June 13th-19th

Training

Last week I ran 33 km in 4 sessions including my hill repeats, a short run up part of Mt. Pope, and a long run on the Berg Lake Trail to the base of Emperor’s hill and back. I went biking at Otway with some friends once. I also attended my cousin’s wedding reception. Overall, it was a good week.

Berg Lake Trail Run with Linnaea

Delicious salad made by Rebecca

For this coming week:

  • Hill repeats
  • 2 hour long run
  • Spending quality time with friends and family
  • Learning lots at work
  • Biking and/or hiking
  • Pushups
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June 6th-12th

Training

Last week, I ran 20 km in 3 sessions, went biking at Pidherny once with a wonderful friend, and spent the weekend participating in a SAR workshop. Moodwise, I was fairly stable despite some difficult news. 

Sadly, I was unable to complete my hill repeats this week on Wednesday because I rolled my ankle during the first 5 minutes. However, it was feeling much better by Friday, and I went for a fun 8 km run in LC Gunn. On Sunday, I went for a 1.5 hour and 11 km run with Astrid in Forests for the World. It was awesome! We had a blast exploring some new trails.

I also started developing a bit of a food plan. 

Learning

I had a reminder this week that life is not just about being physically fit. There are other priorities for me that include my friends, family, community, and the environment. There are many things that are more important at the end of the day than me being as physically fit as possible. However, I still feel that it is beneficial for me to make goals like this because they help me stay in shape and learn more about goal setting. 

For this coming week:

  • Hill training
  • A 3 hour long run over the weekend
  • Food journalling 
  • Cross-training (biking, hiking, climbing, etc.)

May 30th-June 5th

Training

Last week I only ran 13 km in 3 sessions. This includes 2 km during hill repeats (I will improve) and a 9 km longer run. I also went downhill biking on the Holy Trail with some friends and participated in an over night rescue. It was a fairly busy week with lots of highs and lows!

Some photos from my 1.5 hour and 9 km run with Astrid. I think we were enjoying the scenery and chatting a little too much to go very fast. 

 

Learning
This week I finally registered for the Mount Robson Marathon!! Kind of scary……..I guess I actually have to do it now. I have been struggling occasionally with staying motivated and positive. Sometimes, I just want to give up, but I realize that I’ll never complete my goals if I don’t push through this feeling.

 

For this coming week:

  • hill training
  • another 1.5 hour long run over the weekend
  • food journalling
  • cross-training (biking, hiking, climbing, etc.)
  • figuring out a bit of a food plan
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The Cormorant just after picking up our patient after we spent the night on a mountain side..
My dear sister and me at the ‘City and Colour’ concert. Thank you Jimmy and Viral!

May 23rd-29th

Training
Last week I ran approximately 25.5 km in 3 sessions. This includes one evening of hill repeats (so evil!) and one 18 trail run. I have a ways to go in terms of training for Mount Robson. I’m pretty excited though.
I also went biking at Otway and climbing at Mt Pope this week. However, I took no outdoors photos this week at all. Oh well!

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Learning
This week I met with Jeff Hunter, a local ultra marathon runner, to discuss training. He gave me some suggestions and encouragement. I now have a training plan! 🙂 Thank you, Jeff!

Yesterday, I also ran  18 km in the Voneugen Birthday Fun Run that Jeff organized. I was completely exhausted by the end and finished dead last. I ran most of the first 10 km, but was unable to maintain my pace for the last 8 km. I was slightly intimidated when I saw the other runners before beginning the run. However, everybody was really encouraging. I was thankful for one lady who ran with me the entire way and kept me company. It’ll be exciting to see how I do next year if I can keep up with training. Maybe I’ll even try for a longer distance. Some of the runners ran 80 km!!

For this coming week:
-hill training (ewww!)
-a 1.5 hour run over the weekend
-continuing with the food journal
-cross-training (biking, hiking, climbing, etc.)

May 16th-22nd

Last week, I ran approximately 20.5 km in 3 sessions. The last run was with a friend and was 9.5 km of trail running at Forests for the World. I feel as if I am slowly making progress.

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This week, I also played badminton, played volleyball twice, went hiking/exploring multiple times, and went kayaking with my mother. Overall, it was a glorious week!

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Matthew on Lookout Trail in Gingolx.

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Enjoying the Aiyansh Hotsprings.

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Beautiful sunset on Stuart Lake.

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Kayaking with my mother.

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Learning
I would like to read more books about running if anybody has any to suggest. Also, I would be interested in talking to a nutritionist if anybody knows of any.

For this coming week:
-run 25-30 km
-keep a food journal everyday
-crosstrain
-figure out a training plan
-arrange to speak with a nutritionist

Weekly goals

Recap: May 9th-15th
Last week, I ran approximately 19 km in four different sessions. One of the runs was a trail run with a fair amount of elevation gain (at least for me). I am feeling slow and finding elevation gain and distance difficult; however, I know that progress takes time.

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Learning
I have been realizing that nutrition is going to play a large role in my progress with this goal especially if I am hoping for a decent time. This is one area where I really struggle. I have a big appetite, sweet tooth, and lack of self control. I know that I am an emotional easter; I would like to start addressing this. In the future, I would be interested in using this blog to explore different nutrition, running, and outdoors related topics that might help me and others achieve our goals.

For this coming week:
-run 20-25 km
-keep a food journal everyday
-find ways to crosstrain (hiking, badminton, etc.)

Saturday, May 14th

This morning I went for a beautiful run to Malkow Lookout close to Smithers! A friend had told me about it, and it was definitely worth it. I walked about half of the way up due to some fairly steady elevation gain that I am currently unable to handle at a running pace. It was a lovely workout though, and I got to try out my new hydration pack 🙂

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