Day 185 and Day 186: speed training and early mornings!

Nike Just Do ItThe night before last I completed a set of speed training and tabatas. I completed 3 tabatas with 6 cycles (my arms are still sore today.) I attempted to get on the monkey bars and they are a LOT harder than I remember. A LOT HARDER. I feel like I am going to need those dorky gloves weight lifters use in order to get this done. Anyway, in the end I believe I ran a total of 2-2.5 km doing sprints of 100m and a lot of old basketball moves to get my legs stronger. But seriously, my arms are so sore.

Yesterday morning I was up at 5am, ate and then ran a 4 mile run in just under 40 minutes on the treadmill. You know how I detest treadmills so this was a real coup. I was sweating my little heart out. It felt good to be that productive so early. And then I headed off to the Goodlife Fitness Leadership Summit downtown where I saw AMAZING speakers. We heard from John Herdman, who is head coach for the Canada Women’s National Soccer team. He was so inspiring and his message was pretty simple: Be good. Be a good friend, a good mom, a good community member – just be good. Then we heard from Jane Riddell (COO, Goodlife) she told a funny story about an 80+ year old beating her in the last few hundred metres in an 8km run (I can relate.) We heard from a tech fella… then Todd Millar who shared his message from Boardroom to Base Camp… and we heard from Yvonne Camus, the Canadian gal who participated in Geo-Challenge Borneo. Her story was incredible. Her pictures were gross. But she had some ties to Cape Breton, so as soon as she was done I booted it over to meet her. (sidenote: and en route introduce myself to Jane Riddell to commiserate about being beaten by people double our age.)

As it turns out, Yvonne will be in Cape Breton speaking in October, so we traded notes about running and training on the Cabot Trail. We have both run French Mountain and although she says it’s one of the toughest runs she has ever done, I am pretty sure that a 500 km trek through Borneo would kick anyones ass.

The day was a very motivational one. The message I heard was that if you want to be successful, you can’t take shortcuts. Period. You must set your horizons on your goals and maintain true grit to achieve them.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

 

Day 151: 5km on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the AMT

funny comic girl on treadmillOkay, so yesterday we got a major blast of cold weather (like a 20 degree difference). Generally, I would suck it up and go out however, that’s after becoming acclimatized to it. NOT after the previous day being +11. So I felt really unmotivated to run outside. I kept putting it off and putting it off; I went back and forth on my plans: Ill run at the gym… No. I’ll run outside… I’ll run at the gym… No. I’m not going to run. No I’ll run outside… this went on until I realized it was 8:45 p.m. and I just couldn’t motivate myself.

I knew I had to make today count, so I went to the gym and hit the treadmill. I started off at 5.5 speed and incline of 4. Then I wasn’t paying attention when I was lowering it and got to -3 on elevation. Uhhh – hello?!?! When was this feature added to treadmills?! I smirked my entire run. Now, I didn’t run the whole thing at -3, but I did a good chunk. And for anyone who participates in the Cabot Trail Relay Race in Cape Breton (May) and running leg 14; you need to either get one of these or get to a gym that has one. Awesome.

Anyway-  had a great run despite my hate of treadmills. Then I hopped on the AMT and did another 15 minutes – by the time I went to pick F up at daycare, I was wiped right out (but in a good way!)

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

Happy Friday & Happy Trails!

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 142: We’re #1! #MountAllison

we're #1 mount allisonTonight I was chanting “We’re #1, we’re #1” as I ran. It’s all because I got the Record in the mail today and learned that MTA (my alma mater) was ranked #1 undergraduate university in Canada for the 16th time – YAHOO!!!!! My old stomping grounds… And seriously, check out the Harry Potter doppelgängers – how could that not put a smile on your face?

So anyway, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling 100% yet. My run was a good one (strong) but it took a lot of effort to lift my feet and pump my arms. And I can’t get over how much ice is on the sidewalks still – so slippery!

I had a few really tough hills to get through but managed alright. I have a bit of an issue though, my new sneakers are pinching my baby toes too much! It’s been a while since I bought a new pair of sneaks so I forget how long it takes to get them worked in. I’m afraid that I’ll do some permanent damage if I continue to run despite aches and pains in my feet/shins. Does anyone out there know what I should do? Should I try another sneaker? Or keep going?

That’s it. Tomorrow night is a wedgie run after we register for BAM! Woot!

Here are tonights stats:run keeper kat calgary

  • Distance: 6.75km
  • Time: 43:22
  • Pace: 6:26
  • Best Pace: 4:42

Day 118: Do you ever get that feeling someone is watching you?

creepy_voyeurs_TricoToday was another treadmill day at the gym *sigh*

Life is just too hectic, so there was no way I could fit in an outdoor run today between three schedules. Thankfully, Trico has amazing on-site childcare available at Kids Korner – the staff are incredible. Felix throws a tantrum literally every time I go in to retrieve him after a workout. Reassuring, eh?

Anyway I got changed, got my gear on, signed up for a machine and away I went. Today I completed just over 4 miles and it wasn’t nearly as awful as yesterday. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what the difference was today. Same play-list, different clothes – could that be it? The gym wasn’t all that busy either and seemed a little cooler so it could have been the temperature too. Man I hate running indoors though! At any rate, I was about half a mile from finishing when I got this weird feeling that someone was watching me. I did the ol’ scan around and noticed that a few staff members were up behind the glass creepily watching (and laughing) at something below. Now, you know me, I am a HUGE fan of Trico Centre, but this bothered me even if I do have thick skin.

I mean, who knows what they were laughing at, but they were directing their laughter and attention to something going on in the gym and it immediately made me self-conscious. I know, I know – why the feck (in the words of Mrs Brown) should I care if they WERE laughing at me? But I did. And even if they weren’t, it was the optics. It made me revert back to photo in yesterdays blog post. Seriously. In an instant, after feeling like I was having a great run I felt silly! So in typical Kat fashion, I stared back and they quickly sat down behind a screen.Has anyone else had this happen? I mean, realistically, there can be creepy gym goers as well. But has there ever been a time when you’ve felt really uncomfortable at the gym? I have to admit, this is truly the first time in a long time that I left feeling like this. Proof I just need to work on my confidence a little bit more!

I finished on the treadmill (about 40 minutes) and jumped onto the TRX bar. I did about 15 minutes over there. When I finished, I was DONE. I have a strong feeling that I’m going to be very sore tomorrow – but it was worth it!

I want to leave this post on a really positive note and will hopefully encourage others as well. When I dropped Felix off with the gals at Kids Korner, one of them said “Kat, you’ve lost weight, I can see it in your face – good for you!” As you know, for the last several months I have been working really hard on my running but I had truly forgotten that a big side-effect is weight-loss. I hadn’t seen these gals in a few months, so to them the change was big. And to be honest, I was pleased to hear it; I’ve worked hard, I’m happy with the reward! (Side-note: it’s okay to feel proud of your accomplishments, you don’t always have to be humble. Enjoy it. Revel in it. It’s not arrogant.) I kept playing the compliment over and over in my head because I remembered my favourite comedian receiving the same compliment. I can’t express the hilarity of it, so just take a look. You won’t regret it!