SO I have to admit that I've been pretty MIA as of late... not just from my site, but running too. This year hasn't been an easy one for me, especially since it went from being what I thought was going to be my best running year yet to a year full of unknowns.
I started off my 2015 race year with my fastest half marathon to date at Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans and now I sit here thinking about all of the races I had to cancel from August to the end of the year AND the fact that I'm currently not running (Doctor's orders), because I'm waiting to see an orthopaedic surgeon (on December 31st); not really the year I was expecting, but I guess life happens.
It's hard when you go 0-100 with dedication to something and fall in love with it and then all of a sudden it's something you shouldn't be doing. Phasing out running was probably one of the more difficult things I've had to do, because it became an innate part of me; it helped me as I was going through some of the roughest patches I've ever dealt with and it truly gave me clarity. I honestly don't know where I'd be if I hadn't started to run.
Knowing that I wasn't going to run my first marathon or triathlon this year, backing out of the opportunity to do a Ragnar Relay with some amazing ladies, and some other decisions that I had to make along the way weren't the easiest things to come to terms with or do, but I know it's definitely for the best. Doing lower impact cardio isn't as fun as pushing myself to run longer distances, but I've got to put myself and my health before anything. The sooner I figure out what's going on, the sooner I'm back out there running all of the races that my wallet can handle.
Thankfully I have an amazing support system around me, which has been nothing short of amazing as I've dealt through withdrawal and severe bitterness. From the bottom of my heart thank you for putting up with my stubborn complaining self as I've gone through these adjustments and for being as supportive as you've been, it means the world (you know who you are).
At the end of the day running is extremely important to me and it's helped me as I've navigated through some tough times in my life over the past couple of years; it's been a great outlet which has helped shape me into the person I am today and it hasn't seen the last of me. I'll be back and I'll be stronger and faster than before.
Hey 2015, its me Sara.
This year I would like to run at least 10 Rock 'n' Rock Half Marathons and get Rock Idol status, run my first full marathon, and complete my first triathlon. It would also be super awesome if I also could eat better this year (and try and eat less cupcakes, even though cupcakes are delicious). It's not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because that's what I deserve.
I'll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is setting multiple alarms (since I'm not really the biggest morning person regardless of how much sleep I get) to help me get up, get my butt running on the road or headed to the gym and get after my #NoExcuses 2015. Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favourite excuse is to blame things on the weather and I have used it to get out of doing long runs in the cold and even short runs in the dead of Summer on more than a handful of occasions.
I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to cut down on my cupcake consumption. Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I'll still try to get up at a decent hour in the morning and fit in that workout before a 12 hour day. I will stop blaming my family (including the dogs) for eating all of the cupcakes when everyone knows it was really me.
My commute, my job, and my love of cupcakes are not the reasons I make excuses. I will show my commute, my job, and my love of cupcakes who's boss this year and get my run on. I know that a light cardio workout is better than having a cupcake. I will reward myself by eating mini cupcakes.. Fine - 1 mini cupcake... Or 2.
No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can't wait to rock a Quantum Jacket from Augusta Active. I can't wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean, and I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking my deadlifts and my squats in new Rock the Course leggings from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I'll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my core strength with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next half marathon race with Sasquatch Racing. Oh, and let's not forget how amazing my socks will smell during my long runs after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I'll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!
Recently I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by one of my good friends Dave Anderson on his Podcast Moving Millennials. Thank you Dave!
She’s a self-described average twenty-something girl that has an affinity for running, taking home beer glasses from bars, reading comics, and hogging blankets in bed.
This year will be the first time I can say that I started and ended the year as a runner. The past year has been phenomenal for my second year running and I feel like my accomplishments exceeded any sort of expectations that I had going in to the year. I'm actually stunned when I look back on my journey that started in June of 2013, because I am the person I never thought I could be.
Hands down this race was my favourite during 2014. For starters, this was Raquel's first race and I couldn't be happier that I got to join her for it, because at this point I had been running for over a year and couldn't wait for at least one of my sisters to join me.
