Running through the STICKS!

Written By on July 28, 2019
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WE ARE NOW 20 DAYS AWAY FROM THE LULULEMON SEAWHEEZE HALF MARATHON HAPPENING AUGUST 17!

It seems crazy to think that about a year ago I committed to trying to improve my running and thought to myself, “Why not give a half marathon a go!?”

As the year has progressed, it has been awesome to see the progress I have made. However, it has been challenging to battle through some of the injuries I have had!

Trail running has been a gift and a curse. I have been getting out to run through the woods and trails through different kinds of terrain and finding that very challenging and enjoyable.

On May 26, I ran the Oak Bay 10K in Victoria, BC. It was a tougher course than expected but all things considered, I was quite happy to finish while achieving my goal. My goal was to complete the race and run it in under an hour. I finished the race at 58:24!

As the months progressed, my running improved and I was starting to feel some serious confidence in my progress. On July 14, I ran my longest run ever! An 18K run through south Nanaimo with a great pace. This run was 8.5K of uphill winding terrain which eventually flattened out and let us finish with a downhill. I was so excited after the race but also so fatigued and I knew I would need a good night sleep to recover.

As I went to bed fatigued, things took a turn for the worse. I woke up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain in my shin. Thinking it was just soreness, I tried to go back to bed but I couldn’t. The next morning, my ankle felt like it was in a cast and I had a hard time walking up the stairs. Something was up and I knew it was serious. As I sat in the doctor’s office, I half expected to hear something I was dreading to hear “We are going to need to put you in a boot for 6-8 weeks.”

Despite the challenges, I was determined to run the half marathon on August 17 regardless of pain and deal with the long recovery after the run.

After 10 days of doing NOTHING cardio wise, I got back out for a run and 2.3K felt like 25K. Where the heck did my lungs go!? On the upside, the leg was starting to heal and I was starting to get some confidence back. After a few more runs this week, I am getting back to normal but definitely still feeling the effects of time off and a sore shin! It turns out I was experiencing medial shin splints which could grow to a medial stress fracture if not looked after.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU WILL READ HERE

There are 20 days until the race which also signifies 20 days remaining in my fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The self dubbed “Half Marathon For Mental Health” has a goal of raising $1000 for the CMHA. As an added bonus, anyone donating over $5 to the cause will be entered into a draw to win a $150 gift card to Lululemon!

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4447378&langPref=en-CA

SECOND MOST IMPORTANT THING

I desperately need your support. Each and every one of you. If you can donate a dollar, I am SO GRATEFUL. If you are unable to donate, please consider sharing the link on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as your contribution to growing the awareness of this campaign and raising awareness around mental health initiatives.

My mantra for my training has been:

Run to it.
Run THROUGH it.

Whether it be fatigue, sore muscles or a busted shin.. I will run THROUGH it.

Thank you all for your support!