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Goal Setting for September

Happy holiday Monday everyone!

I am blissed out this weekend, spending time training, relaxing and with friends and family. Basically the perfect holiday.

Wedding with the sisters.

Wedding with the sisters.

It is so hard to believe that we are headed into September, but I saw a pumpkin spice latte at my local Starbucks the other day, so it must be true. What that means is that it is time to take a good hard look at my goals and make sure I am on track going into fall!

My goals for August:

PR and BQ my marathon: Done and Done. My last marathon was 3:34:something and this one was twice as hard and I raced it in 3:21:36. I have my sights set on another huge PR for my Scotiabank marathon so stay tuned!

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Do some networking for work: I have begun regularly meeting with a business mentor who is more successful than I could ever imagine and she is teaching me the basics of this whole new world that I like to call my “big girl job.” I am having a blast, but if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that life is a whole lot easier when you have a coach.

Rest: Nailed it. I literally spent the entire day before the marathon in bed, eating. It has been incredible to watch my resting heart rate plummet as I incorporate more rest and relaxation into my life. I have a high stress job and a stressful training plan – I need to make sure I take time to recharge.

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Get organized: Uhhhh. Still getting there. I have been working with my developer and we are getting ready to roll out some exciting changes, but sometimes things take a lot longer than I think they should in my head. (Read: everything.) Regardless, I have made some strides and it should be ready to roll out soon.

Dive into a big project: This has been a crazy month of learning and growing on the public relations front and I am excited to continue to learn more. I have been working on an adventure expedition alongside my close friend who is a sports agent and I am confident I am learning from one of the best. J

Whew. So, now that we are staring out at September, what do I have on tap?

1. Take up martial arts. I know what you are thinking …where did this one come from? I put it on my 2014 vision board to learn self-defense and this is just my first step into the world of martial arts. I am beginning at a local Muay Thai gym to learn the foot work and movements and moving to Krav Maga when I feel ready. I love the idea of being as fit, strong and fast as possible and this one is just a bucket list item I need to stroke off! Besides…I already have the gloves for it!

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2. Do a safe build for Scotiabank Marathon. September is the training month that matters. I am going to be training my face off to get my mileage high so I will be dropping off the side of the earth socially as it is one of the busiest work months for me as well. I may as well retitle September as Do Work.
3. Have one free week night a week. This is an ambitious goal but it is going to happen. I have begun scheduling one night a week in my calendar as BUSY which is a night where I do nothing but train, work on blog stuff, my side projects or just read a magazine. This means using that very foreign “no” word more than I want to, but I realized through my last marathon cycle that I cannot safely train and work when I have too many other things going on.
4. Check in with my hyperthyroidism. I have been neglecting this area of my health for a while mainly because of busyness. I have scheduled an appointment to check everything out and make sure that I am managing everything correctly. I will be doing a post this month on how hyperthyroidism affects how I train.
5. Celebrate! I have so many awesome people in my life who have some big birthdays this month so I have some fun celebrations planned and my goal is to give them the best gifts and best birthdays ever.
6. BONUS. Play squash once a week. In case you haven’t caught on, my workouts are quite social. I am beginning a weekly squash night with a friend who is much better than I and is willing to hone my skills. Because I am not that excellent at team sports but love competition, squash is a perfect sport for me to work on my plyometrics and explosive power. It also is going to be great to establish a workout schedule that will follow through the winter.

How about you, any goals for September?
What was one thing you did in August that you are proud of? Brag a little!!

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Endure Ring

It’s the last Friday of summer. Instead of being depressed about this, I am going to wear as much white as possible this weekend (which may prove interesting as I am going to go trail running with Running Free Orangeville to test out the Chase the Coyote race course this weekend..) Take that, Labour Day!

So, my social media machine has been abuzz with marathon chatter and it’s something that is clearly on my mind as well. There is something really special about the marathon distance, from its unusual beginning to the amount of time it takes to do it well.

I am not a sentimental person. At all. I don’t have shoe boxes full of old letters or cards because I recycle them along with my race bibs. I don’t even have an external hard drive because there apparently is something exciting about playing Russian roulette with all of your greatest photo memories.

But recently I received a ring and it actually means something to me. I’m a fan of simple, understated jewelery that I can wear when I am racing through the wilderness. If it is delicate, or cheap or too expensive, it does not belong on my body.