So not only was I running with one of my sisters in her first race, but I was also running in an event that I waited over a year to run in! I started running in June of 2013 and very early on I heard about the Army Run through Michelle and I immediately knew I wanted to do it. When I found out it was a fall race I was so excited to be able to run it in my first year (especially since most of the races I started hearing about had already happened for 2013), however that plan crashed and burned when I found out popular it was and that it was sold out. As soon as that dream got crushed I made a note so I wouldn't miss it in 2014. As the date for registration approached I was debating between the 5k and half marathon, but as soon as Raquel said she wanted to run it the choice was a no brainer.
Everything from the race expo to everything on race day, including the course, was amazing. This is a race I will definitely try to run again in the future and hopefully it's the half marathon the next time around. Check out my race recap here!
Don't forget to check out Raquel's race recap for the event too!
Don't think I really need to explain this one - have you looked at the medal?
Not only was this a really fun race to be a part of with the unique experience of running on the runway at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), but the medal was a great reflection of the event and everything it had to offer. I mean, it's a shoe with airplane wings.
Cutest. Medal. Ever. (of 2014)
Don't get me wrong I was aware I was registered for my first half marathon going into 2014 (even though I was nowhere near ready), I just didn't realize that it would take me on such a journey and become such a life changing experience for me. I started training for my half 15 weeks before race day and there were numerous days where I didn't think that I would be able to get to my end goal, whether it was a bad workout or a bad day outside of the gym. Those 15 weeks really showed me what I had inside of myself; the level of commitment I had for running was something I had never seen inside of myself. Race Day was a whole 'nother experience - it was me and the pavement and I was determined to finish in under 2:30:00. I finished in 2:16:45.08 and couldn't help but cry as I crossed the finish line, it was one of the most emotionally overwhelming moments I have ever experienced. I ran this half for the new me and the old me - I did this for the new me because I deserved it and I could… I had this inside of me, but I did this for the old me to show that girl that I've made a lifestyle change and I'm not going back to who that girl was.
I knew going in to this particular race weekend that it was going to be a challenge and it definitely lived up what I thought it was going to be. I signed up for these 2 races about a week and a half before the dates and I was nowhere near ready to run a half marathon again, let alone a 5k the day before. It wasn't as hard on my body as I thought it was, it was more of a mental game. I hadn't run any really long distances since my first half in May so it took it's toll on my body, but the recovery went a lot better than I thought it would. This weekend was also a challenge for me, because it was my first real trip travelling all by myself. I was nervous not only to travel on my own via Greyhound for the weekend, but I was nervous being my own support system for the half marathon. I made it through though and have plans to run many more races, both alone and with friends. It's nice to know that I can kick it in a unfamiliar city on my own and it's nice to do some running while I'm at it.
I'm really blown away by the past year and what I have been able to accomplish, especially because I never would've thought any of this was possible when I started running in June of 2013. This year... 2014 has taught me that I truly am capable of so much more than anything I ever imagined and it has taught me that it can only get better.
2015 is hopefully going to be another life changing year for me, as I'm hoping to complete my first triathlon and my first full marathon.
Cheers to the new year!
2 weeks ago today my friend Kim was planning on running in the Waterloo Running Series Inaugural Harvest Half Marathon. Unfortunately the Wednesday before race day she noticed a scratchy throat at work, Thursday she was taking the day off work to rest up in hopes to run, and then the Friday came along with a fever. Needless to say if you recall the weather 2 weeks ago, it wasn't so great - it was raining pretty heavily and it was chilly morning. In my opinion, and I'm sure the opinion of many, Kim made the smart decision to bow out and not participate in the race, so she wouldn't get any worse. First, I must say I know that must've taken a lot of internal discussion considering I know how hard it must've been to bow out after completing weeks of training leading up to race day; then there's that feeling you have where you've already registered so you just wanna run and get that medal. Well as I mentioned, Kim didn't run that day.
This is where the title of my post ties in and it all comes full circle...
