I met my Vancouver Sun Run goal!
But first, I just want to say:
Running is my jam.
It’s my therapy.
It’s my meditation.
And it’s truly helped me style the inside of my life.
In the past, I loved running. I even participated in a half-marathon about five years ago. Sadly, somewhere along the way, I lost my mojo for running. However, participating in the Vancouver Sun Run last year with the help of some personal training sessions at Club16 brought my mojo for running back to life. And for that… I’m thankful.
The truth is, it has taken me a long time to call myself a runner, but I’m at the point in my life where I can confidently say this now.
I believe the confidence to call myself a runner came from having a personal trainer at Club16 Trevor Linden Fitness. In the past, I was always kind of afraid to have a trainer. It was kind of the same fear as asking for help. But now I know that having a trainer, mentor, accountability partner, etc, make the journey to meeting our goals so much easier.
You can read about how I felt after participating in the Vancouver Sun Run last year in this Instagram post below:
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I did it! My very first @vancouversunrun 🏃🏻♀️Thanks to the help of @trevorlindenfitness and the awesome people their who motivated & trained me (in two weeks 🤣) I finished the 10 KM run in 73 minutes! It was such a gorgeous day for a run and the energy of being amongst 40,000 people was exhilarating. At the beginning of the race my eyes welled with tears because sometimes I’m just so damn hard on myself. As I began running down the first hill I stared straight ahead at a sea of hundreds of green Sun Run shirts. It was so inspiring. Suddenly my fear of not being able to run the entire 10 KM dissipated. Instead of being fearful of not being able to run the entire way, I felt grateful. Grateful for the beautiful city we live in. Grateful to be surrounded by thousands of people from children to the elderly. Grateful for the fresh air and the gorgeous sunshine. Grateful for the people in my life who believe in me. And last but not least, grateful for ME for showing myself that GRATITUDE is stronger than fear. I CAN totally do the things I think I can’t do and so CAN you 😘🙏🏻#stylingtheinsidepartner. 📸@shannonleelifestylephotography . . . . . . #ad #vancouversunrun #yvrblogger #vancouverblogger #vancouvermom #vancityfitness #fitnessmotivation #runningmama #sunrun #dailyhivevan #trevorlindenclub16 #fitmomsofig #healthiswealth #exercisemotivation
When Spring rolled around this year, I felt confident and ready to take part in the Vancouver Sun Run again, but this time, with a running goal. My goal was to complete the run in one hour.
Last year I completed the run with a time of 1:13. This year, I decided I wanted to push myself and with the help of Club16 Trevor Linden Fitness, I felt confident I could make it happen.
My Sun Run Training Plan
This year my training plan for the Sun Run was completely different from the training plan last year. My trainer Alex decided to skip through the initial assessment we did last year and instead, he created a strength training plan to help me with my running goal.
The training plan included a mix of core and leg training one day per week for one hour, and three runs per week (two short and one long).
This year we had a few more personal training sessions than we did last year. This was super helpful, and man, oh, man I did not realize how much my core needed strengthening. In all honesty, some of the workouts felt super tough. I did have a few moments of “oh my goodness, I’m so weak” and “why did I stop strength training?” However, Alex was super encouraging and motivating. He also made sure not to push me too hard and he made it a priority to ensure I was using proper form with each of the exercises to prevent injury. I let him know I wanted to run up the hill on the bridge at the 9 KM mark on the Sun Run route. Last year, that hill killed me, but this year I wanted to kill it! See what I did there. LOL
For this reason, we focused on hill climbing and some extra leg exercises.
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The Vancouver Sun Run 🏃🏻♀️ is less than a week away and this year I’m feeling super confident I’ll be able to meet my running goal thanks to my personal training sessions with Alex @trevorlindenfitness. Prior to our sessions I wasn’t doing any strength & core training. I kind of stopped for a bit and focused solely on running. However, in order to meet my running goal Alex created a running plan for me which included a full body workout to increase my endurance and strength. I have to admit, some of the workouts were really tough for me at the beginning (boy did my core ever need some strengthening) but I was happy to see my progression at our last session yesterday😊. Is anyone else participating in the @Vancouversunrun this Sunday? Ps. Tomorrow evening I’ll be participating in a group run @trevorlindenfitness Coquitlam at 6pm. If you’re training for the Vancouver Sun Run and you’re in the area come and join us! DM me for details. #sponsored #stylingtheinsidepartner #club16 . . 📸 @reglokv
I’m so happy to say that all of the help I received to meet this year’s Sun Run goal paid off! I ran up the hill on the bridge and I completed the run in 1:05 (five minutes from my goal time but I still consider this about an hour because the start line was super busy and slow).
Needless to say, I’m proud of myself regardless and so thankful to Alex at Club16 Trevor Linden Fitness for his help. And speaking of help; I think I’ll take advantage of Club16’s personal training services in preparation for next year’s Vancouver Sun Run because… it is ok to ask for help! In fact, it’s an imperative part of styling the inside of our lives.
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All smiles after completing the Vancouver Sun Run this past weekend. The energy at the Sun Run is always so inspirational & motivating. I believe the combination of this amazing energy and my personal training and running plan from @trevorlindenfitness helped me with my running goal this year. I shaved off some time from last years run, and although I was five minutes off from my goal time, I’m still proud of myself. Typically I run for my mental health without thinking about the time and I’m so comfortable running the same routes in my neighbourhood. In all honesty, I never thought I would be able to run 10KM in an hour. In other words, pushing myself past my limiting belief: “I’m just a slow runner” and getting out of my comfort zone with some help from @trevorlindenfitness felt super rewarding. 🏃🏻♀️✨ Thank you for following along on my running journey, friends.❤️#stylingtheinsidepartner #sponsored #vancouversunrun #club16trevorlindenfitness
*Thank you to Club16 Trevor Linden Fitness for sponsoring this post and helping me gain the confidence to call myself a runner.