RAINY Weekly Training Recap!

Good morning!

Happy Friday! What do you guys have planned this weekend? Running, racing, working out, getting your downward facing dog on, doing a whole lotta relaxing!? Tomorrow I have my Saturday long run with run club, then puppy class, and on Sunday we are probably going to take a quick trip to Victoria. Well, I want to go to Victoria to use my 25% discount from the Lululemon & Strava 40 | 80 challenge, but I haven’t exactly told Ryan that yet ; ) Hehe.

To kick off this Friday morning I wanted to share with you my week in training. It was a fun week of running and wrapped up with a race, as you guys may have already read about here.


  • Saturday, January 20th: Rest day for the race tomorrow!

 

 

  • Sunday, January 21st: Cobble Hill 10km. You can read my race recap here! It started off as a rainy day, but turned into a beautiful, sunny day and a great run.
  • Monday, January 22nd: Rest day! I went for a quick 15 minute walk at lunch to take advantage of a break in the rain, but kept things really easy and low-key.

 

 

  • Tuesday, January 23rd: 30 minutes of easy running, which ended up being 5.12km. Yes, that .12 is important to note, haha! It was another rainy morning, but I felt STRONG and fresh after Monday’s rest day. I ran up a long, curved hill that I often come across during my morning runs (purposely seeking more hillier routes, which is easy since there’s quite a few hills around where we live!), and didn’t stop to walk or take a break at all. This was a good feeling especially since my quads were a bit sore from Sunday’s race. Nothing too bad though and it ended up being a great run.

 

  • Wednesday, January 24th: HOLY rain. This was my Wednesday evening run club with the Ceevacs, and it down poured on us. If you follow me on Instagram you would’ve seen my Insta-Story from this evening where I literally had rain dripping off the brim of my hat. The rain also soaked through my jacket and long sleeve top underneath, and my pants were almost black they were so wet (they are grey). We did 7 easy kilometres, and after I got changed into dry clothes, I foam rolled for about 15 minutes.

 

Here’s a little Wednesday night breakfast prep for you! I was craving a smoothie & thought I would get everything ready to go the night before, that way all I had to add was cashew milk.

 

In my smoothie I had vanilla plant based protein powder, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp peanut butter, a shake of maca powder, a scoop of collagen powder, about 1/4 cup strawberries, spinach & baby kale, chia seeds, and cashew milk. Blendy blend blend & you’re done!

 

 

  • Thursday, January 25th: Another rainy run with some hills. 10km in total at 6:06/km, which is kind of my easy pace “sweet spot.” For now! Soon getting faster will be easier, but right now I am working in the space I am in and taking steps to get faster. I stretched a bit after this run, but wanted to shower & get ready for the work day so didn’t spend too much time stretching.

 

  • Friday, January 26th: A little bit of yoga & some upper body weights and core work. I like to have Fridays as my rest days (unless I am racing on a Sunday), but I wanted to get in a bit of cross training and thought the stretching would do my body good!

 

Tomorrow is long run day, and we are running in my hometown of Chemainus! I love Chemainus and know a lot of good running routes, so I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun : ) Plus, the post run coffee is always nice (as I feel like I’ve mentioned before haha), and then the rest of the busy weekend activities. I hope you all have a great day!

Going for a Run with Jenna Kinz

 

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I am super excited about today’s guest on the blog, Jenna Kinz. You may know her as Jennaruns on social media, and today we are going to get to know a bit more about her running journey. Along with being an avid runner, speedy racer, and marathoner, Jenna is also a dog mama who rescued her sweet greyhound, Derby. We actually met through Instagram, and it has been fun to follow along with her racing, training, and of course the videos and pictures of Derby are amazing too! I mean, who doesn’t love dogs, right? I will stop chatting there, though. We have lots to cover, so let’s get into the interview : )



1. Thank you for coming on the blog, Jenna! I’ve loved following you on social media & reading your blog, so it’s great to have you here. Let’s start with a warm up! Tell us who you are, what you do, and where you’re from.
My name is Jenna, I am from Dallas, Texas although my family is from Kansas and Minnesota, so that makes for an interesting accent! I work for AVID, a college-career readiness system for underrepresented children and I tutor math. My hobbies include running, playing the cello, and snuggling my rescue Greyhound!
 