Sometime last week or not too long before it Kim decided to ask a bunch of her running buddies, including myself, to see if they would run a half marathon with her in the next couple of weeks. Immediately, I was inspired. I can't say that if I missed a race I would still go out and do it on my own, especially at that distance, so Kim my hat goes off to you - you are truly amazing. Wasn't too long before the date was decided and today was that day.
Woke up later than I should've but still made it on time to meet Kim to run. Headed to the Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail and off we ran. I must say this has to be one of the most beautiful trails I've ever run on, especially with the time of year and the leaves changing colour - I wish it was my regular running route, I'd probably get out more often.
The first 10.6km flew by like nobody's business, but it was the last half that dragged out. Thankfully there was a great group of people running and biking alongside us, which made it so much easier to finish. I ran the entire way without listening to music, enjoying the scenery and great company. Not to mention, it was a gorgeous day for a run.
It's funny.. A lot of people have varying opinions on how you earn your t-shirt and finisher's medal from a race. I truly believe you buy the t-shirt and you earn your medal; today Kim earned it all and got to cap off the run by putting on that race shirt that she beyond deserves, I wish I had a medal to give her because it was truly inspiring to run alongside her.
Can't wait for our next run/race together Kim, even though you nearly killed me. xoxo
About 3 weeks ago I went out on a limb and finally tried yoga for the first time…
I went to Moksha Yoga at Square One based on the recommendation of a few people I know who go on a regular basis and had a phenomenal experience! They have a great introductory deal for those new to their studio - $40.00 for 30 consecutive days of unlimited yoga; obviously it was the way to go so I bought my pass and shortly after I was headed into my first class. By the way, not only did I try yoga for the first time but it was also a hot yoga class.
For starters, it's not easy. Props to anyone who has ever done yoga or does yoga on a regular basis - it really is an amazing workout. It was one of the most challenging workouts I've ever experienced and leaving the room after class was a feeling unlike any other. It was relaxing not only for my body, but my mind. The meditation part isn't everyone's thing, however I found it nice at the beginning and end of class to just lay there, breathe, and relax. During the class I found myself focused solely on my body and what I was doing - I can't remember the last time I was able to clear my mind for 5 minutes, let alone 60. I felt so in tune with my body and as a runner that happens to be something very important to me.
Didn't think it would happen, but I'm officially hooked on yoga. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend finding a studio in your area and checking it out!
Ever since I started running I've kept my eye out for interesting and unique races to run and I've always had my eye on Disney. Today I can finally say that I will be running at Disney in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February 2015! Not only will it be my first ever trip to Disney, but it will be my first triple race weekend. I've registered for the 5k race on the Friday and the Glass Slipper Challenge which is running the 10k race on the Saturday, followed by the half marathon on the Sunday. This is an experience I can barely wait for.. Bring on the training!!!
A year and 3 days ago I ran my first 5k at Color Me Rad and it was from that point on that I was hooked. I was hooked on running and getting healthy. Looking at the progress I've made I know that anything is truly possible; I thought I was at a point of no return and here I am. Both the photos on the left and right were taken in 2013 (the one on the left early on in the year and the one on the right in early June) and the one in the middle was taken earlier today. Don't get me wrong, I still have more work to do.. I'm just really happy with where I am right now. I've lost over 50 pounds and I couldn't be more in love with running. Can't wait to see where this next year of running takes me!
1. Because the outfits are adorable and heck, like you need an excuse to buy more shoes.
Today is just the beginning.
Today I started what promises to be an interesting 15 week journey to my first half marathon.
I have decided to use the Nike Running Race Coach program to help get me across the finish line.
At the end of each training week I plan to post an update on how my week was, where I struggled, and how the program is or isn't working for me.
Mississauga Marathon here I come!
Here goes nothing...
At My Best
5k - 00:26:38
The Playoff Run (2014)
10k - 00:55:14.1
Hannukah Hustle (2014)
15k - 01:36:28.9
A Midsummer Night's Run (2014)
21k (Half Marathon) - 02:10:11
Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon (2014)
25k (Trail) - 4:12:32
Run for the Toad (2013)