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Chasing Dreams

JoannaRuns

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If you dare to dream big, you need to put in the work. 

I have big dreams, and I am working hard.

As Britney says, "you gotta work bitch."  It's become my theme song. 

I get up in the morning, and I run.  I finish work, and I run.  I go out to a party, I run there and stumble back.  Anything to get in the miles.

I've been enjoying the grind.  It gives me a sense of purpose, a mission.  And if my body holds up, I will finish 2017 with a fitness level I never thought possible.  

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(I'm in a good mood, so I converted to miles for all you non-metric folk :))

 

You all know that my heart is on the trails, but one of my dreams involves hundreds of kilometres of pavement running, so I've been mixing pavement into my daily grind.  Yesterday I joined my friend Leo for a casual 115km run around the city.  I'll be honest, this run terrified me.  Pavement never fails to leave me feeling crippled and injured; I had no business attempting a run of this magnitude.  And yet... If I was going to chase my dreams I needed to test myself.  I needed to believe in myself. I am not the runner I was.  I am stronger, more resilient.

You can view our route here.

In addition to being terrified of running for hours upon hours on the pavement, I was terrified of spending that long with someone.  What are we supposed to talk about for 12+ hours.  I mean, we are good friends, but nobody is that interesting.   

I needn't have worried.  After the initial catch up, we hardly talked to each other.  As Leo put it, we are like an old married couple.  Comfortable enough with each other to just hang out and say nothing.  Besides, the wind made it too hard to hear each other anyway.  Speaking of wind ...

The weather on Sunday was less than ideal.  The wind gusts were strong enough that at times it felt like we were barely making forward progress.  As a result, we altered our planned route to utilize more sheltered pathways.  This cut our route down from 130km+ to 115km.  I think we were both okay with the shortcutting.

I hit my lowest point when we were battling into the wind, ice pellets from the swirling snow pelting my face.

I complained to Leo, but he was relentlessly positive.  His positivity pissed me off... but then I ate a chocolate bar and I started to feel better.

Some friends met us with a pop up aid station during my lowest point emotionally, around 90km into the run. They had chicken noodle soup, coffee, cheeseburgers and Timbits.  Once the food settled my legs came alive.  Poor Leo, now I was the annoyingly positive person while he battled his own inner demons.  But Leo is one of the toughest runners I know, and he gutted it through to the finish.

We finished the run on a high, having made it back to our vehicles without having to turn on our headlights. 

Here are our splits for you data geeks out there:

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It was an unbelievable run.  I could not believe, still can't believe, that we were not reduced to a run walk strategy by the end.  I knew Leo was tough, but I did not believe that I had that kind of ability within myself.

 

Today I am sore, but not broken.  I will go out and run for a few minutes to get some blood flow moving.  Putting in the work.

 

Until next time, happy trails :)

 

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Whether we're talking miles or kilometers, these numbers are simply stunning!  You're an animal, in the finest sense of the term!

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2 hours ago, SeniorRunner said:

Whether we're talking miles or kilometers, these numbers are simply stunning!  You're an animal, in the finest sense of the term!

Thanks.  It was a crazy and unexpected experience.

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Pretty good friends to make an aid station for you. I'm imagining running with a cheeseburger in one hand and cup of soup in the other.

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I feel like I read a chapter from Dean Karnazes book. "I think I'll go run for 12 hours or so."

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Maybe my life goal should be to have my Strava circle not fit on the page. Impressive, as always. 

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Holy Cow!  Those are unbelievable numbers!

Chocolate makes everything better ;-)  

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Great Brittney song! I use it for my speed work all the time!  Your numbers are amazing- so many splits to look at!!!!!! 

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At first I thought I was converting the 115km in my head wrong, but DAMN. And an casual 115km at that. Awesome.

I think we need to see you race @mattw, Timbits vs Dunkin Munchkins. I'd watch that. 

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On 31/10/2017 at 6:21 AM, Brian said:

Pretty good friends to make an aid station for you. I'm imagining running with a cheeseburger in one hand and cup of soup in the other.

You are right.  I have amazing friends and the running community around here is incredibly supportive.

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On 31/10/2017 at 10:02 AM, mattw said:

I feel like I read a chapter from Dean Karnazes book. "I think I'll go run for 12 hours or so."

Haha.  Now I'm going to have to go and read Dean's book.

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5 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

At first I thought I was converting the 115km in my head wrong, but DAMN. And an casual 115km at that. Awesome.

I think we need to see you race @mattw, Timbits vs Dunkin Munchkins. I'd watch that. 

I'm fairly certain mattw would beat me in a race, but Timbits win that contest hands down!

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12 hours ago, JoannaRuns said:

I'm fairly certain mattw would beat me in a race, but Timbits win that contest hands down!

If I win I get to eat both!

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I clicked on the trophy thinking you needed an award for that, but see the trophy icon actually means 'thanks'.. oops.
So what is the dream that involves hundreds of km's of pavement ? sounds painful..

 

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25 minutes ago, doug in co said:

I clicked on the trophy thinking you needed an award for that, but see the trophy icon actually means 'thanks'.. oops.
So what is the dream that involves hundreds of km's of pavement ? sounds painful..

 

The pavement dream isn't public (yet).  I also made a goal of running 5200km in 2017, but then I got distracted with lots of hiking/scrambling and not much running during the summer.  So now I'm making up for lost time :)

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On ‎11‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 6:04 PM, JoannaRuns said:

The pavement dream isn't public (yet).  I also made a goal of running 5200km in 2017, but then I got distracted with lots of hiking/scrambling and not much running during the summer.  So now I'm making up for lost time :)

I was shooting for 2017 miles in 2017 but that ain't gonna happen. Oh well. There's always next year :) 

Amazing run btw. I don't think I'll ever be anywhere near this but I'll remember it's possible if you put your mind to it.

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