Boston Marathon/ Motivation/ Running

The Road to Boston 2016: Weeks 23 & 24 Recap – Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation

Happy Monday and happy first week of May everyone!!!

I’ve tried to write-up a training recap for over a week and just haven’t been able to find myself in the right frame of mind to write something with my usual upbeat perspective. Life over the past week and a half has been an emotional roller coaster.  

Remember that job promotion that I interviewed for?  Well I didn’t get it.  I choked in the interview.  I’ve been SOOOOOOOOOO busy doing the jobs of two people at work over the past 5.5 months, that I didn’t have time to step back and brainstorm examples of the great things I’ve done for my client groups, how I’ve been a team player offering to help out other co-workers, or the complex project that I helped a client procure that won them an award!!  I totally froze up in the interview and couldn’t think of any good examples for the questions I was asked.  My brain completely froze because I knew SO MUCH was riding on me getting this.  Sadly the only criteria for getting the promotion was how well the candidates performed on the interview – nothing else was taken into consideration (that I know of because my debriefing basically focused on how much my interview skills suck). In other words it doesn’t matter how much extra effort I put into my job – staying late on Christmas Eve, working through Christmas break, and summer and dragging my sick butt into work… none of it matters!!! As a result of the interviews, I no longer support my primary client group.  I alone have been good enough to support the client group for the past 5.5 months, but I’m suddenly not good enough to support them at all.  I’m heartbroken – I absolutely loved my client group and sadly I’m so unmotivated now.  

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My focus from now on will be my family.  

PA Days?  I’ll take them off and spend the day with my daughters.  I no longer care if my new clients have an important project that they need my help with.  Christmas school break?  I’m not working through it any more – I don’t care if there’s an important agreement to negotiate and execute, I’ll use my vacation time instead to play in the snow with the kiddos.  Summer?  I’ll no longer take a vacation day here or a vacation day there – I’ll take a whole week straight off to play in the pool with my daughters.  I’ve got a lot of vacation time built up!

Whew – I feel so much better getting that out.

Now  lets recap my training over the past two weeks:

Week 23:

Ran 9.55 km in 55:21 (an avg pace of 5:48/km) on my lunch. My cadence was 84. It feels good to be able to run almost a full 10k on my lunch, then come back to work as it nothing happened – not sore or stiff or tiredd at all!

Pool workout with my coach – we began to add 4 laps of swimming in between each strength drill.

Ran 10.03 km in 52:54 (an avg pace of 5:17/km) on my lunch. My cadence was 86.  I was super happy with this run because it was a few seconds slower than my 10k personal best, and I wasn’t even in a race!!

Pool workout with my coach – I swam 4 laps in between each strength drill for a total of 52 laps!! Unfortunately my dollar store swim goggles totally sucked so I had to swim without any – my eyes were burning and stinging afterwards from the salt water pool at the gym.  Unfortunately this was also the day I was told about not getting the position, and because of the swimming I looked WAY more upset than I actually was.  I suspect that my appearance played a key role in how I was treated during my debriefing as there was an insensitive comment made about how upset I was.

Ran 8.34 km in 48.44 (an average pace of 5:50/km) on my lunch.  My cadence was 86, but my left shin felt really stiff and sore. My shin splints on that leg were getting worse.

I had to get up at 5:30 to get my run in before taking the girls to their early Saturday morning Field Hockey practice.  Ran 16 km in 1:35 (an average pace of 5:58/km).


Week 24:

Ran 4 loops of the park on my lunch for the first time!  I used to run two laps 3 times a week, then I progressed to 3 laps, and now I can do 4 laps!!  Distance: 10.79 km in 1:02:06.  My average pace was 5:45 and my cadence was 84.

Double workout day! Another pool workout with my coach, swimming laps in between each interval.  The intensity wasn’t as high as last week’s workouts because we were starting my taper for the half marathon – 2.5 weeks to go!  After my pool workout I got changed and headed downtown to Telus Headquarters to attend a Gear-Up with Telus and Samsung event and I got to do a Tracy Anderson Method workout with… Tracy Anderson!!! The workout was so hard, and so awesome all at the same time.  Tracy talked to us about balance, and using technology to reach our fitness goals.  The high light was getting a brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and Gear Fit watch to review and keep! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you guys, I have one to giveaway to you too – keep an eye out for my review coming later this week!


Quick lunch run before an important meeting.  Ran 5.48 km in 30:59.  My average pace was 5:48 and my average cadence was 86.  I’m really happy that my cadence is much higher than it was two months ago.

Strength workout with my coach.  Our pool cycle is done and now we’re tapering for the race!  I was amazed at how much STRONGER my core was!  I can do so much more than I could two months ago – it was amazing and such a boost for my ego which is pretty fragile right now from the whole work thing.

