Day 190 & Day 191: Cross-training and 5km of exploding pain in shins

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Yesterday was a cross training day at the gym. I did thirty minutes on the AMT and then I did what I will describe as “hell-for-abs.” I bought this app called iBootcamp and it kicked my arse (well, my abs.) As I am still paying for it today (ouch!) The workout really did feel great though and I enjoyed the gym more than usual (I always like people-watching; except for the cocky teenage boys who smell bad, I could do without them.)

shin splintsThis evening I had planned on an 8km this evening, but I only did 5km. Now, in my head, that is a bit of a fail. However, after the first 250m, I almost turned around. But I pushed myself to do another 250m, and then another and then another. Finally, I told myself if I did at least 5km I could call it a night. I didn’t want to quit because I didn’t have the energy, or the weather or not the right kind of music on my iPhone, I wanted to throw in the towel because I had the absolute worst pains in my shins. They were EXPLODING with pain. My right leg is still throbbing!

Despite being an absolutely beautiful evening, the entire run was awful. Just awful. The mosquitos are out already and I have bloody legs and arms. At any rate, I guess I will have to make up for missing the 8km but I am pretty proud of myself that I kept going even though every bit of me wanted to quit!

Day 184: ‘Round Glenmore Reservoir!

photo 1This weekend is a busy one, so I decided to do my long run this morning so that I could get it out of the way. I got out the door just before 9 and hit the trail. It was really quiet and hardly a soul around.  I came up behind this man (this is mean) but he totally gave me the creeps. I can’t really explain it, but he just didn’t fit in on the trail. I got myself kind of worked up, so I ran pretty fast after passing him (5:25 min/km)

photo 2There were some bikers, a few other runners and walkers, but other than that it was a pretty peaceful and quiet run. There were kayakers and lasers on the reservoir, which was neat to see. But I will say that Body Glide let me down. I have the worst chafe marks on the inside of my leg; they hurt. I had to stop several times to adjust my shorts. But the sun was shining, the temperature was great and the new songs I added to my playlist made me pretty well forget about my legs.

Here are todays stats:

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Looking forward to a beautiful weekend!

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Day 183: running mid-day, with a stroller and 30 lbs kid!

Today we got a later start than we expected for our run. We headed out really close to noon (dumb) when I had actually planned to hit the trail for 10 am, when it was much cooler. At any rate, we put our sunblock on, packed our water, treats and toys and off we went.

wow I was scheduled to run an easy 4 miles and I was thankful for that. The trail was pretty easy with just a few short hills. It was busy though! Lots of people out during their lunch hour (I assume) and making the best of an incredibly gorgeous day. Felix was awesome. Pointing things out, reading his book, eating treats and just enjoying the sunshine. I had lots of support on the trail. One lady was resting on roller blades and said “You go girl!” and I met a man further on who said, “It’s a good day mom. Way to go.” These little words of encouragement mean the absolute world when you are hitting the wall.

So I calculated the distance so that we would finish right by the park (about 1km from our truck) so that on our way back, we could stop and play for a bit. Well, that was a terrible mistake. After 30 minutes and well-passed lunch I tried to get my toddler out of there. He was not having it. I negotiated as best I could, but in the end I pulled the old football-under-arm trick and off we went. He screamed and screamed (fantastic). People stopped walking and running to comment (thank you) “Oh, someone isn’t enjoying the walk” … “oh yes, it’s hot out for everyone.” No. Ladies. He is pissed because he wasn’t finished on the slide. And I got a sunburn.

At any rate, he forgave me by the time we got back to the truck. Just before he asked if he could “nap.”  It was a good day. We ran. Together. Love this kid.

Here are our stats:

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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:

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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 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!