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#MotivateMe Monday: Embracing the Taper


If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Monday everyone! How’s your training going?

I can definitely feel Spring in the air which means that the Spring race season is fast approaching (or has already reached you, depending on where you live). While it’s FINALLY officially Spring, the weather here today where is saying something entirely different. The thermometer in my minivan said it was -11C (12F) today. Despite the cold the snow and ice has almost finished melting which is making running easier – I’m finally running on pavement instead of snow and ice! The timing couldn’t be better because next weekend is….


Yay! It’s taper week! Sort of….

I just calculated that I’m 14 weeks out from Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. Last week I really started putting in the effort to get back to spinning classes as part of the triathlon training. My bike is still messed up (the rear shifter isn’t working) and it’s stuck on the hardest gear so I’ll be spinning until I can get the bike fixed (I have my tax return coming soon so I can get the bike fixed and pay off some other debts).

I’m so tired of dressing like a ninja for my runs – I can’t wait until the weather turns warm here!


Last week my training looked like this:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 8.5k run at o’dark thirty with my best running friends, 30 min spin at GoodLife on my lunch
Wednesday: Kettlebell workout at home
Thursday: Slept in and missed my run, 45 min spin at GoodLife on my lunch
Friday: Rest:
Saturday: 5k o’dark thirty run with Juliette to Laura’s house, followed by a 5k walk with Laura (Laura is not a runner so Juliette and I are trying to work in our own training with motivating Laura).
Sunday: 10k run with Juliette, kettlebell squats, lunges and power presses and watched my middle daughter’s last regular season house league hockey game:

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So proud of how much my Brookie has improved this season under the awesome coaching by my husband.

Since I haven’t even been in a pool since last summer it’s time for me to kick things up a notch starting this week. I’m hoping to do some “easy” workouts the beginning of this week, including swimming AND spinning, then take Friday and Saturday off to “recover” for the 30k (18 mile) road race on Sunday. Here’s this week’s combo triathlon training/taper plan:

Monday: 1000m swim, kettlebell workout
Tuesday: 8.5k run at o’dark thirty with my best running friends, 45 min spin at GoodLife on my lunch
Wednesday: 1000m swim before work, Kettlebell workout at home
Thursday: 8.5k run, 30 min spin at GoodLife on my lunch
Friday: Rest:
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 30k race

I’m not really “racing” on Sunday because truthfully I haven’t done nearly enough distance, speed or hill work to race, so instead Juliette and I are running together as a fun long run. This distance will be a serious challenge for me because I’ve only done 1 long run in the past 8 weeks (20k a week ago). Our friend Becky who has been running with us is MUCH faster and has done a lot more training so I’m looking forward to encouraging her to take on this distance for the first time. Saturday night my awesome husband is hosting a pasta dinner for the three runners (Juliette, Becky and I) and our families. I can’t wait!


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Have an active and healthy week!


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  • CathyV
    March 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I can’t even imagine having to train for two other sports right now! Good for you. Your fun run pace is no-doubt still faster than my pace, but maybe we will run together for a portion. Regardless, looking forward to meeting you in person! Happy Tapering 🙂

  • Lucie Palka
    March 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Good luck on your race/run on the weekend! I hope the weather warms up for your event!

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    March 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Good luck this weekend! I’ve heard so many good things about ATB 🙂

  • Kim
    March 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    My favorite part of this is the fact that your husband is hosting a pasta dinner for all y’all Saturday night – that is awesome!!

  • Jess@ Flying Feet
    March 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Nice week of training! Your little hockey player is too cute. 🙂 I’m in week 12 (!!) of marathon training. Only 2 weeks after this until taper time. Reeeeeeally looking forward to this taper…training has been tough!

  • Melanie
    March 24, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Good luck at the race this weekend!! I love the 25K and 30K race distances! They are a challenge but youndon’t have to do do all the work needed for a full marathon.

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz
    March 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    You go girl all bundled up! You still look pretty cute in your ninja gear!!!

    • Janice
      March 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Awww thanks 🙂

  • Christine {dreamBIGrunner}
    March 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!! I hope it’s not too cold, today it’s freezing here and we are in VA. Can not imagine how it is in CDN.

    • Janice
      March 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Christine! It’s FREEZING here today and the forecast isn’t great for tomorrow either. I’m definitely going to have to layer up. Have a great weekend!