Day 182: hills… dog…done.

So last night was hill training. I wasn’t super excited to go as we had a busy day, I was exhausted and we ate Indian for supper. However, once I got to the hill in Lake Bonavista, I got into a really awesome rhythm. I was consistent with my 250 m up and fast on the way down (no stitches!) There was another gal sharing the hill with me. Each time I passed her (she was going up, I was going down etc.) I felt like I should high-five her. Hills are the devil. Anyway, after I completed my fifth interval, a Honda civic pulled over on the hill about half-way up; I thought “uhhhh that’s weird.” And I started thinking, oh my God, someone is trying to kidnap me (I watched the news coverage on those three girls in Cleveland) + overactive imagination.

big dogAnyway, just as I turned back a fricking dog came out of the middle of nowhere… barking his ever-loving-mind at me. The Honda ripped around and came down the hill to where I was (and dog). The girl was like “Is that your dog?” uhmmm lady… I don’t think I would be crapping myself and stiff as a board if I knew this dog. But anyway, she was kind enough (and brave enough) to pull over and try to calm the dog down, but it only aggravated him further. She jumped behind her car door. I was standing below a tree. I tried to break a branch off (it was a ridiculous branch anyway, much too small) and it definitely wouldn’t have done SFA if that dog decided to really attack. Panicked I switched on the old safari looking for animal control. The dog put itself between me and my truck and would not let me move anywhere. If I turned away, he would run at me. If I faced him, he would run at me. It was the most uncomfortable position I have been in, in a while (except maybe labour.) Finally this enormous truck came barreling down the hill. I frantically waved them down so that they could at least occupy the dog so I could get into my truck. Out hops a guy apologizing and saying it was his best friends dog and “he’s a nice dog, wouldn’t hurt ya” …. uhhhmmm hmmmm At night, without glasses on and a dog furiously barking and stalking me didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

run keeperAnyway, after they took off I thought I would finish the last five intervals. Then, I looked at the top of the hill and saw another loose dog and thought, “Oh hell no. I am not doing this again.” So I turned around and jumped into the truck. It was disappointing not to finish because I was doing so well and so strong, but my heart probably couldn’t handle it anyway!

 

 

Day 180 & Day 181: cross training and Glenmore Reservoir

Felix and Kat after a runLast night I completed a 7 mile bike ride (30 mins) and I completed 3 rounds/3 cycles of Tabatas. I am a little bit sore today, but it didn’t stop me from getting out with my son for our first Spring run together at Glenmore Reservoir!

Today was a beautiful, sunny day. It wasn’t too hot, but I didn’t want to leave my run to late in the day or evening (I really just wanted to get it over with!) We hit the reservoir late morning, after an insane morning of errands etc. The trail wasn’t too busy, but there was another mom out pushing her kid in a stroller as well (we crossed paths twice and gave one-another an empathetic smile.) We did a few hills, which were a bit tough given the fact that my son is nearing 30 lbs! But we finished strong and were happy to finish.

Here are our stats:

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Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

Day 179: Run around Glenmore – YAHOOOOOO!

glenmore reservoir calgaryOkay, today was a big day… I finally ran the entire distance around Glenmore Reservoir! Woooowhoo!!! Now, the distance is shorter than what I have done in the past but the terrain was up and down with a few real tough hills (it was also warm out.)

glenmore reservoirI was so pleased that the sun was shining, my ankle was all worked out (had been tight) and I felt like it was a day for a good run. There were a ton of people on the trail by the time I got on it. Saw lots of bikers, runners, walkers, dogs, skateboarders, roller bladers – everyone wanted to enjoy the sun. I was, however, astonished that this family was walking with their kid (who was on a scooter) with no helmet? It may not have startled me so much, but I met them as I was coming up a really long, steep hill and they were coming down. It struck me as… well… dumb… and unnecessary.

The run was a good one. There were definitely moments when I wanted to quit (namely at the base of one of the hills) but at the exact moment I wanted to throw in the towel, a guy came up behind me and said, “Hey….. you are doing great…. keep going..” And that was all I needed. I kept replaying that over and over and managed to just keep going. By the end of the run it was quite warm and I knew I had a sweet sunburn. Next time I will remember sunscreen!

Anyway, I was super proud of myself and I had a few personal bests:

  • Largest elevation climb
  • Furthest distance in a week
  • Longest duration in a week
  • Most calories burned

And here are my stats:

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Day 177 and Day 178: walking (or running) on sunshine.

