& Race Day Came!

Saturday night finally came, (the night before my FIRST EVER 10K) & I was filled with Running thoughts in my Brain (haha, pun intended), Butterflies in my Stomach (excited ones not nervous ones), Visions of an under 60 minute finish with my kids & hubby cheering me on, as well as a seriously horrid case of Sciatica in both legs. :( (the Sciatica hit me on Friday with a crazy vengeance & I had resorted to taking a few Advil’s a day to keep from crying my eyes out & ripping my legs off ;) )

Anyways. Onto Race Day!

We were going to wake up early (early for a Sunday) & make the 8am Ferry over to the Mainland, ease our way North to Parksville & stop in LadySmith for the best in the world Cinnamon Buns. But…. as it turned out there was no 8am ferry on Sundays! (there was a 9am ferry ~making us late for the start of the race, or a 7am ferry ~making us wake up extremely early). We had to wake up extra early (6am, Seriously???) Oh, & the Ladysmith Bakery was closed on Sunday…. Whaaaat??? My kids were not impressed!

But they were still SO supportive of me doing this & being able to be there to cheer me on! So 6am came & we all woke up with near the excitement of Christmas Morning (maybe that was just me?). Actually, little Ozzie was up before 6 with a big proud smile on :) Love my Boys!!

We all piled into the car & made it safely across to the Big Island.

The drive up was uneventful, the boys played their iPod & DS & I think I was in & out of a strange kind of high, still sleepy but so excited…. is there such a land? We made it to Nanaimo & stopped by Starbuck’s. (It’s a weird guilty pleasure). We had a small very un~healthy breakfast & I had a latte. A latte? Wtf? So weird!!

haha! (that little cup was a sample of their ‘blonde’ roast that we wanted to try). Having to take such an early Ferry gave us a lot (A LOT) of time to just hang out & chill.

Once we got to Parksville the boys dropped me off to get ready & they headed back a few blocks to check out a Car Show. Oh boys :)!! I still had over an hour to wait, so I headed to the Beach to sit & Meditate a little. It was a gorgeous day & so peaceful there. A great way to start Race Day.

Once I got my bib & changed into some shorts, it was time. The boys walked me to the Start/Finish line & had such big proud smiles even before I started! They were saying how much they loved me, how proud they were, & that they knew that I was going to ‘win’. :) (again, love my boys, all 3 of them *especially the one hiding behind the camera!).

I have to add, I was worried about my Sciatica acting up during the run, I had brought some Advil with me just in case, but after having that Coffee at Starbuck’s it didn’t seem to be bothering me :) Was coffee the Majikal answer?

I’m pretty sure I was all smiles too. I still wasn’t nervous, I was just waiting to have a ton of fun! That was my #1 goal, number 2 goal was to finish in under an hour. I’ve been running 8.5k on Salt Spring & was coming in around 56 minutes, but I knew the Messed~Up Crazy hills were slowing me down. I was confident ;)

Count down. T minus 1 minute.



Once we got settled into a few groups, I saw a girl with a Green shirt that seemed to have a great pace. I thought I would try to keep up with her. It was comfortable enough & I was happy. I wanted to stay between 5.2 & 5.6 minutes per km. Around the same time another girl with Bright Pink Shorts came around that seemed to have the same pace as me. I had to options now. Back & forth we went, all the while I’m sure I had a dorky smile :) haha!

I had heard a rumor that there was a hill near the beginning of the course. I saw it coming, but it was nothing like the Hills I was use to. I did fine! But just around that time I lost Pink shorts behind me & noticed that Green Shirt had taken off. I was on my own. No matter. The lovely lady on my MapMyRUN app was telling me that my desired pace was going fine. 1km. 2km. 3km. 4km. 5km. (I took my Vega Gel Pack).

When running at home, I usually stop by now for a little walk. I wanted to rest for a moment, but I didn’t want to get ‘stuck’ walking. 30 seconds seemed reasonable. I walked as fast as I could for half a minute. Took another gulp of my Vega Drink & took off again. I seemed to have more energy. Love! (I did this 30sec walk 3 or 4 times during the race & think I love it)

6km. 7km. 7.5km. 8km. 8.5km. This is now the longest I’ve EVER run. EVER. In my LIFE! I was beaming. (I was also HOT, the sun was out in full force & there was nearly no shade to be found)

By this time I had a crazy ‘runners high’ & was not listening to the MapMyRUN lady, & could barely hear Adele blaring what was now Running in the Deep. I had no idea how far I had yet to go. After the 8km point we had turned around & were on the same street just going the other way. I was pretty sure that there was just 1km left. That excited me so much that I started to sprint. Not sprint sprint, but I sure picked up the pace. I thought running faster for the last km would be fine. I had the energy still ;) . I ran & ran & ran. It felt great to push it, I was feeling it. It was hard, I was hot.