Basically, it’s a simple sterling silver band with the marathon distance written in bold Roman numerals with a diamond as the point mark. Super simple, super awesome, super me.

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I knew I wanted this ring the second that I saw it online at Endure Jewelry. I chose not to get it personalized, but that was an option. I ordered it in a size up because they don’t carry half sizes and I ended up getting it resized and it now fits perfectly.

Too busy training to get a manicure..

Too busy training to get a manicure..

I am not a sentimental person, but this is not coming off my finger because when I am doing a particularly difficult workout or am struggling in a long run, I love having a tangible reminder of WHY I am doing what I’m doing.

If you want to join the ranks of crazy, marathon lady with me, check out their website. The ring retails for $112.00 but if that isn’t your style, they have jewelry and clothing lines for every distance and even have a Boston line. Whether you are an avid marathoner or are celebrating the completion of your first, it is always amazing to have a token of what you do and why you do it.

Are you a sentimental person?
What is the most meaningful thing you own?

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Trail Running Q&A

Good morning!

I am a tad sleepy this morning but it doesn’t even matter. Last night, I went and saw Les Miserables which is my favourite musical of ALL TIME. I am a bit of a Francophile so seeing the show live made me lose my mind a little. (And also explains why this post is up later today – sleep > editing blogs.

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I’ve been getting some more reader questions lately and I thought I would tackle some today. If you have a question for me, I can’t promise to be an expert, but I am happy to answer in any way I can. (Email lacesandlattes@gmail.com).

It seems you guys are trail minded these days, so I made this a trail running themed Q & A.

Q: What watch do you use for trail running? Is it is the same as the one you use for road running?

A: Actually – no. I love testing out gear and I have a different watch for road running than I do for trail running. For trail running and racing, as well as any triathlons, adventure races or any other activity that requires a watch that is durable and won’t get destroyed by the elements, I use my Suunto Ambit 2.

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This is the first watch I have found with a specific setting for trail running and it offers navigation, speed, heart rate, altitude, weather conditions and is water proof. (I even wore it during my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!) It uploads to Strava alongside my other watches and it is my little adventure watch. You can follow my Movescount here and my Strava here if you are interested.

 

Q: If you are training for a road marathon, why are you running trails?

A: Good question. Trails are the perfect way for me to work on strength and stability as well as getting in some hard core hill training. As I prepare for long stretches of pavement, it is important to me to have training in more difficult elements to make race day seem like a breeze. Mind you, my long runs are all done on road, but my conditioning work is done on trails. Switching up the surface helps to prevent injury and keeps my training interesting and fresh.

 

Doing some hill climbs to prep for next weekend!

Q: My shoes were destroyed by my last trail race. How do I get rid of the mud?

A: How destroyed are you talking? I was knee deep in mud after my Run for the Toad 50 KM but I threw them in the washing machine and after 2 washes, they were good as new. Just make sure you take out the inserts. I also like using an odour eliminator to spray shoes down after a trail session to keep them smelly rosy.

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Q: What trail races are you doing in the fall?

A: I list all my races on this page, BUT I am constantly adding to it. I am doing 5 Peaks Kortight Centre and Hardwood Hills (email me for an updated discount code if you want to join me), Chase the Coyote and RAID THE HAMMER, teaming up with Explore the Back country. I also am in the process of solidifying details for an exciting December trail adventure so I will keep you updated on that.

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Trail tips:

Email me for a special discount code for the last two 5 Peaks Races in Ontario. Let’s Get off the Road.

I am joining with the Orangeville Running Free this Sunday for a course tour of Chase the Coyote. Let me know if you are interested and let’s go chase some wildlife!

My questions for YOU?

What trail races are you doing this fall?

What watch do you use to train on trails?

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New Feature: Marathon Training

Well, I’m back. What a fabulous weekend of camping and spending time with fellow trail running junkies at the Impossible 2 Possible race in Gatineau, Quebec!

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I am kicking off this Monday with a brand new feature surrounding the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon that I will be racing this fall on October 19. I will be discussing my training, gear that I am using, sports nutrition and answering any marathon questions you have. Basically, what I write about all the time anyways…

Back ground: I signed up for the marathon a number of months ago because I want it to be fast. My last marathon was run hard, but it was a difficult course – I know Scotiabank is flat so I am looking for a scorching PR. I am hesitating to put a number to it at this point because I want to make sure my training goes well, but I will keep you posted.

