Throughout this winter/spring training season, I’m blogging for Canadian Running Magazine. If you haven’t seen it already, check out my first post by clicking here.
Essentially, I’m working with a coach for the first time in my life to aim to hit a 1:40 PB at the GoodLife Half in May. It’s been a real challenge running five days week – I’ve never run so much in my life. Though I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me, I’ve also been impressed at the change it’s made in my running. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I work, the workouts keep getting harder; it’s the easy workouts, however, where I notice the difference. Above all, I’ve loved training with a team. I’m part of the Adaptive Running Academy and we’re about 12 people with three dedicated coaches. It’s a group of all different paces and backgrounds and I feel supported, challenged, and I love the social aspect. It’s always better to suffer together… Or go for post-workout beers. Whatever.
April 30: 5 Peaks Trail Race (There as an ambassador… No racing the day before my goal race!)
May 1: GoodLife Half Marathon
May 7: XMan Obstacle Course Race
May 27: 5 Peaks Trail Race
June 25: Waterfront 10K (Pacer)
July 10: Toronto Sprint Triathlon
July 23: 5 Peaks Trail Race
August 20: Squamish50 (23K)
August 27: Whistler 5 Peaks Trail Race
September 10: 5 Peaks Trail Race Series Finale
It’s going to be a busy season and I can’t wait. I am especially looking forward to not only my longest race ever, but my first destination race to Squamish, BC, for the Squamish50! I’m only doing the 23K distance but I am so looking forward to it. I have a friend who has just moved out to Squamish this year with her husband and her kids so I’ll be staying with her, then I’ll be hanging with 5 Peaks’ Solana Klassen and fellow Ontario ambassador Mark Sawh for race weekend. I’ll spend the week in Vancouver with my brother, then hit up the 5 Peaks Whistler race the following weekend before heading home. I’ve missed the mountains ever since living in Banff so I can’t wait to run through them again.