Checking In.

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Wow. We’re already into March. With the warm temps and clear streets, speedo season is just around the corner. We’re also 2 months into our blogging with Blitz and we thought this would be a good time to check in and let you know where we are at. That’s what community is for, right?

Kacey

Life, training, and running is inevitably full of ups and downs. I think it’s important to take some time to reflect on what’s going well/not so well and why…to see the big picture and make some adjustments.

So, how’s it going?

I feel really good about my running and fitness routine since January. It’s funny how I’m almost afraid to say that it is going well. It is often easier to hash out negativity….it is not always as easy to spell out and acknowledge small successes. But I am going to put it out there, so far this year,  I have been kicking ass in the running department. I have been consistent, realistic, and appropriately cautious.

I’m into week 5  of my Vancouver Half Marathon training program. I’ve returned to speedwork, tempos, fast finish runs. I can feel my confidence slowly building. Hammering out a good speed interval session in the early morning always makes me feel like I can take on the world. Seriously. Try it.

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Call me obsessive, but I love checking off all my runs and workouts and seeing progress. Lately, I’ve been trying to go beyond checking the box. I was the lucky recipient of an Oiselle Believe Training Journal and it is helping me to think about my runs and/or workouts and assign some “feelings” to them (positive, negative, increased confidence, decreased confidence, etc.).  I am hoping this might help me tailor my training to further increase my confidence and mental game when it comes to racing. It also helps me see trends. For example, my legs often feel a bit dead on my long run after HIIT on Friday nights, so I may need to cut that and put that HIIT session somewhere else in the week. You get the idea.

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There is always something to work on too. Now that I’m into my training program, I won’t make any additional audacious short-term goals. Race Day is the priority. But subtle adjustments can make a big difference. For me, I want to focus on doing some specific core work. To be honest, the only core work I’m doing is what happens in HIIT. Which is great but I could use a little more focused attention to the area. I experience a fair bit of low back fatigue on particularly hard or long runs. I hope to remedy this with a stronger core. Stay tuned.

Nick

Running

Surprisingly, my running season is off to a pretty good start. I say surprisingly because I came out of Christmas with some pretty serious foot pain. I could barely make it over 10k without feeling like I had a golf ball in my shoe. That, combined with a groin injury I’ve been battling with since summer, didn’t really leave me with the highest of hopes for this year. But after some serious physio magic on my calves (groin is still a work in progress) I’m back to running nearly 70k per week. I’m now feeling confident that I can keep increasing my mileage and work towards a fast Vancouver Half and a 50k in Calgary.

Running: check.

Racing Weight

Not gonna lie, I took it pretty easy after I ran the Chicago Marathon last October. I was feeling pretty tired and beat up from training so I decided to really embrace a little winter break. I have no regrets because I know my body needed it but I definitely managed to pack on about 10 pounds. Now I’m in the much less fun mode of wanting to lose that weight so I can get down to a where I would like to be for racing. I’ve been trying to cut the snacks over the last few weeks but, man has it been hard. Definitely doesn’t help that I work at a place that keeps the cupboards stocked with all sorts of yummy snacks. I’d like to be at my racing weight for the Vancouver Half on May 3, so that gives me about 7 weeks to lose 10 pounds. Doable? We’ll see.

Racing Weight: still in progress

The Crew

A big goal for me in 2015 was building the baddest run crew in Canada. River City Runners is still a small crew but we kind of like it that way. We’re not trying to be elitist or exclusive. Instead, we’re attempting to build a tight-knit group of runners who are willing to show up, be pushed, do great things, and show up again. So far 2015 has been an amazing year for RCR. We organized a 24 hour treadmill challenge that raised over $31,000, were featured on the Canadian Running website, supported Run Collective, started drinking beer after Blitz on Friday, and have trained hard alongside each other in our early training programs. RCR is only a couple months old, but given what our crew has accomplished so far I have a sneaking suspicion that the rest of 2015 is going to be a wild ride.

The Crew: so badass

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