Worked through my lunch workout 🙁  Although my workload will be transferring to the successful candidate next week, I’m still working like crazy.  The Senior Ladies Lacrosse league that I joined started up and we had our first practice.  I had a blast, and it felt great to be holding my stick again.  I was surprised at how easily I jumped back into it – my fitness is pretty much the same as it was back in my 20’s when I played varsity.  Sadly my coordination isn’t the same.  During our scrimmage at the end of practice I knocked down a pass, then as I chased the loose ball with an attacker behind me, I misjudged my speed and the ball’s speed and ended up stepping on the ball and rolling my ankle:



I am so unbelievably angry at myself!!!  How on earth could I do that to myself TWO WEEKS before my half marathon?!? I have trained so hard!!

Needless to say both Saturday and Sunday were rest, ice, compression and elevation days.

I went to the hospital to have it checked out, and I have never been triaged, x-rayed, and sent home so darn fast in my life.  Everyone was convinced it was broken until we got the x-ray results, even the x-ray tech was convinced it was broken.  Folks I have strong bones – it’s just a really bad ankle sprain – no fracture!!! Yay! My shin splints that I was concerned were becoming stress fractures didn’t show up on the x-ray either!  Woot! 

The pain has subsided… a lot! And my ankle is now some amazing shades of blue and purple:


I have no idea if I’ll be running the half marathon in 12 days from now or not, or what my training plan will be.  I workout with my coach tomorrow and I bet we’ll work core and upper body.  And then?  I have no idea what the future holds for the next few weeks.  I’m trying to be positive but between my ankle and the whole work thing I’m feeling pretty defeated truthfully and have been doing a TON of emo eating.  I hope my coach can help me snap out of it tomorrow!

So that’s my past two weeks in a nutshell.  

Have a great week everyone!

How was your week?  Please tell me it was MUCH better! 


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  • Launna
    May 6, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Awe Janice… I am sorry to hear about your job interview… I don’t think a promotion should be given just on an interview… everything should be taken into consideration. I know what you mean about working and giving all your time and feeling under appreciated. My last job that I was at was unbearable near the end as it didn’t matter that I was never late, never sick, came in on my time off to get caught up. Worked massive overtime hours… I ultimately ended up leaving and taking the job I have now, one of the best things I ever did.

    As for being injured, I am so glad it was only a sprain… they are nasty though… I had one in my mid 30’s that everyone thought was a break too… thankfully it was only a sprain but wow did it hurt.

    I was not being careful about eating for the past two weeks but I am back on track… I am so glad there is a difference with me this time around. The old me would have eaten all the weight back and then some… the new me doesn’t allow it to spiral out of control… I am always grateful for that as I would be an unhappy girl that I worked so hard to lose the weight … just to put it back on.

    I am sorry I haven’t been around… I took a blog break to see if I could sleep… no can do… oh well. I did get some rest…. I just missed everyone and I missed blogging I hope you feel better soon and I think it is great that you spend more time with your children… take those days for you and the family 🙂

    Another promotion will come up and you will ready this time… I wish I could bottle up and sell the confidence and ability I have in an interview… one thing I am good at… 🙂

  • Erica
    May 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    So sorry about the interview! That doesn’t seem fair that the decision was based only on the interview since I am assuming that doesn’t reflect how well you do your job. Try not to think of it as a mistake or failure…just a ‘learning experience’. Sorry about your ankle too. Fingers crossed you are well enough to run your race. I attended that Telus event last year with a different fitness celebrity, it totally rocked and so does the phone!

  • Emma
    May 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Ouch, rough couple of weeks for you 🙁 Sorry to hear about the job, and I hope your foot improves quickly! Those initial photos had me really worried about you!

    Also heal up quick so we can arrange a run together soon 🙂

  • Roz Batson
    May 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Oh Janice, I am so sorry about the last two weeks. It is always so tough when you know you have let yourself down in interview. Just know there will be another day and that perhaps with all your training on the Road to Boston it is better that your work is not so demanding and family time is so important. Take the positive – you will be better able to balance it all this way. 🙂 And as for your injury… well… we have ALL been there. I am sure you will run your half marathon the only uknown is at what pace. I have come to see the mental anguish of an injury as another part of the training journey. Managing your emotions and mental state at times of disappointment build resilience. The kind of resilience that you will need during those 42.2ks. You are building everything you will need – both physical and mental fitness. I believe in you Janice. In your drive and motivation, your commitment and mental strength. You’ll be right. You’ve got this. R xx

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
    May 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my gosh!! Your poor ankle. 🙁 I hope along with strong bones, you have a hearty healing system!!

    Also, I am 100% in agreement with you on making work your second priority. Family is always first!!

  • Krysten (@darwinianfail)
    May 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    So sorry girlie! About the job and the ankle…UGH!!! I hope the ankle heals up quickly. You will be back it in no time, I just know it. Sending extra healing hugs your way

  • Kate Crowder
    June 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Yikes! I know this is old but ouch your ankle looks like it was really painful. Did you cry when you rolled it?


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