The Toronto Scotiabank Marathon and I both celebrate 25 years of being in existence this year so I am thrilled to run it to celebrate. It was my first marathon in 2013 and I am looking forward to going back. It is a well-organized event and a fun course to run.

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Training:
· Because I am dealing with a mere 8 weeks to train for this, I am doing another aggressive marathon build. I was careful to rest up last week and truly treat it as a week off. I taught a spin class and ran 10 KM at the event this weekend. That is IT.

· This coming week, I am beginning gently with 30-50 KM depending on how I feel and building my mileage to 95 KM before doing a 3 week taper.

· Despite the amount of time I spend running, I do my best to get 10 – 12 hours of cardio in, which is where my road bike and pool come in. I will be doing a special feature on my road bike (I got a new one!) and some of the workouts I use to mimic running.

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Nutrition/Wellness:
· This past week has been so strange. For the first time in months, I have gone from 6-7 meals a day to 3-4. I am not as hungry and eat a lot slower. Nothing hurts anywhere and it feels weird.

· I have kept my meals more or less exactly the same as I do when I am training, just scaled back on volume.

· My heart rate has stabilized at an all-time low and I have been sleeping like a champ. Basically, I have been babying myself this week because I know what is coming and it isn’t pretty.

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Gear:
· Pillow. I’ve been logging a solid 7-9 hours a night this week.

· Flats. I’ve been avoiding the heels at work this week to keep inflammation low and healing high.

· TV. ‘Nuff said.

 

Are you running Scotiabank marathon? What is your game plan?
What did you do this weekend?

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ENDURrun Marathon Race Report

There is nothing I love more than spontaneous trips, so I am excited to be packed up and headed to Quebec this weekend to run the Impossible 2 Possible event in Gatineau with some of my fellow 5 Peaks ambassadors and friends! (Especially since everyone I know is headed to Vancouver to make me jealous!)

Travelling aside, let’s talk MARATHON. (Warning, another long post. Which is ok. This was a long race.)

This was my second marathon ever. I had NO CLUE how predict my times because I have been steadily gaining speed over the season, but you truly have no idea how that will hold up in a marathon until you run it. I had only found out I was racing for the women’s team 7 weeks out and was only in half marathon racing shape at that point. My coach and I put together an aggressive build and I followed it as closely as I could. Seriously. I threw myself into it and didn’t focus on much else.

The day before the race, I went to Stage 6 of the Endurrun to cheer on Kailey who was racing the 10 KM time trial for our team. I then went home and drank Gatorade and ate pancakes and maple syrup while propped up on pillows (because sitting would be too much energy) while watching Netflix. Carb loading heaven.

The next morning, I arrived with an hour to spare before the marathon and chatted with my four other team mates who were racing it as well. Lots of well wishes and high fives.

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I was not nervous for this race. For the first time in a long time, I arrived at the start line knowing I couldn’t have done anything differently. At 7:30, we were off!

I settled in beside Holger, a bad ass German runner on our team who was doing the whole 160 km week and had promised to pace me.
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He was on 120 KM and I was on fresh legs and we were going for the same time. Go figure. We didn’t talk much, but he occasionally told me a story or instructed me to adjust my pace. He has run quite a few marathons, so it was awesome to have a veteran baby sit me in my second one to help show me the ins and outs of proper pacing.

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The first half was uneventful. We were holding the average pace around 4:40 – 4:45 min/km (approx. 7 min/mile for my American friends) and I began feeling my IT band at around km 22. It quickly faded when I saw my blog buddy Ange who surprised me on the side line, cheering and holding this sign:

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She inspired me to pick up the pace and Holger told me to slow down or I would wear myself out. He said that by half way, I should be in pain (check) and by the last quarter, I should want to stop. (check).

Why yes, I do dump water on myself at aid stations.

Why yes, I do dump water on myself at aid stations.

We hit a water station at 33 km and I stopped to wash down a gel. I was taking one every 30 minutes per my coach’s directions for 60 g of carbs an hour. Holger ran right through and there was no chance of catching him. I got going and my pace dropped to 5 min/km. I never hit “the wall” (thankfully, I am informed it doesn’t exist if you fuel properly), but I just became majorly fatigued because the last 7 km were hilly and windy! When I hit the last aid station at km 39, Ange was waiting with this sign.

