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!

 

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.

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Day 171: Cross training at the gym

Nike Just Do ItOh boy – am I ever falling behind on this! However, I did some cross training at the gym yesterday. I hopped on the AMT for 15+ minutes, and then did some yoga/floor work for another 15. It wasn’t a terribly long workout but I can definitely feel it today! I planked for 1:30, which I am assuming is what’s hurting so much 🙂 Feels good to start getting back into things. I have gone back to week 9 of training to get myself back on track – it seems like the winter/spring has just taken the energy out of me! So tomorrow will be a 5 mile run in the morning. Wednesday will be speed training (3 miles) and Thursday will be a 4 mile normal run. Send me your strength to stay on track!!

Stay tuned!

 

Day 169 & Day 170: #RUNFORBOSTON … solidarity in Calgary

I am getting so behind in my blogging and keeping track of runs – ooooops!

Yesterday I ran 8km in the wonderful sun and warmth. I had intended to do just 5km, but kept going because it was just so nice out. There were kids playing street hockey, a Robin Red-Breast jump out of the bushes at me, scaring the life out of me; I saw loads of other runners, bikers and dog-walkers – it was a good day to run.

I am more excited to tell you about todays run. 

Today Calgarians ran TOGETHER for Boston.

run for boston calgaryThere were hundreds of us at Edworthy Park, an event organized by Trevor Hofbauer to show the Calgary running community’s support for Boston. You could run 1km or 40km, whatever you wanted, but it was Calgary showing support from one running community to another. We got there early enough to snag t-shirts (which are terrific – thank you Calgary Roadrunners!) and tried to stay warm in the wind. We ended up jumping into the truck to heat our buns before getting out again to hear opening remarks from Trevor and Mayor Nenshi. There were Boston Marathon jackets all over the place; I saw one as far back as 1988 and as recent as this years race. There were walkers, runners, people of all ages and dogs that even came out to support Boston. It was truly something special to be in the middle of it. Not being from Calgary, I have to say that this event made me feel like I was really part of the community; I think sometimes when you live in a big city, you forget how wonderful it is to have the community rally and support each other, especially during tough times. And like Nenshi said, “I don’t want to brag, but it speaks a lot to Calgary and the community spirit here. I think that’s just incredible.” We applauded and supported each other along the route (especially those of us who took the west side of the river over ice and snow) and in fact, when we finished we were cheered by two past Boston Marathoners (who had finished well ahead of us!)

The run was great. We completed about 7.5km through literally every type of weather system: sun, snow, rain, wind, ice – it was mostly wind and snow. I had four layers of clothes on and wore my dang cropped pants, but I was still FREEZING! So as you can imagine, it felt great to finish!

To the best running buddy in the world: I know you haven’t been feeling great but I so appreciate you  pushing through that to run this with me – you’re amazing! To everyone who came out in the ridiculous wind + cold + snow, YOU.ARE.AWESOME. And a sincere thanks to Trevor and his team for putting this together. It takes a big heart, time and dedication to put something like this together, especially in such a short amount of time. You have shown just how wonderful the Calgary running community is! KUDOS!

Here are some pictures!

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Day 168: our hearts are in Boston… “terror finds its way to the most jubilant of days and it takes away the light…”

The bombings yesterday in Boston touched people around the world. As a runner and a parent, it’s difficult to comprehend the events that unfolded. The Boston Marathon is THE event for runners. To qualify and run in Boston is just a dream for most of us. To see the streets lined with supporters, to hear the music, to feel the adrenaline – not many get to experience this from the road… running. My heart breaks for Boston. For the people who were affected. For the families who have lost loved ones. For those hurt. For the volunteers who worked tirelessly to put on a world-class event to have it shattered by a senseless act of terror. My heart breaks. As a runner and as a mom, I send all my love to you. My heart is with you.

Yesterday I completed a 60-minute run on the treadmill. I can’t even say I hated every minute (as I usually do.) Instead, I thought of those who were meant to run, finish and celebrate after the marathon yesterday. I know a lot of runners around the world, ran for you yesterday and today. We are praying for you.

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Day 165 & Day 166: I just did it.

Nike Just Do ItThis is going to be super brief as I’ve got a sick little munchkin and a LONG list of to do’s 🙂

Had a great run with Wedgie a.k.a. Sue on Thursday. We hit the trail in Inglewood and ran out to the middle of nowhere (or at least it seemed that way.) Both of us are fighting respective illnesses so we did fantastic considering! The temperature was deceiving though. It felt really cold when we started out (wind chill) but then it was almost humid along the river – weird, right? Anyway, we finished strong. It was a good run!

Yesterday morning I did my long distance run because we were supposed to go to our friends wedding later in the morning (and I figured today would be a write-off.) The run was terrific despite the slippery sidewalks and mist/snow. I had a healthy time and I probably could have gone longer but due to time constraints came home to get ready for the big day. Unfortunately, our son was the recipient of some new stomach virus, so we’ve been keeping him comfortable since yesterday morning. I really hope this is only a 24-hour thing – the poor kid! So that’s it from here. I may try to sneak in some weight training today if time allows, although for anyone who is a parent out there, you know it’s hard to step away from a sick kid (even for just a few minutes!)

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!

Day 161, Day 162 & Day 163: from Calgary to Fox Creek

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Easter Weekend = treats + drinks + good friends + keeping active!

This will be a quickie as I’ve got a lot of stuff to catch up on. True to my word, I did absolutely NO work this weekend. I was tempted by both emails and messages, however, I think it’s important to shut down every once and a while – so I followed my own advice!

Friday I hit the gym with some gals from Fox Creek. It was a good little work out and I was happy to finish off my week with it. I used the bike, which wasn’t that exciting at all but also got some yoga and weights in. Saturday I took a rest day – which was terrific and Sunday I completed a little over an hour on the treadmill and also completed a round of tabatas. I definitely felt it Monday. We also walked a bit while I was in FC. I ended up getting my first sunburn of the season! Ouch.

Today I hit the AMT at the gym and also did some TRX. It was enjoyable but I still feel kind of sore in my abs from the weekends workouts. Looking forward to a beautiful week in Calgary!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there!