Thursday, 17 January 2013

My New 2013 Race Schedule

You know you are officially a Runner when the first two thoughts that go through your head when you find out your going in for another surgery are...
1. How is this going to affect my race plans, and
2. That's why running that marathon was so difficult


It sounds crazy, but as I sat there discussing my symptoms and the next steps with my surgeon, these were the things I was thinking. A triumphant return to the Chilly Half was out. And there would be no Spring marathon for this girl. But the fact is my body never really healed following my last surgery. So try as I might to strength train, up my protein, and log those miles I was always at a disadvantage. I was always battling against my little bionic body.

But this time around we are going to get it right. My robot heart will be placed in a new pocket and that pesky wire will be tucked away. And my silicon tatas will be reconfigured, so everything can heal up right. This time I am going to come back Strong and Healthy. And this time I am going to run sub-5 marathon!

So after making some changes, here's my New 2013 Race Plan...

April 6 - Harry's Spring Run Off 5k
This is will be my first race back, so it will just be for fun. No crazy goal times. I am just going to finish it (potentially with some walking, depending on how recovery goes).

This is one of the first local races I ever ran, and the first one I ever documented here on my little blog. The energy at this run was AMAZING and it was very well organized. So this year I am definitely going back. And I think I may have even recruited my husband and few friends to join me on this one.

May 5 - Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon
So this was originally going to be Marathon #2. But that is just not realistic anymore. Instead of running the full. I will be running half. I have no great expectations for this one. I just want to run it. I just want to rebuild my strength and increase my endurance post-op. Oh and just have FUN!

This is lining up to be epic Fitfluential weekend! Pavement Runner has confirmed his attendance! And we are in the process of recruiting several other awesome folks to come run with us as well (I am looking at you Candy Fit, Christina, and Lindsay). So this race will just be my reintroduction to distance running and my goal post-op run. And with friends like these joining me, I know it is going to be AMAZING!

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 there.

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. If you want to join us, we are in the 10 AM heat!

September 22 - Island Girl Half Marathon
This is a women's only race - which is something I have always wanted to run! It is out on Toronto Island - which will be a fun change of pace. It is a flat double loop course - so I am racing this one! You read it here first, I am gunning for 2 hour PR! This one is for REAL!

And with a month in between this race and my marathon, I will have time to recover and taper before I tackle that dreaded 26.2!

October 27 - Niagara Falls International Marathon
This is it! This will be Marathon #2. And I will run it in under 5! It is going to be epic! I will cross that finish line smiling, rocking out to girlie-pop, and completely triumphant. It's happening!

So surgery or not, I got this!
Let's Do This People.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,

34 comments:

  1. wheres GO TO CALIFORNIA AND RUN TO MIZFIT'S DOMICILE?

    :-)

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    1. IT MUST HAPPEN! But my lowly student life means I have no budget. Let's start recruiting sponsors!

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  2. That's a nice line up there. And again, your perspective is refreshing. I'm sure you have those moments of despair, but I think you're overall outlook is positive and even thankful.

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  3. You'll kick butt this year! And I'll be running my first full the same day as yr second!

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  4. I think that's a great plan and an awesome running schedule!!

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  5. Holy awesomeness!!!! I will be there no matter what...whether I be running or cheering :)

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  6. I love your attitude! It's true, YOU GOT THIS!

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  7. HOly crap you are amazing & with healthy me, I would never get close to that - YOU ROCK!

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  8. You are soooo inspiring!! I've only been running about a year & I really enjoy it. So far I've done nothing more than 5K but I'm really considering a half. I'm just not sure I can do it.

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  9. I love that you're pushing through and still making plans despite the setback! While others would admit defeat with all of that you're still staying strong! Love!

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  10. Love that you are so resilient and have accepted the change in plans and moved on to a great Plan B. I think it sounds like a great one--the island girl half in particular--how fun!

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  11. WOOHOOOOO!!! Great plan B Krysten! I will see you at Harry's FOR SURE. That will be my last race before Boston. I'm still toying with the idea of the Goodlife Half but I'll see how everything holds up leading up to Boston. If I feel good going in, I'll sign up for Goodlife. Either way, I would love to meet up with you and Pavey!

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  12. I am so proud of your goals! You are so strong, mentally and physically! It's so inspiring!

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  13. YES YES YES!!!!! I love this post so much! You are so positive and I love your determination. You are going to crush all of these races, I know it. Some of those are on my list too so I would love to be a part of your comeback and maybe run one with you! Wahoo!

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  14. AWESOME GIRL!! I will likely be at GLF marathon too! 1. I work for GLF, and 2. To run the short race!! I'm FitFluential too - I want to be part of this meet up! :)

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    1. I didn't know you worked for GLF! Awesome! I will see you there!! And we'll def organize a meetup!

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  15. I know you will kick ass this year at all your races! It's quite an exciting lineup you've signed up for!

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  16. I was worried when I heard about robot heart problems that we wouldn't see you at the Chilly Half... but it's badass that you've already got a full season mapped out. I've got to get on mine!

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  17. you are truly an inspiration! for runners and non-runners alike. best of luck with the new schedule!

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  18. I'm sad that you won't be able to join in on the Full and I would get to witness sub-5. But I am thrilled that you have the 1/2 in sights. Most importantly, we want a healthy K-Boogie.

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  19. Love this and your perspective. This looks like an awesome race calendar. And I'm feeling the pressure to come up to Toronto!!! Looking into it...

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  20. I was afraid the robot heart problems would cause you to miss the Chilly Half...

    Still, that's awesome that you've got your race calendar for the year down. I'd better step to it on mine...

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  21. lady you are freaking amazing!!! I don't have any of my spring races picked out and you've got so much going one and have them all plotted!!

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  22. You are going to kick ass! You are going to prove to all that anything and everything is possible! Cannot wait to read all the recaps! Positive thoughts your way always.

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  23. Hi Kristen,

    I came across your blog thru a friend who recommended it as a good positive read. It's wonderful and I have been reading thru your posts for a few months now. Over the past 2 years due to busy lifestyle, poor choices and busy schedules i have slowly been watching the scale creep up and now sitting at a weight of 198 pounds. I'm looking to make a change, get active and loose those extra pounds( my goal weight would be around 130 pounds) all while improving my health which really is most important to me. I would love to start running but have heard its very bad to run when heavy as it can cause so much knee damage, do you agree?? Just wondering if you have any tips or advice for me to get started as from reading your blog you have been quite successful!

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    1. Hey Olivia!!

      I started using the elliptical when I started my weight loss journey. I was always intimidated by the idea of running. But one day when the gym was closed I decided to try it, and I ran 4 km willy-nilly.

      I wrote a post last week about running for beginners? Those are my top 5 tips!

      As far as weight goes I think if you are wearing the right shoes then you should not have problems with your knees. But really that goes for anyone (weight is not really a factor). You can definitely Do If!!!

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  24. I love that this is what you're thinking about, because it helps you focus on the GOOD and things that are coming. Maybe it's because I'm a runner and I would totally do the same thing! :)

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  25. you are simply awe-inspiring. thank you.

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  26. I love that you have your sights set on your future as a runner...it's inspiring!!! Your perseverance is undoubtedly rockin', girl!

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  27. You are beyond inspirational Krysten!!! It is great to have lot of goals to work toward and there isn't a doubt in my mind that you will accomplish all of them!

    xo Lauren

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  28. Amazing plan. You did a great job adjusting your goals for this year while being realistic. I know you will do great!

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  29. Island girl is an amazing run!! they do a great job putting it on plus the course is beautiful!!

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