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At this point, I had some gut issues (because I don’t normally slam 6 gels in 3 hours) but my coach told me to put some Gatorade in my mouth and let it sit there for the rest of the race. I had also taken to making grunting/child labour noises when people were talking to me (I THOUGHT I was saying words) and drooling Gatorade. Ange paced me for about 200 metres (the lovely hot mess that I was) and I burrowed deep into the pain cave for the last 3 km.

My IT band was stabbing and I was just tired. I was racing the marathon in such a way that if it was 43 km, I would blow up. My coach was biking alongside me and talking me through the pace. He wasn’t pushing me, but saying things like “OK, you are at 4:40. That’s ok, just try and keep that pace going up the hill”.

“STOP LOOKING AT YOUR WATCH!”

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As I hit the last 500 metres, my team mate Brendan took over and cycled me into the finish line, telling me stories to keep my mind off the final run.

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And suddenly, I was done.


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Angela kept her promise and had Nutella waiting for me at the finish line. (Which is just in time for my next marathon training build!)

I finished with a time of 3:21:36 which was 13 minutes faster than my first marathon and I am pleased with the time because this was a challenging course. It is good enough for second female to cross the finish line and to quality for Boston. Not only that, but our girls team set the course record for fastest female team which was our goal!  I love this team.

Spending some time discussing the week of racing with my team after the marathon.

Spending some time discussing the week of racing with some members of my team after the marathon. You can read our team recap here. 

I am so fortunate to have the support and love from my family as well, which means I get adorable notes like this waiting for me:

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I also had amazing battle wound blood blisters. I knew it would happen because I felt my socks scrunching at 5 KM because I put them on improperly. Holger asked if I wanted to stop and fix them and I asked him if he was joking?! Instead, I wound up with these beauties:

Sorry. You probably didn't need to see that.

Sorry. You probably didn’t need to see that.

What I wore: CEP Compression Socks, Under Armour racing shorts, Health and Performance Singlet, Zeal Rival frames, Saucony Triumph

What I ate:
Before: Nuun Energy lemon lime (HELLLOO caffeine), banana
During: 6 GU gels.
After: The biggest plate of vegetables ever and Genuine Health chocolate peanut butter protein shake.

I have taken this past week off training completely to recover and the funny thing is, I felt better this week post-marathon than I did in my peak weeks of training. I was able to see my friends, I only showered ONCE a day, I was bouncing down stairs two at a time and I showed up to most things in a skirt instead of spandex. This is what normal people feel like!
Because I actively reject normal, I am starting my marathon build for Toronto Scotiabank Marathon on Monday morning and introducing a new feature that will share my training. I have instigated a few changes in training to do even better at my next one, including the highest mileage week I have ever run! All the marathons, all the time. Back to spandex!

Quickly before I head out, New Balance Canada is hosting an instagram contest, so head over to their account and high five their mascot to win a back pack. (Because summer is almost over and you should probably win something to deal with the depression of it all.)

What marathon are you training for?
If you win the backpack, would you pick blue or red?
Nutella is my training vice. What is yours?

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Recovery Post-Marathon

It is depressing to me that this is the second last week of August. Where did my summer go?

What is NOT depressing to me is how fast I was back on my feet after the marathon. I had some sharp IT band pain the day of after I was done but I was doing stairs normally the day after and by Tuesday, I was able to run up and down the stairs without a problem.

I have never ran a marathon faster or harder and I have never recovered more quickly. I will be doing a recap of the race on Friday, but I wanted to talk about what I did to recover so quickly and why it worked.

Before the marathon:

  •  Quite simply, I trained. I aimed for 12 hours of cardio a week and when I couldn’t safely reach that in running, I filled in the gaps with swimming and biking. I also did that adventure race that gave me practice with 8 hours on my feet.

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  • I tapered. I slowly drew back my milage and the final week, I focused only on a few quality sessions with one practicing my marathon pace. It was only in this week when things stopped hurting everywhere and began to isolate only in certain places. By race morning, I almost felt perfect.
  • I ate right. By right, I mean for a marathon. I cut caffeine the entire week before the race and went carb free for 4 days, switching to 80-90% carbs 3 days leading up. The final day before, I laid in bed all day and ate like 25 pancakes with my Creemore maple syrup while watching TV. I wish I was lying about this.