2. What inspired you to lace up & run?
 
Well, a girl friend of mine Facebook messaged me one day and asked if I wanted to go to Las Vegas. That sounds fun!, I thought. She said she wanted to run the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and asked if I wanted to go, too. Hmm… seems like a big commitment… But I thought this would be a fun girl’s trip opportunity. So I got on the Rock n Roll Marathon website and noticed they were having a “special.” The full marathon was the same price as the half! Woohoo! I thought, well, if I’m going to Las Vegas, I might as well go all out! SO! There you have it. With the click of a button, I’d committed to running 26.2 miles. I honestly don’t even think I knew a marathon was 26.2 miles at the time. BUT! I took it seriously, trained my butt off, and on November 13, 2016, I became a marathoner. I’ve just kept on going ever since!
 
3. When it comes to distances and racing, what is your favourite distance to race? How come?
 
Right now I’m loving the Half Marathon distance. The distance is challenging, yet I feel that I can work on some speed with it. It’s not over as quickly as a 5K, yet doesn’t wear you down like a Marathon. In fact, I have yet to run another full marathon since Las Vegas. I’m focusing on the 13.1 distance and hoping for a PR in the 1:30’s this year!
 
4. When was your “Aha! I’m a runner!” moment?

Well, I truly believe that if you run, you are a runner. There is no distance or time that “justifies” someone as a runner. But since I didn’t truly commit to running until registering for the marathon in Las Vegas, that is when I look back and consider myself a “runner.” So, this was about April of 2016.
 
5. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you run and why?
 
If I could run any race – the Boston Marathon because of it’s prestige, which I VERY quickly noticed once joining the online running community. A location I’d love to run is Berlin. I’ve never been out of the US and the Berlin Marathon just looks like an amazing and completely new experience.
 
6. Any big races on the horizon for 2018!?
Yes! I’m running Rock n Roll New Orleans which I’m REALLY excited about because 1. my cousin lives there so I get to spend time with her 2. I’ve never been to New Orleans and 3. I’ve recruited my dad to drive down with me! It’s going to be a great experience.
 
7. And finally, brag about yourself! Share a few of your most memorable & proudest accomplishments!
 
In 2017, my first full year of running, I snagged two huge Half Marathon PR’s that I’m really proud of in Portland and in College Station. I’ve raced less than a handful of Half Marathons and my current PR is 1:42. I’m excited to keep growing stronger as a runner and hopefully get into the 1:30’s! I’ve also placed in my Age Group in a few 5Ks, which I have never trained for! My 5K PR is 21:59. I think I have potential as a speedy runner and just need to keep on keepin’ on!

A big thank you to Jenna for joining me on the blog. Be sure to follow her blog, Twitter, and Instagram to keep with her adventures!

Race Recap – Cobble Hill 10km

Good morning and Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was spent with family on Saturday & racing with my run club on Sunday! Despite the downpour it was a fun event, and the rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, meal prepping & watching The Office. For anyone who hasn’t seen that show yet (and this is coming from someone who is WAY late on The Office train), you are missing out! Anyway, this morning I wanted to share with you my recap of the race which was hosted by my run club.

The race started later in the day at 11am, which left me time to sleep in a little bit (compared to my usual 5am or 6am wake up calls during the week), have coffee, and enjoy my oatmeal without feeling panicked for time. It’s nice to have a no-pressure morning before a race. I kept looking outside at the rain and thought about changing my outfit 100x, but I decided to not worry about it. We can’t control the weather, after all. So, I grabbed my bag with my change of clothes for after the race & we headed out in the rain.

The Cobble Hill 10km is the second run in the Vancouver Island run series, and it’s a route through agricultural land in, you guessed it, Cobble Hill, British Columbia. I ran this race last year & the weather was not great, but fortunately the sun came out during the race yesterday. It rained hard a little bit, but honestly I didn’t mind since the rest of the race was so clear. Last year I struggled with a sore hamstring (note to self, do not do an intense hips, hamstring & core yoga class the day before a race!), but this year I went into the race with one goal: have fun, no matter the weather.

