Day 164: 5km trail run by Fish Creek Park

winter its time for you to leaveWhat heck, Calgary?!

Sunny and +18 yesterday, snow today – make up your dang mind! I was hopeful that the temperature would be warmer today but I was mistaken. After four years here in Alberta I should be used to this, but I’m not.

“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.” – Bill Dellinger

It took all my willpower to run 5km today. It’s funny how some days are just like that. I could have pushed through and done a miserable 10km, but I felt like it wasn’t in my best interest. I started out with 1km hill, literally. I parked at the bottom and just started running with no route in mind just that I needed to get out before the day got on too far. I decided I’d try to run on the grass as I’ve been getting shin splints lately and was hoping this would help – it didn’t seem to make it worse! There was a fellow with an enormous black dog (off-leash) who smirked at me as I ran by nervously. I don’t get people like that? Even if your dog is the “nicest” dog in the world, don’t you think you should still at least call to them when strangers are in the picture? I thought it was really weird, especially as I seem to be a dog magnet! Seriously. I’ve had more dogs hump my leg whilst running than Samantha Jones has had in her bed. And that’s a lot!

Further, I’m still not quite over this cold business and my nose was running faster than me. But I have to say that I really enjoyed running on the grass, it was a nice change from the sidewalks and pavement (not to mention, the treadmill!) My pace wasn’t super fast, but I’m okay with that. I pushed hard yesterday at the gym, so my legs are still a little tight. I will be running an 8km tomorrow with my running pal and I’m looking forward to that!

Here are tonights stats:runkeeper kat macaulay

  • Distance: 5.06km
  • Time: 31:23
  • Pace: 6:12
  • Best pace: 4:48

Day 159 and Day 160: If I can do it, you can too!

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Recently, I’ve had a few people ask me how I manage to get family, work, volunteer work and exercise balanced…well to be honest, I can’t take the credit. A good friend of ours just published a book called, “Boardroom to Base Camp,” and in it, he has this exercise called: “The Balance Exercise.” It asks you take the hours in each week, subtract sleep and then divvy up the remaining hours to different things like: yourself, mission, spiritual, community etc. So when I was first completed the exercise it made me rethink how I approached each day because it clearly shows that we have a lot more time than we think. Just to give you an idea: I’m a work-at-home mom. That means I watch my son and also work about 8 – 10 hours each day; Monday – Sunday 😉 but not necessarily straight through.  Now I will admit that he does go to daycare one day per week so I can get out to meetings in and around the city, but that’s it. I also usually do a bit of volunteer work 3-4 times a week (sometimes more or less depending on what’s going on); I exercise 5-6 times a week ranging from 1-2.5 hours each time and on top of that, I make time to socialize with friends. I’m not saying a busy life is for everyone, but I am telling you that there’s a whole lot of time available to get this stuff done if you really want to! 

Anyway, with that I want to tell you about my awesome workouts both yesterday and today – I think the fact that it’s been above zero (well above) has really turned my attitude around. Even despite having another nasty cold again (and it’s quite nasty) I managed to do 35 minutes on the treadmill and another 20 minutes on the bike today! And yesterday was terrific as well. I completed my hill work on the treadmill (which I’m normally against) However, I started out at an incline of 2 and every 1.5 minutes, I moved it up. I believe when I was finished I was somewhere past 11. And I kept my speed at a steady 6! I was absolutely sweating out my cold, and it felt amazing. I’m not sure if I could have pushed much harder, but I’m completely satisfied with both workouts.

In the spirit of encouragement when I know some people are also having a rough time getting out with the transition of seasons and sickness, read this quote. I hope it’s as effective with you as it was with me! 🙂 HAPPY TRAILS!

 

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Day 157 & Day 158: Cross training and a wicked fast 5km run!

photo 2So yesterday was such a busy day that I completely forgot about blogging- whoops! But I didn’t forget to work out. I did almost 50 minutes of cardio between the AMT and the bike. Both were great, well, the bike was boring as usual but I felt the burn. Then I did about 25 minutes of weights using my tabata timer. It’s loud and obnoxious but it does the trick! There’s really nothing spectacular to report from yesterday’s workout – felt great to sweat through this cold.

And then there was todays run, which was frickin’ amazing! I had only about 4.5-5 hours sleep last night and an incredibly busy day with work stuff, so by 6:30 this evening going for a run was the last thing I wanted to do. However, both Wedgie and I weren’t feeling it so we set up a run together and I’m glad we did. We had a super, super fast run. Wait for it… wait for it…. we did 5km in 25:39!! Fastest run in a long time!! Way to go Sue!!!!! We can get it under 5:00 min/km for sure 🙂

Tonights stats:photo 1

  • Distance: 5.00 km
  • Time: 25:39
  • Pace: 5:07
  • Best Pace: 5:00

Day 156: beautiful day for a run!

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!”

calgary downtown and stampedeicy river in calgaryWhat a morning! I was totally frazzled – lots on the go in this joint! Therefore, I wasn’t really sure what kind of distance I would have time for (I’m single-parenting this weekend)…so I took advantage of “Nana” to get out for a run. I decided to run from our place downtown, which is only about 10km. The temperature was a bit nippy, but the sun was shining so it made it easier to enjoy the run. And it turned out to be a really nice run, despite physically feeling awful (another cold.) Seriously. For the first few km I was cursing myself, my running shoes, the wind, my runny nose – everything. But I’ve been making a serious effort not to complain about dumb stuff (because I’ve noticed lately that there are a lot of people who could make a living complaining…about everything…. every single bloody day) so I made the conscious decision to enjoy the darn thing, and remember that not everyone has the opportunity to run…

There weren’t many people out, but it was fun to run through a few neighbourhoods; I ran along MacLeod Trail which was interesting (anyone who lives here would get that…sketchy…) And then I cut through the old cemetery to get to the river trail to Stampede Park. It was lovely. I hopped the LRT back to Willow Park and enjoyed some homemade pizza. Delish!

Hope everyone is having a great day out there – HAPPY TRAILS!

Here are todays stats:run keeper

  • Distance: 10.53 km
  • Time: 1:07:04
  • Pace: 6:22
  • Best Pace: 5:35

Day 155: 4.5 miles on the dreadmill!

runners prayer“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

Oy vey.

You know how much I detest the treadmill… well I had planned to do 5 miles today, but I was absolutely, positively done after 4.5 miles (and mind you, the last 0.3 mile I was at an elevation of 15 and speed of 4.) So over the treadmill. The good news is that it’s above zero outside and the sidewalks are fairly bare (though the grass is a mess in areas where the snow is melting!)

Not too much else to report. It wasn’t a terribly great run as my ankle is acting up again. It feels like I’ve hyper-extended something! No matter the stretching or massaging, it is just sore.

Anyway – hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!