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:

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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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Day 172: speed training

“Every day is a good day when you run.”

Well, my 8km run will have to happen either tomorrow or Friday as this morning I only had enough time to complete 30 minutes of speed training.

healthy sonFinally, after a few weeks of chaos I finally got up early and ran! Woot! The run wasn’t fantastic (although I am pleased with time and distance) however, my shins are killing me! I guess I need to get new sneakers, which is disappointing because I just bought a new pair in February. Any suggestions? I guess I need some with more cushioning.

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and my fingers are crossed that it will stay this way for a little while anyway! I haven’t set a date for my half marathon yet. I have a few races coming up, one on Mothers Day and another in August (Mud Run). I’m just playing it by ear as the latter part of this winter really sucked the energy out of me!

Anyway, I’ve heard from a few of you wanting an update on my son (thank you for your concern); I am pleased to tell you he is doing very well; in fact, here is a recent photo of him enjoying a wagon ride sans boots. Love this kid.

Here are todays stats:run keeper calgary

  • Distance: 5.01km
  • Time: 29:21
  • Pace:5:51
  • Best Pace: 4:30