 

I ran with my friend Joanna (who is going to join Ceevacs run club – yay!) and we chatted away the kilometres, and just ran together quietly up the hills. It was nice to have someone to run with! I mean, someone you know, given that there’s hundreds of runners out there on the course. A lot of people from my run club ran a great, fast race, and there were some seriously speedy kids out there, too! I’m talking 35 minutes fast at the age of ten kind of thing.

The first couple kilometres had some good rolling hills, and it’s easy to go out too fast because you start on a down hill. And then you keep going down, but eventually you have to turn around and go back. I’m happy to report that we stayed strong during the hills and kept pushing onwards. Plus, the sun was coming out, so that was a plus and just added to the beauty of the farmland and pretty houses.

The last “hill” was around the 8km (ish?) mark, and I looked at my watch and saw that we were actually getting faster. We kept it at a nice pace, and although my legs were feeling a bit tired, I knew I still had more in me. So, I picked it up a tad bit more, but unfortunately bumped into the gentleman behind me in the photo below trying to dodge some pot holes and puddles RIGHT before the finish line. What can you do but side step and try to run faster!? At this point my goal was to at least edge in front, and voila. Mission accomplished.

 

 

Overall it was a great race, and I am super proud of my performance. I ended up beating my last Cobble Hill 10km time by two minutes, but I missed a 10km PR by ONE WHOLE SECOND! Obviously this made me think of everything I could’ve done better, where I should’ve run faster, etc, but the truth of the matter is I ran well, I negative split (ran the second half faster than the first), and I was 11th in my age group. The 10km is a bit of a tricky distance in that you don’t want to go out too fast and worry about fading too soon, but you also don’t want to be too conservative and risk trying to make up for the speed later on. With that being said, when I saw my negative splits on my watch I was super pleased! will take that as a win. If anything, it lights a bigger fire to keep working hard towards my 10km PR.  My goal is to take 5 minutes off of my 10km time, and so I will continue to work my little hiney off until I can check that off my running goals list!

 

I hope you all had a great weekend & enjoy the week ahead. I have a guest coming on the blog on Wednesday, so watch out for that!

Weekly Workout Recap

Hey guys!

We are back on the blog with another weekly workout recap. How are you guys liking these posts? Should I continue them? Let me know what you think!

We will rewind to last weekend to start off the recap. Saturday the 13th was my first weekend long run with my run club. I checked the weather before I left (we met up at a nature park about 20 minutes away from my house), and packed a couple extra jackets in case it started to rain. It was a good thing I did, because it was drizzly rain the whole day!

  • Saturday, January 13th: 13km group run (6:19/km), 2km on my own (5:43/km) for a total of 15km. After the Saturday long runs we meet up for coffee, so it was nice to sit down, warm up & get to know some of the other club members! Once I got home I stretched, foam rolled, and did some hip strengthening exercises (called the Myrtle Routine). I also did about 20 minutes of arms and ab work.

  • Sunday, January 14th: I only needed 5km to reach 80km for the Lululemon | Strava challenge, so I took it to the trail near our house to get it done. It was a beautiful sunny day, and it felt so nice to be outside! I followed this run up with stretching and foam rolling. Earlier in the morning Ryan & I also took the dogs for a walk, which was about 2.5-ish km.


  • Monday, January 15th: Rest day from running
  • Tuesday, January 16th: 30 minutes full body strength training. Abs, arms, some legs (squats, deadlifts, bridges)

 

  • Wednesday, January 17th: Run club! It was down pouring outside, but there was still a group of us that met up and ran an easy 7km in the rain. I am actually kind of loving rainy runs! We actually had some thunder and lightning this evening, but fortunately I was home sweet home before it rolled in.
  • Thursday, January 18th: Another rainy run. I woke up extra early before work to get this in, and it was my first time running with a head lamp. Let me tell you – what a game changer! Especially in the areas where the street lights are few & far between. I also did 30 minutes of strength training, core & foam rolling after work.

 

 

  • Friday, January 19th: 6-7km easy after work. I woke up late this morning so this run is being pushed back!

 

Tomorrow is a rest day, and Sunday is another RACE DAY! It’s the Cobble Hill 10km, so look forward to a race recap on Monday! Last year it poured and poured, so fingers crossed it stays clear. If not, well. What do you do but get it done!?

 

Happy FRIDAY!