Motivation Monday: 1 Week Until My Half Marathon!


Post-kids half marathon #2 is just 6 short sleeps away – eek!

Yep, in January I set a goal to run not ONE but TWO half marathons this year, so I registered for one in the Spring, The Toronto Women’s Half Marathon, and another in the fall, The ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon.  The fall race is THIS Sunday!

I’m really hoping that all of the training that I’ve done the past two months will get me through the race – it’s been really tough tying to find the time to get my training in as my husband has only been home 1 weekend in the past 6 weeks – I’ve had to run quite a bit pushing the double jogging stroller, including one 15.3k run!

This past week was a bit of a bust. On Sunday I pulled my quad muscle while doing a very lame attempt at a sprint from home to first base in my softball game, so I had to rest my leg… It was really hard for me mentally to rest, especially since my hubby was in Barcelona, Spain.  While he’s away I need that running time more than anything because it helps me be that much more patient with the kiddos.  Thankfully healthy eating helped me get through – even though admittedly I did do some emotional eating.

On Friday my leg was finally well enough to run, except I had all of the kids home with me.  I tied to convince 4 yo Brooke to ride in the double jogger with her baby sister Amber, but she insisted on riding her bike (a bike with the training wheels still on). 6 yo Sierra also rode alongside me, and although we were REALLY slow, they made me super duper proud:


Yeah! My 4 yo rode her bike 5 kilometers (3 miles for you non-metric folk).  I’m so proud of her!

Then on Saturday I managed to sneak out with the baby in the jogging stroller to run 10k.  I was hoping to get out again on Sunday, but I honestly didn’t feel like running, so I enjoyed our family time instead.

October 3 - 9, 2011

This week is taper/carbo-load week as my body prepares for the half marathon on Sunday.  With that in mind my goal is to run 5k easy and slow on Tuesday and Thursday, then rest until the BIG RACE on Sunday!


How do you prepare for a race?  What training, if any, do you do during taper week?


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  • Angela
    October 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Awesome progress! I can’t even walk a 5k yet so anyone that can run a half marathon is amazing to me 🙂

    You’re an inspiration!!

    ~ Angela @aspeaker

    • Janice
      October 11, 2011 at 12:51 am

      Stick with it & you’ll not only be able to walk 5k, but you’ll be able to run it!

      (I started out doing the couch to 5k program in January after having my 3rd baby).

      You CAN do it!

  • Jen
    October 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Good luck with your race this weekend!!!!

    • Janice
      October 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you!

  • Andrea Emilien (
    October 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Holy cow – 1 week away! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!! Good luck!

    • Janice
      October 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm


  • lorrie
    October 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    good luck on your race and i hope you feel better don’t push yourself to hard just be proud with what you can do.

    • Janice
      October 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks Lorrie – i’m going to push as hard as I can on Sunday!!!!

  • Rachel
    October 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Woot! You are totalthis race! I am super proud of you!! usually just wing my training plans… but as I am getting older I am realizing that that method is not the best. 🙂

    • Janice
      October 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      Lol! Funny you should say that… I’m winging it more & more as I “get older”. You’ll rock your next one Rachel!

  • Becky Cooper
    October 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    You are very inspirational. I can’t wait until I have run my first race too 🙂