Then I saw it.

There it was.


The 9km sign.


I think I actually screeched my runners a bit. haha. Sure I slowed down a bit, but I didn’t stop.

I was out of water. I was hot. I knew it was almost over. I wanted to see my boys. For a split second I thought of texting Chris to tell him I was almost there.

Then I really saw it. The finish line. I was there! This time I really started to sprint, but by then my legs were pretty done so my sprint was kind of pathetic :)

Tamara Lukie at 57:44

I did it!!!!

#1~ have fun


#2~ finish under 1 hour


My kids were so proud of me! Callym even said he’d like to run a 10k with me next time! Gosh that little man makes me wanna push myself more & more each & every day!

After a cool down we had a little bite to eat. I had some Vega Restore Drink & small Bar, some Oranges & Snap Peas. I did not feel hungry. What I really wanted was the Vega Restore Smoothie (but I forgot to pick one up). We waited around for a while to see the times. I came forth in my age group, something to strive for next time for sure! We even watched some of the presentations afterwards, but I think we waited too long. I was starting to get hungry, & going from hot to chilled & back again wasn’t too fun either. We finally left & I picked up some Vega. YUM.

I need to add again, after the Run I was kind of waiting for the Sciatica to kick in again. To my Wonder & Amazement, it didn’t. Was it the Coffee? Had I run the Sciatica right outta my legs? I don’t know, but I am so SO grateful that it’s gone :)

Being on the Big Island was a treat for us, so we hit the Mall, the boys had some Toys R Us cash & I wanted to see if Winners had Chia & Flax on sale :) . I was still feeling pretty fuzzy in the head & maybe a bit nauseous. :( Boo, Where was that runners high I had earlier?

It was now around 3pm. The race had finished 2 hours ago & the boys were getting hungry! We hit a place called Delicado’s in Nanaimo. It’s the BOMB for Mexican. I ordered my usual Spinach Burrito, but really felt like sleeping instead. I felt like I just couldn’t eat. It was at this time that I noticed Sukhi Muker’s status on FaceBook about getting 2 pizza’s after his Ironman. Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I should eat something substantial? So I took a bite. I could always bring it home if it really wasn’t what I needed. (thank you Sukhi!!)

Oh Dear Buddha……. This Burrito was making me feel AMAZING!!! Every Bite I took was filled with Energy & Love! I should have ordered two :) That was it, that was the problem. My body was slowly shutting down after all that heat & exhurtion because I wasn’t feeding it anything! duh! So I finished up & felt great. In fact, before we left town we stopped & got some SuperGreen Salad & Pasta Salad for me too. (A good lesson to remember for me here: Even though I had all the Vega Prepare, Sustain & Recover stuff, Eating Real Food to Help your Body Recover is way beyond anything else you can do!) Here you can see how Hungry I truly was, I took a bite of the plate ;)

The rest of our trip was pretty un~eventful. We stopped by our old stomping grounds in SaltAir. The tide was low & the boys wanted to find some baby crabs.

We made it home & relaxed & cleaned up. I had a small glass of wine to celebrate & took some time to think about this 1/2 that I’m signed up for in June. I was really having second thoughts about it. 10k is great. It’s long enough to push but short enough to still be a lot of fun. 1/2 a Marathon is far. I mean A LOT further then 10, that’s for sure. I was thinking that I would switch my registration from the 1/2 to a 10. But after checking out the site I found out that my only options are a 5k or a 1/2……….

So I have to start practicing running further. But still having fun. I will do the 1/2, & I will finish it, but I will have fun. That is still my number 1 goal. FUN. (& this time I won’t wait so long to chow down on that Burrito!)

What have you learnt in your Runs that you can share with us newbies? Did you Relax or ‘Go Hard’ this weekend?

Unusual Cabbage Rolls

We are a Big Cabbage lovin’ family here :) Purple, Green, we love them all! So last week when I needed some Cabbage my husband thought it would be nice to pick some up for me, & without knowing,I in turn picked some up as well!

Opps, what do you do with 2 huge Cabbage heads?

I made some of the wicked Cabbage Slaw from an older post & we added some to Stir Fry’s. Then I promptly forgot about the rest until last night. I knew it wasn’t going to last much longer as it had already been over a week! So I quickly thought of making a burrito like filling with Rice, Beans & Veggies to fill them with! As the Rice & Beans were cooking I removed the hard stem end of the Cabbage…..

& boiled it for about 2~3 minutes to soften it up.

How cool that the water turned blue no???

They turned out pretty good (you really can’t go wrong with such delish filling!)

Yummy as ever (simple Rice, SPinach, Adzuki Beans, Black Olives, Red Onions)! The Cabbage leaves as rolls were a really cool idea~ & I totally didn’t boil them for too long (which was a concern). I would make these again in a heart beat!


Do you like Cabbage? What do you do with it?