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On your marks, get set…

It’s funny, when I compare my MEC 10 km race from last week to my BMO 8 km race in May, it’s like night and day. MEC had me satisfied. BMO had me shattered. And yet, looking at the straight stats, I was faster for BMO… just an average of 4 seconds faster, mind you, but faster nonetheless.

However, I went into BMO – my first race back post pregnancy – expecting brilliance. I wanted my pace to be unwavering. I wanted my focus to be sharp. I wanted a perfect race. But when my pace started to drop, my focus waned, my heart sunk, my legs slowed. And that devil on my shoulder kept beating me down, telling me there was no way I could fix it, no way I could crank up the speed in my legs, no way I could make my goal. Honestly, I felt like I gave up.

But with MEC, I tried not to get loaded down with pressure. I tried to reign in my competitiveness. I tried to treat it more as an amped up training run than a race. And while I somewhat failed in that, I still had a better frame of mind going into MEC than I did BMO.

And here’s the thing, sure, I could have run it faster; sure, I let the race get the better of me for about 2-3 km; sure, I waited way too long to get my sprint on (where the heck was my inner Cavendish when I needed him?) – but the fact my legs were so incredibly wobbly at the finish, and the fact I could barely hold myself up, I knew I had given a good part of myself in that run. I was proud of my performance.

And it was that race that officially marked the start of my racing season 😀

A Princess-Perfect 2013 Race Schedule:

My goal race is the Bellingham Bay half marathon in September, of which I intend to complete in under 2 hours. (My previous PB was 2 hours and 24 seconds in Toronto 2 years ago… it’s time for a new one!) The 10 km races are meant to get my mind in the game, get my body, brain and blood sugars used to racing again, and also to evaluate my progress through training. There’s going to be a lot of early mornings, a lot of speed work, a lot of sweat, soreness and maybe even a few tears. But that’s the thing with goals, if achieving them were easy, everyone would be doing them – and where would the fun in that be 😀

So hey, let’s go run!!!



  • 5:00 a.m. BG before: 4.5
  • Carbs: granola bar (15g) with insulin
  • Temp. basal: none
  • Distance: 7.03 km
  • Run: 10′ warmup/3×3′ fast, 1′ easy/2×5′ fast, 1′ easy/10′ cool down
  • Average interval pace: 4.57 min/km
  • Time: 43 minutes
  • 6:30 a.m. BG after: 5.5

With this run, my pace should have been averaging 4:30 min/km, which obviously didn’t happen. But what did happen was me managing a consistent pace for all my intervals from start to finish, which in my speed world was a first! And with dead bugs stuck to my face following that early morning, humid run, I’ll take that as a win 😀


Assumption kills the race

After years months of negotiation, reviewing routes, location, timing, and swag for various organized runs, Big Brother and I finally put our hats in the ring for the Vancouver BMO 8 km route to be our second annual sibling rivalry run.

By all accounts, this run had everything. The timing was perfect for both of us, it wasn’t during the height of the summer heat or summer travel, it features a beautiful scenic route around Stanley Park, and it’s for the most part a flat run, which Big Brother emphasized was important (you will recall the hill that broke him in our last run). The distance was also a compromise for both of us. It wasn’t 5 km, which Big Brother wanted, nor was it 10 km, which I wanted – a happy medium. And the technical shirts, they’re kind of, totally awesome!

From the BMO site.

But today, I regret to inform you the second annual sibling rivalry run has been postponed 😦

The competitive ribbing was only just beginning when the whole arrangement came to a crashing halt Monday evening when I was informed of the start time –  6:30 a.m.!!! Are you kidding me? Most marathons don’t even start at that time! I had NO idea, I thought for sure it would be like other 5 and 10 km runs that start around 8 a.m. – not 6:30 a.m.!!!

Future note: do not assume, never assume!

I fired off a text to Big Brother notifying him of the horror, and not surprisingly this is the response I received:


Now, normally I’d call him out on it, tell him it was a convenient excuse, that he was just wimping out, but here’s the thing, I’m not much of a morning person myself, but Big Brother is like death that early in the morning. And because he lives more than an hour away from the start, he’d have to be leaving his house at like 4 a.m.!!!

So no, this run will not be the second installment of the sibling rivalry run; that must wait for another day. And until then, I’ll just have to keep gloating over the photos of my first victory. Hehe 😀



They never get old 😀

And so, while Big Brother is snoozing away in bed, I will be lined up at the start all by my lonesome at that ungodly hour! Seriously, who the hell starts a short run that early in the bloody morning? Public transit isn’t even operating that early, which is a major issue for us as we too live a distance from the site. I’m also trying to figure out what the heck to eat beforehand because unless I wake up at like 2, I won’t have enough time for a proper breakfast, just something quick, easy to digest that doesn’t attack my blood sugars. And another issue…

Take note guys, the following sentence contains info that some of you may find TMI. You have been warned.

… I am going to have the heaviest, leakiest breasts on the planet! The start of the run is a half hour before I typically feed Little Ring, and I’m pretty sure there won’t be enough time to pump – so that’s like 1,000 pounds of milk ready to burst free. Yeah that’s not going to be comfortable at all!


  • 2:30 p.m. BG before: 4.1
  • Temp. basal: -30 per cent
  • Carbs: Honey Stinger bar; 17 grams, no bolus
  • Distance: 5.12 km – 5′ warmup/20′ tempo/5′ cool down
  • Average pace: 5:49 min/km
  • Average tempo pace: 5:36 min/km
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • 3:30 p.m. BG after: 3.5 😦

Any suggestions on a 5-10 km run in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area that could be designated the next sibling rivalry run?

Kicking out the cobwebs

So, today’s run. It was just supposed to be a shake the cobwebs out kind of run. I haven’t run in more than two weeks, first due to injury then illness. So when the sun spontaneously showed up this afternoon (following a cold morning/early afternoon of monsoon rain, and even flakes of snow at one point) I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a light, easy 5 km out and back. And if all went well, tomorrow I would start back with my proper training.

It was a good plan, in theory, but, well, you’ve kind of got to follow through with it in order for it to work 😉

You see, the thing is, my friends, I hadn’t run in two weeks – two weeks! And you see, I kinda, sorta have this whole second annual sibling rivalry run in two weeks – two weeks! Do you see what I’m getting at? The sun was shining. My sneakers were hugging my feet perfectly. My head was in the optimal state. The competitive juices, they were a flowing!

The date of the second annual sibling rivalry run has been set!

Plus, I wanted to see how fast my legs would go for 5 km… they went 1 minute 12 seconds slower than my fastest 5 km pre-pregnancy. Boo 😦

Big Ring, bless his dear husbandly heart, reminded me that I haven’t run in two weeks and that I’ve been sick for more than a week, and that I’m still not 100 per cent better. And he’s not wrong; I’ve still got gooey goobers clogging my nostrils. But, well, competitive me is back, and today’s time is not the time I’m aiming for.

This is NOT good enough.

For the most part I felt pretty good on the run. There were a couple stitches in my side, a bit of heavy huffing and puffing, and a little pukey overexertion near the end, but there was no calf pain, and I’m pretty sure my energy was not impeded by the effects of illness. And so, I know I can do better.

And I will!


  • 4:30 p.m. BG before: 5.6
  • Temp. basal: none
  • Carbs: 18 grams, no bolus (1/2 apple with spoonful of peanut butter)
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Time: 28:30
  • Average pace: 5:41 min/km
  • 6 p.m. BG after 3.7

New goal: 5 km in 26 minutes!!!