Thursday, 13 December 2012

Running Mojo and My 2013 Race Plans

It has taken 8 long months of recovery, but I went out for a 10km Run on Tuesday and found my Running Mojo again! I felt strong. I ran fast. And I felt like I could keep going. There were no back spasms part way through. My chest didn't ache. My core was strong. And I finally felt like myself again.
I came home sweaty, cold, flushed with excitement and smiling! I crush my 10km time. I ran 8:36 average mile, a pace have not seen since last January. And I buzzed around on a complete runner's high for the rest of day. I am BACK BABY!! FINALLY!!!

I know that all of my healing won't be complete until March, but we are getting there. Patience and Persistence really does pay off. And now that I am back it is time to plan, plan, plan! As we inch closer and closer to the holidays we also inch closer to another year and another race season! I have hinted that I have got some big things up for my sleeve for 2013, so here is the plan.

March 3 - Burlington Chilly Half Marathon
I am returning to scene of the crime. This is where my distance running journey all began, so I am excited to run this race a second time. As long as the weather cooperates (it is the middle of winter in Canada) I am going to push hard for a PR. I would love to run a 2 hour half. I run best in the cold weather, so I will be training hard to make this happen.

May 5 - Toronto Goodlife Marathon
Yep. It is happening. I am planning to run Marathon #2. I want that finish I longed for the first time around. So I am hoping with more healing time, a slightly different training approach, and a better understanding of what I am getting myself into that I can get that Marathon experience I dreamed of. 4:30 is likely too ambitious considering my previous Marathon attempt, so I am just gunning for a sub-5 finish this time around.

I am also secretly (*ha not so secretly*) hoping Pavement Runner is gonna come visit his Canadian buddies for a little Marathon fun and donut action during this one too!

June 15 - Met Con Blue Adventure Race
I am pretty sure Team Insane Pain is planning to make a repeat appearance for this years Met Con Blue Race. There is even some talk that we are gonna push it to the limit and go for the Full Metal Jacket 10km. EEP! The distance is not 100% decided yet, but I know I will definitely be going back for this one.

July 20 - Warrior Dash
Team Awesome is heading back to Barrie for this year's Warrior Dash. We are signed up, with a few new Team Members in tow. And I am going to run hills like crazy to prep for those crazy inclines.

October - Niagara Falls International Marathon
I am not sure if I have 2 marathons in me for 2013, but I am giving it some serious thought. I will definitely be running the Niagara Falls International Series though. Half or Full? Not sure yet. But at this ambitious optimistic point I am thinking Full Marathon #3. That being said, let's see how #2 goes first, shall we?!

So there you have it friends! 2013!
I am working hard to make this year my healthiest happiest year yet!
Let's Do This People.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

20 comments:

  1. It's so fun to pre plan out our year isn't it! I just booked another destination race yesterday..no Nike for me...so good for you too girl!

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  2. ok the BEST PART of this whole post?
    this fact you FINALLY FELT LIKE YOURSELF AGAIN.

    xo

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  3. YAY!! So glad you are feeling like yourself again!! I hope you are able to get that 2 hour half PR

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  4. Congrats on that exhilarating run ! Sweet to see that you are still rockin the breezy Mizunos. Thanks for the Patience and Persistence message - this has been my lesson since October. One foot in front of the other. I'm going to go for my 1st full at the Toronto Goodlife, so here's to winter training :)

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    1. WOOHOO! Being Patient has not been easy, but I think we got 2013 in the bag!

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  5. I love that you're planning your races AND the plan includes another full!

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  6. Yay! Good for you. As for those races, good luck! A few would be much too chilly for me, but I'm a wimp like that. ha

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  7. Great that you're feeling so good! Looks like you've got an awesome year lined up!

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  8. I think you have a great list put together here--nice mix of things spread apart just right! I am tempted by the Niagra Falls marathon--nice time of year and what cool scenery!

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    1. OMG!! Yes Please! It would be so AMAZING to finally get to meet in real life!! Even if I only run the half we can make a #Fitfluential weekend!! WEEEEEE!

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  9. WOOOHOOO! I'm so glad to hear you've gotten your running mojo back! YEAH! Great list for 2013. I will definitely see you at Chilly. I love that race and this year it happens to fall on my birthday so if you see some crazy chick running in a tiara, that would be me. :D

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    1. YES! We need to do a better job about planning to meet up before this one :)

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  10. You can TOTALLY do it!

    Awesome to hear you have your running mojo back...I bet that feels damn good. Keep going strong!

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  11. Looks like a great year planned! Great to hear your running mojo has returned.

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  12. Why am I just reading your blog now?! I'm kind of excited you're from Canada:) Sounds like a totally awesome racing plan this year, I so wish I was a runner, but spinning is more my thing. I'm glad you are feeling like your running self again, you will do amazing.

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  13. Yay for running mojo!!! I'm in the early stages of planning out my 2013. I'm 99% sure I'm going to attempt another marathon (Vermont City) although Niagra Falls would be a good half way place to meet up with some of my family for a little vacation. Hmmmmm....

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  14. I really, really want to. I'm hoping to have a final answer next week or by the end of the year.

    Loving your ambition. Follow it.

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  15. I really enjoy 2 marathons a year, especially spaced out like you have them. And I'm so excited you at least have them on your list - yeah!! If you decide you want help training this time around, give me a shout. :)

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  16. I'm so happy that you have found your running mojo! It has been a tough year but you've been working so very hard. Here's to lots more great running in 2013 and to great races too!

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  17. so glad that you found your running mojo again! I am also planning my 2013 race calendar but am having trouble committing because I am so scared of being injured again and having to defer race. probably not the best attitude to take, but I'm getting there I have 1 on slate for February!

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