|Should I run on this today? Sidewalk in Halifax, NS|
|Or how about running on this sidewalk in Halifax?|
|Kim at her first ever 8K where she won her age group!|
|The finish of Kim's first Ironman in 2014.|
Brad: Yeah, I hear you! We don't have an indoor track in our small farm town and I don't care to run on the treadmill either. Back to Boston, tell us more about your qualifiers.
Kim: Like I said earlier, I was determined to succeed at getting a qualifier after my first marathon attempt in November, 2013. I have never learned so much about myself as in that first marathon over the span of 4 hours and 4 minutes. Grit, tenacity, perseverance, you name it…not to mention learning to respect the marathon and anyone who attempts to complete one.
I had trained through an extremely cold winter that year as well and got my first qualifier in Fredericton, New Brunswick in May with a time of 3:50:05. I had trained so hard that the event itself went very smooth. I loved every second and it was by far the “easiest” run I had done to that date. I didn’t push myself as I knew that I didn't have much experience and was still a novice and unsure of the risks I’d be taking if I altered my plan. I stayed the course of my marathon pace consistently and raced a "safe" race ensuring a qualifying time. I ran another marathon in the fall hoping to test and push my limits since I already had my Boston qualifier and "what did I have to lose." I mean you don’t know your limits until you push beyond them right?!? However at the end of the day, my mind won out and I ran another "safe" race and qualified again with a 3:50:06 on Prince Edward Island. I guess you can’t say I’m not consistent!
|Kim after the PEI marathon with her daughter Tiffany.|
Kim: I have a training schedule which I used to be a slave too but I can say I’ve had to make serious adjustments over this winter. I’ve missed many recovery and medium runs as it was just so unsafe outside. I have tried to substitute with other forms of cross training, obviously not the same, but better than nothing I figure. I’m not near as fit as I want to be or should be this far into the training season but I am working hard on accepting that this is where I am and I need to deal with it! Mileage has been anywhere between 50-70km a week these last few weeks. I am heading out for my 30km long run tomorrow morning, (Februaray 28). I finally have sole spikes in my runners and will try them for the first time! Excited!!!
I did have a great tempo run yesterday morning at 5am doing repeats across our harbor bridge here in Halifax. This was the only ice free place I could find to run. It was WONDERFUL and helped me find some motivation, focus, and drive.
Brad: Awesome! Besides crazy winter weather, what other difficulties are you facing? How are you handling them?
Kim: Crazy weather aside, I have been dealing with a personal loss which saddens me and sometimes shifts my focus off Boston but I am managing...trying to regroup. I find great support in family, friends and my on-line Twitter running group...love them all! I also think I am feeling a bit burnt out from last year’s training. I felt like I never stopped with training for the marathon/Ironman/marathon stretch.
Brad: I am honoured to be part of that Twitter running group Kim! What else motivates you, encourages you, and/or focuses you?
Kim: My motivation comes from friends and family that believe in me. If they only knew how far that goes in helping me! I grow from their push and belief. Call me crazy but I also watch motivational clips on YouTube ALL THE TIME, love them – that inspires me! Finally I’m feeling a bit of a positive change after that great tempo run yesterday, just need a couple more good runs to keep it going!
Brad: Yes, YouTube clips of trail and ultra running definitely inspire me as well. As you get closer to Boston, you must have thought about what may happen that day. What are your goals for Boston? What's your perfect day goal, stinky day goal, and average day goal?
Kim: Ohhhh, Boston’s goal! Well, I have not told anyone these goals except Kenzie and Tracey, who are both dear friends. For me to say them aloud frightens me a bit, not sure why…fear of failure to meet them I suppose.
- Stinky Goal – longer than 4:30
- Average Goal – 4 hours’ish
- Perfect Goal – 3:50:04!
Brad: That's exactly what we are going to do in part 2, a post-race Boston Marathon interview! But, before then, any more races before Boston?
Kim: I was going to do the "Moose Race" here in Nova Scotia in March. I was told this was a race that was originally held to prepare runners heading to Boston. Unfortunately, I will be away that weekend so I will miss it---so no more races before Boston.
Brad: Anything else to add Kim before we close off part 1?
Kim: The biggest thing about Boston is that I want to enjoy the experience. I hear it is electric! I don’t want to be so caught up and focused that I miss it. I am extremely hard and critical on myself and have sometimes missed a moment that I should have been appreciating. I want to enjoy the pre-race day events/fun and just be excited about finishing and not get to caught up on whether my time is perfect or not.
If I can go and finish the day being thankful to have had the opportunity to do something some can only dream of (that I have dreamed of), to laugh often, smile and tap hands along the course-then I will consider it a success. Thank you so much Brad for taking the time to chat with me!
|Kim excited as she races and hoping to be expressing the same joy at Boston in April!|
Stay tuned in April, and we will have part 2 with Kim and find out how everything went for her in Boston.