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Phoenix Marathon Recap

It has been four days since I completed my second full marathon at the Phoenix Marathon! I have so much to share but will try and not to bore everyone here!

Backing up to pre-race. Going into this race my confidence was all over the place.One day I would be sure I could BQ (3:35), the next I would just think to run a sub 3;50 to PR – my first full I ran in 3:51. I kept reminding myself I was well trained, prepared and the course was a “easy” full course. So I guess you could say I had these two goals going into the race.

I went back and forth what to wear for the race, it started at 6am, so I knew we’d be done by 10am BUT the temperatures for that time was anywhere from 2-9 degrees. I will take a cooler race day over hot but 2 degrees was cold! I wore shorts, a tank with a cotton throw away long-sleeve.

The night before the race we stayed with friends, had our go to meal of spaghetti, sauce and garlic toast and a lot of water! With a 3:15am wake- we all were in bed by 9pm.

Race morning went smoothly. I like running races more than once for this reason, you know what to expect, the processes etc. Since it is a point to point race they bus you from the finish line to the starts – each race (full, half and 10km) has a different start line.

We hopped on the full bus and took a long bus ride up a mountain in a park area. The full course is known to be a fast course since it has an overall elevation loss of 800ft. Once off the bus we made our way over to the fires and heaters they had out. I was not too cold but it was chilly for sure! After a bathroom stop it was time to line up. We went in around the 3:40 pace bunny. One cool thing about larger US races is that they have fireworks at the start!

The first bit of the race is downhill – but in the pitch black. It was weird to run in the dark with so many people. Since I could not see my watch I had no idea of a pace so settled into a comfortable pace and did not worry about it. The first 4 miles flew by, the sun came up, we had some great cheer stations and I was staying under a 5min/km pace – and felt great. The next 2 miles was a gradual and long incline with a chilly wind. I knew it was the only incline so just took it in stride.

After the hill – mile 8 or so I started to feel my quad. It was not painful but it was a sensation I had never felt before so instantly set off alert sirens in my head. A few more great cheer stations and good music pulled us through the next 6 miles or so. I was shocked when we hit the half way point, the first half flew by! But the now so great news? My quads were mad now. I had intense pressure in both making it hard to keep the pace I wanted. I soon slowed to a 5:15min/km and Chad took off in front of me.

I had fully expected my legs to get tired and heavy but expected it to happen a lot later in the race – not at half way!

I took it mile by mile the whole second half of the race. I knew stopping was not an option and walking would only make matters worse. I tried to focus on my music and just move my legs. Over the next 6 miles my pace slowly dropped more and more.

It was at mile 19 that I fell behind for a Boston qualifying time. While I was bummed at this, I also knew that that goal was ambitious with it being my second full marathon. So goal #2 it was!

All of a sudden around mile 20 I found Chad! He had stopped at a water station and I caught up to him πŸ™‚ We had both slowed to a 5:45mins/km pace and the next few miles were ran silently just both wanting to be done.

Lucky for us our friends were there to take photos!

The finish line came up and unlike my halfs there was no sprinting across the line – I actually doubted that my legs could stand once I stopped running!

My final results – a 8 minute PR!

I had previously thought my second half of the race might be 5 minutes slower, it was double that, but taking into account my legs I am darn proud to have kept under a 6min/km pace that last 10kms!

Ringing that PR bell!

I love the finish line of this race, unlimited french toast, ice cream bars, Clif bars, chocolate milk – just to name some goodies! We had a bite to eat then made our way back to the car. I am not one to stick around after races, usually I just want to shower and try to feel human again!

Recovery… HA. I don’t really remember my last full recovery but wholly.Β  I still cannot walk normally, bending over is almost a no-go and getting up and down is rough. So yeah it has been a fun few days πŸ˜‰ I have walked as much as I can, gone for light bikes rides and swam. Maybe later this week I can try and run but my legs need a lot of rest right now so that is what they are getting.

Final thoughts –Β  I think my angry quads were/are from a combination of the pavement running I was not used to (treadmill downside) and the downhill race. The frustrating part of that was my cardio and everything else could have ran much faster. I finished the race not feeling physically tired – a good and bad thing I guess! Mentally I had a darn good race, with my legs yelling at me I pushed hard to keep a good pace knowing that was the only way to finish the race, believe me there were a few times I wanted to just quit! I have been asked if I will run another full, and of course I will I have a loose plan right now that involves some time working on a new half PR, more longer runs, and a couple more fulls in the next two years. I am a firm believer in having time off in between races, and for me I need a good break after a full to be ready to run another.


Weekend Recap

Four days just flew by! Mother Nature did not pull through with any nice winter temps so wwent a tad stir crazy.


Mid afternoon the girls asked to go to the park, we bundled up, grabbed the sled an off we went. Pulling them through the snow on the sled was a workout!

We played at the park, Chloe just wanted to swing but Avery spent a good 20 minutes trying to climb a hill:

The wind was pretty cold on the way back, hence this photo:

I ran 12km after supper then we watched Celebrity Big Brother —>not near as good as the regular one!


Highlights of the day – a pedicure for me, then going to my brother’s house, having supper there and watching fireworks – we could see them from inside their house – bonus!