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.”

walking on sunshineLast night I was pressed for time, as I left my run to the end of the day (of course…) I completed 4.84km on the treadmill in 28:00, which I was really pleased with. It isn’t my fastest time, but for treadmill running it is remarkable improvement. For some reason, I always find it takes more effort to go the same distance. Why is that? I googled (naturally) to see what other people are saying. So far it seems somewhat split. Some folks find treadmill running way easier than outdoor running, and the other half seem to believe (like me) that treadmill running is more challenging. I do believe part of it is obviously mental, but when I did a little more digging I learned that if the machine isn’t calibrated properly it can give results either way (e.g.: the machine may say you’re only running a 11 minute mile, when in fact you may be running a 10 or 9 minute mile; OR it could say you are running a 9 minute mile and you could be running a 11 minute mile – make sense?) Now, I’m not sure if the machine I was on last night was calibrated properly but I ran my little heart out and was sweating like a pig when I finished. Whatever the case, I had a good workout!

Here are last nights stats:

runkeeper at trico centre

I love running outside, especially now that the ice has cleared. However, I will tell you that loose gravel is the pits! I slipped a few times today; I didn’t fully wipe out but I was darn close! I really struggled with the run this evening. My legs felt really heavy and my whole body just felt tired. It was one of those runs where within the first few steps you know it’s going to be a doozy. The temperature was perfect and I did a few minor hills, but other than that I was pretty pleased when all was said and done.

Here are tonights stats:

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Tomorrow is a rest day – YAHOO!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Day 176: Speed work on the soccer field

sidewalk chalkLast night I mixed up training and ended up doing 5km (30 mins) of speed work, rather than a 3 mile run.

I headed to the soccer field right by our place and completed 1 minute fast to 2 minutes slow. I don’t think I was as fast as last time, however, I could feel the burn in my lungs. Some of my sprints were great because I knew each time I was going further and further around the field, but by the end of it I was exhausted! I also almost face planted a few times as I tripped through the hay at the end of the unkempt field.

Not too much else to report. Oh yeah, we got snow yesterday. Guess I will have to pack this up for a few weeks yet!

Here are yesterdays stats:

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Day 173, Day 174 & Day 175: “To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.”

can't is the real C wordBoy – it has been tough to get back into my regular routine. I have to admit that I’ve been looking for excuses not to get out: (1) I am tired, (2) there isn’t enough time, (3) the stars are not aligned… but the truth is, I am just struggling to get back at it! I’ve been reading a little bit about trying to move through running plateau and that’s been helpful: e.g.: go to the gym, cross train, do one week of light training, try something new etc. I think my biggest issue is that my sneakers are just fitting wrong and they’re causing painful runs. Actually, I’m almost certain. Tonight I wore an old pair of trainers and I had a spectacular 10k run. I guess I need to start pinching my pennys for some new ones!

Here is a quick recap of the last few days:

buffalo calgary runningDay 173: Wedgie Run along the river in Inglewood

The weather was awesome – I even wore shorts! We had intended to do a 7km run, however, my right ankle was killing me and we decided to cut it short at around 6km. It was a nice run for the most part; a change from the usual. There are so many paths around Calgary, it seems like we could likely do a new one every week if we tried!

Day 174: Hills in Lake Bonavistarunkeeper hill training

On Friday I decided to do hills in Lake Bonavista. The weather was gorgeous. I completed 8x 250 metres uphill. I kept to the grass because a minute before I started this guy came pounding down the road going way too fast (blind hill) so I decided it was safest. I didn’t mind the run, however, I forgot to put the body glide on the old armpits and legs ahead of time and there was some chafing. Yikes! But it was nice to wear a tank top + short combo for the first time (outside) this season!

Day 175: 10k evening run

Tonight was an awesome run! I was really pleased to get out and run a strong 10k. It wasn’t as long as some of the runs I’ve done, but I felt fantastic! I wore my old sneakers and I think they made a difference compared to my new ones. There were lots of people out walking dogs, biking and running. I almost got hit by a girl who was texting and driving. That was interesting. I stopped and she kept going; I made eye contact with the passenger who was horrified (hand to mouth scream) and the driver still didn’t see me (I usually try to make eye contact with driver but she had these big, bug sunglasses on)… I don’t get wearing sunglasses at dusk, anyway? But that was the excitement. Busy week ahead!

Here are tonights stats:run keeper kat

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Time: 1:04:09
  • Pace: 6:24
  • Best Pace: 4:14

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

We are, all of us, brothers and sisters…

#RUNFORBOSTON

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….and collectively we grieve today.

For our fellow runners and their families.

For the event that is the Boston Marathon.

For lives that have been changed unalterably.

For lives that have been lost.

We will eventually tie our shoes on, go out the door, and run off our shock and grief.

We will attend races…large and small.

And we will beat back the dragon named Terror.

Boston 1989

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