During the marathon:

  • I fuelled properly. I drank at every aid station and I took SIX gels. (65 g of carbohydrates an hour and I never bonked).
  • I paced properly. More later, but I kept it more or less consistent and it didn’t destroy me in the end.

After the marathon:

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The company calls them the little black dress of compression tights and I am not going to argue. I have never had such a specific sizing regime when ordering tights before and honestly, they fit like a glove. I found myself trying on different tops on Monday morning to see if I could wear them to a business meeting. (Turns out, I can’t but they still look rad).

  1. They feature something called Dynamic Gradient Compression which is just a fancy way of saying that is increases oxygen to muscles if you wear them while exercising and reduces lactic acid to speed up recovery.
  2. They have specific muscle focus which wraps and supports key muscle groups, reducing movement, soft tissue damage and getting rid of soreness.
  3. The fabric itself is wicking and has Memory MX fabric which means the tights will never stretch out.
  4. They feature 50 + UV Protection which means for all of those long runs where I naturally forget to put sunscreen on, they have me covered.
  5. They retail for $139.99 and are available online with free shipping. 
  •  No exercise. I’m taking the week off of running entirely. I am doing light spinning and starting a new to me exercise class, but other than that, I am doing lots of reading, relaxing and watching TV this week before my training plan for Scotiabank Marathon in October begins.
  • I didn’t wear heels. In fact, all I have been wearing since the marathon are my SKECHERS GoWalks.
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    I was recently at a race and at the finish line, I was chatting with two other females who finished in the top three and we all reached in our bags and pulled out our GoWalks. They are probably the most comfortable post –race shoe I have ever worn and I use them to run errands but I am loving the new line that is stylish enough to wear to the office.
  • Hot and cold therapy. The day of the marathon, I spent about half an hour in the hot tub chatting with my sisters and the following day, I was icing my IT bands to speed up healing.
  • ART and massage. My coach specializes in Active Release Therapy so I went and saw him the day after the race while we chatting specifics for my Scotiabank marathon training plan. The following day, I went to Waterloo Sports Medicine for a massage. Both things flush out my muscles and speed up healing.

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Core Exercises for Runners

Hey hey!

How was your weekend? Mine was fine, you know…just ran a marathon.

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I will be writing a recap on Friday but just know that the carb load was ridiculous. I have never done such an exaggerated preparation before. It is hard to feel like you are doing the right thing when you are doing the text book WRONG thing for any normal human (read: stuffing pancakes and cheerios and granola bars into your face like you haven’t eaten in weeks, never mind that you just finished eating an hour ago…)

Just know it paid off and I will be following the same procedure again!

I thought I would tackle a question that has been sitting in my inbox for an EMBARRASSINGLY long time. I received a reader question on what to do to prime your core for running.

Runners need a strong core because, beyond having a beautiful six pack, you want to ensure you have quality posture and speed. A strong core establishes strength for the rest of the body. 

  • A strong core means increased stabilization in the torso. Your core muscles keep your torso upright which allows the pelvis, hips, and lower back to work together more smoothly, with less rocking and as a result, less excess energy is expended.
  • Core strength significantly improves balance, meaning that you recover quickly any running missteps. 
  • Core strength for distance runners is especially important. Towards the end of long runs or races, when you are extremely fatigued, your form begins to suffer. Poor form not only slows you down, it also opens you up to potential injuries. Building up core strength will help to maintain good posture, and reduce the pains that result from poor posture.

Core Exercises for Runners

Plank - Planks are especially great for runners because they really emphasize the dependant relationship between your core & your limbs. Planks will strengthen your abs, eretor spinae (the muscles that run up & down your spine), chest, shoulders, quads, and hamstrings. I like to do side planks as well. You can hold for a minute or do tabata style (hold for 20 seconds, rest for 10 x 8)

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 Pallof Press - 

Attach a D-handle to a cable pulley, hold it at your sternum, and stand with your left shoulder pointed toward the machine—far enough away that you feel tension on the cable. (You can also use a medium-weight resistance band wrapped around a pole.) Keeping your shoulders and hips square, press the cable straight out in front of your body, resisting the tendency to rotate toward the machine. Hold the position for two seconds, then slowly return your hands to your sternum. Do three sets of 12 reps, and then repeat the press facing in the opposite direction. 

