Sunday, July 29, 2012

Goodlife Victoria Half Marathon - Week 5 Recap

Oh yayz!  The Olympics are finally here and I've already done my first ugly cry.  I don't know what it is, but I just love watching all the athletes who've worked so hard for their moment to shine...I find it so amazing to see what these people can do with their bodies and pushing themselves to their limits for their sport.  A bit of sad news, I heard that Paula Radcliffe, the fastest woman marathoner in history, won't be racing at these games because of a foot injury. She hasn't had her share of luck at the Olympics, but I hoped that she might take this one since she'll be in front of her home crowd.  Well, it doesn't take away from her previous accomplishments, and she'll still go down in history as one of running's true greats.

Workouts for this week...just how things fell, it was a busy one:

Sunday:  12K run
The weather turned out to be cool and drizzly, which was perfect!  The route was beautiful...we ran down by the University and ended up running by the water where we could ogle some gorgeous homes and dream what we could have if we won the lottery.  Ha!  I wasn't in much of a talkative mood, so ran with a few small groups but mostly trailed just slightly behind so I could just enjoy the run.

Monday:  bootcamp

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: bootcamp in a.m./run clinic in p.m.
Another double duty day with Jason.  The man knows how to push, that's for sure!  I think I've finally acclimatized to the double Jay days as I like to call them, as I'm not feeling as tired as I was the first few weeks. 

Thursday: Mindful Strides clinic
Wah, my last clinic with Marilyn.  Sob.  We had a great last clinic...we did some hillwork with the elastics, and she was saying that we all looked great.  Hurray, success!  Things have finally clicked for Hubs too...he was struggling a lot with his body positioning, but the last class really hammered it home for him.  Marilyn is away for most of August as she'll be in the throes of marathon training (I think she's training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon) and is going to scale back some of her clinics for the Fall.  Can't really blame her when she's going to be doing many double duty days and accumulating mileages of 160km or so a week.  A week!  Hubs and I are going to take one more advanced session with her to really cement what we've learned, and then I think we're going to take the training wheels off and let 'er rip.  I have to say I felt a little bit sad as we wrapped up this session because we really liked the other clinic was a really good group and we all seemed to click really well.

Friday: bootcamp

Saturday:  14K run
Hubs and I went for a run down one of our local trails, and it was great because Hubs had a great run!  He's finally clicked with the new running technique so I'd run with him for bits and watch his form and then zip ahead and loop back to check in.  I think the hill training is really paying off as I'm learning to push through running hard while tired from the morning bootcamp (useful for the last few kilometres when I usually implode) and I'm running at faster speeds and it's feeling easier.  Just need to keep this up for a few more months and Goodlife Victoria, here I come!


Char said...

I hadn't heard that Paula Radcliffe had had to pull out. Such a pity for an amazing athlete.

Rena said...

Paula Radcliffe thing made me really sad. She worked so hard and accomplished so much. Also, the Jordan(gymnast) thing made me sad especially since her window as a competitor is so short.