Monday, September 24, 2012

To Do Another Half-Marathon, Or Not...

Good afternoon Beautiful,

I hope your week got off to a good start! I started planning out my training program for my 8km race coming up in 4 weeks. Like I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t do so well in my last 10km run (The Zoo Run) so I want to really do well on the Toronto Women’s 8km race to kind of “redeem” myself per se. My program for my 8km consists of 2 long runs that are longer than 8km (they’re 10km), 2 long runs that are exactly 8km and 2-3 short runs per week (5-7km). On my rest days I’m going to be doing resistance training and really focus on foam rolling.
I did some foam rolling of my IT band and my quads today for the last half of my workout, and holy man… I have some serious knots in my quads and my IT bands I already knew were tight which is what was causing me hip pain while I’ve been running. It was so painful; there was two points at which I had to take a break because I couldn’t handle the pain of trying to work the knots out of my legs. I can actually still feel where they are. I’m going to do a little bit more foam rolling tonight after dinner, I really want to get everything stretched out so I’m a little bit more pain free. I’m also pretty sure I need to take a hot yoga class. I actually really don’t like hot yoga. I don’t like how muggy it is and I have this fear that I’m going to barf or pass out and be really embarrassed, but I guess if it helps me stretch out everything from the waist down, it’s kind of worth it. The best part of hot yoga for me is when I walk out of the hot room at the end and can breathe in actual quality air (however “quality” Toronto air is…) because it feels basically like I’ve been like born again or something, that’s the ONLY motivation I have to go to hot yoga, and the potential pain reducing benefits.
The race and my results had me thinking about running all day, and my best friend Lauren actually sent me a text asking if I’d ever want to do another one, or if I was going to do another one this year. My initial response was “Hell no, not this year”, but I got to thinking about it and I think I might want to again. I have no idea why, the first one was obviously painful for me and resulted in shin splints and hip/ankle pain, but hey, why not. I googled “coolest half-marathons around the world” because I thought it’d be cool to do a half-marathon in another part of the world, and came across the New York City Half-Marathon (not to be confused with the full marathon which I will probably never do). I think I kind of want to do this! It’s in March, registration isn’t open yet, and it starts in Central Park and makes its way down by Times Square and finishes in Lower Manhattan.
If you’re a loyal reader then you know I went on a trip to Manhattan last year and fell absolutely in love with the city. I loved the energy, the shopping, the food, the buzz, the nightlife, it was an amazing trip and the city is beautiful. What better and cooler way to return to the city for a weekend than to do it and running a half-marathon through the city? The only thing is that it costs a bit more to register than runs here do, I’d have to pay for a flight and save a lot of money to do some shopping (obviously) and dining (obviously) and I’m praying that they confirm the date soon because it’d be very helpful if I could ask my cousin if we could use his condo again, except not as long! If you’re a newer reader then here are some pictures from my last trip to Manhattan!







So that’s definitely something to think about. Really think about. I can feel my IT band pulling right now and all I’m doing is laying in bed typing. I’d need to get new runners and probably some orthotics, some more winter running gear… you know, I’ve found running is kind of an expensive sport lol.
I’m also thinking about running the Scotiabank Toronto 5km run which is in about 3 weeks. I’ve never done a 5km before, and I’m interested in seeing how fast I can do it. Again though, it’s like $60 to register to run for half an hour. Ugh, I’ll probably end up doing it. I’m hoping that my mom, dad and sister can come down that weekend so they’re able to see me run as they never have before! At least in a race setting, so that would be really cool.
Where is the coolest place you’ve done a race before? Or what is the coolest race you’ve ever competed in?
It’s going to take me a while to decide about this half-marathon thing again…. What should I do!? I’d have to start training like, now. Oh my god….
Stay sweet.
xoxo
PS - I got a few more entries to my giveaway today thanks to the wonderful Tosca Reno and the Eat Clean Diet Team retweeting about my giveaway (a big thank you to both!). If you missed it, you can check it out here. Two magazine subscriptions and three books - it's a bit insane!! You can enter here!

15 comments:

  1. First thing I would do is make sure the hip pain and shin slints are looked after....there is a family history of hip problems, if you remember...love you.

    Dad

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    1. Father!! Nice to see you around here !! I got my shin splints healed from my physio and about two months of not running! Physio says my hip pain is my IT band so I'm getting it stretched out too! Always worrying.... Lol! Love ya!

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  2. shin slints....lol...spints obviously...love you again.

    Dad

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  3. I JUST signed up for my first race -- the Disney Princess Half! I figure I better "go big" for the first one! :-)

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    1. Oh my gosh! That is super exciting - are you going to run in a tutu? I believe if you run that race, you must run either in all pink&purple, or a tutu!! :)

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  4. I just have to grin at the comment from your dad - it is nice to know the parental units check our blogs out every once-in-a-while, right? :) When was the last time you were fitted for running shoes? I have IT band pain (don't all runners?) and notice an increase when my shoes are starting to get worn. Oh, and as for the 1/2.....DO IT!! Even if you run/walk it, it would still be amazing!

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    1. Haha, I know, my pappy is awesome... always looking out for me! He had two hip replacements before he was 50 so he's always concerned about that area, and making sure I take care of it! I am going to try some new runners and possibly orthotics.. maybe. I just found out the half is a lottery system, so I'll put my name in and see if it's meant to be! :)

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  5. Yes yes, definitely do hot yoga! It will ell your hip tremendously!! The trick is, to avoid feeling awful, stay super hydrated before and during class. I always drink a big bottle of water with natural lemons squeezed into it throughout the day before the class. Then I'll bring a big super cold bottle of water with me to class that has some Emergen-C packets mixed into it. That will truly set you up for success in your practice because, as you deplete your electrolytes and minerals while you sweat in class, you start to feel crummy but if your replenishing throughout class, you'll feel much better. Also, going more often helps to get your body used to the heat where you'll start to feel the therapeutic and detoxifying effects rather than just feeling rotten!! Go get it girl! Good luck training!!
    -Christie Parks www.facebook.com/Christie.Parks7

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    1. Oh Christine, great recommendations! I'm still talking myself out of doing hot yoga almost daily. Maybe next weekend I'll try and do it when I don't have a race going on! Or maybe this Saturday morning. I don't know, I'm so conflicted! :)

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  6. Hi Sarah!i´m ilvana from Bloggers and i sent me a message so,pritty cool stuff you have in your blog! I will love to be friend GFC,can you follow back?

    Thanx ilvana

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    1. I will! Thank you for following! xo

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  7. there are some cheaper 5km races coming up in whitby area that are chipped if you are interested in saving some money!

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    1. I ended up signing up for Scotiabank 5km... I've never done a chipped 5km before!

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  8. I've never been to NY so I always check out race reviews to see which half I'd want to do there. I thought that one was incredibly hilly, but maybe that was the More Half in April/May?

    I just got back from running the Maui Half Marathon. It is a nice easy going race with beautiful ocean views throughout. It was the vacation of a lifetime. I went to San Francisco last year for the Nike Women's race and I felt the same way about the city - the shipping was incredible. I'd say that's a race that every woman should do at least once in their life. Traveling for races does get expensive, but I just use these trips as my vacations and chances to check out all the states.

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    1. The half in Maui sounds amazing!! I wish I lived closer to the ocean. Believe it or not I've never even seen the ocean in person! A friend of mine ran San Fran Marathon, I think Chicago would be cool and the Rock n Roll Vegas Half!!

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