I was running at Boston Marathon Qualifying Pace till about Mile 18 I hit the well known “the wall” and my runners knee was acting up 😰 It was certainly a challenge experience and lot of doubt along with pain and exhaustion, but I wanted to finish. I’m proud I finished. You will be surprise what our human spirit can do. Incredibly a life changing experience. Learned a lot and had a great experience. Ready for more marathons in the future! And hopefully Boston one day! 🏃 #running#runningismylife#marathon#firstfullmarathon#runningcommunity#happy#lifeisgood
#medalmonday#earnednotgiven what a race! Only it's second year, but organizers did a fantastic job with this race! My finish time was 4:12:35. Much faster than I ever expected (only 9 minutes off PR)! Now for a "quick" recap. .
Race was point to point. I don't care for them, but only way to do it and run along the beach. So we bussed to start line. I got to meet Tina, one of my IG friends. Was a true pleasure talking to her before we started. .
Inserted myself between the 4:15 and 4:30 pace group. Figure i would like lose both of them as the race wore on. At the early point of the race I was deciding on a pace. I kept hearing interesting talk from the 15 or so folks in the 4:15 group, so decided to stick with them as long as I could. I actually found the pace sustainable, so it encouraged me. .
The sun was rising in the direction we ran. So glad I brought sun glasses. The chapstick and Kleenex I brought got used too. 😂 As the miles wore on, the 4:15 group started to thin. At the halfway point, there were only 6 or so left. As we reached around 18 miles, the group just became me and the pacer, Rob. We conversed less and less as fatigue set in. .
I didn't hit a physical wall until mile 22. I managed to push myself until mile 23, but pace inevitably slowed. Rob kept his pace and the last tag along (me) faded. 😢 Even worse, unknown to me, mile 24 was a cruel bridge we had to climb up. It was every bit of a mile incline. Rob never got out of sight, but I just couldn't catch back up. .
I was relieved to be off the bridge and turning to the stadium. Mile 26 came up and there was Rob. I asked why he stopped and he said he got carried away at the end and we were WAY ahead of 4:15. Hence my 4:12:35 finish time!
Starting off the week with some speedwork. Did 2 mi WU, 4 x 800 @ 5k pace (goal 7:30), 1.5 mi CD for a total of 6 miles. Actual splits (paces) were 7:14, 7:18, 7:06, 7:28. I was thinking this felt too hard, but looking at the splits I can see that I was going too fast. I'm racing a 5k this weekend to get a gauge of how I should pace my workouts for MARATHON TRAINING starting in January! 😃😃🤞🏽
First group run with ACRC tonight! So much fun! I usually run solo, it was fun to run and chat with new friends.
This was my first patient when I transitioned to Healthy Baller. She drove an hour after school to work with us and came ready to work hard every week. She has come a long way in her rehab and is ready to transition to working with our trainers. It has been a privilege to work with her and I have no doubt she will be ready for lacrosse in the spring.
Race Shirts - when I first started running I never imagined that one day my dresser drawer would not shut because I had too many running shirts. That has now become the situation. I am weirdly too emotionally attached to them to just up and throw them in the trash, so tonight I'll be "retiring" a few and boxing them away. This one here is my very first race shirt and I've decided to make it one of the retirees ☹️. I don't know...geez...it's just a dang t-shirt or is it?
Runderful (adj.): How you feel the minute you finish a run.
Who am I? Why am I doing this?
Long story short, my name is Leah and I am a stereotypical 20-something with some animals, a blog, and re-found love for running. I am doing this to join the wonderful insta running community that I have followed for so long.
For the long story, you can check out my attempt at a blog post. Link in Bio. ⬆️
Wow!!! What a crazy few months it’s been. . . So I thought I might knock off a couple of hashtags in one post😁🤘🏻. . . Firstly it’s #medalmonday, secondly it’s #motivationmonday, and to top it off it’s also #internationalmountainday 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. . . I’m super stoked that I’ve had the privilege to run these ultra races in the last few months😊🏃. Each one has its own special memories, beautiful mountains🏔, lots of laughs😄, a few podium places🥇🥈🥉, and I’ve made some great new friends🕺🏻🤘🏻. . . And to finish my racing year, running the @vulcanoultratrail🌋🇨🇱 102km ultra with my girl @frangibar was the best of all❤️. . . Believe in yourself👍🏻, follow your heart❤️, be passionate about the things and people you love🔥, and never, ever give up👊🏻. . . Love ya😘. . .
I volunteer with an animal rescue helping kittens find forever homes- we've helped over 300 kittens find homes since this location opened just over a year ago. Yeah! No surprise with faces like this 😸 #runnersnotrunning#kittensofinstagram#restday
Running on the indoor track is pretty boring, but it’s way better than the treadmill and I’m just glad to have softer ground than the road to recover on! This watch did awesome at tracking distance and heart rate. Super cool! And thanks to my badass Aunt @mollysheridanruns my feet ran on clouds in my new Altras!!
My running journey continues to evolve every year. This photo is from my first Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 5K last year...little did I know that I would end up completing my first Half Marathon a year later! 😏
I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey will lead me next!
Have a great evening everyone and I hope your week is off to a great start!