We got home after bedtime, both the girls fell asleep on the drive home πŸ™‚


Our last long run! I am sad we did not run more outside this training round but also knew it would be hard to do so with us both training and longer long runs. 16km flew by and it was a great run for me.

With the race 4 days away I have all kinds of feelings – I am pretty sure getting a PR will be no problem, but my goal time? Eeek. I feel like so much of it comes done to the race day. It could go either way. So I will cross my fingers and toes it is a good race for me (and Chad!). As for my goal time? I have my times I have to hit so by mid race I will know which goal it will be and make the call then.

Moving on from my race thoughts πŸ˜‰ We did some colouring before I ran, Avery has come so far with her printing and colouring!

We did not do much that afternoon, my Grandma visited, we played in the basement – meaning the girls ran around like crazy kids then watched some of Toy Story 3 – which made Chloe cry!

Yes, Avery wore her Supergirl costume all day!

I also started packing my stuff – Avery has had he suitcase packed for two weeks!


Avery had been asking to go to yoga so since we had no plans we took her to yoga in the morning. I have to make it a goal to get her going more again! She loves it so much, and the teacher is amazing!

It was another low key day for us, packing, visiting with family, and playing outside for a bit.

The fam πŸ™‚

I rarely took out my phone camera this weekend & while I felt the need for us to get out and do more it was nice to have a quiet weekend. I find winter weekends to be a lot slower in general and I know before we know it spring and summer will be back so for now I am taking advantage of these quiet times πŸ™‚


Foodie Friday

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! Avery woke up yesterday morning asking if it “had to be over” – I am like a kid that way and live for holidays!

We got the girls a few goodies, my Mom spoiled them (of course) then did our tradition of pizza and cupcakes for supper, Chad’s (sweet) tweet πŸ˜‰

Chad nailed it with a simple gift of flowers and Mini Eggs:

Besides that it was a quiet week.

Can I share my excitement that not only is it a long weekend now, but I also have a short meal planning week! Because holidays are here for us! So this week is all about using up our food.

Saturday – Supper at my brother’s

Sunday – Salmon burgers & Greek Salad

Monday – Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday – Vegetable stir-fry

Wednesday – Leftovers

And then we are outta here!

Our weekend includes a spa afternoon for moi, visit with my brother and his girlfriend, fireworks, and of course running πŸ˜‰



Weekend Recap

Another snowy weekend! But I swear we are on the good side of winter now – or am hopeful we are πŸ˜‰


Avery had a Valentine’s Day party in the morning at preschool so I snuck out of work to go. We did crafts, and they had a photo booth to go in with their friends – but Avery only wanted me in the photo with her. Lucky me!

It was a fun time πŸ™‚

My brother’s girlfriend bought us hockey tickets for that night so we had a fun night out! Chloe even got a game puck passed to her from the penalty box – this was after she was making faces at the other team in the box. Oh Chloe.


We had a late start to the day – no complaints, when everyone slept until almost 8am!

We had a quick coffee pit stop before getting groceries:

Both girls wanted to play outside, so out we all went. I built a little hill off our deck for the sled – Avery loved it! Chloe was not impressed with all the snow, it came up to her waist in some areas!

Chloe had a nap while Chad and Avery built a snow fort in the front yard from all the snow that was shoveled off the driveaway.

Later we baked Valentine’s Pop Tarts – so easy and the girls love them!

And then wore off the sugar jumping in Chloe’s crib:

We had friends over that night which was a nice change from our usual Saturday nights of movie watching and falling asleep – HA,


We all got good sleeps – again! I swear my kids sleep better/longer in spring and summer. As soon as winter hit they started waking up early – weird. Chad headed to the gym while the girls and I did some crafting.

We also attempted Valentine’s photos…spoiler alert I did not get one good one. Win some, lose some!

I started my run (20km) once Chad got home. It was nice to “only run 20km” – I am actually pretty done with long runs at this point. It was also nice to only watch one movie for my run πŸ˜‰

I got ready and did a deep clean in our ensuite while Chad and Avery played outside for a couple hours and Chloe napped.

We ran a few errands later then had my Mom for supper, she made me two new signs – she is the BEST!

And like that it is Monday tomorrow!


Foodie Friday

This winter has been a tad much, from some darn cold temps to now what seems to be endless snow I think everyone is more than ready for spring! Or a warm holiday πŸ˜‰

My winter/snow pout:

Besides hibernating every minute we can this week (darn work getting in the way!), we have kept busy with finishing Avery’s Valentine’s – proud Mom moment that she did all 17 by herself! We made slime Monday night, which has kept the girls busy while I make supper – win!

Since we are getting close to holiday countdown I am starting to try and use up all our fridge food now so that we are not wasting a ton. And I found some new to us recipes for this coming week!

Saturday – Pizza Roll Ups & salad – Budget Bytes

Sunday –Β Chicken Pot Pie Soup & cornbread muffins – Gimme Some Oven

Monday – Chicken Kale Caesar Wraps & sweet potato fries- Budget Bytes

Tuesday – One Pot Taco Pasta – Damn DeliciousΒ 

Wednesday – Our tradition is ordering pizza for Valentine’s Day!

Thursday – Bibimbap – Budget Bytes

Friday – Mini Garden Turkey Meatloaves – Budget Bytes

Weekend plans include a hockey game & birthday party!