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 143: 5km track run with Dr.Nana

“I run simply because I can – When I get tired, I remember – those who can’t run, and what they’d give to have this precious gift that I take for granted. – Then, I run even harder – I know they would do the same for me.” 

katpatThis morning I was scheduled to run in Eau Claire with Dr. Nana, however, for anyone that doesn’t live in Southern Alberta you may not know that we are getting hammered by a winter storm. So when I woke up I thought, hmmm, probably won’t have to run and I was sort of relieved because of everything that went on yesterday – I thought “WOOOWHOOO, a break!!”  I wasn’t feeling it this morning. So I sent a text just to see, but she had passes for the track at the university so we decided we would meet there. I was a little disappointed and not feeling energetic, but I went to my book of quotes to get myself going and was reminded that it’s a freaking gift that I could handle six (6) straight hours of exercise and ever consider running the next day. I knew I wasn’t sore or tired enough not to go, so I decided to buck up.

Off I went to catch the LRT.

We hit the track and completed 5km. It was nice because it was so consistent, but my goodness is it ever boring to run around and around and around!  I think it took us about 30-32 minutes which was great. My shoulders are still a bit stiff from yesterdays work out, but other than that I’m feeling pretty good.

We treated ourselves to brunch at Cheesecake Cafe and now to relax for the rest of the day!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there; and if you’re in Calgary, be careful on the roads!

Day 90: A terrific run with minor fear of blowing chunks or literally having “the runs”!

aaaarunDoesn’t paint a pretty picture, eh? Yesterday my son came down with some type of stomach virus. This isn’t uncommon when you have a toddler and you don’t keep them in a bubble (even if you’d like to). So naturally, I’ve been running around the house for the past two days bleaching EVERYTHING I possibly can. Anyone who knows me knows two things: (1) I’m a bit of a germaphobe and (2) I have a weak stomach. I fully planned on running yesterday morning, but when he got up I knew I’d have to cancel and stay in. By the time night came I was too tired and lazy to do anything else but curl up and watch some quality TV (aka: Jersey Shore). And for the last 36 hours I’ve been living in fear that my time is coming… duh duh duh…

To wrap my head around getting the stomach “flu” (yes, Public Health people, I know it’s not the actual flu) for the third time in less than two years, I googled what to do (as if I had never done it before). I came across one woman’s blog which completely changed my perspective. The title: Avoid the Stomach Flu or Embrace it.  EMBRACE IT! Was she nuts? But as I read on, I completely understood. You see, I’ve had my fair-share of nasty illnesses and truth-be-told, at this point I’d rather get the darn thing over with rather than sit here another minute worrying about when it will strike. So, you know what I did last night (thinking I’d be sick today)? I ate chocolate covered almonds, Smartfood and had a three beer. I took her words literally and figured I would absolutely embrace it. I’d eat whatever the heck I wanted. Might as well enjoy myself!

Anyway, I woke up this morning and I wasn’t sick. WOOWHOO! I thought. I had planned to go running, but then an uneasy feeling hit me; I remembered another blog stating that the bug can hit anywhere from ten hours to 72 hours after exposure (peak being 24 hours.)  I thought, “Hmmmm it’s been about 24 hours, it should be hitting me any minute now.” So being the anxious person I can be, I decided that my pride couldn’t handle if I got out, started running and had something happen mid-run – AWKWARD!

But the day went on and my son was doing much better (finally taking liquids and eating some crackers). I felt a slight wave of relief come over me, but it was quickly followed by pang of doubt. I have never, ever escaped this bug. Ever. It seems since I moved to Alberta I’ve had some strain of stomach virus too many times to count. I bleached this house from top-to-bottom; I’ve done at least eight (8) loads of laundry. Including changing the sheets on EVERY bed as soon as we were up this morning and after nap time. No light switch, door handle or toy has been spared. My hands have been washed raw. But as sure as my hair is naturally blonde (and it is) I know the impending doom that is stomach flu. The funny thing is, I’m not that worried about it. I’m pretty sure compared to childbirth it’s a walk in the park; I also know that people go through flu-like symptoms daily due to health conditions so I really shouldn’t complain. I just want to get it and be done with it!

And with that. When it came time to run this evening I had a critical decision to make: do I dare run and risk either barfing or crapping my pants in public OR do I stay home and live in fear of this invisible illness. So I chose to run. You know why? Because I remembered that Michael Jordan got in front of a packed stadium and the whole world and played a critical game while he was actually fighting a stomach virus.

Ultimately, I figured if Jordan could play ill with millions watching, I could at least take a risk that I might have to make that embarrassing call to a cab and get a lift home. But I’m happy to report that it was an awesome run (I felt great). It was super slippery but the temperature was perfect. I did have a stitch for the first time, in a long time within the first ten minutes, but I think that’s because I started off pretty fast (4:30/km) and it got better once I slowed. When I hit the half-way mark I felt marvellous and thought I could definitely run further tonight if I had to. And when I finished I wasn’t winded or tired. It was good. So looking back, if I’m sick tomorrow I’ll be happy that I got out tonight and ran!

Here are tonights stats:IMG_6346

  • Distance: 5.01 km
  • Time: 30:28
  • Pace: 6:05
  • Best Pace: 4:30

Day 75: 5km #run & #plankaday challenge fr @ChatelaineMag

Today was a 5km run day at a slow and steady pace. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a big deal, I mean, I’ve been running 5k’s for a while now. However, I have never run a 5k the same day that I completed the #plankaday challenge from Chatelaine Magazine. What’s that, you may ask…

The “challenge” defined:

Complete one plank per hour for twelve hours (Learn more) And being the stubborn person that I am, I decided to really challenge myself and do at least one minute continuous plank; I’m proud to say not only did I do one minute continuous, but I actually completed several two minute continuous planks. If you are better at math than yours truly, that would be at least 12 minutes of planks; But I finished the challenge with 21 minutes of planks! I also have to tell you that my son did a few planks with me for moral support. Although he did more of a downward dog and when I was nearing the end of the challenge, he came over looking very serious and gave me a pat on the back. I laughed and then laughed some more.

Hence, the reason I feel like this explains why my run was a little tougher this evening than usual. The temperature was pretty nice around -2 or so and I had lots of fuel in my system, but lifting my legs and trying to pump my arms was a bloody nightmare! It didn’t matter how hard I tried to pump my arms, I could not get my legs to go any faster. Seriously. When I began my run, for the first kilometre or so, I was running at a pace almost two minutes off of my normal long distance pace. I finally got warmed up and got it down, but there was no negotiating with my body to go any faster this evening. I guess it’s a good thing that the run tonight was supposed to be at a slow and steady pace. The sidewalks were treacherous as well; between the slush in some areas and sheer ice in others I was elated to hear the coach come over the headphones to tell me the interval was complete.

Tomorrow is a cross training day. If I can get my act together, I plan to hit the gym early in the morning. Not sure what I’m going to do (we all know how much I hate biking). Thinking about hitting the elliptical up and maybe some weights (though I may have to wait and see how the old legs/arms are feeling after these planks!) What’s everyone else doing these days for cross training? And if I can’t make it to the gym in the morning, it will have to wait until tomorrow night because I get to see my best friend tomorrow! She has a layover here in Calgary (from Halifax) and I cannot wait to see her! It feels like Christmas Eve! YAHOO!

Tonights stats: 

  • Distance: 5.02 km
  • Time: 31:37
  • Pace: 6:18
  • Best Pace: 5:37


Anyway, friends, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there! Happy Trails 🙂