Three weeks to go until the BMO Vancouver Marathon! My last few weeks have gone well, but I knew I had some crucial training runs coming up that needed to go well, as to boost my confidence. Also, take into account I went home last week to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and this has historically led to me sluffing off on training. I only skipled (whoops) one day on my plan, so I am pretty proud. I had slept in too late before a friend picked me up for the morning, afternoon and evening of activities, and by the time I got back home I was wiped. What crazy activities did we do? Well, went and got my bridesmaid dress for her wedding fit, and then we went to Potawatomi Casino downtown to play bingo for three hours. We used to do this back when we weren’t yet 21, as 18 year olds can access the bingo hall at the casino, just not the casino floor. I think the best part of it was just laughing at all the crazies around. Best person we saw was a lady on the smoking side (glass wall separation) walking around with a surgical mask covering her face.
Other Milwaukee-Related activities I partook in was watching the Badgers NCAA Final basketball game at the bar I used to work at. They lost. Then my mom, cousin and her husband went to Miller Park to watch the Brewers second game of the season. They lost too. But all was a lot of fun! One of my last nights my mom and I spent a day and night in Milwaukee doing the Lakefront Brewery Tour, eating at some awesome local places, shopping, and then painting at Splash Studio.
Now, I didn’t just eat, drink and watch sports. I did run. I really did! I even found one trail in the Franklin Woods that I honestly had never ran on before in my life. It was super pretty!
It was also actually a lot of fun to do my runs back on the bike trail near my moms house. It is really an awesome trail. For the training runs that I did it worked quite well. My best run was on Thursday morning when I did 5 miles at my Tempo Run pace. I needed to be between 6:54-7:10 minutes per mile. I was thinking “how the hell am I going to do this solo?” I was going to get up real early to do this run but there had been thunder lightning, hail, rain, downpours, everything all night. It was still raining pretty heavy. I checked the radar and ther was going to be about an hour or so window at around 8:45 with no thunderstorms so I waited and headed out then.While it started thundering in the distance at mile 4, there was no lightning (just a steady rain), but this caused the trail to be empty! You never see this trail empty. Anyway, I head out unsure what I would be able to do, but I made it back home doing better than I could have ever hoped for! I did my 5 miles in 35:18, with each mile being 6:52, 7:03, 7:19 (you can see this as the out and back point on the map where I had to do a turnaround), 7:03 and 7:01. I felt like a million bucks when I got home!
So the running in Milwaukee went well, but I wasn’t home free yet, what I was nervously awaiting in my Lethbridge home was my 20 miler run to do on Sunday. After a week of making poor food and drink choices not conducive to a good training plans, and after a day of traveling….I needed to muster out 20 miles at a pace between 7:48-9:04 per mile. The weather was quite windy, but the temperature was ideal. I headed out optimistic and knew I wanted to push myself. The route Runners Soul had planned for our club run today was awesome. Only one big hill and the wind was fortunately at our back heading up it, Running down the hill into softball valley first was more challenging, as it was the slowest downhill I have ever run! Wind was pushing your body backward almost, and the water treatment plant sewage was wafting right in your face. I managed to complete my 20 miles in 2:42:42 with an average pace of 8:08 an mile! I am training for an 8:00 minute mile, so I am right where I need to be! My fastest two miles were actually mile 3 and mile 20, each at a 7:48 and 7:49, respectively. My slowest were mile 8 and 11, where I had an 8:29 (wind!) and 8:30 (hill!). Being able to hold it together strong the latter half of this training run was my big concern, so the fact that I could makes me so excited for Vancouver….just three short weeks away!