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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 😀


You say you want a revolution…

A resolution you will not get out of me today, nor yesterday – I don’t believe in them. I don’t like disappointment especially by my own hand, and resolutions (from my perspective at least) are a recipe for failure. I don’t care to experience that, never have. However, I do believe in the value of setting goals. And right now, I am without goals. Which sucks. Huge.

It’s been several years since I started a new year without a plan. Last year I had a second marathon in my sights, and the goal of being selected for the Tiffany’s half, as well as any other race that presented itself. The year prior, I was focused on the historic half and my first marathon. The year before that, it was to complete a half marathon without injury.

But on Sunday morning, as Big Ring and I were embarking on our first ever Revolution Run, it dawned on me that I had nothing. No training plans. No events scheduled. No races to fret over look forward to. Nothing. And that ugly feeling of emptiness sunk in.

An ice-cold wind met us head on on the morning of the Revolution Run.

Without goals, I fear for my health. I’m the kind of person, as competitive and driven as I am, who needs motivation, who needs that carrot dangling in front me to keep me going. But at this point, nothing is really standing out to me. I’m not keen on doing another marathon at this time, as I just don’t have the time to commit to such an adventure, and plus the memories of the last one are still somewhat fresh. Do I do another half? Do I do a 10 km? Do I try something different? I don’t know…

9 a.m. BG before: 14.0 (miscalculated breakfast bolus)
Temp. basal: 0 per cent (see above)
Distance: 5.90 km
Average pace: 6:08 min/km
Time: 34:15 minutes
10 a.m. BG after: 5.4

I may not have goals for myself in place yet, but I do for Big Ring. The same run it dawned on me that I had nothing, I announced to him by the end of year, he would be running 10 km – that was his goal. He looked at me a little incredulously but didn’t balk at it, nope, he just kept on running.

He calls it grim, I call it exciting.

Prior to Sunday’s Revolution Run (our own – free! – version of the Resolution Run) Big Ring had only run 5 km, which he had only just achieved last week. Yesterday, he made it to 5.60 km… although, with every new person he tells, the distance gradually gets longer and longer. I think by the time we left my parent’s New Year’s Day dinner last night, he was telling people he had run 23 km!!! Whatever keeps him going 😉

Excited for the distance… or the fact we were at the turnaround point?

And for me, the run was a great way to bring in the New Year. My legs felt awesome, my high BG didn’t affect me negatively, and the whole way my legs were begging me to go faster. The last 2.0 km, I let them, averaging about 5:15 min/km and topping out at a 3:51 min/km best pace. Yippee!!!

Do you have goals for the New Year?