it might be mostly swimming and drink curls for me. I am planning to run at least two 10 kms and one 5ish km before we leave, to bring me to 25 for the week. Ideally I would like to be running around 35kms / week but am leaving some room for life this week and we will see what happens 🙂

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