 

Ab Wheel Roll Out - Kneel on floor or mat. Grasp handles on wheel to each side with overhand grip. Position wheel near front of knees and lean over wheel with arms extended downward, supporting upper body.

With arms straight, roll wheel out as far as possible. Lower body gently to floor extending arms forward. Raise body back up by flexing hips and pulling arms back to original position. Return until hips are extended. Repeat.

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Reverse Crunch: To strengthen the entire ab area, lie on your back and extend your arms out to the side, or keep your hands behind your head if that’s more comfortable (top illustration). Raise your knees and feet so they create a 90-degree angle. Contract your abdominals and exhale as you lift your hips off the floor with control; your knees will move toward your head (bottom illustration). Try to keep your knees at a right angle. Inhale and slowly lower. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

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What are your favourite core exercises for runners?

 

 

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Albion Hills 5 Peaks Race Report/ New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail Review

Happy Friday! I am in the midst of a delicious carb-load in prep for my marathon this weekend. It has been so much fun to be out at the other stages this week, cheering on my other team mates as they race their stages.

I am looking forward to leaving everything out on the course this weekend, but first, I wanted to do a race recap of the Albion Hills 5 Peaks race that I ran last weekend.

First of all, this is my new favourite course in the series. I was not familiar with the elevation profile and had no idea what to expect. I arrived in good time and went through my normal pre-race routine, including a light warm up and headed to the start line at 10 am. I was not intending to race the course hard because I had already begun a taper for the marathon this weekend, but I was looking forward to checking out the course!

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5 Peaks always has the best swag and this race was no exception. Super cool heat and cooling pad which I am sure will be put to good use after this weekend.

I ran the Enduro course so I ran two loops of 5.7 km. I began in the first wave and headed quickly to the trail head because I knew there was a lot of single track and I wanted to make sure I was able to run the pace I was hoping for. I tucked behind my running buddy, Peter Lawless because we always end up running similar paces at these races and we chatted through the rest of the race.

The course itself was described as a roller coaster and it really was. So many twists and turns which is my favourite type of course. This was flatter than some of the courses and although there were some hills, it felt like the fastest course yet.

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The last km was nice and speedy and I crossed the finish line feeling great!

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I stayed for the awards ceremony and to spend some time catching up with my fellow ambassadors and trail friends. I placed second in my age group and I now have a medal in every colour from 5 Peaks. LOVE it. :)

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Awesome race and I am looking forward to racing it again next year!

What I ate pre-race: banana, toast with nutella and coconut oil, nuun water.

What I wore: Saloman trail top, PUMA shorts, CEP compression socks, New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail

Let’s talk about that swag little pair of shoes for a second, shall we? New Balance gave me a pair to test out and ever since they have introduced their fresh foam technology, I have been increasingly excited about the shoes.

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Firstly, how fabulous are the colours? I got mine in Orange with Black and Apple Green. Here is what they look like in iPhone quality.

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This is completely a “do what I say and not what I do” thing, but I actually ripped the tissue paper out of them the morning of the race and headed out. I had ZERO issues and they were beyond comfortable with that “already worn in” feel.

One of the most helpful features of the shoe considering the steep, gravel inclines I was tackling was the bottom of the shoe which has a sweet design.

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Looks like a reptile of sorts, but what it really does is claw you up hills.

I have had some concerns from readers when they saw my instagram photo of the race and shoes that they may be bulky. I will admit, that looks like a whole lot of heel for a trail shoe, but because of the light foam technology, they felt as light as some of my minimalist shoes.

I was impressed by how stable they were, considering the amount of cushioning but there were overlays in the fabric in the forefoot, allowing for extra stability. There is closed mesh in the shoe upper so there is no way that there will be sticks, stones or mud get through the shoe.

I love ‘em! I will be wearing them to race the rest of the 5 Peaks series and they will most likely sneak into my bag for Transrockies next year. I’d be happy to run 120 miles at elevation with these guys, and that is saying something.

How about you? Have a race last weekend or one on tap for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

What is your favourite trail shoe?